ReN Symposium at AILA 2011: Your ideas for a theme

The call for papers has been announced for the 16thWorld Congress of Applied Linguistics to be held in Beijing, August 23-28, 2011. The overall conference theme is Harmony in diversity: Language, culture, and society. See: (in Chinese) or (English version).

As it has done at every AILA Congress since 1996, the ReN on Learner Autonomy in Language Learning will be organizing a symposium. Therefore, we would like to invite you to send us any ideas you have for the general theme of the ReN symposium in Beijing, with some supporting reasons for your suggestions. Please submit your ideas to the convenors (Garold Murray and Richard Smith ) no later than October 30th, 2009.

Once a decision has been made on the theme, a call for papers for participation in the ReN symposium will go out, in November, 2009, with a probable deadline of December 31st, 2009.

Please note that a submission to the ReN symposium and a submission to the AILA Congress itself are two different things. We intend to inform members whether or not their paper has been accepted for inclusion in the ReNLA symposium by January 30th, 2010. In this way, if your paper cannot be included in this symposium, then you will still have plenty of time to submit your abstract as an individual paper for the AILA Congress via the official conference website. The deadline for submission of abstracts for individual paper presentations to the AILA Congress committee is February 28th, 2010. For the moment, we look forward to receiving your ideas for the theme of the ReN on Learner Autonomy Symposium by October 30th.

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