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51st RELC INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2016, SINGAPORE

Teaching Literacies - Emerging Pathways and Possibilities

in Language Education

14 – 16 March 2016

51st RELC INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2016, SINGAPORE

Teaching Literacies - Emerging Pathways and Possibilities in Language Education 14 – 16 March 2016

The 51st RELC International Conference has come to a successful close on 16 March 2016.

We thank you for your support and participation .

The presentation slides/handouts of some Invited Speakers have been uploaded for your reference below.

We look forward to seeing you at the 52nd RELC Conference in 2017! 

The 51st RELC
International Conference has the following Aims

To provide policymakers, practitioners and language professionals with a forum for sharing current research and practices on language policy, curriculum design and implementation.

To engage in discussion and conversations on new initiatives in translating language policy and planning into curricula, materials development and actual classroom practice.

To share innovations and creative pedagogies for new and multi-literacies.

To explore emerging pathways and possibilities in the teaching of literacies.

To review modes and modalities of language assessment.

To discuss implications for language teacher education.

Topic Areas

Best practices in embracing creativity in language learning and curriculum design

Innovative approaches to foster creativity in drawing up language curricula and syllabi

Current thinking about the role of teaching methods and strategies

Technological and pedagogical innovations in teaching new and multi- literacies

Culture and society in teaching literacies

Possibilities and new pathways in language practice

Modes and modalities of language assessment

The knowledge base of language teacher education

Mr Allen Davenport

Allen Davenport is the ELT Consultant for the ASEAN region at Cambridge University Press. He has been actively involved in education for more than 15 years as a teacher, teacher trainer, administrator, and examiner. Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and a master’s of education in student development.

Prof. Karen Dooley

Karen Dooley is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, School of Curriculum, Queensland University of Technology. She teaches undergraduate units in the primary literacy strand in the School of Curriculum and a second language literacy unit in the Master of Education program. She supervises in the areas of second language and literacy education. Her research interests include second language learning, English teaching and learning, literacy, classroom talk, multiliteracies, pedagogy, and linguistic, cultural and racial identities in education. Karen is interested in sociological perspectives on language and literacy education, and her research is informed by the theoretical frameworks of Pierre Bourdieu and Basil Bernstein.

Dr Lesley Gourlay

Lesley Gourlay is a senior lecturer in the department of Culture, Communication and Media, UCL Institute of Education. Her work explores relationships between textual practices in the university and technologies, drawing on sociomaterial perspectives. She convenes the SRHE Digital University Network, and is an editor for Teaching in Higher Education.

Assoc Prof Robyn Henderson

Robyn Henderson is an Associate Professor (Literacies Education) at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She teaches and researches in the field of literacies, multiliteracies, discipline literacies and literacy pedagogy. She has written one book and has edited five others, including Teaching literacies in the middle years: Pedagogies and diversity.

Dr John Macalister

John Macalister is Associate Professor and Head, School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington. He is also the President of ALANZ, the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand

His research interests include second language reading and writing, issues in language learning and New Zealand English. He teaches courses in language teaching methodology (reading and writing), and curriculum design

Prof James Martin

James Martin is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. His research interests include systemic theory, functional grammar, discourse semantics, register, genre, multimodality and critical discourse analysis, focusing on English and Tagálog - with special reference to the transdisciplinary fields of educational linguistics, forensic linguistics and social semiotics.

Prof Jayakaran Mukundan

Jayakaran Mukundan, PhD, is Professor at the Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia. He has researched on English Language teaching materials quite extensively and has produced the first online textbook evaluation instrument in the world (www.elt-tec.com). He has a deeper interest in retrospective evaluation of textbooks (as opposed to predictive, for selection purposes) and has proposed computer-based retrospective evaluation (RETROTEXT-E, versions II and II) which have won Gold Medals at the British Invention Show and at IENA, Germany.

Dr Aek Phakiti

Aek Phakiti is Senior Lecturer in TESOL at The University of Sydney. His research focuses on language testing and assessment, second language acquisition and research methods in language learning. He is an author of Experimental Research Methods in Language Learning (Bloomsbury, 2014) and with Carsten Roever, Quantitative Methods for Second Language Research: A Problem-Solving Approach (Routledge, in press, 2016).

Mr Martin Robinson

Martin works for Cambridge English Language Assessment and is responsible for the development of new assessment products, including Learning Oriented Assessment products and the Cambridge English Curriculum. He is qualified in PRINCE2 project management and Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) and holds an MA in Applied Linguistics, specialising in language testing.

Prof Jennifer Rowsell

Jennifer Rowsell is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Multiliteracies at Brock University’s Faculty of Education. Her current research interests include: applying multimodal, arts-based practices with youth; expanding research methods and theories of literacy for digital, immersive, and game-based research; and, longitudinal research with families examining ways of visualizing identities. Her most recent books include New Literacies Around the Globe (2014) with Cathy Burnett, Julia Davies, and Guy Merchant and the Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies (2015) with Kate Pahl.

Prof. Dr Karen Schramm

Prof Dr Karen Schramm serves as tenured professor of German as a Foreign Language at the University of Vienna. Her main research interests are foreign language teaching methodology (esp. curriculum development, learner autonomy, L2 reading), classroom discourse analysis, qualitative methods for researching the L2 classroom, foreign language teaching competencies.

Dr Nugrahenny Zacharias

Nugrahenny T. Zacharias is currently a visiting assistant professor at Miami University, USA. She was a teacher-educator at the English Teacher Education (ETE) department of Faculty of Language and Literature at Satya Wacana Christian University. Her research interest is in the area of identity issues and the implementation of EIL pedagogy in second language teaching and learning. She has published in various international journals. Her recent co-edited book entitled Contextualizing English as an International Language: Issues and Challenges.

Invited Speakers

Mr Allen Davenport

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Prof. Karen Dooley

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Dr Lesley Gourlay

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Assoc Prof Robyn Henderson

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Dr John Macalister

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Prof James Martin

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Prof Jayakaran Mukundan

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Dr Aek Phakiti

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Mr Martin Robinson

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Prof Jennifer Rowsell

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Prof. Dr Karen Schramm

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Dr Nugrahenny Zacharias

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