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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!

We'd like to encourage you to consider writing up your paper or poster for the next PSLLT proceedings. Your proceedings submission will be due November 17, 2017. Proceedings will be published in summer 2018.

The proceedings are an important part of the conference and are essential in making your work known to a wider audience. There is nothing like the proceedings anywhere else in second language pronunciation research and teaching. The publication of high-quality, interesting papers (posters, Presentations, and teaching tips) helps the field move forward by presenting your research and teaching ideas to a worldwide audience.


Guidelines for proceedings submissions

All presenters of papers, posters, and teaching tips are invited to submit a written version of their paper for consideration in the electronic conference proceedings.  Proceedings templates are available from the editors. All submissions will be reviewed by outside readers who will make suggestions and recommendations to the authors and the editors.

Manuscripts should:

  • follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (2001) especially for tables, charts, and graphs
  • be doubled spaced and include no more than 4000 words (including references, tables, notes, appendices etc.)
  • use Times New Roman, 12 point font
  • include an abstract of no more than 200 words
  • include a biographical statement of the author(s) not to exceed 120 words per author
  • include the contact information of the author(s): name, affiliation, address, telephone number, and email address


All proceedings contributions are due by November 17, 2017. Any questions should be directed to the editors at

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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The keynote speaker was 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.

Oral Presentations
Oral presentations are 20 minutes with five minutes for Q&A, followed by a five-minute transition.

Presenters are responsible for supplying a laptop or similar device, with the ability to connect to HDMI and/or VGA (please bring an adapter if your device does not connect directly via HDMI or VGA).

Poster Presentations
Posters will be displayed on tripods holding boards that are 36"H x 48"W. We will provide double-sided tape so that you may attach your posters to the boards.

Teaching Tip Presentations
Teaching tip presentations are seven minutes long and will be presented in Round Robin format. Presenters will be seated at a table, and visitors will join the table for the duration of the presentation. Every seven minutes, a bell will ring and the audience will move on to another presentation during a one-minute transition period.

The Teaching Tips session will be divided into two parts, with one half of the presentations in each part.


  • University Guest House - $110 for single/double occupancy (+$10 each for 3rd and 4th occupants). The University Guest House is located on the University of Utah campus. The welcome reception and plenary will be held on-site, and main conference venue is a few minutes' walk. Rooms include free parking, breakfast, and wifi. To make a reservation at the conference rate, please call 801-587-1000 and reference 'PSLLT 2017'.
  • Marriott University Park - The Marriott University Park Hotel offers U of U discounted rates to attendees. Rates range from $149-$199 and are based upon availability Using Promotional Code U2U on the booking link that has been provided.  The Marriott offers a full service Starbucks, lounge, restaurant, room service, indoor pool, work out facility, and free parking. They also offer a complimentary shuttle within a two mile radius – which is first come/first serve. For additional assistance you can contact:  Trisha Koukoulias, Sales Manager (801) 584-3317

Getting Around SLC


  • Parking at the University Guest House is free for those staying there.
  • Daily passes for the Guest House parking lot can be purchased at the front desk for $5/day. This is recommended for those requiring on-campus parking while attending the workshop and/or conference.

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 Language Teaching & Research Center, University of Utah



Last Updated: 9/12/17