Dr. Clyde Coreil and Dr. Mihri Napoliello, Directors

Imagination and Language Acquisition:
17th Annual International Conference

Dr. Clyde Coreil and Dr. Mihri Napoliello, Co-Chairpersons
Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1, 2010

New Jersey City University
2039 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305-1597 USA

Phone: 201-200-3087
Voice Mail: 201-200-3237
Fax: 201-200-2202

Introduction to the Center

        The Center for the Imagination in Language Learning was established at New Jersey City University in 1997 with two main goals. The first was to focus attention on the hypothesis that the faculty of the imagination is critically important to the acquisition of first, second and subsequent languages. The second goal was to encourage the reporting of theoretical and practical findings related to this hypothesis. The Center was designed as the umbrella organization for two existing undertakings -- an annual Conference that had been founded in 1990, and the annual Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning and Teaching, founded in 1993. Other activities of the Center include scholarly meetings and publications.

        Following these introductory remarks are the 104 articles that appeared in the first six volumes of The Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning and Teaching. With the contents of the current Volume VI, these articles make up what is probably the largest body of literature on the relationship of the imagination to language acquisition available today. We believe teachers of any language at any level - kindergarten through college - will find something of interest in these archives. These theoretical and practical writings might also be useful to undergraduate and graduate students who will soon begin helping children and adults acquire language in formal and informal settings. We, the editorial staff, wish to express our appreciation to the administrators of New Jersey City University, who have supported our efforts over the years, and to the authors who have been so gracious in sharing their research and observations.