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RELC International Seminar, 14 - 16 April 2014

Critical Competencies for the 21st Century Language Classroom



Language education in the twenty-first century is currently undergoing a process of change in line with recent research trends and increasing professional demands on students, teachers and educational institutions. In the quest to develop learners’ language competency, many questions are being raised about the socio-cultural, political and ethical contexts in language learning and teaching.  Ministries of Education around the world are also asking language educators to help learners develop life-long core values which will serve them in their professional lives.

Meeting these demands may require a new way of looking at the critical competencies needed for the 21st century language teacher and learner. Would the way forward for language education be more humanistic, more culturally sensitive or more technologically driven? What effects will these changes have on the language classroom?

The 2014 RELC Seminar invites researchers and practitioners to share their findings, ideas and insights into ways of developing critical competencies for teacher education and learner success.


  • To provide academics and practitioners with a forum for sharing current research and practices on critical competencies for language learning and teacher education in the 21st century
  • To share best practices and research on learner success in the 21st century language classroom
  • To promote dialogue on the incorporation of life-long core values and culture in the language classroom
  • To develop a greater understanding of the socio- cultural, ethical, and humanistic contexts of language teacher education and language learning in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Topic Areas

  • Best practices for developing critical competencies in pre-service and in-service teacher education programmes
  • What is needed to improve  teachers’ humanistic and ethical skills  regarding  what they will be asked to do in the 21st century language classroom
  • The socio-cultural, ethical and political contexts of language learning and teacher education
  • Developing core values in language teacher education and in language classrooms
  • The impact of technology on institutions, teachers and learners
  •  Institutional changes needed to develop 21st century critical competencies


Keynote Speaker

 Andy Hargreaves (United States)

Invited Speakers

  • Frank Boers (New Zealand)
  • Simon Borg (United Kingdom)
  • Julian Edge (United Kingdom)
  • Thomas Farrell (Canada)
  • Peter Freebody (Australia)
  • Lindsay Miller (Hong Kong)
  • Neil Mercer (United Kingdom)
  • Rita Niemann (Germany)
  • Phiona Stanley (Australia)     


Call for Parallel Papers/Workshops

 We welcome proposals for Parallel Papers  and Workshops.

  •  Parallel Papers
    These are formal lecture presentations lasting thirty minutes plus ten minutes question time.
  •  Workshops
    In these ninety-minute sessions, there is little lecturing by the leaders. Instead, the participants are engaged in activities that have been carefully structured by the workshop leaders.


 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 30 November 2013.  Abstracts outside the word limit will not be accepted.


The Seminar Planning Committee will inform proposers by 15 January 2014 whether their proposals have been accepted. Presenters are required to confirm participation with payment of registration fees by 15 February 2014 and to register for the seminar.

 Criteria for Acceptance

 All abstracts will be evaluated by the Seminar Planning Committee. Relevance to the theme of the Seminar 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.


 As a professional non-profit organization, RELC does not generally provide financial assistance to paper/workshop presenters. Thus the seminar registration fee is payable by all participants and parallel paper and workshop presenters.

 Registration of Submission

 Proposals for papers/workshops must be accompanied by the Seminar Registration forms.  Proposers may delay the payment of the registration fees until they are officially notified if their proposals have been accepted.

 Submission of Proposals for Parallel Papers/Workshops

 For submission of Proposals for Paper/Workshops, please click, https://iceams.relc.org.sg/seminar/

Registration as Participants

The facility for registration as participant would be available from 30 November 2013. Please visit our website, https://iceams.relc.org.sg/seminar/participants/ for details then.

Seminar Registration Fee 

Registration will be confirmed only upon receipt of Seminar registration fee which is non-refundable.

Fees : Up to 14 March 2014 : S$415.00
Fees : From 15 March 2014 : S$450.00

Seminar registration fee includes Goods and Service Tax, morning and afternoon teas, and three lunches.

Registration will close when capacity is reached.

Seminar Programme

The proposed programme will be available on the RELC website during the week of 24 March 2014


Participants are advised to book hotel accommodation near the venue of the Seminar early as hotels fill up quickly. Participants are advised to use the Internet or to consult their travel agent. Here are some useful websites:



Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) Scholarship for RELC International Seminar

The scholarship which included, air-tickets, hotel accommodation and seminar registration fee to present a paper and attend the seminar was awarded to, Ms Noverita Wahyuningsih, State Polytechnic of Malang, Indonesia





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