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The Center for Applied Linguistics houses the Language Policy Research Network (LPREN), which is an international organization of researchers, scholars, and stakeholders in the field of language policy. LPReN contributes to building a broad and informed network of parties involved in language policy issues through making research and scholarship accessible to policymakers, practitioners, families, and others. The network was founded with consideration for the social responsibilities of scholars working in the area of language policy and the need to combine responsible research with commitment to advocacy. LPReN hosts colloquia at conferences, invites publications related to the field, convenes at events, and shares resources, announcements, and other opportunities via the LPREN listserv which has over 800 members.

The LPREN Listserv organizer is Dr. Terrence G. Wiley, President, Center for Applied Linguistics.

The moderator is Shereen Bhalla, PhD, Center for Applied Linguistics.

The ReN on Interlocutor and Instructor Individual Differences in Cognition and Second Language Acquisition

  • create awareness of existing and ongoingresearch on this topic;
  • encourage additional study and collaboration; and
  • support the development and exchange of ideas on projects that explore how interlocutor and instructor individual differences influence cognition and behavior related to acquisition, and what this means for both theory and practice.

We welcome new members to our growing community. For more information please see the ReN website, www.individualdifferencesinsla.com or contact the ReN Convener, Laura Gurzynski-Weiss (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  

Our Research Network aims to address to specific questions for the next AILA Symposium:

  • what impact does digital gaming have on input and interaction in out-of-class settings?
  • what role can digital games play in SLA research?

Specific activities planned/underway for our community include:

  • Identifying current practice in the use of games for collecting language data, and to develop an inventory of tools that can be used for this purpose
  • Compiling a list of research projects in digital games with information about opportunities for collaboration
  • Facilitating discussion forums and disseminating our work through special issues and a book publication on ‘Innovation in Research Methods’ in the ‘New Language Learning and Teaching Environments’ series of Palgrave Macmillan, with a strong focus on the use of digital games.

Our community of nearly 1,000 members can be found here: http://goo.gl/kpgD46

The ReN “Social and Affective Factors in Home Language Maintenance and Development” has three main aims:

  • Research: To foster collaborations and exchange between scholars working on social and affective factors in home language maintenance and development.
  • Dissemination: To disseminate research findings on the importance of home language maintenance and development to stakeholders (e.g. education departments,   policy makers, educators across levels, parents, the mainstream society).
  • Advocacy: To lobby for the recognition and uptake of research findings and to provide expert advice to stakeholders (e.g. submissions to senate inquiries, support and advice to communities on grass-roots initiatives, etc.).