Statement on Conference Language
Writing is central to the life and prosperity of every modern society,
the participation of every citizen in the institutions of power,
and the life opportunities of every child. Our conference is
part of a worldwide effort to bring the power of writing to every
child and citizen. In this spirit we invite studies, papers,
proposals, and data from all languages.
Given the multiplicity of languages that we hope will be represented,
however, the organizing committee believes that the collective
conversation will be best facilitated if English is used. If,
however, presenters wish to deliver their papers in a language
other than English, they can do so; in such a case, we encourage
the presenters to provide English support materials, such as detailed
handouts, PowerPoint presentations of key points in English, or
extended abstracts in English.
Despite our seeking this pragmatic solution to the issue of conference
language, the conference organizing committee recognizes that conducting
a global conference in only one language, particularly a conference
on language learning and practice, leaves many issues unresolved.
To air and consider these issues, we will be setting aside a time
for an open forum on "Does global scholarly communication
Conference Sponsors: Gevirtz Graduate School of
Education, University Writing Program of UC Davis