Second Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching – Call for papers


Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching

September 10-11, 2010


Hosted by TESL/Applied Linguistics

Iowa State University

Ames, IA USA

Invited speaker


Murray Munro, Simon Fraser University

British Columbia, Canada


Pronunciation and Intelligibility:  Issues in Research and Practice

A generally accepted goal of pronunciation pedagogy is to help learners achieve a comfortably intelligible pronunciation rather than a native-like one.  But what should this goal look like in the kinds of research studies we conduct, in our classroom practice, and in the creation of self-study and computer assisted pronunciation materials?  How is intelligibility connected to comprehensibility in setting goals? What part does irritation play in judgments of intelligibility?  Are there features that do not greatly impact intelligibility yet remain essential to teach?  Which elements of pronunciation are most important in achieving a comfortably intelligible pronunciation?  How is intelligibility related to listening comprehension and to gesture?  What principles can help teachers make decisions regarding intelligibility?  How do computer-assisted pronunciation materials impact how we individualize instruction for diverse groups of learners?

This second annual conference invites proposals for papers or poster presentations on any aspect of pronunciation research, teaching and learning, especially those related to how issues related to intelligibility and comprehensibility impact the teaching of pronunciation, listening and speaking, and also presentations related to innovative uses of technology in teaching pronunciation.  Papers will be given in English, but papers addressing the teaching and learning of pronunciation for any language are encouraged.  Presenters will be invited to submit their papers for a peer-reviewed, on-line proceedings of the conference.



Third Annual Conference on Technology for Second Language Learning

Assessment Issues in CALL Research

Friday, September 30, 2005
Iowa State University

Final Report

On Friday, September 30, 2005, faculty in TESL/Applied Linguistics in the Department of English hosted the third annual conference on technolog for second language learning. The focus this year was on assessment issues in computer-assisted language learning (CALL) research. The conference brought together concepts and practices dealing with with assessment of language learning through technology and assessment of technology for second language learning. Presenters came from Lancaster University, the University of Iowa, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northern Arizona University, the Minnesota Department of Education, and Iowa State University. The conference was held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Midwestern Association of Language Testers (MwALT).

Participants found the conference stimulating and worthwhile. The TESL/AL faculty are planning to host another conference for next year.

The organizers and participants of the 2005 conference would like to thank the Department of English at ISU for supporting the conference.

Second Annual Conference on Technology for Second Language Learning

Theory-Practice Links for Advanced Second Language Learning Through Technology

Friday, October 10-11, 2003
Iowa State University

Final Report

On October 10-11, 2004, faculty in TESL/applied linguistics in the Department of English held an invitational conference focusing on the development and evaluation of second language learning software for advanced-level learners of ESL and other languages. The conference brought together concepts and practices that hold promise for developing fruitful synergy between second language acquisition theory and language teaching practice. Presenters came from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Simon Fraser University in Canada, the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, Columbia University in New York, and Iowa State University.

Participants found the conference stimulating and worthwhile. The presenters are planning to develop their contributions into an edited volume, and a committee was formed to work on another conference for next year. Check here for more information on future conferences.

The organizers and participants of the 2003 conference are grateful to the following sponsors at Iowa State University: The Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, The English Department, The Linguistics Program, and The Institute for Science and Society.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What is linguistics and what can I do with a degree in linguistics?
Linguistics refers to the study of language, and therefore students who major in linguistics go on to many careers including work in academic and non-academic areas, such as language teaching and assessment, computational analysis of language, spe ech pathology, translation, and government work. See some examples of companies that hire linguists.

Linguistics is a cross-disciplinary major at Iowa State. Does that mean I have to have another major in addition to linguistics?
Linguistics is cross-disciplinary at Iowa State because the faculty who teach linguistics course are located in a variety of departments. You do not need to have a double major if you major in linguistics.

Can I complete a BA in linguistics in 4 years?
Yes, students complete their degree in 4 years by following the linguistics advisor’s advice. A suggested program of study can be found on the Website.

How can I find out more about the linguistics program besides the information at your website?
If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact the linguistics advisor, Greta Muller Levis. If you are not on campus and you want to schedule a visit through ISU Campus Visits, go to their Website, pick the day you want to come, fill out the forms and enter “Linguistics” as your intended major.

I took some courses at a community college. Can I transfer them to ISU?
Yes, many community college classes transfer. That would be arranged through ISU’s Office of the Register. They would be able to give you the precise instructions to follow. Information for transfer students is available at the Admissions website.

Does the Linguistics undergraduate program offer any departmental scholarships?
Professors sometimes hire linguistics undergraduates to participate in research projects. Matches between students and faculty are made in the 101 course “Introduction to the Study of Linguistics” but linguistics students can also check with faculty to see if they have any projects. ISU’s Office of Financial Aid has a website with information and forms on other scholarships and grants, loans, and student employment. Also, The Admissions Office has some helpful information about Financing your Education.

How can I get to know other linguistics students?
During the first year, most linguistics students can meet in three linguistics courses for majors: Computers and Language (Ling 120), Introduction to Language (Ling/WLC 119), and Introduction to the Study of Linguistics (Ling 101).

Can I get a linguistics degree from ISU online?
No. Iowa State, like most universities, requires students to spend a significant portion of their time in residence on campus. While a few courses may be offered online, most of our undergraduate and graduate courses are offered on-campus during the day. Most students find the time they spend on campus very rewarding—a time they remember and treasure forever.

B.A. in Linguistics

Students of linguistics study the structure, meaning, uses and history of human languages. They gain insight into how language is processed by the human mind and by computer, and they learn about cultural and linguistic diversity through the study of how language reflects meaning and world views. Through these perspectives, students discover how language reflects unique characteristics of humanity by connecting linguistic structure with the functional meanings that are used in communication.

Students learn how linguistic analysis can be used in practice through the study of such areas as second language acquisition and assessment, language teaching, computer processing of human language, and communication disorders. Linguistics courses are taught by outstanding faculty in language related departments such as Anthropology, Computer Science, English, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Psychology, and World Languages and Cultures.


Requirements for the Undergraduate Major

Completion of the BA in linguistics requires that students complete 36 credit hours of linguistics with a grade of C or better as specified below in addition to the LAS general education requirements.

Core Requirements (30 credits)

  • LING/WLC 119 Introduction to World Languages
  • LING/ENGL 120 Computers and Language
  • LING/PHIL 207 Introduction to Symbolic Logic
  • LING/ENGL 219 Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING/ENGL 220 Descriptive English Grammar
  • LING/ANTHR 309 Linguistic Anthropology
  • LING/CMDIS 371 Phonetics and Phonology
  • LING/PSYCH 413 Psychology of Language
  • LING/ENGL 437 Grammatical Analysis
  • LING/ENGL 420 History of the English Language

Areas of Concentration (6 credits)

Students may complete requirements for one of the following areas of concentration. Students are welcome to select any combination of courses from these areas. Independent study in any of the areas will be considered on an individual basis.

     1. Communication Disorders (6 credits)

  • LING/CMDIS 275 Introduction to Communication Disorders
  • LING/CMDIS 286 Sign Language
  • LING/CMDIS 325 Nonverbal Communication
  • LING/CMDIS 471 Language Development

     2. Computational Linguistics (6 credits)

  • LING/COMS 331 Theory of Computing
  • LING/ENGL 520 Computational Analysis of English

     3. Second Language Studies (6 credits)

  • LING/ENGL 425 Second Language Acquisition

One of the following:

  • LING/WLC  486 Methods in Elementary FL Instruction
  • LING/ENGL 487 Methods in Secondary FL Instruction
  • LING/ENGL 524 Literacy: Issues and Methods for Nonnative Speakers of English
  • LING/ENGL 525 Methods of Teaching Listening/Speaking Siolls to Nonnative Speakers of English
  • LING/ENGL 519 Language Assessment
  • LING/ENGL 526 Computer-Assisted Language Learning

     4. Sociolinguistics and Language Use (6 credits)

  • SPCM 305 Language in Use
  • LING/ENGL 422 Women, Men, and the English Language
  • LING/ENGL 514 Sociolinguistics
  • LING/ENGL 527 Discourse Analysis

     5. A World Language (6 credits)

  • LING/SPAN  351 Introduction to Spanish/English Translation
  • LING/SPAN 352 Introduction to Spanish Phonology
  • LING/SPAN 354 Introduction to Spanish-English Interpretation
  • LING/SPAN 462 Contrastive Analysis of Spanish/English Syntax
  • LING/SPAN 463 Hispanic Dialectology

Linguistics classes in other languages are available through the study abroad program. Six credits of linguistics in a single language can be transferred.

Other Requirements

The linguistics program requires a grade of C+ or better in English 150 and 250 (or 250H) and English 305, 314, or a 370 course in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Linguistics majors must show proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to two years of university-level foreign language study. Students should also complete Linguistics 101, a one-credit course introducing the areas of work and study that linguists engage in.

For more information, contact Professor John Levis, Chair or Greta Muller Levis, Adviser.