Academic Writing and English Language Learners

#AWELL16 is a two-day conference designed for faculty, instructors, and writing centre professionals who teach and tutor ELL students. The goal of the conference is to provide tools and approaches in a workshop format that may be used directly in the classroom and tutoring sessions.



April 26 - Final conference schdule posted.

April 13 - Conference schedule updated.

April 8 - Conference schedule posted.

March 2016 - Call for papers extended to March 21st.

March 2016 - Please submit your conference proposals to

February 2016 - We're pleased to announce keynote speakers Jennifer MacDonald and Dan MacCormack.

Jennifer MacDonald

What to correct? How to correct? Why to correct? Focus on Form with Multilingual Writers

In the teaching of writing to multilingual writers, the grammar correction debate rages on—should we be sticklers about the fine points of grammatical accuracy or overlook errors that don’t inhibit communication? A focus on form gives rise to questions about which linguistic standards to adhere to, how to approach form and grammar when giving feedback, and what our students even gain from it. This talk will offer a look at differing approaches to form and grammar in the teaching of academic writing to multilingual writers, as well as the history, politics, and preferences surrounding these practices.


January 2016 - Registration now open!

January 2016 - CFP 2016‌. Topics related to Academic Writing & English Language Learners welcome. Successful submissions will include immediate and practical applications with pedagogical and theoretical foundations that conference attendees can use within their academic communities. Sessions will be in a 30-min paper and 1-hour workshop format. Please indicate preference in your submission.


Questions for consideration may include, but are not limited to:

  • Pedagogy and practice for multilingual classrooms
  • ELL pedagogy relating to globalized students
  • Learning community writing practice
  • Technology in writing practice relating to ELLs
  • Multimodal approaches to ELL writing instruction and practice
  • Considerations of general teaching and learning practice to ELLs

We encourage participation from all academic fields and disciplines.

Please submit your 250 word proposals by March 7, 2016 via e-mail:

December 2015 - We've set the theme for the conference  "Teaching in the age of global learning" - CFP to follow!

November 2015 - Save the Date! A date has been set for the conference, April 29-30, 2016.  Check back or subcribe to our mailing list for updates.