2014 Conference

SOCALLT 2014’s theme is Beyond the Classroom: Language Learning From Local To Global. It will be held on the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, March 13-15, 2014.


 The program is available in the Conference 2014 tab from the Home Page navigation bar.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Paige Ware, Associate Professor and Director of the PhD in Education Program at Southern Methodist University.

 Prior to earning her doctorate in Education, Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of California at Berkeley, she was an English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher. Fluent in Spanish and German, she was a Fulbright scholar in Germany before moving to Spain, where she taught in a bilingual Spanish-English elementary program.  Her research focuses both on the use of multimedia technologies for fostering language and literacy growth among adolescents, as well as on the use of Internet-based communication for promoting intercultural awareness through international and domestic online language and culture partnerships.  Her research has been funded by a National Academy of Education/Spencer Post-Doctoral Fellowship, by the International Research Foundation for English Language Education (TIRF), and by the Ford Scholars program at SMU.  She was also the principal investigator of a Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) professional development grant supporting secondary school educators in obtaining their ESL supplemental certification.


We have rooms held at the Lod Cook Hotel on the campus of LSU, located at 3848 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA, 70808, 225-383-2665225-383-2665.  Rooms have been held for 3 nights, (check-in) Thursday, March 13 – (check-out) Sunday, March, 16.  40 rooms have been held for each night and the rate is $99/night.  We have until February 16, 2014 (this coming Sunday) to book before they release the rooms.  If you decide to stay at the Lod Cook, a complimentary buffet breakfast is available every morning.  For more information please visit:  http://www.thecookhotel.com/

Should you miss the deadline to book a room need another option, my recommendation would be the following:

  1. Baton Rouge Marriot, 5500 Hilton, Baton Rouge, LA, 70808, (800) 627-7468(800) 627-7468, $99/night.  More information at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/btrmc-baton-rouge-marriott/
  2. Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Baton Rouge, 462 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70801, (225) -382-2100(225) -382-2100.  $93/night.  More info at http://www.hamptonbatonrouge.com/
  3. Hampton Inn, 4646 Constitution Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA, 70808, (225)-926-9990(225)-926-9990, $109/night.  More info at http://www.hamptoncollegedrive.com/

Welcome Reception (coming)

Connecting & Presenting on Campus

Mike Dettinger from LSU will have guest log-in access to LSU’s wireless ready a few days before the beginning of the conference.  Stay tuned for more details.

Vendors, Exhibitors, Sponsors, & Program Ads (coming)

Travel from Baton Rouge Airport

Directions from Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport to the Lod Cook Hotel on LSU’s campus.

  1. Travel I-110 South to I-10 East toward downtown Baton Rouge
  2. Take Exit 156B Dalrymple Drive / LSU
  3. At end of exit you’ll reach a traffic light, turn RIGHT onto Dalrymple Drive (lakes should now be on your left)
  4. Take Dalrymple Dr. and go through 2 traffic lights (May Street and State Street)
  5. After the State Street light keep eye out for a roundabout (1/4 – 1/2 mile)
  6. Take the roundabout to the left (West Lakeshore Drive)
  7. Follow West Lakeshore Drive approximately ½ miles (you will pass a few fraternity houses on your LEFT.  After these the road bends to the right)
  8. The Lod Cook Hotel will then be on your RIGHT at 3848 West Lakeshore  Drive (front of the hotel and conference center has a circle.  Front of the building will say Lod Cook  Alumni Center (the hotel is behind this, but you can reach it also by going through the Alumni Center).

Directions from New Orleans to Lod Cook Hotel on LSU’s campus.

  1. Travel I- 10 West toward Baton Rouge
  2. Take Exit 156 B Dalrymple Drive / LSU
  3. Follow exit to bottom of exit ramp until you reach a traffic light (Dalrymple Drive)
  4. Turn RIGHT on Dalrymple Drive and use steps 4-8 from about set of directions to reach the Lod Cook Hotel.

Directions heading east toward Baton Rouge from Texas simply travel I-10 East and follow 2-8 from above.

If anyone has any questions or issues please feel to call me (Mike Dettinger) at 513-460-9273513-460-9273

If you have GPS and simply want to plug in your destination, the Lod Cook Hotel is located at 3848 West Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA, 70808.  The hotel phone number is 225-383-2665225-383-2665.

Keynote Speaker (coming)

Getting to Conference Sessions from Conference Hotel

Directions from the Lod Cook Hotel to LSU Campus Parking Garage (across street from Student Union).  Parking option #1 (we have 30 spots reserved)

  1. Exit the Lod Cook Hotel and turn LEFT on to West Lakeshore Drive.
  2. Follow road until you reach the roundabout at Dalrymple Drive
  3. Follow the roundabout to the LEFT on to Dalrymple Drive.
  4. Turn left on East Campus Drive (You will just pass the LSU Lab School on left).
  5. Go to the 4-way stop.  Go through intersection (garage will be on right).
  6. Turn RIGHT into garage entry.  Tell attendant you are with SOCALLT.  They will direct you to your spot.
  7. Ask attendant to point you in direction of the Student Union and then follow the SOCALLT signs to entrance.

Option 2 for (paid) parking

Directions from the Lod Cook Hotel to LSU Campus and Student Union.

  1. Exit the Lod Cook Hotel and turn LEFT on to West Lakeshore Drive.
  2. Follow road until you reach the roundabout at Dalrymple Drive
  3. Follow the roundabout to the LEFT on to Dalrymple Drive.
  4. Follow Dalrymple Dr. and you will see a traffic light (Highland Road).
  5. Go through the Highland Road traffic light / intersection and you will see the campus parade grounds on your left (large open field).
  6. Turn LEFT at next street (Tower Drive).  If you go up to the traffic booth with guard you have gone too far.
  7. Follow Tower Drive to the left (road will fork after a few buildings on your right hand side).  Follow to the left.
  8. The Student Union will now be on your right.  Parking Spots will be on your left.

There is also the option to walk from the hotel.  This is roughly 20 minutes, but requires cutting from back of hotel through campus.  I can easily provide details for anyone interested in this option.  Of course, weather will determine whether we want to walk or not.  I would recommend driving.  There is also a campus bus line that runs every 15-20 minutes past the Lod Cook Hotel to campus.  Follow the Purple Line from stop 9 to stop 11 or 12 (5-10 minutes to Student Union from here by foot) https://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/tigertrails/files/2013/11/Purple.pdf.  You would need the Gold line to get back to the hotel and take stop 4 or 5 from campus to stop 7 near the hotel https://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/tigertrails/files/2013/10/Gold.pdf .

From the Student Union to the Foreign Language Lab (if we have workshops planned for the computer lab).  This is about a 5-10 minute walk.  I will have signs set up to guide everyone.

Parking on Campus

We should have a block of spots held for us in front of the Student Union.  Details are still being sorted with campus parking & transportation.  Friday, classes on campus will be in session, so if you arrive after the conference begins, my recommendation would be to visit the campus Visitor Center, located at the corner of Dalrymple Drive and Highland Road https://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/parking/visitor-center-2/.  If heading toward campus to the Student Union from the hotel, this is the intersection you pass through before turning LEFT on Tower Drive.  The building is on your right at this intersection.  Visitors can obtain a day pass by checking in with the front desk inside.  Saturday we will not need to worry about reserving parking spots.  My recommendation would be to simply park in front of the Student Union.

Campus Maps & Info

Here is a screen shot of the campus map that includes all 3 buildings (Lod Cook Hotel on far right, Student Union in middle, and Foreign Language Lab in Prescott Hall on far left).  http://campusmap.lsu.edu/map/?map=1&xmin=3328797.5&ymin=695083.4&xmax=3332857.3&ymax=697083.4.  You can access the interactive map via this link http://campusmap.lsu.edu/map/framesetup.asp and I would recommend doing a key word search for Student Union, or you can zoom in/out with your mouse to find the appropriate buildings.  Here is also a Google Map link to the campus including all of the buildings.  https://maps.google.com/maps?q=baton+rouge&ll=30.414797,-91.175312&spn=0.006569,0.013078&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&hnear=Baton+Rouge,+East+Baton+Rouge,+Louisiana&gl=us&t=m&z=17

LSU’s website is www.lsu.edu.  For more information regarding the Student Union, please visit http://unionweb.lsu.edu/

Baton Rouge Tourism Info


The USS Kidd & Veterans Memorial http://www.usskidd.com/
Louisiana Art & Science Museum http://lasm.org/
Louisiana Old State Capitol building http://www.louisianaoldstatecapitol.org/
Old Governor’s Mansion http://oldgovernorsmansion.org/

LSU Campus / Near LSU Campus:

Mike the Tiger exhibit http://www.mikethetiger.com/index.php  / http://campusmap.lsu.edu/map/?map=1&xmin=3326927.6&ymin=695474.3&xmax=3328475.3&ymax=696212.4
Magnolia Mound Plantation http://www.brec.org/index.cfm/park/detail/112

Around town:

Baton Rouge Zoo http://www.brzoo.org/

If you have more time to spend, of course a trip to New Orleans is worth the trek (1.5 hrs).  Or even a trip to Avery Island to tour of the Tabasco hot sauce factory and museum (1.5-2 hrs) http://www.tabasco.com/avery-island/

Important Dates (coming)

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