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Submit a Proposal for the 2019 Convention

The 2019 Convention aims to provide a comprehensive professional development experience that helps language educators be better able to develop their students’ critical-thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills.

All AATG members are invited to submit proposals for sessions, roundtables, practice-oriented paper presentations, research-oriented paper presentations, or electronic posters. Proposals should address the needs of today’s German learners and educators by focusing on innovative programs, emerging trends that impact the profession, and research-informed practices. Click here to read descriptions of proposal types.▼

Session – A session is 45 minutes in length, with two or three presenters, and should address a topic of interest to attendees. Presenters should plan to share valuable information and skills in an engaging and interactive format that allows for audience participation.

Roundtable – A roundtable presentation is 45 minutes in length with part oral presentation and discussion with a group of 10 people seated around a common table. Roundtable presentations typically are 30 minutes of presentation followed by 15 minutes of discussion and feedback. Roundtables are an ideal format for networking and in-depth discussion on a particular topic. Presenters are encouraged to present their latest research or project in an engaging and interactive way.

Practice-Oriented Paper – A practice-oriented paper is 15 minutes in length for a single presenter, with 10 minutes dedicated to content on a single idea with practical tips and 5 minutes for discussion and questions. These presentations condense information and insight on a pedagogical topic into a shorter format. This presentation should focus on specific classroom applications, activities, and techniques rather than a general discussion of a topic. Papers of a common theme will be grouped in a 45-minute time slot.

Research-Oriented Paper – A research-oriented paper presentation is 15 minutes in length with 10 minutes to present and 5 minutes for a question and answer period. Proposals should address a current and relevant research topic of interest to language educators. Presentations should focus on results of the research and implications for language learning and teaching. If a paper has multiple authors, only one author may present it. Papers of a common theme will be grouped in a 45-minute time slot. Presenters should avoid reading papers and/or study results, and instead present the information in an engaging format.

Electronic Poster – An electronic poster is an opportunity for presenters to share their research or a project with attendees as they move through the poster area during a 60-minute period in the exhibit hall. The presentation must be displayed on a laptop computer while the presenter stands at a high round table where attendees can stand for viewing and interaction. Multiple electronic posters are presented at the same time in a common area.

Click here to close proposal type descriptions. ▲

In addition, if you are interested in organizing a session for the 2019 Convention and are looking for co-presenters, you can find information and submit your idea here. Members interested in presenting in these organized sessions are invited to submit short descriptions (250 words) for presentation ideas directly to individual session organizers.

View the free webinar hosted by AATG President Susanne Rinner and Vice President Doug Philipp on how to craft a strong proposal for a presentation.

All proposals must be submitted in English and include title, program guide description, content and purpose, outcomes, and strategies for engagement. You must select "German" as the "Applicable Language" for your proposal to be considered for inclusion in the program by the AATG program committee. All proposals undergo a blind review by both AATG and ACTFL program committee members, and no proposals are guaranteed inclusion in the program. The submission guidelines provide information on how to create a strong proposal, along with the rubrics used to evaluate proposals.

All AATG sessions must include more than one presenter, and all presenters must be members of AATG. You may be a lead presenter on only one proposal, but may be listed as a secondary presenter on another. AATG does not allow you to present in more than two sessions.

All proposals must be submitted by January 11, 2019. Notification of proposal acceptance will be sent in April.

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