I recently presented my poster, titled Embodied activities in casual and classroom conversation, at the combined American Association of Applied Linguistics/Association Canadienne de Linguistique Appliquée in Toronto, CA. My presentation explored second language learners’ use of gesture and affect tokens (laughter, smiling, nodding, and head shaking) in formal and informal discourse.
I received wonderfully helpful feedback on my poster, met new researchers, and visited with a former colleague and a former advisor. The sessions I attended were insightful and helped me reconceptualize and reevaluate the identity-centered topics I have been contemplating for my future research at UCSB.
I’ve been accepted to give a poster presentation at the combined 2015 conference of the American Association of Applied Linguistics and L’Association Canadienne de Linguistique Appliquée, and I am thrilled.
This will be my first national conference presentation! It will also be the first time I present in any conference that I didn’t take part in organizing.
It will also be my first trip to Canada! It’s long overdue, considering my primary language of interest. I’ve been interested in visiting our northern neighbors for a while, but I’ve never had as perfect a reason as I do now.
And not only do I have those very exciting new experiences to look forward to, but Patricia Duff, Bonny Norton, Dwight Atkinson, and Aneta Pavlenko will all be there. I am so thrilled for this opportunity.