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Advancing Technologies — Expanding Research

Technology for Second Language Learning Conference

October 19-21, 2023

Iowa State University’s Applied Linguistics Program hosts the Technology for Second Language Learning Conference (TSLL) each fall. Each year the conference organizing committee creates a conference theme that reflects emerging areas of research-practice synergies. The 2023 conference will provide a forum for researchers, teachers, and course developers to explore the contributions of research in advancing technologies for online learning in English and other languages.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Technology for Second Language Learning (TSLL) conference at Iowa State University, we focus on research investigating the potentials, uses, and implications of AI technologies for language teaching, learning, assessment, and research. The conference theme, “Advancing Technologies – Expanding Research,” signifies the multiple strands of research and practice in applied linguistics affected by current and future AI technologies.

Thank you for an amazing TSLL 2023!

We would like to thank all of you for making TSLL 2023 a success! From our plenary speakers, concurrent session presenters, moderators, volunteers, and registred participants, you all made this possible!

Plenary Recordings

The plenary talks that have been recorded will be emailed and available within a few days from now to all registered participants. They will be later made publicly available on our TSLL YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe for updates.

If you have any questions, please contact us: tsll.iastate@gmail.com

Detailed Schedule

Please note: Registered participants can access all presentations remotely and in the physical locations appearing on the schedule

Thursday, October 19th, 2023 Schedule (PDF)

All sessions will be available on Zoom
Time (US, CDT) Event On-Site Location
3:45-4pm Welcome: Volker Hegelheimer Ross 212
4-5pm Plenary: Peter Crosthwaite, University of Queensland, Australia Ross 212
5-6pm Dinner—Social (1hr) Ross 212
5-5:50pm Poster Session (50 min) Ross 406 & Ross 412
6-8:30pm Concurrent Sessions Ross 212 & Ross 412

Friday, October 20th, 2023

All sessions will be available on Zoom
Time (US, CDT) Event On-Site Location
7:50-8am Opening: Carol Chapelle Ross 212
8-9am Plenary: Mike Sharples, The Open University, UK Ross 212
9-9:30am Break—Social (30 min) Ross 212
9:30-Noon Concurrent Sessions Ross 212 & Ross 412
Noon-1pm Lunch—Social (1 hr) Ross 212
1-2pm Plenary: Mark Warschauer, Digital Learning Lab at the University of California, Irvine, USA Ross 212
2-4pm Concurrent Sessions Ross 212 & Ross 412
4-5pm Plenary: Evgeny Chukharev, Iowa State University, USA Ross 212
5-6pm Dinner—Social (1 hr) Ross 212
6-7pm Plenary: Xiaoming Xi, Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) Ross 212
7-8pm Concurrent Sessions Ross 212 & Ross 412

Saturday, October 21st, 2023

All sessions will be available on Zoom
Time (US, CDT) Event On-Site Location
7:20-7:30am Opening: Gulbahar Beckett Ross 212
7:30-9am Concurrent Sessions Ross 212 & Ross 412
9-9:30am Break—Social (30 min) Ross 212
9:30-10:30am Concurrent Sessions Ross 212 & Ross 412
10:30-11:30am Plenary Michael Thomas, John Moores University, UK Ross 212
11:30-Noon Concurrent Sessions Ross 212 & Ross 412
Noon-1pm Lunch—Social (1 hr) Ross 212
1-2pm Plenary: Abram Anders, Iowa State University, USA Ross 212
2-4pm Concurrent Sessions Ross 212 & Ross 412
4-4:30pm Break—Social (30 min) Ross 212
4:30-5:30pm Concurrent Sessions Ross 212 & Ross 412
5:30-5:45pm Conference Closing: Carol Chapelle, Gulbahar Beckett and Jim Ranalli Ross 212
The 2023 hybrid conference will hold a combination of online and in person events at Iowa State University. Registration is required at no cost to attendees. Please use the following link to register.

Registration **extended until Thursday, October 19th, 3:00 PM (Iowa CDT)**


Conference Venue

Ross Hall named in honor of Earle D. Ross, professor of history from 1923 to 1958 and an Iowa State historian

The conference will be held at Ross Hall on Iowa State University’s (ISU) campus. Ross Hall is located at 527 Farm House Lane, Ames Iowa 50014. Ross Hall is close to Memorial Union (MU) and Campustown which are both within walking distance to numerous coffee shops and restaurants. The opposite side of the MU holds a patio and fountain that faces central campus with the campanile and open fields where students often lounge and relax. The MU houses a food court, a bookstore, and a convenience store. For detailed directions to the Memorial Union, see the Travel tab above.

Pay parking is available in the Memorial Union Parking Ramp, within walking distance to the conference venue. For more information, visit http://www.mu.iastate.edu/parking–maps/parking/

Other parking is available on campus by obtaining a Visitor Parking Permit, which would allow you to park in a General Staff or Student parking lot and walk to the Memorial Union. Visitor Parking Permits are free, but are required to park on campus during the week. More information can be found at http://www.parking.iastate.edu/visitor.

Parking on campus on the weekend does not require a permit, but please make sure to check the signage at the entrance of each lot to ensure it is open for non-permitted vehicles.

Ross Hall is also accessible by bus. The 21-Cardinal and 23-Orange are the most direct and frequently running routes.

Hotel Information

Ames has a lot of hotel and accomodation options for the nights of October 19th, 20th and 21st (check out Oct. 22nd). Conference attendees will need to contact hotels directly to book rooms. In addition to hotels, there are numerous economical options via Air BnB in the Ames’ area.

Hotel options:

Iowa House
405 Hayward Avenue
Starting rate: $95-$135
3 blocks from the conference site (Memorial Union)
*Iowa House is a unique option. Formerly a fraternity house, it was converted to a hotel and is located in ISU’s “campus town” just a few blocks from the Memorial Union. It has received stellar reviews on trip advisor.

Holiday Inn Ames Conference Center
2609 University Blvd
Starting rate: $114
CyRide Brown line serves this area, but only on weekdays.

Sleep Inn & Suites
1310 Dickinson Ave
Starting rate: $193
CyRide Red line serves this area.

2507 SE 16th St.
Starting rate: $109

Hilton Garden Inn
1325 Dickinson Ave
Starting rate: $328
CyRide Red line serves this area.
*Near Sleep Inn (above) and served by the Red line which is the most frequently running line in town. Cafes, restaurants and conveniences stores within walking distance of this hotel.

Days Inn Ames
229 S Duff Ave
Starting rate: $99
CyRide Blue line serves this area.
*Days Inn is about a 10-minute walk to Ames downtown Main Street which features shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, and a farmers market on Saturday mornings. CyRide Red and Green lines go between Main Street and campus.

Gateway Hotel and Conference Center
2100 Green Hills Dr.
Starting rate: $109.00
CyRide Brown line serves this area, but only on weekdays.


Air Travel

The closest airport to Iowa State University is Des Moines International Airport. There is a shuttle service available between the airport and ISU (see below). Other major airports, including Minneapolis-Saint Paul International AirportKansas City International Airport, and Omaha Airport. are within driving distance, but require renting a car.

Shuttle Service to and from Des Moines International Airport

Executive Express offers shuttles approximately every 90 minutes ($36 one-way; $66 round trip per person – prices are cheaper when booking for more than one person).

Car Rental

Car rental agencies are located in the baggage claim area in Des Moines International Airport.
Driving directions:
From Des Moines (≈ 35 minutes)
>35 North (34 miles)
>Exit 111B to US 30W (3 miles)
>Exit 146 to ISU
Des Moines to Iowa State University

Ames’ Bus System

Ames CyRide bus system offers safe, reliable, and friendly service for navigating around Ames. Please find a nice CyRide and Ames map here. The Iowa State “MyState” app offers a nice CyRide GPS interface that shows in real time where buses are with respect to your current location.

Lyft & Uber

Both Lyft and Uber operate in Iowa and the Ames area. Note that rides may not be as abundant as they might be in a major city.

Getting to the Conference Venue 

Conference sessions will be held on campus in Ross Hall next to the Memorial Union, 2229 Lincoln Way, Ames Iowa 50014. Pay parking is available in the Memorial Union Parking Ramp, adjacent to the conference venue. For more information, visit http://www.mu.iastate.edu/parking–maps/parking/. More information about parking can be found at http://www.parking.iastate.edu/visitor.

Dinning Options

On Campus

For a complete list of on-campus restaurants and cafés: https://www.dining.iastate.edu/hours-menus/

  • Memorial Union Food Court ($)2229 Lincoln Way.  Breakfast, ­­­lunch, and dinner menus. Halal, vegan, and vegetarian options. Restaurants  include: Chester’s Chicken – Cucina Italiana – Cys and Fries – Fresh Burrito Works – Godfather’s Pizza – Panda Express – The Dish – Subway      
  • Carlos’ Quesadillas ($). Food truck outside Kildee Hall.  Mexican food: Quesadillas, fajitas, tacos, burritos.
  • MU Market & Café ($). 2229 Lincoln Way.  Convenience store, grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, bakery, and coffee. Vegan and vegetarian options.
  • Caribou Coffee & Hub Grill & Café ($)Across from Parks Library. Deli and bakery, sandwiches, salads, wraps, and coffee. Vegan and vegetarian options.
  • Bookends Café ($). 0184 Parks Library. Grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, bakery, and coffee. Vegan and vegetarian options.

Campus Town

Restaurants and cafés are within walking distance from the Memorial Union.

  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop ($). 2310 Lincoln Way. 9am-10pm.  Made to order toasted sandwiches, salads, and ice cream shakes. Vegetarian options.
  • Blaze Pizza ($).  2320 Lincoln Way. 10:30am-10:30pm.   Wood-fired pizza; make your own pizza. Vegetarian options.
  • Jeff’s Pizza Shop ($). 2402 Lincoln Way. 10:30am-1am.  Pizza, sandwiches, lasagna, salads, chips, and brownies.
  • Smokin’ Oak wood-fired pizza ($).: 2420 Lincoln Way. 10:30am-10:30pm.
  • Cafe Baudelaire ($$)2504 Lincoln Way. 10am-1:30am   Brazilian fusion cuisine, hamburgers, omelets, salads, desserts.
  • Mr. Burrito ($). 2508 Lincoln Way. 11am-9pm Mexican food: Burritos, tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, tostadas, Mexican drinks including horchata.
  • Taste Place ($). 2512 Lincoln Way. Chinese food
  • Arcadia Café ($). 116 Welch Ave. 7am-8pm. Sandwiches, small plates, soup, salad, desserts; vegetarian & gluten-free options.
  • Indian Delights ($). 120 Welch Ave.   Kofta, curry dishes, chicken, lamb, shrimp, salmon; vegetarian options; desserts.
  • Jimmy John’s ($). 135 Welch Ave. 10:30am-3am. Plain slims,  sub sandwiches, club sandwiches.
  • Thai Kitchen ($$). 2410 Chamberlain St. 11am-8pm. Thai food: Yums, soups, noodles, fried rice, pad, and curry dishes.
  • Pizza Pit ($)207 Welch Ave. 11am-12 midnight.  Pizza, chicken wings, hot sandwiches.
  • Stomping Grounds ($$). 303 Welch Ave.7am-12am.  Regular and toasted sandwiches, salads, pasta, soups, crepes, desserts, coffee. Outside patio area.

Downtown Ames

How to get there: Take Cyride #1 Red East or #2 Green East  from campus. For a full list of downtown Ames restaurants, cafés, and events, access  http://www.amesdowntown.org/

  • Wheatsfield Cooperative Grocery & Deli ($).413 Northwestern Ave. 7am-9pm Breakfast burritos, salad bar, hot bar, soups, bakery, desserts; vegetarian options.
  • Depot Deli & Cookies ($). 526 Main Street. Sandwiches, soups, salads, desserts; vegetarian options; lunch & dinner combos.
  • Aunt Maude’s ($$$). 547 Main St. 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm.  Salads, soups, omelets, sandwiches, bistro, salmon, chicken, beef.
  • The Spice ($$)402 Main St. 11am-2:15pm, 5pm-8:45pm.  Thai cuisine: Spring rolls, dumplings, soup, curry, noodles, fried rice, chicken, pork, seafood, desserts; vegetarian options; tea, fruit juices.
  • Chocolaterie Stam ($). 230 Main Street. 8:30am-8pm.  Bonbons, chocolate treats, cookies, wafers, gelato, licorice.
  • Café Diem ($). 229 Main Street. 7am-10pm  Coffee, pastries, salads; wi-fi.
  • Little Woods Herbal tea shop and tea house ($). 136 Main St. Herbs, spices, loose leaf teas, medicinal herbs, artisan wellness blends.
  • Great Plains Sauce and Dough Company($). 129 Main St. 11am-2pm, 4:30pm-12am Pizza, sandwiches, salads, desserts.
  • The Grove Café ($). 124 Main. 6am-2pm. Breakfast & lunch menu: Omelets, pancakes, French toast, hamburgers, hot sandwiches, desserts.
  • The Mandarin ($$). 415 Lincoln Way. 11am-2pm, 5-9pm.  Beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, & vegetable lunch entrées; seafood; dinner specials for 2-10 persons; soups
  • Cornbred Barbecue ($$). 526 Main St Suite. 11am-…. Beef, pork, turkey, sausage.

West Ames

How to get there: Take Cyride #1 Red West from campus.

  • Pammel Grocery & Deli ($). 113 Colorado Ave. 11am-8pm. Indian, Pakistani, and Middle Eastern food. Halal & vegetarian options: Gyros, kabobs, falafel, samosas, kofta.
  • Szechuan House ($). 3605 Lincoln Way. 11am-10pm.  Chinese food: Chicken, duck, lamb, pork, seafood; soups, lunch specials; vegetarian options.
  • Shogun Japanese Steakhouse ($$). 3704 Lincoln Way. 11am-9:30pm. Soups, salads, teriyaki, yakisoba, tempura, hibachi, sushi, sashimi, udon, shabu shabu, hibachi.
  • Provisions Lot F ($$$). 2400 N Loop Dr. 7am-8pm. Salads, soups, omelets, sandwiches, bistro, salmon, chicken, beef.

North Ames

How to get there: Take Cyride #6 Brown North from campus.

  • The Café ($$)2616 Northridge Pkwy. 7am-9pm. Omelets, pancakes, soups, salads, hamburgers, sandwiches, steak, fish, pizza, pasta.
  • +39 Italian Restaurant & Cantina ($$). 2640 Stange Rd. 11am-2pm, 5pm-9:30pm. Pasta, pizza, soups, salads, sandwiches; chicken, beef, fish; gluten-free options.
  • Brick City Grill ($$). 2704 Stange Rd. 11am-12am.  Hamburgers, sandwiches, entrées (chicken, pork, salmon), nachos, salads; gluten-free options.
  • El Azteca ($$). 2727 Stange Rd. 11am-9pm. Mexican food: Quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas, special dinners, soups, salads, desserts.
  • Wallaby’s Bar & Grille ($$). 2733 Stange Rd. 11am-11pm.   Salads, soups, hamburgers, sandwiches, wraps, nachos,entrées.
  • Los Altos Mexican Restaurant ($$): 823 Wheeler St. #5. 11am-9:30pm. Quesadillas, enchiladas, tacos, burritos; vegetarian options; desserts.
  • Ge Angelo’s Italian Restaurant & Lounge ($$). 4-9pm. 823 Wheeler St. #9.  Salads, pizza, calzone, pasta, chicken, cod; vegetarian options; build your own pizza; desserts.

South Ames

How to get there: Take Cyride #3 Blue South from campus.

  • Hickory Park Restaurant Co. ($$). 1404 S. Duff Ave. 10am-9pm. Barbecue, meat dinners, hamburgers, deli and smoked sandwiches, ice cream menu; teas.
  • Fuji Japanese Steakhouse ($$$). 1614 S Kellogg Ave. #101. 11am-2pm, 4-9:30pm Hibachi, teriyaki, tempura, udon, soba, rolls, sushi bar entrées, katsu, don buri, desserts.         

Cultural Attractions & Entertainment

On Campus

How do I get there? Everything on campus is within a walking distance.

All Ames Parkshttp://www.cityofames.org/government/departments-divisions-i-z/parks-recreation/park-system

Contact: tsll.iastate@gmail.com