Proposal Submissions being accepted for 2018 CLLC

The organizers of CLLC 2018 are now accepting submissions for the 2018 Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture!


Making Research Matter: Motivated Inquiry for Actionable Insights

Proposal Submission Deadline: December 4, 2017

Conference Dates: April 6-7, 2018

Location: Virginia International University, 4401 Village Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22030

Call for Proposals and Guidelines:



In focusing on “Making Research Matter,” CLLC 2018 seeks to stimulate conversations on how research and its uses in society might be transformed if more of us were to make a point of asking “for what, for whom, and by whom?”* at the outset of every research endeavor.

Our aim is to involve a diverse group of practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, community members, and other stakeholders in a multidirectional sharing of interests, values, and expertise. We especially welcome proposals involving projects in which the investigators considered the users and uses of their research from the very beginning and made decisions accordingly—from action-research projects conducted by individual teachers in their classrooms to larger-scale funded endeavors where collaborative teams had an eye toward wider public engagement and policy impacts, and everything in between.

Proposals for paper and poster presentations, workshops, colloquia, and panel discussions are invited until December 4, 2017.

We hope to see you for our 5th annual CLLC!


*Ortega, L. (2005). For what and for whom is our research? The ethical as transformative lens in instructed SLA. Modern Language Journal, 89, 427–43.


Announcing CLLC 2018!

The School of Education is excited to announce that preparations are underway for the Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture (CLLC) to be held April 6-7, 2018 at Virginia International University.


The theme for CLLC 2018 is Making Research Matter: Motivated inquiry for actionable insights.

Some important dates for CLLC 2018:

  • Abstract Submission: December 4, 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance: Week of January 8, 2018
  • Early Registration Ends: March 5, 2018
  • Regular Registration Ends: April 2, 2018
  • Late Registration: April 3-7, 2018
  • Proceedings Submission: July 9, 2018

Questions about the conference can be directed to Kevin Martin, Associate Dean of VIU’s School of Education, at To volunteer, please contact Rebecca Sachs at

We welcome your participation in CLLC 2018! Please mark your calendars, submit proposals, and make plans to attend.

CLLC 2017 was yet another year of success!

Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to the success of CLLC 2017!

The 2017 conference focused on the professional identities, communities, beliefs, and practices of educators and how they can all be harnessed to enhance and advance the lifelong learning we recognize as the ideal meaning of the phrase “teacher education.” Our goal was to involve pre- and in-service teachers, teacher educators, administrators, researchers, and other professionals at all stages of their careers in a multidirectional sharing of expertise and experiences that would contribute to future exploratory practice and professional growth.

Photos are available here:

Be sure to check out our CLLC page for updates: CLLC 2018 information is coming soon!

Reimagining International Education: The Annual CLLC

On March 25-26, Virginia International University’s School of Education will host their annual Conference on Language, Learning, & Culture (CLLC).

CLLC aims to identify and facilitate dialogue focused on the three correlated areas of language, learning, and culture. While conference themes vary each year, 2016 will be dedicated to reimagining international education and how educators can shape the advances emerging from changing technologies.

Three plenary speakers will be addressing the conference in hopes of engaging dialogue that will reimagine educational access and communities and inspire curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment.

Front-running the conversation on leading change, Beverly Shaklee, EdD, will be discussing internationalizing teacher education across content domains. Shaklee is currently the director for the Center for International Education (CIE), and she most recently co-authored Internationalizing Teacher Education in the United States.

Brock Brady, currently a programming and training education specialist for the US Peace Corps and former president of the TESOL International Association, will talk about working across pedagogies in EFL environments. Specifically, he will address realistic expectations, goals, roles, and strategies for teaching and learning.

Lastly, Guilbert C. Hentschke, PhD, will lead a discussion regarding higher education in today’s global context. Hentschke is synchronously executive advisor, Parthenon-EY, and Stoops Dean and Cooper Chair Emeritus at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. His research, advising, and writing focuses on issues of finance and governance of public, non-profit, and for-profit education organizations.

Across two days, CLLC will celebrate diversity of thought, practice, and research in regards to education organizations on Virginia International University’s main campus in Fairfax, Virginia. To register for the event, visit

For further information on the CLLC, please contact Kevin Martin at

If you are interested in volunteering at the conference, please visit our volunteers page at and contact Rebecca Sachs at

SED Announces 2015 Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture

The School of Education at Virginia International University invites your proposals for the 2015 Conference on Language, Learning, & Culture: Next-Generation Assessment to be held April 9-11, 2015 at VIU’s new campus in Fairfax, VA. Please visit our website at for more information. The submission deadline is January 5, 2015.


The 2015 theme, Next-Generation Assessment, intends to frame assessment in terms of its ability to meet the needs and achieve the goals of all stakeholders: empowering students with awareness of their strengths and areas for development; giving educators additional diagnostic information and tools to adapt their instruction; and providing administrators, testing organizations, policy makers, and community members with rigorous data on outcomes that can be used to improve educational programs. Through the sharing of best practices and emerging trends, the goal is to begin a solutions-oriented dialogue on the next generation of innovations in assessment by acknowledging the interplay among a variety of factors related to language, learning, and culture.


We are honored to announce that three prominent experts in the field of language assessment have agreed to give plenary addresses this year:

Dr. Robert Mislevy

Dr. Robert Mislevy

Dr. Margaret Malonerederic M. Lord Chair in Measurement & Statistics at the Educational Testing Service and Professor Emeritus of Measurement, Statistics, & Evaluation at the University of Maryland, College Park


Dr. Margaret Malone

Dr. Margaret Malone

Associate Vice President for World Languages & International Programs at the Center for Applied Linguistics and Co-Director of the National Capital Language Resource Center


Dr. Paula Winke

Dr. Paula Winke

Associate Professor and Director of the Master of Arts in Foreign Language Teaching at Michigan State University and President of the Midwest Association of Language Testers



Proposals for paper and poster presentations, practice-oriented sessions and workshops, colloquia, and panel discussions are invited in the following broad areas:

  • Innovations in assessment
  • Ethics, accountability, and education policy
  • Effective assessment design, implementation, and use

For abstract submission guidelines and more details on each of the above strands, please visit our Call for Papers page.



Late registration will be accepted April 6-11, 2015.


Questions about the conference can be directed to Kevin Martin, Associate Dean of the School of Education, at

For more information about the School of Education, our programs, and the variety of events we host throughout the year, please visit our website at

We welcome your participation in CLLC 2015! Please mark your calendars and make plans to attend!

School of Education Announces its CLLC 2014 Honorees

CLLC Schedule Now Available!

VIU’s School of Education is pleased to announce its honorees for the inaugural Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture (CLLC) which will be held on April 11-12, 2014. “These honorees were selected because they represent the best of the best in regard to issues concerning language, learning, and culture,” said Kevin Martin, the conference organizer. This year’s honorees include:

Dr. Jennifer Leeman, Award for Praxis

Dr. Leeman’s dedication to the fields of applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and language education epitomizes the CLLC’s theme by contributing to innovations and social action at the intersection of language, learning, and culture. Dr. Leeman currently serves as an Associate Professor for the Spanish Department at George Mason University. More information on Dr. Leeman’s work can be found at:

The Global Language Network, Award for Community Contribution

The Global Language Network (GLN)’s innovative and inspiring efforts to make high-quality instruction in such a wide variety of languages and cultures accessible to the DC-area community represent the innovative nature that the CLLC encompasses. GLN is a DC-based 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities to learn any language at a minimal cost. GLN is about learning and community. More information about the GLN can be found at:

Mr. George Rado, Award for Service

Mr. Rado’s contribution to the field and dedication to students over the years have not gone unnoticed. His unequaled passion and enthusiasm for language teaching and professional development epitomize the conference’s theme. He currently serves as the Executive Director for Capital English Academy. More information on the Capital English Academy can be found at:

All honorees will be recognized at the closing ceremonies held on April 11, 2014 at the conclusion of the final plenary speaker’s presentation.

For more information on the conference, please visit the CLLC 2014 website:

Registration for the CLLC is now open!

  • Student registration fee: $20
  • Non-student registration fee: $50
  • On-site registration is possible on the day of the event.

Register here:

Questions about the conference can be directed to Kevin J. Martin, Director of the School of Education, at

CLLC2014 Schedule Now Available!

CLLC Schedule Now Available!

Virginia International University’s School of Education is pleased to announce that the schedule for our Conference on Language, Learning, and Culture (CLLC) is now available online! Please click to see the overview of events and the presentation and workshop schedule.

Early registration for the CLLC is open through February 28, 2014!
$10 for students
$30 for non-students
Register today at:
(Regular registration will be open until the first day of the conference, April 11, 2014.)

Strands of concurrent talks will focus on the following seven areas:

Technology in the language classroom
Instructed SLA
Arabic linguistics and language learning
Teacher education
Multilingual and immersion education
Cross-cultural differences and integrated culture in the classroom
Literacy and multiliteracies

We are also honored to host 3 distinguished plenary speakers:

Dr. Terrence G. Wiley, President and CEO of the Center for Applied Linguistics
speaking on the multilingual heritage and contemporary linguistic diversity in the US

Dr. Shelley Wong, Professor at George Mason University and past President of TESOL
speaking on student advocacy and empowerment

Dr. Ken Petersen, Technical Director of Online Learning and Assessment for American Councils for International Education
speaking on innovations in technology for the modern classroom

Registration is free for volunteers!
If you are interested in volunteering at the conference, please contact Rebecca Sachs at

We hope you’ll join us on April 11!

VIU is conveniently located a quick bus ride from Vienna Metro Station on the Orange line.

For more information, please…
Visit our website.
Follow us on social media @SEDatVIU and @TESOLVIU.
Email Kevin Martin (Director of the School of Education) at with any questions.