Crossing Boundaries conference

Crossing Boundaries: Working and Communicating in the Asia Pacific Region
Third Conference of the LSP (Languages for Specific Purposes) and Professional Communication Association for the Asia-Pacific Rim
March 13-15, 2012
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Keynote Speaker: Vijay Bhatia, City University of Hong Kong
Plenary Speakers: Gail Fairhurst, the University of Cincinnati, OH; Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK; Clayton Dube, USC US-China Institute, CA

Call for Papers/posters
The conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) and Professional Communication in the Asia-Pacific Rim and beyond to take part in a dialogue on research and collaboration in academic, professional and workplace contexts. To build a clearer understanding of communication in the workplace it is crucial to have effective collaboration between language experts, trainers and institutions specializing in communication skills. Such collaboration in turn is fundamental to the design and implementation of effective pedagogy, assessment and curricula.

We invite papers and posters on any of the following areas:
•Relationships between LSP theory and workplace practices
•Interconnections between discourse and socio-institutional practices
•Collaboration between language teachers/trainers and institutions/organizations
•Functional variation of language in academic and professional contexts
•Discursive and professional practices of specialists
•Disciplinary, intercultural and cross-cultural variation in professional communication & discourse
•Descriptions of language use in professional contexts
•Workplace communication and curriculum design
Papers focusing on the study of languages other than English are most welcome.

Presentation Guidelines
Papers will be allotted 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Abstract Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be between 250-300 words and should be sent via e-mail attachments to
rcwalker@marshall.usc.edu or aritz@marshall.usc.edu

Abstracts should include:
1. The title of the paper
2. A list of 3-5 key words describing the area and focus
3. The name(s) of the author(s) and their affiliation(s)
4. The corresponding author’s e-mail address and contact details
All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by a committee composed of members of the conference organizing committee

Registration Information
To ensure conference rates for the hotel, please register before November 1, 2011. Conference registration will be available on the Association’s website http://www1.english.cityu.edu.hk/aplspca/drupal/  after October 1, 2011.

The conference registration fee includes cost of registration, a conference bag, luncheons, coffee breaks, conference dinner, and a reception.

Abstract Submission Deadline
The deadline for receipt of abstracts is December 15, 2011.
Notification of acceptance will be given by January 1, 2012.

Preconference workshops
Two pre-conference workshops will be held on March 13, 2012 by plenary speakers Gail Fairhurst and Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini. Please refer to the registration form for further details.

Proceedings
A selection of conference papers will be published with an international publisher.

About Asia-Pacific LSP & Professional Communication Association

The Asia-Pacific LSP (Languages for Specific Purposes) and Professional Communication Association is an association of Asia-Pacific researchers, teachers and trainers specializing in the study and teaching of languages for specific purposes and professional and organizational communication, and fostering such activities in a broad range of disciplinary fields. The primary aim of the association is to promote transdisciplinary and collaborative research and practice in academic, professional and workplace contexts.

Website: http://www1.english.cityu.edu.hk/aplspca/drupal/

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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