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50thRELC INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2015, SINGAPORE

Transcending Boundaries in Language Learning: Language Arts and ELT Across the Curriculum

16 – 18 March 2015

50th RELC INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2015, SINGAPORE

Transcending Boundaries in Language Learning: Language Arts and ELT Across the Curriculum 16 – 18 March 2015

Language learning thrives in a content-rich environment. Language Arts teaching constitutes an important area in teacher education. A target language becomes more meaningfully integrated when it is learned through content and when there is a balanced emphasis on literacy and oracy. Increasingly, education systems in Asia and beyond are bringing about sustainable learning outcomes by adopting more innovative approaches to language teaching and learning as they undertake systemic reforms in language teaching practice and policy.

The current trend in English Language Teaching (ELT) and Language Arts leans towards better integration of the language skills and content used in teaching and learning. These two major strands, Language Arts and ELT across the curriculum, enrich and enhance the pedagogies in the language classroom and transcend boundaries in language learning. Language teaching invariably includes the six macro skills of the Language Arts, namely, reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and visually representing (visual literacy) which permeate the curriculum.

This Conference marks a significant milestone for RELC as a Centre of Choice for the region. It will be hosting its 50th Conference in 2015, and the Conference will bring language professionals who have come from many different countries the world over to share their findings, ideas and insights into Language Arts and ELT across the curriculum.

The 50th RELC
International Conference has the following Aims

To provide academics and practitioners with a forum for sharing current research and practices on Language Arts pedagogies and ELT across the curriculum

To engage in discussion and conversations on Language Arts education, standards, assessment and sustainable learning outcomes

To share best practices and research on innovative approaches to ELT

To develop a greater awareness and understanding of policy and implementation issues in ELT across the curriculum

Topic Areas

Language Arts pedagogies and integrated teaching of the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and visually representing

Language Arts education, standards, assessment and sustainable learning outcomes

Models and best practice of teaching Language Arts in the Digital Age

Innovative approaches to ELT

ELT across the curriculum

Policy and implementation issues in ELT across the curriculum

Paper/Workshop Proposals

Parallel Papers

These are formal lecture presentations lasting thirty minutes plus ten minutes question time.

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 15 October 2014. Abstracts outside the word limit will not be accepted.
  • The Conference Planning Committee will inform proposers by 15 November 2014 whether their proposals have been accepted. Presenters are required to confirm participation with payment of registration fees by 15 January 2015 and to register for the conference.
  • Deadline for submission of Proposals is extended to 25 October 2014.

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.

Submission of Proposals for Parallel Papers/Workshops

The portal for the submission of Proposals for Paper/Workshops, is available NOW at: https://iceams.relc.org.sg/seminar/

Conference Venue

SEAMEO Regional Language Centre
30 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258352

Conference Registration Fee

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

  • Special 50th Anniversary Early Bird Fee: Up to 15 January 2015: S$395.00
  • Fees from 16 January 2015: S$415.00
  • Fees from 16 February 2015: S$450.00

The conference registration fee includes Goods and Services Tax, coffee breaks and lunches.

Registration will close when capacity is reached.

Registration as Participants

The portal for registration as participants will be available from 1 September 2014 at our website: https://iceams.relc.org.sg/seminar/participants/

Draft Conference Programme

The draft conference programme will be available at the RELC website in February 2015.

Accommodation

Participants are advised to book hotel accommodation at www.relcih.com.sg or enquiry@relcih.com.sg early as rooms are limited.

Ana Llinares

Ana Llinares is Senior Lecturer, English Department, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.

She teaches second language acquisition to future teachers of English. Her current research is on applications of systemic functional linguistics to content and language integrated learning. She is co-author of The Roles of Language in CLIL (2012).

Annamaria Pinter

Annamaria Pinter is an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.

Her major research interests are related to English as a Second Language Acquisition in children and in teaching and learning second and foreign languages in childhood . She is the author of Teaching Young Language Learners OUP (2006) and Children Learning Second Languages, Palgrave Macmillan (2011).

Cecilia Shek Chun Ka-wai

Cecilia Shek Chun Ka-wai is Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Her major research interests are in Reading Strategies, Language in Education and Teaching Strategies in English-medium Classrooms.

David Jonathan Didau

David Didau is an Associate at Independent Thinking Limited.

He is the author of the best-selling 'The Perfect English Lesson' and 'The Secret of Literacy'. He works as a teacher, trainer and consultant in schools and universities.

David Marsh

David Marsh is Lead Expert at EduCluster Finland, University of Jyväskylä Group.

His recent publications with which he has been involved include The CLIL Trajectory CAP 2013; Quality Interfaces EAP 2012; The Higher Education English Language Landscape VIU 2011; and Content and Language Integrated Learning, CUP 2010.

Jack Richards

Jack Richards is Adjunct Professor, SEAMEO Regional Language Centre and Honorary Professor, University of Sydney, Australia.

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).

Jonathan Newton

Jonathan Newton is Senior Lecturer, School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

His research focuses on classroom-based second language acquisition, language teaching methodology (especially the design and implementation of task-based language learning and teaching), the interface of culture and language in language teaching and learning, and language/communication training and materials design for the multicultural workplace.

Moses Samuel

Moses Samuel is Professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of Malaya.

His areas of expertise are Curriculum and Pedagogy (TESL, Teaching and Writing), Applied Linguistics (TESOL Teacher Education), Applied Linguistics (Sociolinguistics, Language Planning and Policy) and Literacy (Literacy Development, Multiliteracies).

Roderick Motril Aguirre

Roderick Motril Aguirre is Preschool/Reading/Language Consultant, Department of Education, Philippines and Professor, De La Salle University, Philippines.

Setiono Sugiharto

Setiono Sugiharto is a Associate Professor, English Department, Atma Jaya Catholic University, Indonesia.

His research interests include multilingual writing, the politics and ideology of English language teaching. His recent publication on Linguistic Imperialism in Indonesia has been published in The Routledge Handbook of Educational Linguistics.

Torben Schmidt

Torben Schmidt is Professor of English Didactics, Institute of English Studies at Leuphana, University Luneburg, Germany.

His fields of interest are Computer Assisted Language Learning, Project Work and Drama in Education, foreign language learning, and the teaching of listening and speaking.

Invited Speakers

Ana Llinares

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Annamaria Pinter

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Cecilia Shek Chun Ka-wai

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David Jonathan Didau

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David Marsh

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Jack Richards

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Jonathan Newton

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Moses Samuel

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Roderick Motril Aguirre

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Setiono Sugiharto

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Torben Schmidt

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For information, please contact:

The Conference Secretariat
SEAMEO Regional Language Centre
30 Orange Grove Road
Singapore 258352
Ph No.(65) 68857844 / (65) 68857815
Email: conference@relc.org.sg