Call for Proposals TESOL Master’s Student Forum

TESOL 2014 International Convention & English Language Expo

Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon, USA
Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Full-time and part-time students enrolled in graduate programs leading to a master's degree in TESOL (or related fields) at any institution of higher learning (during fall 2013) are invited to submit a proposal for the Master’s Student Forum. (Please note that doctoral students should use their own form.)



All proposals must be submitted online by 1:00 p.m. EST, 1 November 2013. Notices of acceptance will be sent via email by 7 December.

Types Of Proposals
You may submit proposals for papers, demonstrations, or poster sessions.

A paper (15 minutes) is an oral summary, with occasional reference to notes or a text, which describes or discusses something that the presenter is doing or has done in relation to theory or practice. Handouts and audiovisual aids may be used. Presenters are encouraged not to read directly from their papers.

A demonstration (15 minutes) shows, rather than discusses, a technique for teaching or testing. The presenter should spend no more than 5 minutes explaining the theory underlying the technique. The presenter provides handouts and may use audiovisual aids.

A poster session (1 hour) allows for short, informal discussions with other participants while the exhibit is on display. The exhibit should be self-explanatory. Posters can display research, teaching tips, curriculum development ideas, and many other areas of interest.

The exhibit is presented on a large (4 foot by 8 foot; 1.22 meters by 2.44 meters) display board that includes a title; the name and institutional affiliation of the presenter(s); and a brief text with clearly labeled photos, drawings, graphs, or charts.

No other audiovisual equipment is allowed. Exhibits are set up during the lunch hour before the session and dismantled immediately after the session. Poster presenters are required to be at their posters during the session.

Please note that a total of 25 poster sessions and 45 paper presentations and demonstrations will be accepted this year.

Adjudication of Proposals
Submitted proposals will be refereed by master’s degree students at the host university, Georgia State University, and by the host university elect, Michigan State University.

Factors Affecting Selection The Master’s Student Forum is intended to bring together individuals from a variety of institutions and backgrounds; therefore, an important factor in proposal selection is program balance. In adjudicating proposals, the Forum Program Committee will seek such balance in

  • range of topics
  • interests covered
  • proposal’s relevance to the needs of TESOL graduate students

 Another important factor is the quality of the proposal summary. Summaries should possess

  • clarity of purpose
  • succinctness
  • appropriateness
  • significance for the intended audience
  • an indication of the research quality (if relevant)
  • evidence that the presentation will be well prepared

Because institutional travel funding for many graduate students is contingent on their presenting a session at the convention, the Forum Program Committee will accept only one primary presentation per presenter. If a presenter submits more than one acceptable proposal, the proposal that allows the most presenters to participate will be selected.

Factors Disqualifying a Proposal Proposals will be disqualified if
  • they promote commercial interests
  • are not completed according to the guidelines outlined in this Call for Participation are not received by the deadline of 1 November 2013
Responsibilities of the Presenter
  • Register for the forum. Registration for the Master’s Student Forum is free and you do not have to be registered for the TESOL conference to participate.
  • Notify all co-presenters about the status of the proposal. When two or more people are presenting, the presenter listed first is responsible for notifying the others.
  • Do not change the conceptual content of your session once it has been accepted.
  • Bring enough handouts for the number of attendees your room will hold, which will be indicated in the proposal acceptance message.
  • Bring a power cord for your computer and any adaptor that may be needed for the electrical connection.
  • Support the other presenters by participating in all forum activities.


Proposals that do not follow these steps are automatically disqualified.

Title and Abstract
The proposal must include an abstract that will appear in the Master’s Student Forum Program. Attendees will use the abstract to decide which presentations to attend. The abstract should have the following information:

  • Proposal title
  • Presenter’s full name
  • Presenter’s institutional affiliation
  • City
  • State/province
  • Country
Title Guidelines The title should
  • accurately reflect the content
  • be clear to the intended audience
  • have no colon
  • be limited to seven words
Each part of a slashed or hyphenated word counts as one word. Do not use quotation marks. Capitalize all major words. Examples:
  • Participants' Perspectives on In-Service Teacher Training (7 words)
  • Web Sites for Teaching U.S. Popular Culture (7 words)
Abstract Guidelines The abstract should
  • not exceed 50 words
  • be written in the third-person present tense (e.g., “The presenter begins by . . . and
  • she . . .”)
  • avoid all references to published works
  • be carefully edited and proofread
  • be written to draw the most appropriate audience to the presentation
  • spell out any acronym(s) used in the title
Sample abstract: This paper reports on research conducted to determine how to best develop language learning strategies. The participants were English as foreign language learners in a Southeast Asian nation. This research compared the natural development of strategies among students in traditional classrooms with the effects of specific instruction in strategies and their use.

Proposal Summary Prepare a 250-word summary of the presentation content. Only the referees will see the proposal summary; it will not appear in the program. Your proposal summary should include the following information:

  • Proposal title
  • Proposal type (paper, demonstration, poster session)
  • Designated Interest Area
  • Content Area
    • Learner Context
    • Language Area
    • Audiovisual equipment needs

Note: Do not put your name on your summary; summaries will be subject to blind review.

Proposal Summary Guidelines The proposal should
  • be limited to 250 words. Longer summaries will be disqualified.
  • not include names of the presenter(s) or institution(s)
  • clearly state a purpose and point of view
  • include supporting details and examples
  • contain evidence of current practices and/or research
  • use appropriate format (e.g., paper, demonstration)
  • use a variety of techniques (e.g., activities, visuals)
  • indicate that a presenter can cover the material in the allotted time
  • be carefully edited and proofread
Summary Content Based on Proposal Type
  • Paper: synopsis that includes central idea and supporting evidence
  • Demonstration: central purpose and description of what will be demonstrated
  • Poster session: main ideas to be presented and description of the visual display
Designated Interest Area (You must check ONE area. Choice must match the interest area listed in the summary.): 

__ Accreditation

__ Adult Education

__ Applied Linguistics

__ Assessment/testing

__ Bilingual Education

__ Computer-Assisted Learning

__ Content-based instruction

__ Curriculum/materials development

__ Discourse/pragmatics

__ English as a Foreign Language

__ Employment/certification

__ English as an international language

__ English for Specific Purposes

__ ESOL in Adult Education

__ ESL in Bilingual Education

__ ESOL in Elementary Education

__ ESL in Higher Education

__ ESL in Secondary Schools

__ Grammar

__ Integrated Skills

__ Intensive English Programs

__ Intercultural Communication

__International Teaching Assistants

__ Literature/arts/media

__ Materials Writers

__ Program Administration

__ Psycholinguistics/neurolinguistics

__ Reading/literacy

__ Refugee Concerns

__ Research

__ Second language acquisition

__ Sociolinguistics/culture

__ Sociopolitical concerns

__ Speaking/pronunciation/phonology/Listening

__ Specific language groups

__ Teacher Education

__ Technology in education

__ Video and Digital Media

__ Vocabulary/lexicon

__ Workplace/business English

__ Writing/composition

__ Other

Content Area 
  • Learner context:

You must select one.






  • Language area: * Choose as many as applicable. Choice must match the interest area listed in summary.

__English as a foreign language (EFL)

__English as a second language (ESL)

__English for specific purposes (ESP)

__English as an international language (EIL)

__English for workplace/business

__English for bilinguals/multilinguals


Submit your proposal online by 1:00 p.m. EST, 1 November 2013.


To present at the 2014 Master’s Student Forum, you must register. Registration is free, and you can register online.


Maggie Bullock or Sharon (Seongshin) Kim, Georgia State University