Proposals

WITESOL invites all professionals working with multilingual learners in any context to submit session proposals for the WITESOL Fall Conference. This year’s conference will be held in Verona, Wisconsin, on Saturday, November 9, 2024. The conference theme is Navigating Changing Landscapes: Empowering MLs in Evolving Times. Please note: you must register in order to present at the conference, but you do not need to be a member to present a session.

Click here for the proposal submission form!

Please complete all the required fields and provide as much information as you can. Click the “Submit” button when you are finished. Write all answers in English.

You may submit only one proposal as an individual presenter. You may submit an additional form for a joint proposal (two or more presenters).

Each submission must contain a title (up to 12 words), a proposal (up to 300 words), an abstract (up to 50 words) and a biographical statement (up to 150 words). The proposal will be reviewed in terms of its ‘fit’ with the conference theme and its suitability for the intended audience. The title, abstract and biographical information may be used (if your proposal is selected) in the conference program and/or online through our social media outlets and website.

You may choose which type of session you wish to give from these four options:
1. PANEL (45 minutes, 3-5 panel members) Group of experts are able to present and discuss current issues from the field. Note: The primary presenter is responsible for gathering all panel members before submitting a proposal.
2. WORKSHOP/PRACTICE-ORIENTED PRESENTATION (45 minutes, 1-3 presenters) Develop skills, materials or knowledge applicable to participants’ classroom settings, minimal discussion of theory or research.
3. RESEARCH-ORIENTED PRESENTATION (45 minutes, 1-3 presenters) May include some demonstration, but is intended for discussion of classroom technique(s), including the theoretical base(s) and results of research.
4. POSTER SESSION (1-2 presenters) Large, open format presentation that allows presenters to share a teaching tip, discuss nascent research, or engage with conference participants in a more informal setting. Presenters should be prepared to explain their poster in 3-5 minutes several times as conference participants browse multiple posters.

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: June 24, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

We will inform you of the status of your proposal by August 5, 2024. If accepted, you will need to indicate your plan to attend and present at the WITESOL Conference by registering for the conference by September 3, 2024. Presenters who do not register and pay for conference registration by September 3rd will lose their session. At that point, alternates will be contacted and will have until September 16th to register and pay for the conference registration.

If you have questions about the submission process, please email our proposal coordinator, Heather Linville at witesolboard@gmail.com