NFLRC holding National Conference on Pragmatics and Language September 12-14

Author: Maureen Hogan

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The National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS) at the University of Oregon have announce the 2022 Pragmatics and Language Learning Conference (PLL 2022) which will take place online on September 12-14, 2022.

The conference's main theme will be Teaching and Learning Interactional Pragmatics in a Digital World, but there is a broad range of topics in pragmatics, discourse, interaction, and sociolinguistics in their relation to second and foreign language learning, education, and use, approached from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. This  conference will bring together scholars and educators from all around the world who are interested in discussing both established and innovative approaches to teaching and learning pragmatics to strengthen our understanding of principles and practices in PLL and push the field to new and exciting directions in research and practice.

Some highlights of topics include:

  • Pragmatic development in study abroad: Recent advances and new directions
  • Effects of instruction on the production of L2 Spanish apologies
  • Crowdsourcing questions about appropriateness in Japanese and Korean as a second language
  • Intercultural communication standards in foreign language assessments
  • Learning language and culture in the Metaverse
  • Arabic for broadcast news
  • and much, much more!

The goal of the National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) is to expand the nation’s capacity to teach and learn foreign languages effectively through research and materials development projects, especially the less commonly taught languages of Asia and the Pacific. The primary audience for most NFLRC endeavors is language instructors and applied linguists involved in these languages. However, NFLRC projects are intended to have implications for the teaching and learning of all languages, with results being disseminated to the larger educational community through publications, summer institutes, conferences, workshops, symposia, online learning events, etc. The NFLRC also conducts outreach to governmental agencies, language and area studies centers, and others concerned with strengthening the nation’s capacity in this field. 

Registration for the event is only $20 for general ($10 for students).

For more information and to register, visit