Academic Writing and Beyond in Multicultural Societies (July 28-29 2010)

full name / name of organization: 
Israel Forum for Academic Writing (IFAW) and the Institute of Research, Curriculum and Program Development for Teacher Education (MOFET)
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<strong>IFAW (Israel Forum for Academic Writing) & MOFET(Institute of Research,
Curriculum and Program Development for Teacher Education)</strong>
<strong><em>"Academic Writing and Beyond in Multicultural Societies"</em></strong>
<em>Israel's First International Conference on Academic Writing July 28-29,
The conference will address current issues in first, second, and foreign
language academic writing in English, Hebrew, Arabic, and other languages. Parallel
sessions will include individual presentations, panels, round table discussions,
and workshops for those in higher education and those who prepare students for
higher education. ;
<em>Who should submit abstracts?</em>
<li>Writing professionals & educators</li>
<li>University & college researchers</li>
<li>Deans & heads of departments</li>
<li>Instructors from all disciplines</li>
<li>Educators, writers & editors from the business world & from government
<li>Graduate & qualified undergraduate students</li>
<li>Other interested parties</li>

<em>What are some suggested themes for presentations?</em>
<li>Writing within and across disciplines </li>
<li>Writing and technology</li>
<li>Academic writing in different cultures</li>
<li>History of writing pedagogy</li>
<li>Feedback and assessment of writing</li>
<li>Reflective writing</li>
<li>Writing in the workplace</li>
<li>Bridging the gap between writing in secondary school and at tertiary level.
<li>Academic writing and creativity</li>
<li>Dealing with plagiarism</li>
<li>Development of writing centers</li>
<li>Gaining administrative support for writing programs</li>
<li>Supporting doctoral students and post-graduate writers</li>
<li>Issues in translation and translation instruction</li>
<li>Writing as engaged citizenship</li>
<li>Writing in a second/foreign language</li>
<br><br><em>What is the venue?</em>/ The new facilities of MOFET (Institute of Research,
Curriculum, and Program Development for Teacher Education) 15 Shoshana Persett
Street, Tel-Aviv
<br><br><em>Where can I get further information?</em> From the conference chair,
Dr. Trudy Zuckermann,
<br><br>At the end of the first decade of the 21st century, more and more educators
have come to realize the importance of academic writing programs both in and
beyond academia. The view that those entering higher education are able to
cope with their writing tasks without guidance has been widely challenged.
The need for quality writing ability after leaving higher education is clear.
Beyond the academy, with globalization in today's worlds of business, research,
and culture, writing skills are a necessity for all who wish to advance professionally.
Especially in multicultural societies where students come from many different
cultural and linguistic traditions and are often expected to write in more
than one language, supporting student writers at all levels of study and preparing
them for writing after their studies are pedagogical imperatives.
<br><br>Two years ago, the Israel Forum for Academic Writing held its first meeting
at Tel Aviv University. Its purpose was to connect people engaged in the teaching
and research of academic writing in Israel. Instructors in academic writing
in Hebrew and English from colleges and universities throughout the country
attended this meeting. Since then, our organization has grown – we now have
over 150 members on our mailing list. Visitors from abroad as well as local
members have addressed issues such as responding to and assessing student
writing, the use of technology in the teaching of writing, and how to gain
administrative support for our programs. We have been fortunate in finding
a home and support for our organization through the MOFET Institute.
<br><br>In keeping with the intercultural and multi-linguistic nature of today's
societies, invited speakers at the first international conference on academic
writing in Israel will address current issues in first language, second (third,
fourth, etc.) language and foreign language writing. We are also planning
to present a panel of writers in English, Hebrew, Arabic, and perhaps other
languages on the topic, "Universals and Specifics of Academic Writing across
Languages". Participants will address the question of what it means to write
in their various languages. Parallel sessions will include individual presentations,
round table discussions, and workshops. The program is designed to engage
all those interested in academic writing programs and the writers they educate.
Keynote and plenary sessions will be delivered in English. Papers and small
group presentations may be given in Hebrew, English, or Arabic. Research-based
contributions, as well as practical approaches to the teaching and learning
of academic and professional writing are welcome.
<br><br><em>Types of Presentations</em>
<li>Individual paper or presentation: 40 minutes including at least 10 minutes
for discussion</li>
<li>Panel presentation: three 25-minute presentations with 15 minutes for
<li>Workshop: 90 minutes allowing at least 30 minutes for non-presenter participation</li>
<li>Round-table discussion: 90 minutes including non-presenter participation
Poster presentation </li>
<br><br><strong>Abstracts for all proposals</strong> should consist of a maximum
of 300 words, and should be written in English. Abstracts written in another
language should include a translation into English. All abstracts should include:
Title Language of presentation Type of presentation and participant interaction
(e.g., workshop, paper, demonstration of classroom practice/method or technological
program) The issues/approaches/skills to be explored
<br><br><em>Completed Abstracts</em> Email completed abstracts as word documents,
Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced To: Miri Yochanna,
Subject line: IFAW Abstract Body of email: Please include title of presentation,
name of presenter(s), institutional affiliation(s)), contact information,
and country in the email message. Do not include presenter information in
the word document.
<br><br><em>Selection of Abstracts for Presentation</em> Abstracts will be evaluated
blindly, based on the following criteria: Is the topic relevant to the conference
theme? Is the approach to the topic original? Are the issues presented appropriate
for the conference participants? Is the presentation placed within a theoretical
framework? Is the issue that prompted this presentation clearly stated? Are
the implications for pedagogy or research clearly stated?
<br><br> <strong>Important Dates</strong>
<li><em>Deadline for submission of abstracts</em> – January 15, 2010 </li>
<li>Notification of accepted abstracts by: March 1, 2010 </li>
<li>Conference: :July 28-29, 2010 </li>
<br><br><b>Further information about the conference</b> (e.g., registration, accommodation)
will be available on our website, which is currently being developed.