University of Southern California

Crossing Boundaries: Working and Communicating in the Asia Pacific Region
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 8:00am - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 6:00pm


University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Conference Program | Travel Information | Conference Abstracts

Third Conference of the Asia-Pacific Rim LSP (Languages for Specific Purposes) and Professional Communication Association

Keynote Speaker
Vijay Bhatia, City University of Hong Kong

Plenary Speakers
Gail Fairhurst, the University of Cincinnati, OH Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini, Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK Clayton Dube, USC US-China Institute, CA

Call for Papers/posters
The conference aims to bring together researchers and practitioners in Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) and Professional Communication in the Asia-Pacific Rim and beyond to take part in a dialogue on research and collaboration in academic, professional and workplace contexts. To build a clearer understanding of communication in the workplace it is crucial to have effective collaboration between language experts, trainers and institutions specializing in communication skills. Such collaboration in turn is fundamental to the design and implementation of effective pedagogy, assessment and curricula.

We invite papers and posters on any of the following areas:

  • Relationships between LSP theory and workplace practices
  • Interconnections between discourse and socio-institutional practices
  • Collaboration between language teachers/trainers and institutions/organizations
  • Functional variation of language in academic and professional contexts
  • Discursive and professional practices of specialists
  • Disciplinary, intercultural and cross-cultural variation in professional communication & discourse
  • Descriptions of language use in professional contexts
  • Workplace communication and curriculum design

Papers focusing on the study of languages other than English are most welcome.

Presentation Guidelines
Papers will be allotted 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for discussion.

Abstract Submission Guidelines
Abstracts should be between 250-300 words and should be sent via e-mail attachments to or

Abstracts should include:

1. The title of the paper
2. A list of 3-5 key words describing the area and focus
3. The name(s) of the author(s) and their affiliation(s)
4. The corresponding author’s e-mail address and contact details

All abstracts will be peer-reviewed by a committee composed of members of the conference organizing committee.

Registration Information
To ensure conference rates for the hotel, please register before November 1, 2011. Conference registration will be available on the Association’s website after October 1, 2011. Conference registration closes on January 15, 2012.

The conference registration fee includes cost of registration, luncheons, and a conference dinner.

Registration Fees

Early Bird:
By November 1, 2011

After November 1, 2011




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Abstract Submission Deadline
The deadline for receipt of abstracts is extended to December 15, 2011.
Notification of acceptance will be given by January 1, 2012.

Preconference workshops
Two pre-conference workshops will be held on March 13, 2012 by plenary speakers Gail Fairhurst and Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini. Please refer to the registration form for further details.

A selection of conference papers will be published with an international publisher. The deadline for paper submissions to be published in conference proceedings is February 10, 2012. For more information of how to submit a paper click here.

About Asia-Pacific LSP & Professional Communication Association
The Asia-Pacific LSP (Languages for Specific Purposes) and Professional Communication Association is an association of Asia-Pacific researchers, teachers and trainers specializing in the study and teaching of languages for specific purposes and professional and organizational communication, and fostering such activities in a broad range of disciplinary fields. The primary aim of the association is to promote interdisciplinary and collaborative research and practice in academic, professional and workplace contexts.