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54th RELC International Conference & 5th Asia-Pacific LSP & Professional Communication Association Conference
With the spread of the English language in the digital era, the teaching and learning of English now has more dimensions to its purposes and functions than before. In a number of educational contexts, English is taught and learned for general purposes; it is also learned for specific purposes to cater to the diverse needs of learners. As today’s social contexts are becoming increasingly multi-lingual and multi-cultural, English is taught and learned as an international language for international purposes and intercultural communication. Increasingly, English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) is used in educational institutions and its growing importance is seen in language practice and research areas such as EMI, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), English for Professional Purposes (EPP), English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and English Language Teaching (ELT).
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54th RELC International Conference &
5th Asia-Pacific LSP & Professional Communication Association Conference
Teaching and Learning of English for Academic, Professional and Other Purposes in the Digital Era
  • 11 - 13 March, 2019

  • SEAMEO RELC, Singapore

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Teaching and Learning of English for Academic, Professional and Other Purposes in the Digital Era
54th RELC INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, 11 - 13 March 2019, SINGAPORE

The RELC annual International Conference continues to be Southeast Asia's leading thought leadership event for English language professionals and specialists as well as applied linguists. Since its inception in 1968, this event has attracted experts and classroom practitioners in language teaching and learning to share their expertise, research and best classroom practice with one another.

The 54th RELC International Conference and 5th Asia-Pacific LSP & PC Association Conference will be jointly organized by SEAMEO RELC and Asia-Pacific LSP and Professional Communication Association.

The conference theme will be focusing on dimensions of teaching and learning English in the digital era. As today’s social contexts are becoming increasingly multi-lingual and multi-cultural, English is taught and learned as an international language for international purposes and intercultural communication. Increasingly, English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) is used in educational institutions and its growing importance is seen in language practice and research areas such as EMI, English for Academic Purposes (EAP), English for Professional Purposes (EPP), English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and English Language Teaching (ELT).

The Asia-Pacific Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP) and Professional Communication Association was founded in 2008 by Vijay Bhatia, Chris Candlin, and Winnie Cheng. Its main objective is to promote research and practice of language teaching and training for professional communication. It also aims to help interested individuals and institutions develop individually or in partnership a range of curriculum models, provide access to resources, and encourage partnered research.
More information is available at the association's website: https://www.lsppc.org/.

AIMS
The 54th RELC International Conference has the following aims:

To bring together researchers, university lecturers, school teachers, teacher educators.

To discuss and share their best practices and research findings in language education, pertaining to English language teaching, English as a Medium of Instruction, English for Academic Purposes, and English for Specific Purposes.

TOPIC AREAS

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

English for Professional Purposes (EPP)

English for Specific Purposes (ESP)

English as Medium of Instruction (EMI)

English as an International Language (EIL)

English Language Teaching (ELT)

New technologies and digital learning in English education

Language Teacher Education

Research in EAP, EPP, ESP, EMI, EIL and ELT

ANNOUNCEMENT
Submission of Paper / Workshop Proposal is extended to 15 October 2018.

Proposers will be informed of the results by 1 December 2018.
VENUE, CONTACT & MAP
SEAMEO Regional Language Centre 30 Orange Grove Road
Singapore 258352

Tel: (65) 68857844 / (65) 68857815

Email: conference@relc.org.sg

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Invited Speakers

Prof Diane Belcher

Professor and Chair of Applied Linguistics and ESL at Georgia State University

Diane D Belcher, Professor and Chair of Applied Linguistics and ESL at Georgia State University, has published a number of books, articles, and book chapters primarily about advanced academic literacy. Former co-editor of English for Specific Purposes and TESOL Quarterly, she currently co-edits the Michigan Series on Teaching Multilingual Writers.

Prof Vijay Bhatia

Professor, Department of English

Vijay Bhatia is Adjunct Professor at the Chinese University in Hong Kong. His research interests include Genre Analysis, and English for Professional Communication. Three of his books, Analysing Genre: Language Use in Professional Settings, Worlds of Written Discourse, and Critical Genre Analysis: Investigating Interdiscursive Performance in Professional Communication are widely used in genre theory and practice.

Dr. Rose Clesham

Director of Academic Standards and Measurement, Pearson

Dr. Rose Clesham is the Director of Academic Standards and Measurement, at Pearson. She holds a Master’s Degree in Formative and Summative Assessment from Cambridge University and a Doctorate in Educational Assessment. Her research interests include the development of e-assessment and Artificial Intelligence, and on-going international educational strategies and policy.

Prof Dr Nobuyuki Hino

Professor, Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka University, Japan

Nobuyuki Hino (Ph.D.) is Professor, Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka University, Japan. Along with numerous book chapters and journal articles on the teaching of English as an international language (EIL), his latest single-authored book is EIL Education for the Expanding Circle: A Japanese Model (Routledge, 2018).

Dr Hanan Khalifa

Head of Research and International Education, Cambridge Assessment

Dr 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.

Prof Low Ee Ling

Dean, Teacher Education

Professor Ee-Ling Low (PhD: Cambridge, U.K.) is Dean of Teacher Education and Professor of Applied Linguistics and Teacher Learning at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. She is internationally renowned for her scholarship in World Englishes, Pronunciation Research and Practice and Teacher Education and is President of the Singapore Association for World Englishes.

Assoc Prof Ahmar Mahboob

Associate Professor at the Department of Linguistics

Ahmar Mahboob is Associate Professor at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. He has worked in the fields of language policy development, pidgin and creole languages, NNEST studies, English language acquisition, English language teaching and teacher education, World Englishes, pragmatics, and minority languages in South Asia. Ahmar earned his PhD from Indiana University Bloomington in 2003, and has published extensively. Ahmar has organised a number of regional, national, and international conferences and is the convenor and the co-creator of the Free Linguistics Conference.

Prof Catherine Nickerson

Professor at Zayed University

Catherine Nickerson is a Professor at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates. She has published widely on English for Specific Business Purposes, mostly recently the Palgrave MacMillan volume Teaching Business Discourse (2019). She is interested in business English as a lingua franca and in the use of mobile technologies.

Prof Brian Paltridge

Professor of TESOL at the University of Sydney

Brian Paltridge is Professor of TESOL at the University of Sydney. His most recent publications are Getting Published in Academic Journals (with Sue Starfield, University of Michigan Press, 2016), The Discourse of Peer Review (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and Writing for Research Purposes (Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press, 2018).

Dr Jean Parkinson

Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics/TESOL

Jean Parkinson teaches Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her research interests include Language for Specific Purposes, science discourse, and language use in vocational education. Recent publications include articles in English for Specific Purposes, Vocations and Learning and International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

Prof. Dr. Bernd Rüschoff

Chair in Didactics and Applied Linguistics at Duisburg-Essen University

Prof. Bernd Rüschoff, Chair in Didactics and Applied Linguistics at Duisburg-Essen University. Research areas: digital tools in language learning, language & culture, bilingual education, corpus linguistics and data-driven learning, competency-oriented principles in language learning. Member of the Professional Network Forum, a think tank of the Council of Europe’s European Centre for Modern Languages, and of a CoE expert group involved in the current launch of the new CEFR Companion Volume. He is a former president of AILA, the International .Association for Applied Linguistics.

Assoc Prof Ana Pellicer-Sánchez

Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL, UCL Institute of Education

Assoc Prof Ana Pellicer-Sánchez is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at the UCL Institute of Education. Her research interests centre around the teaching and learning of vocabulary in a second/foreign language. Her most recent research examines the incidental acquisition of single words and multi-word expressions from reading using the eye-tracking methodology. Recent books include Understanding Formulaic Language (Routledge, in press) (co-authored with Siyanova-Chanturia) and Eye tracking: A Guide for Applied Linguistics Research (CUP, 2018) (co-authored with Conklin and Carrol).

Prof Cynthia White

Professor of Applied Linguistics at Massey University

Cynthia White is Professor of Applied Linguistics, Massey University, New Zealand. She has published widely on distance and online learning, learner autonomy, learning strategies, and agency and emotion in language learning and teaching. Her most recent work is on the agency of EAP practitioners in transitioning to scholarship.

Mr. Martin Yakabuski

Curriculum and Training Consultant at British Council, Singapore

Mr. Martin has worked in the field of Education for over 30 years. His years of teaching and consulting have been in Ontario, Canada and in the countries of Bolivia and Ecuador. He is presently working as a Training Consultant with the British Council, Singapore. Martin is passionate about literacy development and holds Reading and Literacy Specialist qualifications from the University of Toronto as well as a Master of Literacy Development from Mount St. Vincent University. Since joining the British Council, Singapore, Martin has worked on a variety of projects including Subject Literacy, Creative Education, Inquiry-based Learning and Critical Literacy. Supporting this presentation at RELC, Martin has worked with a number of MOE Primary and Secondary schools in Singapore exploring with new pedagogical directions regarding Visible Thinking and Oracy in the classroom.

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Paper/Workshop Proposals

Parallel Papers
These are 25 to 30 minutes formal lecture presentations, that include 5 to 10 minutes of question time. Some parallel papers may be paired and scheduled within a 50-minute session.

Workshops
These are 1-hour sessions with minimal lecturing. Participants will be engaged in activities that have been 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 28 September 2018. Abstracts outside the word limit will not be accepted.
The deadline has been extended to 15 October 2018.

The Conference Planning Committee will inform proposers the results by 1 November 2018. Presenters are required to confirm participation with payment of registration fees and to register for the conference by 15 January 2019.
Due to the extension, proposers will be informed of the results by 1 December 2018.

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.

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Guidelines for Registration

You need a user ID to register at the Conference Portal.
Please click here to login or create a new account.
At the Conference Portal, you are able to:

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.

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.

Early Bird Fee up to 31 January 2019: S$430.00

Standard Fee from 1 February 2019: S$480.00

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.

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More Information

Conference Programme
The conference programme will be available at the RELC website by the first week of March 2019.

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.

For more 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

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