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Pronunciation in Second Language Learning & Teaching (PSLLT)
9th Annual Conference

September 1-2, 2017 | University of Utah

Bridging L2 Pronunciation Research and Teaching

We are pleased to host the 2017 conference on Pronuncation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) at the University of Utah! PSLLT is an annual meeting that brings together language teachers and second language acquisition researchers who share an interest in second language pronunciation.

We will also host a Research Methods in L2 Pronunciation Workshop on August 31, 2017.

We hope you will join us in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah!

Full PSLLT Conference Registration (Sept. 1-2)

  • Full Student Registration - $70 (online by August 1, 2017) $85 (online after August 1 or on-site)
  • Full Regular Registration - $140 (online by August 1, 2017) $170 (online after August 1 or on-site)

Teaching Tips Only Registration (Sept. 2)

  • All Registrants - $20

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You will be taken to a registration page where you can register for PSLLT 2017 and/or the Research Methods in L2 Pronunciation Workshop.

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The keynote speaker will be Professor Isabelle Darcy of Indiana University.

"A psycholinguist walks into a classroom…": A road-map for bridging research and practice in pronunciation teaching


Over the last 50 years, our knowledge of how learners acquire the phonology and the pronunciation of a foreign language has made tremendous progress. During the same period, pronunciation teaching has also profoundly transformed itself. Yet there is a general feeling that the two fields are disconnected: that research is not asking the right questions, and that teaching practices are not taking research outcomes into account.
In an attempt to enhance cross-pollination between the fields, I will synthetize psycholinguistic research findings - obtained both in and outside my lab - outlining phonological acquisition in L2 learners. I will highlight their relevance for pronunciation teaching and outline concrete ways to implement specific practices suggested by these findings. This is only a first step however, and actual research verifying the success of such implementations in increasing intelligibility is needed. The talk will thus outline a road-map for a research~teaching double agenda.

Officers’ Club - 150 South Fort Douglas Blvd.

Officers Club

Thursday, August 31, 2017    

Pre-conference workshop: Research Methods in L2 Pronunciation (1:00PM - 5:00PM)

Evening Welcome Reception - Guest House Douglas Ballroom West & Patio

Friday, September 1, 2017

Welcome & Plenary - Guest House Douglas Ballroom East

Conference Sessions - Officers' Club

Poster Session & Lunch - Guesthouse Douglas Ballroom

Conference Sessions - Officers' Club

Conference Dinner - Guesthouse Douglas Ballroom

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Conference Sessions - Officers' Club

Lunch - On your own

Teaching Tips Round Robin - Officers' Club

Conference Closing - Officers' Club

Coming soon!



Getting Around SLC

What to Do & See

Call for papers PDF

We invite proposals for oral and poster presentations on all topics related to naturalistic pronunciation acquisition and classroom pronunciation learning – any aspect of pronunciation research, teaching and learning. We also invite evidence-based “teaching tip” proposals. Teaching tips will be presented in a Round Robin format, with a small group gathered around the presenter. Every seven minutes, a bell rings and the audience moves to another teaching tip presentation.

The online abstract submission site will open on January 9, 2017, and the deadline for submissions is April 7, 2017. Review outcome notifications will be sent in early May.

Abstracts should be given a descriptive title, be double-spaced, have no more than 250 words (including references if included) and should specify the desired presentation format:

- Oral Presentation (20 minutes plus questions)
- Poster Presentation (90-minute poster session)
- Oral or poster presentation (either is ok)
- Teaching Tip (7 minutes in Round Robin format)

Abstracts should be uploaded to

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PSLLT 2017 Organizing Committee

Rachel Hayes-Harb

Shannon Barrios

Taylor Anne Barriuso

Catherine Showalter


Department of Linguistics, University of Utah

Second Langauge Teaching & Research Center, University of Utah



Last Updated: 5/12/17