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The fourth international Psychology of Language Learning conference (PLL4) will be held at Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada based on the theme “Currents and Waves.” We welcome proposals on a wide range of topics relating to the many long-running currents of thought and new waves of research about psychology of language learning with emphasis on the development of second or foreign languages.

For additional information and details, please see the conference’s Call for Proposals [PDF].

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The (randomly) selected focus publication for May 2019 is:

Rogerson A.M., & Rossetto, L.C. (2018). Accommodating student diversity and different learning backgrounds. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research: Special Issue Bringing International Perspectives to the Communication Curriculum in an Era of Globalization, 47 (5), 411-420. doi:10.1080/17475759.2018.1475293


Student mobility presents both challenges and opportunities in higher education due to language, cultural and learning background differences among students. Effective integration of ‘real world’ group situations into class and assessment activities assists students to develop skills in accommodating cross-cultural language differences in line with convergent principles of communication accommodation theory. This case study reports on a cross-cultural post-graduate Management subject in a regional Australian university, demonstrating how explicit teaching results in improved learning outcomes by integrating experiences with theory, while better preparing students to participate in a globalised workforce.

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Below is a message from Stefania Paolini, organizer of the SPSSI-SASP Intergroup Contact Meeting, for members of IALSP:

Interested in the SPSSI-SASP Intergroup Contact Meeting but cannot make it to the conference?

2019 SPSSI/SASP group meeting on Intergroup Contact to be held in Newcastle, Australia between Monday 29th April and Wed 1st May, 2019: For information, visit:

People who cannot make the conference in person have the option to (a) watch and listen to the presentations live via zoom or (b) download the presentations by presenters who have consented to the posting sometimes after the conference (exact timeline TBA) and view at their convenience.

Details of the conference including program schedule can be found at:

Times in the conference program are expressed as Sydney Australian Eastern times. To convert these times to your local times, try this easy time converter:

The link below provides instructions on how to connect to zoom (for windows or MAC) for the live-streaming.

To watch live, each session of the conference has a designated hyperlink (see program skeleton) that you can use to join the conference (Australian Eastern Standard Time). Click on the hyperlink and either download zoom or join via your browser If you join from your browser, you will have to enter the nine digit meeting zoom ID number (also on the program skeleton).

 When you join a session, your microphone will be muted automatically to reduce any feedback noise (from people joining and leaving the session). Questions immediately after each presentations will be taken only from the live audience at the conference venue. However, at the end of all sessions an extended Q and A will will include questions from the zoom audience.

The recorded presentations of presenters consenting to upload their file will be uploaded to the conference website  in the near future. The timeframe for this is however TBA. Check the conference website for updates.

2019-SASP-SPSSI Group Meeting Zoom Sessions

The information provided below needs to be read in conjunction with the conference program schedule here:

Session 1: Monday 29th April 2019, 1:40pm

ID: 369836376

Session 2: Monday 3:40pm

ID: 128758915

Monday Keynote 7:00pm

ID: 751087884

Session 3, Tuesday 30th April: 9:00am

ID: 741042382

Session 4, Tuesday 30th April, 11am

ID: 627418278

Session 5, Tuesday 30th April, 1:30pm

ID: 974153182

Session 6, Wednesday 1st May, 8:30am


Session 7, Wednesday 1st May, 10:50am

ID: 790299652

Wednesday Keynote, 12:20pm

ID: 658216211

Hope to see many of you virtually then!

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The (randomly) selected focus publication for April 2019 is:

Sheeran, N., Jones, L., Rowe, J, & McDonald. (2018). Adolescent mothers’ experiences over time. Family Relations, 67(3), 428-443. doi:10.1111/fare.12312.


Objective: To examine patterns and trajectories for Australian adolescent mothers as they transition into adulthood. Background: Adolescent mothers have diverse outcomes; some experience multiple negative outcomes for themselves and their children, and others prosper. Little is known about the experience over time for adolescent mothers and what factors affect their trajectories. Method: Three exemplar women’s stories are presented as case studies, showcasing themes identified from in-depth interviews conducted with 10 women who gave birth as adolescents. Interviews were conducted at the time of infant birth, as well as 3 months, 12 months, and 5 years later. Results: Two themes emerged that captured the nuanced experiences of these adolescent mothers: stability to chaos and I’ve grown, but I can’t reach the stars. Stability in the areas of family, relationships, geography, and planning/routine were related to whether young women had sufficient resources to focus on their own growth. Conclusion: An adolescent mother’s functioning is related to the extent to which she experiences stability across a number of key domains, which in turn act to limit or enable growth and development. Implications: Adolescent mothers are a heterogeneous group. Targeted assessments and interventions are needed that address disadvantage and promote stability.

A PDF of this article can be accessed here.