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53RD RELC INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2018, SINGAPORE

50 Years of English Language Teaching and Assessment – Reflections, Insights and Possibilities

12 – 14 March 2018

53RDRELC INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, 12 - 14 March 2018, SINGAPORE

50 Years of English Language Teaching and Assessment – Reflections, Insights and Possibilities

Established in 1968 with the aim to improve language teacher education in the region, SEAMEO RELC has played a key role in bringing together language educators for the past 50 years. Over the past half century, due to the dynamic nature of language as a living entity, language educators and applied linguists have witnessed significant changes in language education. These changes include beliefs about how languages are learned; approaches and methods of language teaching and assessment; curriculum and materials development; and the identities of “native” and “non-native” speakers as teachers of English. Impelled by the rapid forces of globalization and the internationalization of the status of English, it looks certain that the future of language education will be equally dynamic.

The 53rd RELC International Conference seeks to provide opportunities for our profession to critically reflect upon and evaluate existing pedagogical principles and practices, and to envision a future that allows language educators to meet the needs of learners in an increasingly diverse world.

The 53rd RELC
International Conference has the following aims

To provide academics and practitioners with a forum for sharing current research and best practices in English language teaching and assessment (ELTA)

To engage in discussion and conversations on current trends and issues pertaining to ELTA

To promote dialogue and mutual understanding about the complementary roles of “native” and “non-native” teachers of English

To highlight ways to increase intercultural understanding through teaching methods and materials

To review the role of technology in enhancing ELTA

To discuss implications for language teacher education

Topic Areas

Exploring and responding to current and/or latest trends in ELTA

Looking at or beyond intercultural competence

Brain-based learning in second language acquisition

Impact of globalization on language teaching and learning

Research methodology in ELTA or Applied Linguistics

Materials/curriculum development, selection, adaptation, and evaluation

(Critical) Language testing/assessment

Translanguaging and translingual practices

Beyond native and non-native: 21st century teachers’ identities

Role of technology in language education, change, and maintenance

21st century language teacher education

Paper/Workshop Proposals

Parallel Papers

These are formal lecture presentations lasting between twenty and thirty minutes including five or ten minutes question time. Some parallel papers may be paired and scheduled within a 50-minute session.


Workshops

In these 1-hour sessions, there is little lecturing by the workshop presenters. Instead, the participants are engaged in activities that have been carefully structured by the workshop presenters.


Procedure for Submission of Paper/Workshop Proposals

  • A 150-200 word abstract with a title not exceeding 12 words and a 50-word biodata should be sent no later than 29 September 2017. Abstracts outside the word limit will not be accepted.
  • The Conference Planning Committee will inform proposers by 1 November 2017 whether their proposals have been accepted. Presenters are required to confirm participation with payment of registration fees by 15 December 2017 and to register for the conference.
  • For submission of Paper/Workshop Proposals, please click, https://iceams.relc.org.sg/Conference/ 



Criteria for Acceptance

All abstracts will be evaluated by the Conference Planning Committee. Relevance to the theme of the Conference and freshness and originality of approach are among the major considerations in the acceptance of papers. The Committee reserves the right to decline paper/workshop proposals without providing reasons.

Guidelines for Registration

Please use the link, https://iceams.relc.org.sg/Conference/ to register at the Conference Portal and receive your RELC User ID, if you do not have one. You may then login to the Conference Portal to perform the following functions:

  • View Conference Announcements.
  • Update Personal Profile.
  • Submit a Proposal as a Speaker.
  • Register as a Participant.
  • Make Payment.
  • Book Workshops.

Guidelines for registration are provided in the portal. Participants who already have User ID and Password may login to the portal directly.

Conference Registration Fee

The registration fee for the 3-day conference is payable by all participants and parallel and workshop presenters. Registration will be confirmed only upon receipt of the Conference Registration Fee, which is non-refundable.

The conference registration fee will be as follows:

Early Bird Fee up to 31 January 2018: S$415.00
Fees from 1 February 2018: S$470.00

  • The conference registration fee includes coffee breaks, lunches and Goods and Services Tax.
  • The conference registration fee is non-refundable.
  • An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for replacements.
  • Registration will close when capacity is reached.

Draft Conference Programme

The draft conference programme will be available on the RELC website by 28 February 2018.

Accommodation

Participants may book hotel accommodation at the RELC International Hotel at www.relcih.com.sg or email to ihreservation@relc.org.sg. Please book early as rooms are limited.

Professor Anne Burns

Professor Anne Burns’ fields of specialization are in English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy. She was appointed as Professor in TESOL in the School of Education at UNSW from 1 July 2010. She was also appointed a member of the TESOL Research Standing Committee in 2006, and since 2009 she has been the chair of this commitee. She is also member-at large on the AILA Executive Board (International Association for Applied Linguistics).

 

Professor Thomas S C Farrell

Thomas S.C. Farrell is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Brock University, Canada. Professor Farrell’s professional interests include Reflective Practice, and Language Teacher Education. Professor Farrell has published widely and has presented at major conferences worldwide on these topics. A selection of his work can be found on his webpage: www.reflectiveinquiry.ca

Professor Christine Goh

Professor Christine Goh received her PhD (Linguistics) from the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University and her MA (Applied English Linguistics), which was supported by the British Chevening Scholarship, from the Department of English Language & Applied Linguistics, Birmingham University. She is Professor of Linguistics and Language Education in the English Language and Literature Academic Group (ELL) and holds a concurrent appointment as Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. As Dean and previously as Associate Dean for Higher Degrees, Christine has been actively involved in the review, conceptualising, planning and implementation of NIE’s strategic initiatives for teacher continuing education through in-service, Masters and Doctoral programmes in the past eight years. She has developed an academic interest in continual teacher professional learning as a result.

Dr Hanan Khalifa

Hanan Khalifa is Head of Research and International Education at Cambridge Assessment: English. She holds a PhD in Language Testing from Reading University and a professional MA from Cambridge University. Her publications include: Action Research, Mixed Methods in Language Testing, Examining Reading, Assessing students with disabilities and Test Development Manual.

Assoc. Prof. Jonathan Newton

Jonathan Newton is an Associate Professor in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (LALS), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His research and scholarship focus on language teacher education, task-based language teaching, and intercultural perspectives on language education. He has published more than 50 book chapters and articles. His most recent (co-authored) book, due for publication through Routledge in early 2018, is titled Teaching English Language Learners in Academic Contexts: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening.

Professor David Nunan

Professor David Nunan is an Honorary Professor at the UNSW School of Education. He is also Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong and Vice-President for Student Affairs at Anaheim University. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Universities of Stockholm, Sweden, and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. He has written over 100 books and articles in the areas of classroom based research, curriculum development and discourse analysis. Recent books include What Is This Thing Called Language? (Palgrave/ Macmillan) and, with Kathi Bailey, Exploring Second Language Classroom Research (Heinle).

 

Professor Alastair Pennycook

Professor Alastair Pennycook is Distinguished Professor of Language, Society and Education at UTS. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan at the University of Oslo, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.  Alastair has been involved in language education for over 30 years in France, Germany, Japan, China, Canada, Hong Kong and Australia. He is well known for his work on the global spread of English, particularly in his classic text The cultural politics of English as an international language, (Longman, 1994), which has just been reissued as a Routledge Linguistics Classic in 2017. Also well known is his work on critical approaches to language education and applied linguistics, outlined in Critical applied linguistics: A critical introduction (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2001), and collected in a new selection of his writing from Shanghai Foreign Language Press.

 

Professor Jack Richards

Professor Jack Richards has had an active career in the Asia Pacific region, is a frequent presenter worldwide and has written over 150 books , articles, and classroom texts. Publications include Key Issues in Language Teaching (Cambridge), Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching 3rd edition (Cambridge), and Language Learning Beyond the Classroom (with David Nunan, Routledge).

Invited Speakers

Professor Anne Burns

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Professor Thomas S C Farrell

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Professor Christine Goh

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Dr Hanan Khalifa

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Assoc. Prof. Jonathan Newton

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Professor David Nunan

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Professor Alastair Pennycook

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Professor Jack Richards

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