Doctoral symposium

Detailed programme for doctoral symposium Tuesday July 1st, 10:00 – 15:00

(as of June 16, subject to possible change)

Chairs: Dr Agneta Svalberg and Professor Robert DeKeyser


10:00 – 10:15 Lars Anders Kulbrandstad Welcome and introduction
10:15 – 10:30 Maria Skejic Primary School Children’s Perception of Self and Other: Cultural Identities in a Foreign Language Classroom


10:30 – 10:50   Discussion
10:55 – 11:10 María Peña Emergent bilingual students receiving special education services: Between awareness of disabilities and awareness of bilingualism


11:10 – 11:30   Discussion
11:35 – 11:50 Yvonne Knospe Increasing strategy awareness to improve student writing skills: an L3 German project


11:50 – 12:10   Discussion
12:10 – 13:10   Lunch
13:10 – 13:25 Andreia Turolo da


An ecological approach to study language awareness in online interactions


13:25 – 13:45   Discussion
13:50 – 14:05 Jennifer Schluer Language and cultural awareness and their role in international research communication


14:05 – 14:25   Discussion
14:30 – 15:00 Agneta Svalberg, Robert DeKeyser Summary


About the doctoral symposium

The ALA 2014 Doctoral Symposium will provide PhD students working in areas of language awareness with a unique opportunity to interact with renowned and experienced researchers in the field, and discuss with them about their ongoing research. The Doctoral Symposium also aims at establishing a supportive worldwide community of doctoral students working on language awareness. The mechanism is simple: PhD students are invited to send a package of materials related to their ongoing research. The submission will be reviewed, whereafter rejection or acceptance of the papers will be decided. In the latter case, the doctoral students will be asked to submit a paper of maximum 10 pages. These papers will be presented and discussed in a session preceding the opening of the main ALA conference, Tuesday July 1.

The symposium is connected  to Hedmark University College’s Phd program Teaching and Teacher Education.

Description of the Event

The symposium will be organized in two parallel strands. Each strand will be led by a prominent researcher, one by Ofelia García on multilingual awareness in educational policies and another by Agneta Svalberg on language awareness in language teaching and learning. We accept a total number of six presentations in each strand.

For each accepted paper, its author will present a summary of his or her dissertation research to the expert and the audience consisting of other doctoral students. After that, the seminar leader will interact with the author and the audience, providing constructive advice and suggestions.


Prospective student attendees should already have a clear research direction, which means that they have settled on a dissertation topic and have outlined a research proposal and possibly have published some results.

Each prospective student participant will submit a package of materials (described below) for consideration by reviewers. The reviewers will accept a maximum of 12 participants using the following four criteria:

  • The potential quality of the research and its relevance to language awareness issues
  • Quality of the research abstract
  • The stage of the research
  • Diversity of background, research topics and approaches

Submission Guidelines

Each doctoral student who wants to submit a paper for the Doctoral Symposium should prepare:

Abstract: An abstract summarizing his or her dissertation research, singly authored by himself or herself.  Abstracts must not exceed 350 words (exclusive of references). The abstract should include:

  • motivation, problem description
  • state of the art, novelty and significance relative to the state of the art
  • approach
  • results obtained and work in progress

Recommendation Letter: A letter of recommendation from the student’s Ph.D. advisor, verifying

  • the student status of the applicant
  • date of advance to PhD candidacy
  • the expected date of thesis defense or graduation

Curriculum vitae: A short CV, including a list of all publications.

All the three documents must be written in English, and submitted through the online website:

Follow the general instructions for abstract submission as described at the abstract submission page:  Make sure that you tick off for “Doctoral symposium paper”. Please note that you are supposed to write your abstract in the designated box and upload your recommendation letter and CV as attachments.

Review Process

The review process is double-blind. Notification of acceptance will be within January 31, 2014. Those doctoral students whose abstracts are accepted, will be asked to submit a more detailed paper of maximum 10 pages. More information and guidelines will be given to the selected students concerned.


PhD students and early career researchers are warmly invited to send in abstracts, as ALA offers conference scholarships for these groups. For further information, please consult the conference website

Important Dates for the Doctoral Symposium

Event Date

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Submission Due Date

Sunday, December 15, 2013


Friday, January 31, 2014

Detailed programme

Each participant will get 15 minutes to present their project, after which there will be a 20 minute discussion where both the symposium chair persons and the other participants will take part. The project presentations would normally include research questions, as well as an account of the theoretical and methodological approach.



For any questions please email the Doctoral Symposium organizers

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