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2014 Call for Proposals and Descriptions

The Call For Proposals has closed for the

AATSP 2014 Conference.

For proposal information, please contact

Debra Nigohosian at




July 8-11, 2014
Trump Ocean Club Panama
Panama City, Panama


Descriptions below are for informational purposes only.

  • Proposal Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2013
  • Proposal types. The AATSP Conference consists of a variety of session and workshop types. Before submitting a proposal, please read the descriptions of the Proposal Types outlined below.
  • Acceptance rate. More than two-thirds of the proposals submitted for the 2013 conference were included in the final program.
  • Acceptance date. The AATSP will inform presenters in January 2014 whether or not their proposal has been accepted.
  • Scheduling date. Presenters will be notified of the date and time of their presentation by March 2014.
  • Conference dates. The conference is July 8-11, 2014 in Panama City, Panama. Please check your personal calendar and ensure you are available to present during these dates and in the conference city before you submit your proposal.

  • ACADEMIC PAPER - 30 minutes
    • An academic paper presents research about a topic related to language, literature, culture or linguistics.
    • An academic paper is 15-20 minutes in length and is read aloud to the audience.
    • There should be time for questions and discussion after the paper has been read.
    • A 30-minute session consists of one academic paper.
    • The AATSP Conference Program Staff may form Panels of Academic Papers by combining individual proposals that treat similar topics. Once combined, the members of the newly formed panel will select a chair for the panel. The new panel will be scheduled in a 75-minute session block.
    • Some academic papers concern unique topics and cannot be combined. They will be presented alone, in 30-minute sessions as submitted

    • Academic papers present research about a topic related to language, literature, culture or linguistics.
    • An academic panel lasts 75 minutes and consists of 2-4 academic papers treating a similar theme or topic.
    • There should be time for questions and discussion after papers have been read.
    • A chair, selected by the panel members, is responsible for submitting the proposal and all information concerning the panel. During the panel presentation, the chair serves as the moderator for the session.
    • The chair may also read a paper during the session.

  • e-POSTER PRESENTATION - 30 minutes or 75 minutes
    • AATSP e-Poster presentations use an electronic format operated from a laptop computer as opposed to a traditional format using poster boards. An e-Poster presentation consists of a brief outline of the important features or concepts of a research project, lesson plan, classroom materials, and/or cultural update.
    • e-Posters are an effective way to discuss model projects and/or preliminary research results.
    • One to three presenters will prepare a PowerPoint presentation on their topic. The PowerPoint presentation will be projected onto a screen using a laptop computer and data (LCD) projector.
    • The PowerPoint Presentation will consist of
      • A maximum of five (5) PowerPoint slides
      • An oral presentation to accompany the PowerPoint presentation lasting a maximum of five (5) minutes
    • During the 30 or 75 minute session the presenter(s) will stand by their computer and give the presentation to a small audience (generally 1-5 people at a time).
    • The attendees will listen to the brief presentation and further discuss the topic with the presenter(s).
    • The presentation may be repeated 5-6 times during the session time block giving several attendees the opportunity to interact one-on-one with the presenter(s).
    • Presenters may provide handouts with additional information for the attendees.
    • Presenters must bring their own laptop computer for the e-Poster Presentation.
    • The AATSP will provide the data projector, screen and a small table for holding the laptop.

  • SPONSOR SESSION - 30 minutes or 75 minutes
    • All Premium Package Sponsors are entitled to one 30-minute or one 75-minute session during which they may present information related to the product or service they offer.
    • Sponsors receive this opportunity as a means to augment their presence at the conference.
    • The session should focus on the teaching and learning of language, literature, linguistics and/or culture of the Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking world.
    • Sponsor Sessions are identified as such in the conference program.
    • The AATSP strictly prohibits the sale of materials or services in sessions and workshops during the conference. Presenters may provide information on how to access materials and services but financial transactions are not permitted during sessions or workshops

  • SESSION - 30 minutes or 75 minutes
    • A session treats topics related to the teaching and learning of language, literature, linguistics and/or culture of the Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking world.
    • Sessions can have one to three presenters who explain or describe the topic in an engaging format to the attendees; discussion and audience participation is encouraged.
    • A session can be 30 minutes or 75 minutes in length.
    • Session presenters should avoid reading a paper to the attendees.
    • Thirty-minute sessions submitted on similar topics may be combined by the AATSP into 75-minute sessions, in which case the presenters are informed and are expected to share the allotted time.

  • WORKSHOP - 3 hours or 6 hours
    • Workshops are 3 hours (half day) or 6 hours (full day) in length and treat topics in more depth than is possible during a 30- or 75-minute session. Topics can include the teaching and learning of language, literature, linguistics and/or culture of the Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking world.
    • Workshops can have one to three presenters.
    • Attendees pay an additional fee to attend the workshop and expect to receive an in-depth treatment of the topic and handouts to use as classroom resources.
    • Workshops should be interactive and allow the attendees time to practice the concepts and ideas presented.
    • Only a limited number of workshop proposals are accepted each year.


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