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2020 Call for Proposals




Español y Portugués para un mundo multilingüe y multicultural
Espanhol e Português para um mundo multilíngue e multicultural
Spanish and Portuguese for a multilingual and multicultural world

July 9-12, 2020
Caribe Hilton Hotel
San Juan, Puerto Rico


Proposals are no longer being accepted. 

You may submit a proposal for one or more of the following session formats:

  • Academic Papers
  • Electronic Poster Presentations
  • Exhibitor Sessions
  • Panel of Academic Papers
  • Practice Oriented Papers
  • Sessions
  • Workshops
During this conference, we will host the first annual AATSP Graduate Student Day competition where master’s and doctoral degree students will be able to present their research or academic work before an audience of peers, educators and judges who will select the top graduate student presentations. The best presentations will be considered for publication in our Spanish & Portuguese Review (SPR) journal, the annual graduate student journal of the AATSP.  Workshops, e-Posters, and Panel of Academic Papers will not be considered for the Graduate Student Day Competition. 



The AATSP uses a Program Selection Committee to read and rate the proposals submitted for the annual conference. The Program Selection Committee is composed of AATSP members who represent various educational levels, the Spanish and Portuguese languages, and areas of expertise including literature, linguistics/applied linguistics, film, and cultural studies. The committee members rate the proposals based on their corresponding rubrics.

Conference Proposal Guidelines Committee
June 20, 2019


Proposal Deadline:
 November 1, 2019

Conference dates. The conference will take place July 9-12, 2020 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Please check your personal calendar and ensure that you are available to present during these dates and in the conference city before you submit your proposal.

Prospective presenters can submit no more than two (2) proposals.

Conference presenter no-shows. Any person involved in an undocumented cancellation (a "no-show") of his/her session cannot be selected as a presenter at future AATSP conferences for two conference years.

Proposal types. The AATSP Conference consists of a variety of session types. Before submitting a proposal, please read the descriptions of the proposal types outlined below.

Strands. The 2020 AATSP Conference will address three conference strands as well as other topics. Please read the descriptions of the strands outlined below.

Acceptance date. The AATSP will inform presenters in January 2020 whether or not their proposal has been accepted.

Scheduling date. Presenters will be notified of the date and time of their presentation by the end of March 2020.

Graduate Students. The AATSP encourages undergraduate and graduate students to participate in this year’s Graduate Student Day Competition.  If you want your Session proposal to be considered for this student competition, make sure you check the Graduate Student Day Competition box in the Session proposal form.  


The AATSP offers a number of Conference Attendance Travel Stipends to AATSP members to help partially defray the costs of attending the annual conference. 

The AATSP realizes that professional funding of conferences is scarce. The AATSP encourages members and nonmembers to look for multiple funding sources. The AATSP will continue to announce additional funding opportunities throughout the academic year.   



Conference proposals of all kinds that relate to the teaching of Spanish and Portuguese are welcome. Featured strands are:

1. The Teaching and Learning of Spanish and Portuguese
Proposals that fit this strand may address one or more of the following topics.

  • Student Engagement for Proficiency—What Works?
  • Innovative Teaching and Curriculum (e.g., Language Acquisition, Technology, Gamification, Service Learning, Social Justice)
  • Performance/Feedback/Assessment
  • Teaching and Learning in Multilingual/Multicultural Settings
  • Heritage Language Instruction and Learning 2.0

2. The Future of the Profession
Proposals that fit this strand may address one or more of the following topics.

  • Professional Development for Teachers (all levels and delivery modes; traditional/non-traditional)
  • Mentorship Models for K-16+ Educators
  • Languages for Careers/Professions (e.g., Translation/Interpretation, Business, STEM)
  • Expanding our Footprint in K-12 (e.g., Seal of Biliteracy, Dual Language Learning)
  • Languages and the Power of Advocacy

3. Reshaping Literary and Linguistic Studies

    Proposals that fit this strand may address one or more of the following topics.

  • Literature, Culture and Film in the Classroom
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Linguistic and Literary Community Engagement
  • Representations of Puerto Rican Migration and Other Diasporas



The language used in conference proposals indicates the language of the actual presentation or paper that will be given. As you prepare your proposal remember to use the same language for the session title and description, and then give your presentation or paper in that same language. EXAMPLE: If your title is written in English, then your description must be in English and your actual presentation must be given in English. Likewise, if your title and description are written in Portuguese, then the presentation will be given in Portuguese. Even though the title and description are written in one language, examples in other languages may be used.  


NOTE: Proposals are selected on merit (see rubrics). However, the AATSP strongly encourages proposals and presentations in Spanish and Portuguese. 





SESSION - 45 minutes

  • A session is 45 minutes in length (30-minute presentation and 15 minutes for questions and discussion).
  • A session deals with topics related to the teaching and learning of language, literature, linguistics and/or culture of the Spanish or Portuguese-speaking world.
  • A session can have one to three (1-3) presenters who explain or describe the topic in an engaging format to the attendees; discussion and audience participation is encouraged.
  • Session presenters should avoid reading a paper to the attendees.
  • Please click on this URL for the rubrics: Sessions Rubric (PDF)



ACADEMIC PAPERS – 45 minutes

  • An academic paper presents research about a topic related to language, literature, culture, pedagogy or linguistics.
  • It is a maximum of 30 minutes in length and is read aloud to the audience.
  • There should be a minimum of 10 minutes reserved for questions and discussion after the paper has been read.
  • Evaluation of proposals for academic papers and panels will be based on clarity of focus, relevance of the topic to the field, and quality of content and purpose (design, framework, methodology, findings, and sources).
  • Please click on this URL for the rubrics: Academic Papers Rubric (PDF)  



  • Academic papers present research about a topic related to language, literature, culture, pedagogy or linguistics.
  • An academic panel lasts 45 minutes and consists of 2-3 academic papers treating a similar theme or topic.

Number of presenters

Time per paper

For two (2) presenters

15 minutes per paper

For three (3) presenters

10-12 minutes per paper

  • There should be 10-15 minutes 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 at the moderator for the session.
  • The chair may also read a paper during the session.
  • Please click on this URL for the rubrics: Academic Panels Rubric (PDF)



  • A practice-oriented paper focuses on specific classroom applications, techniques, and activities related to a topic, rather than a general discussion about a topic.
  • It is a maximum of 25 minutes in lenght for a single presenter, with 10 minutes dedicated to content with practical tips and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.
  • Please click on this URL for the rubrics: Rubric (PDF)



An electronic poster (e-poster) is an opportunity for presenters to share a summary of their research or a project with attendees as they move through the poster area during a 45-minute period in the Exhibit Hall. E-posters are an effective way to discuss model projects and/or preliminary research results. Your presentation must be displayed on your laptop computer while standing at a high round table where attendees can stand for viewing and interaction. There will be multiple electronic posters being presented at the same time in the area. Your laptop must be operating on battery power since electrical outlets may not available. AATSP will not provide laptops/computers. No additional audiovisual equipment is allowed for e-poster presentations. E-poster presentations are presented in a designated space inside the Exhibit Hall.

  • E-poster presentations use an electronic format operated from a laptop computer. Traditional formats such as poster boards cannot be used.
  • E-Poster presentations should be between 5 and 10 minutes in length to allow for multiple presentations during the 45-minute allotted time session.
  • During the 45-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)
  • 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.
  • The attendees will listen to the brief presentation and discuss the topic further with the presenter(s).
  • The presentation may be repeated 3-5 times during the allotted 45-minute session, 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 computer and other electronic device that will be needed for the presentation.
  • Please click on this URL for the rubrics: Rubric (PDF)


WORKSHOP - 3 hours

  • Workshops are 3 hours in length and deal with topics in more depth than is possible during a 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 (1-3) presenters.
  • Attendees pay a $45 fee to attend the workshop and expect to receive an in-depth treatment of the topic as well as handouts and other resources.
  • Workshops must include an explanation of the theoretical background of the topic. However, most of the workshop must be interactive and allow the attendees time to have hands-on practice with the concepts, ideas, and techniques presented, followed by discussions and questions.
  • Evaluation of proposals for workshops will be based on timeliness and relevance of topic, clarity of purpose and expected outcomes, content knowledge of presenter, organization and procedures, and takeaways and post-workshop availability.
  • Only a very limited number of workshop proposals are accepted each year. 
  •  Please click on this URL for the rubrics: Workshop Rubric (PDF)



EXHIBITOR SESSION - 45 minutes  (due by March 1, 2020)

  • You must be a registered conference exhibitor to submit an exhibitor proposal.
  • All conference exhibitors are entitled to one session during which they may present information related to the product or service they offer.
  • Exhibitors receive this opportunity as a means to augment their presence in the exhibit hall.
  • The session should focus on the teaching and learning of language, literature, linguistics and/or culture of the Spanish or Portuguese-speaking world.
  • Exhibitor 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.
  • To submit an exhibitor session proposal, please contact Dalila González via email at, or via phone at (205) 855-0604. 





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