The 8th Annual Language, Linguistics, and Life Virtual Conference

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Date: Friday, April 22nd, 2022

This year, we use Whova as the platform to hold the conference. 


Keynote Speakers

GSOLT Welcomes the Following Speakers


Dr. Janire Zalbidea

About the speaker:

Born and raised in the Basque Country, Janire Zalbidea received her Ph.D. in Spanish Linguistics from Georgetown University. She is the Principal Investigator of the Temple University Multilingualism and Second Language Acquisition Lab (TUMSLAB) and directs the Spanish for Heritage/Bilingual Speakers curriculum in the department. Her interdisciplinary research program focuses on second and heritage language acquisition, including task-based language teaching and development in study abroad contexts. She is also interested in multi-site approaches in second language research. Her current work is funded by a Language Learning Early Career Research Grant.

About the talk:

In the last decades, substantive empirical work has focused on understanding the construct of language learning motivation. However, past research has overwhelmingly centered on second and foreign language learner populations, with little attention directed towards heritage language (HL) learners (i.e., native bilingual speakers who began acquiring a minority language at an early age at home). I report on a recent collaborative project that investigated interconnections among key psycho-affective variables relevant to HL learning motivation (e.g., the possible HL selves, HL achievement goal orientations, perceived classroom environment, critical language awareness) in the context of Spanish HL bilingualism in postsecondary education. In line with a complex systems perspective, mutually interdependent connections among key variables were estimated using psychological network modeling, a novel statistical approach that can prove useful for exploring system-level interdependencies in ever-changing, complex psychological phenomena. Theoretical, pedagogical, and methodological implications will be discussed.

Dr. Jennifer Leeman

About the speaker:

Jennifer Leeman’s research and teaching focus on the sociopolitics of language, with particular attention to multilingualism, Spanish in the US, and the teaching of Spanish as a heritage language. Her work is interdisciplinary and employs the theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches of critical applied linguistics and sociolinguistics while also engaging the fields of education, Latinx studies, language policy, and linguistic anthropology.

Leeman has published extensively on the interplay of ideologies of language, race, and nation in the US, the racialization of Spanish and Latinxs in the US, multilingual language policy and politics, heritage language education, and critical pedagogical approaches to teaching Spanish. Her scholarship encompasses both theoretically-oriented research as well as studies applying theoretical insights to specific policy concerns and practical problems, including heritage language education, curriculum and pedagogy; multilingual survey design and administration; and census questions on language, race, and ethnicity.

About the talk:

Numerous scholars have analyzed the role of the standard language ideology in educational contexts as well as the notion that fluency in Spanish is a prerequisite for Latinx authenticity. I begin this presentation with a brief overview of this research and its ongoing importance in the context of SHL education. However, numerous, sometimes contradictory, language ideologies circulate within any given context. Moreover, identities are inherently multiple and multiscalar. Thus, drawing from research in linguistic anthropology, Latinx studies and raciolinguistics I call for examinations of additional language ideologies (such as commodification and universalism) and a broader range of identity categories (such as race, socioeconomic status, gender and sexuality, as well as more micro-level situated identities such as 'good student' or 'hard-worker.) Together with attention to the intersectional and situated nature of identities, a broader and more nuanced exploration of identities and ideologies will allow a deeper understanding of the sociopolitics of SHL education.

Call for Proposals (closed)

Conference Date: Friday, April 22nd, 2022

2022 Theme: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


The Graduate Students of Language at Temple (GSOLT) invite you to submit a proposal for our 8th annual Language, Linguistics, and Life Conference.  This student-run conference is a forum for graduate and undergraduate students to present their research in a supportive environment conducive to professional and scholarly development.  We seek proposals for 20-minute oral paper presentations from graduate students and posters from undergraduate students. This year, we also invite proposals for 50-minute interactive workshops. We welcome presentations in any language.

This year’s theme explores language use across social and technological contexts. As an interdisciplinary organization, we will consider any language-related topics, which may include, but are not limited to, the following areas: 

  1. Analysis of Discourse and Interaction (DIS)

  2. Multilingualism, Immersion, Heritage, and Minority Education (MIH)

  3. Language Cognition and Brain Research (COG)

  4. Language Planning and Policy (LPP)

  5. Language and Ideology (LAI) 

  6. Reading, Writing, and Literacy (RWL)

  7. Language Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (TLA)

  8. Sociolinguistics (SOC) 

  9. Teacher Education, Beliefs, and Identities (TED)

  10. Linguistics (Semantics, Syntax, Phonetics, Phonology, Pragmatics, etc. ) (LIG) ​

  11. Language Teaching and Technology in the Time of COVID (LTTC)

  12. Business and International Relations (BIR)

  13. Language for Specific Purposes (LSP


Call for Proposals is open.  Abstracts should be written in English and include a connection to the conference theme.  On your form, please be sure to specify the strand(s) your proposal best fits.

For conference-related inquiries, contact the GSOLT Conference Committee at, or through the message function at the bottom of this page. 



Call for Reviewers

Our CFR is open

Conference Date: Friday, April 22nd, 2022

We are accepting proposal reviewers for the conference. The reviewers must have had conference proposal review experience before. If you are interested in being a reviewer please send an e-mail to Authors can serve as reviewers as well. We appreciate your expertise and service!


Travel & Venue Information

We are so happy you are planning to attend the 2022 GSOLT conference at Temple! Although this will be a virtual conference, we would like to invite you to visit our campus in the future. Here are some tips that Google might not give you about the best way to get to Temple, places to go to, and what to eat:

Traveling by car

Traveling by public transit from the suburbs and points beyond

Traveling by train and bus from other regional cities

Traveling by air

Staying in Philly

What to eat on campus and in the city

What to do in Philly (besides the GSOLT conference)


This conference is organized by GSOLT and sponsored by Student Activities at Temple University, Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER Temple), Dr. Augusto Lorenzino, the Shimada Fund from Temple TESOL Program, and Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Temple University. We sincerely appreciate their support. 

We are also grateful for support from other sources. If you would like to make a donation, please email us via, or use the contact information below:

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