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The Details . . .


A general description of the seminar's planned content is already listed on the seminar homepage. More specific information will be added as it becomes available. If you have particular questions regarding seminar content, please contact CA Seminar Director Gabriele Kasper.

The seminar schedule, listing planned CA sessions and social activities, will appear in a new web section called "Schedule" in late spring 2006 after participant selection has taken place.


The National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa is pleased to sponsor this event. Dr. Gabriele Kasper (Dept. of Second Language Studies) serves as Seminar Director, and NFLRC Program Coordinator Jim Yoshioka serves as Seminar Organizer. We are pleased to be having Conversation Analysis experts, Dr. Gabriele Pallotti (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia) and Dr. Johannes Wagner (University of Southern Denmark), serve as facilitators during the seminar sessions.


This seminar is specifically aimed at researchers currently studying second language interaction and learning from a Conversation Analysis perspective. It is NOT an introduction to Conversation Analysis but instead provides a forum for sharing ongoing CA research and exploring theoretical and methodological problems through data analysis. Selected participants will be expected and encouraged to contribute their own data for presentation and data sessions.

In addition, applicants should be language educators or researchers currently living and working in the United States. Educators and researchers in foreign countries are welcome to apply for the seminar with the understanding that they will be ineligible for the partial NFLRC funding offered to U.S. domestic participants (see Funding section below for more information).

If you meet the above criteria, we encourage you to apply, particularly if you conduct CA research in foreign languages, particularly less commonly taught languages (LCTLs). To apply for the seminar, please submit an online application form by the April 30, 2006 deadline. The selection process will be a competitive one, so be sure to allow adequate time to fully answer the questions. Also, don't forget to proofread your entries before submission. If you experience any difficulty with the online form, please contact us at for assistance.

Notification of selection results will take place by May 31, 2006 via email. We will be accepting a maximum of 20 participants for this special seminar.


To help defray travel expenses to attend the seminar, partial financial support (up to $500 for participants from the U.S. mainland) will be offered to successful applicants as funding permits. Because this partial financial support will likely not cover all costs involved in attending the seminar, we highly recommend that accepted participants look into various forms of financial or travel support from their home institutions as well.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to restrictions on the federal grant which funds our center, we can only offer partial financial support to participants who currently live in the United States and whose work impacts language research, learning, and teaching in the United States. Educators and researchers in foreign countries are ineligible for this partial funding.


There are no tuition fees to attend the Conversation Analysis & Language Learning Seminar. However, accepted participants are required to pay a non-refundable $50 registration fee. Please DO NOT SEND PAYMENT UNTIL NOTIFIED OF ACCEPTANCE.


The August 7-11 seminar will be held in the Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center on the University of Hawai'i at Manoa campus. The UH Manoa campus is 3 miles from Waikiki (about a 10-minute drive). If you are coming from the Honolulu International Airport, it is about a 20-minute drive (non-rush hour traffic). For directions, please check out our Transportation section.


There are a number of housing options available. Rooms in the East-West Center residence halls (Lincoln Hale & Hale Manoa) on the University of Hawai'i at Manoa campus can be reserved by accepted seminar participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Room rates range from $35-49/night and are limited in availability during the busy summer months. Participants may also enjoy special rates at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel (superior room - $69/night; ocean view room - $79/night) or the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel ($119/night) on the Diamond Head end of Waikiki. More information about housing options will be made available to seminar participants once they are accepted.


Are meals provided?
Seminar participants will be provided with continental breakfast refreshments each morning as well as afternoon snacks. There are also likely to be both an opening and closing reception during the seminar. Apart from that, participants are responsible for their own meals throughout the seminar. Extensive information regarding on-campus and off-campus dining options will be provided to participants upon their arrival.

Is transportation provided?
No transportation is provided. Information regarding various economical transportation options can be found in our Transportation section.

Is childcare provided at the seminar?
No childcare is provided. Also, there are some restrictions regarding children in the East-West Center residence halls. Please contact us at for more information.

Please contact us at if you have any further questions

Information on this page subject to change without notice.