2016 National Language Policy and Multilingual Education
Where: Mandalay, Myanmar
When: February 7-9, 2016
Conference website: www.myanmarnlp-conference.com
Useful Assessment and Evaluation in Language Education
Georgetown University, Washington, DC
March 11-13, 2016
CLESOL 2016 Conference
The 15th National Conference for Community Languages and ESOL, brought to you by TESOLANZ (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages New
Zealand) and CLANZ (Community Languages Association New Zealand).
When: Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 July 2016
Where: The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
Conference website: http://www.clesol.org.nz/
10th International Conference on Multilingualism and Third Language 2016
>The 10th International Conference on Multilingualism and Third Language
>Acquisition will be held at Vienna University in September 1st-3rd, 2016.
>We welcome original and previously unpublished papers on research on
>the acquisition or use of three or more languages. The language of the
>conference is predominantly English, but contributions in other
>languages are welcome (slides in English).
>We welcome abstracts for individual papers in parallel sessions and
>thematic symposia. Individual papers will be assigned 30 minutes: 20
>minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.
>Thematic symposia will focus on one specific topic, and will bring
>together key contributions to the topic. They will take place in 2 hour
>slots (4 papers) in parallel to the other sessions.
>Abstracts for individual papers and thematic symposia should be sent in
>English or in the language of presentation accompanied by an English
>translation. Please attach your abstract as a word document (max 300
>words, excluding title and references, in Times New Roman, 12 pt.) no
>later than 30 October 2015 to email@example.com, and include
>the following (in this order): name and affiliation of the
>author(s)/convener(s), e-mail address of the first author/convener,
>title of the paper, abstract.
>An individual may appear as first author only once on the programme, in
>addition to a possible role as thematic symposium organiser or
>co-author of another paper.
>All abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the scientific committee.
>Notifications of acceptance will be sent before 15 January 2016.
>Those who will not be able to attend the conference may submit
>e-presentations. E-presenters should send their complete presentation
>abstract!) no later than March 15th 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
>E-presentations may include videos, pictures, audio, etc. (duration per
>e-presentation: 15min.) and will be displayed during the conference in
>a separate room.
Call for Papers
2016 PAC & 25th International Symposium and Book Fair on English Teaching
November 11-13, 2016
Chien Tan Overseas Youth Activity Center, Taipei, Taiwan
Epoch Making in English Teaching and Learning:
Evolution, Innovation, and Revolution
As the English Teachers Association-Republic of China (ETA-ROC) celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016, the organizers have planned some very special events for members and participants: publication of a special monograph, hosting a graduate forum, and holding a micro movie contest on TESL/TEFL. It is with this backdrop that we consider the theme for the 2016 conference—“Epoch Making in English Teaching and Learning: Evolution, Innovation, and Revolution.”
As we look back over the 25 years of ETA-ROC, we have the opportunity to reflect on how English teaching and learning have evolved over this time period and what these changes have meant. Primary school students now study English, high school teachers use Power Point in their lessons, university students take distance learning courses, among so many other changes and the technological innovations that have facilitated them. What comes next? Is a revolution in language teaching and learning in the offing? Will classrooms and teachers become obsolete? Or will their functions and roles change dramatically?
The conference welcomes papers that deal with educational development, current problems as well as trends, and predictions for the future. While the conference will focus on these areas, proposals on all aspects related to teaching and learning in the language classroom are invited for submission, ranging from pure research to case studies, comparative work to methodology and pedagogy. The following areas will be of particular emphasis.
Historical Surveys. Considering the conference theme, the organizers welcome topics surveying the development of various aspects of English teaching and learning throughout the past 25 years and more, both in Taiwan and in other regions, including other countries of East Asia and our Pan-Asian affiliates.
Methodology/Teacher Training. We have witnessed many changes in both teaching language skills as well as in pre- and in-service teaching training during the past 25 years. What had been their impact on learning? What does the future hold in these areas?
Technology. Digital technologies and distance learning have now been in use for a number of years. While newer and faster hardware has been developed, have we advanced in our methodologies? Have these technologies produced any more effective learning than traditional methodologies? What sorts of technologies will we see in the future and what impact will they have on English teaching and learning?
Research. There is continuing need for research in traditional areas of English teaching and learning to suggest more effective ways to facilitate student learning. Also needed is research into related fields such as second language acquisition, psychology and the rapidly-developing neurolinguistics as well as the learning of other (additional) languages to better inform teachers of how learning actually takes place.
Literature. Literature has always played an integral part in the teaching of language, especially at more advanced levels. How do we teach the new literatures in English from East Asia and other regions where English is not the native language? How will literature fit into language teaching in the future?
The languages of the conference are English and Mandarin Chinese. Papers to be presented in Chinese must have titles and proposals submitted in Chinese. If a proposal is submitted in English, then the paper should be delivered in English.
Types of Presentations
Presentations of original studies or effective practices in English or foreign language teaching are invited. There will be six types of presentations:
Papers. These are formal lecture presentations on something the presenter has done in relation to either theory or practice. The abstract should include a synopsis of the paper, a central idea, supporting evidence, and a conclusion. The duration is 30 minutes including time for questions and comments from the audience.
Workshops. These are demonstrations or discussions which focus on hands-on teaching experiences or techniques and in which the audience is expected to be actively involved. The one-page abstract should include a statement of the presenter’s central purpose and a description of the tasks to be performed during the workshop. The duration is 60 minutes including time for questions and comments from the audience.
Colloquia. A colloquium provides both formal presentation and participant discussion. It is a forum for a group of scholars to discuss a current issue in the field and also provides an opportunity for discussion among those in attendance. Presenters exchange papers in advance and make formal responses to each other’s positions. The organizer of the colloquium is responsible for securing the participation of people representing various viewpoints in the field before submitting a proposal. Each participant/presenter in the colloquium should submit a one-page abstract and fill out the presentation proposal form. In addition, the organizer should write a one-page abstract which summarizes the content of the whole colloquium in general. The individual abstracts and proposal forms along with the general colloquium abstract must be submitted in one package. The duration is 105 minutes.
Panel Discussions. This is an opportunity for a group of scholars to discuss current issues in TEFL and for open discussion among all in attendance. It is less formal than a colloquium; members of the panel present their points of view and exchange opinions with the audience, but they do not give formal paper presentations. The one-page abstract should include, in addition to a synopsis of the issue(s) to be discussed, a brief schedule of the presentations and the discussion time. The duration is 105 minutes.
Poster Sessions. A poster session allows for informal discussion with participants during the time that a self-explanatory exhibit is on display. The duration is 30 minutes.
Publishers’ Sessions. In these sessions, representatives of publishers demonstrate how a textbook or other teaching material can be applied in the classroom. The duration is 60 minutes. Publishers MUST indicate their session is a Publishers’ Session on the Presentation Proposal Form; otherwise, the session will be vetted as a regular presentation.
Criteria for Selection. All proposals will be subject to a blind review by a team of ELT experts selected by the Conference Coordinating Committee. Relevance to the theme of the conference and to English language teaching practice in Taiwan and the neighboring regions, quality of research, and originality of approach are among the major considerations in acceptance of papers. The committee reserves the right to turn down proposals for presentations without assigning reasons.
Steps in Submitting a Proposal
(1) Prepare three copies of the abstract without your name or other identifying information. The abstract should be double-spaced (12 point), with one-inch margins, and fit on one sheet of A4 paper (about 200 words). (Abstracts written in Chinese or other languages should be typed on computer and follow a similar format.) The title should appear on the first line and be limited to 10 words.
(2) Prepare one copy of the two-page Presentation Proposal Form (or two forms if there are two presenters, etc.). For Colloquia and Panel Discussions, send one form for EACH member of the panel, including the discussion leader/moderator.
(3) Submit the three copies of the abstract (without your name) and the two-page presentation data form (one for each presenter) to P. O. Box 22-178, Taipei, Taiwan 106 (English or Chinese) by the February 29, 2016 deadline. NOTE: Abstracts sent by facsimile (FAX) will not be accepted.
Email submission should be sent to email@example.com
Presenters will be limited to a maximum of one individual presentation (paper or workshop) and one joint presentation per person.