Residence Abroad, Social Networks and Second Language Learning

Date: 10 April, 2013 - 12 April, 2013
Location: Avenue Campus, University of Southampton
Event type: Conference

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PLEASE NOTE : Registration will close on Friday 5 April 2013 at 13.00.  Registration fees must be paid by this date / time.

Hosted by the Centre for Applied Language Research, University of Southampton, UK

in collaboration with:


Programme now available!

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Paper and Poster Abstract submission deadline ; now closed

Paper and Poster Notification of Acceptance: 11th January, 2013

Keynote Speakers:

Study/ residence abroad is a major and growing feature of higher education today, with an estimated 3.7million students participating annually. The European Union has set a target of 20 per cent of students undertaking some form of study/residence abroad, and some countries are already surpassing this level.

Study/ residence abroad can be a life-changing experience for participants, leading to academic, cultural, intercultural, linguistic, personal and professional gains (BA-UCML, 2012). At the same time, in the UK some student groups remain reluctant to participate, and those who do participate benefit from the experience to varying degrees.  The design of programmes and support systems for students abroad can significantly affect their experience and the benefit they derive from it.

Conference themes

This conference arises from “LANGSNAP”, a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (research award number: RES-062-23-2996) , based at the University of Southampton from 2011-13, which has tracked a cohort of Anglophone students during residence abroad in France, Spain and Mexico, and studied their social integration and its consequences for their linguistic development in varying settings. The conference is intended for researchers on language learning/ multilingualism, program administrators, and educational professionals interested in residence/study abroad and interactions between social processes and language development.  One major strand of the conference will focus on language learning during residence abroad, and will include presentation of LANGSNAP project results alongside other research presentations. A second strand will focus on issues to do with the design and effective management of residence abroad programmes.  The conference will be preceded by a business meeting of the AILA Research Network “Study Abroad and Language Acquisition”.  See below for further information regarding the pre-conference workshop on 10 April 2013.

Call for papers

Now closed

Guidelines for paper and poster submissions

Please include a title, abstract (300 words), and short summary (50 words) for both paper and poster submissions. Paper sessions will last 30 minutes (20 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes for questions). There will be two poster sessions, one on each day. Poster presenters will have 45 minutes to present their work.

 Proposals should be submitted by the deadline 5th November 2012 to

Pre-Conference Workshop - 10 April 2013 - Room 2141 / Building 65 Avenue Campus

There will be a Pre-Conference Workshop on the afternoon of Wednesday 10th April from 13.30-17.00 which is available for conference attendees for an additional fee of £15.00. Three presentations will be included (link to download the workshop descriptions here):

Workshop 1: Formatting and Analysing a Learner Corpus using CHAT & CLAN (available for free from
Dr Kevin McManus & Dr Nicole Tracy-Ventura, University of Southampton

Workshop 2: Fluency Analysis
Dr. Nivja de Jong, Utrecht University

Workshop 3: Issues and Methods in Researching Social Networks: Tools, Trends, and Applications to Language Learning Research
Dr Dan P. Dewey,  Dr Jennifer Bown, and Shayla Johnson, Brigham Young University


Conference dinner - 11 April 2013

A conference dinner (optional) is planned for Thursday evening, 11th April. It will take place at Cenos Restaurant, next to the Highfield House Hotel, and will cost £21.00 per person. The price includes two courses (starter and main) and coffee/tea, you can chose from the following on the evening :

Spiced chick pea fritters, tomato, cucumber and coriander
Pulled pork, BBQ relish and swiss cheese croquettes
Salmon fishcake, smoked salmon Caesar salad
pate, onion chutney, thyme toast

Butternut squash and lentil nut roast, sweet potatoes and onion gravy
Shredded lamb, crunchy salad and Mongolian sauce
Beer battered cod, chips and tartare sauce
Slow roasted port, hot pot potatoes, winter greens, apple sauce and crackling

Drinks and dessert can be purchased separately on the evening.



Registration fees are:

  Pre-Conference Workshop 10 April 2013 Conference Dinner 11 April 2013 Two-day registration 11 - 12 April 2013 One-day registration
Student  £15 £21 £85 £75
Non-student £15 £21 £105

Two-day Registration includes:

  • Conference attendance on 11th and 12th April 2013
  • Refreshments and lunch each day (conference dinner is separate)
  • Delegate pack

To register, please complete the Registration Form.

PLEASE NOTE : Registration will close on Friday 5 April 2013 at 13.00.  Registration fees must be paid by this date / time.

Student bursaries

We offer 3 bursaries for student presenters at the conference. Bursary holders will have their full registration paid. Candidates wishing to apply for a student bursary should download and submit the following form alongside their abstract by 5th November 2012. 

Travelling to the venue, maps and other useful information

The conference will be held at the University of Southampton, Avenue Campus. Please click on the links for maps below and other helpful information for you to enjoy your stay at the University of Southampton and surrounding area.

Safety advice whilst travelling around Southampton

Overnight accommodation

You may wish to book overnight accommodation at one of the following that are located near to the University of Southampton Avenue Campus.


Organising Committee

Dr Jaine Beswick (University of Southampton); Dr Patricia Grounds (Universidad Politécnica de San Luis Potosí, Mexico); Dr Martin Howard (AILA REN/University College Cork, Ireland); Dr Cristobal Lozano (University of Granada, Spain); Dr Kevin McManus (University of Southampton, UK); Prof Rosamond Mitchell (University of Southampton, UK); Dr Carmen Pérez Vidal (AILA REN/ Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain); Ms Laurence Richard (University of Southampton, UK); Dr Patricia Romero (University of Southampton, UK); Dr Nicole Tracy-Ventura (University of Southampton, UK); Dr Henry Tyne (University of Perpignan, France)

Conference enquiries

All enquiries should be addressed to:


  • Please note that we reserve the right to retain the £75 / £85/£105 as a cancellation fee if you do not notify us by Thursday 4 April 2013 that you are unable to attend.
  • Full details of our charging policy are available here.
  • Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Remember that you can apply for the HEA UK travel fund to cover travel, subsistence or conference fees for this event. To find out more, visit the HEA website.