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March 14, 2022 - March 16, 2022
Registration for Speakers (CLOSED) Registration for Participants (OPEN) • Please make sure that your details are correct before submitting the registration form. No changes are allowed after the submission has been completed. In view of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and the possible easing of global travel restrictions in 2022, RELC is planning to hold the 56th RELC International Conference as a hybrid conference. We will have both physical and virtual (on-line) audience of speakers and participants. Conference FeesFor Onsite (in-person) conference participants:Early-bird (ending 31 Jan 2022): S$430.00 (inclusive of GST)Standard fees from 1 Feb 2022: S$480.00 (inclusive of GST)For Virtual (on-line) conference participants:Standard fees: S$107.00 (inclusive of GST)Conference speakers and participants who are unsure if they could travel to Singapore to attend the conference in-person, may register as virtual (on-line) participants first by making the virtual (on-line) conference fee payment of S$107.00 (inclusive of GST). Should they wish to attend the conference in-person, they will then be advised to pay the balance conference fee for in-person participants, no later than 31 January 2022, for the onsite conference pass.
The ever-changing demographics of learners and the continuous influx of new technologies have changed the language education architecture around the globe. Innovative learning ecosystems have evolved, creating new pathways and opportunities for learners. Today, as learning spaces become more complex with students of different cultural backgrounds, academic identities, and learning needs, language education systems need to adopt new policies, practices, and perspectives that cater to diversity and individual uniqueness. Language educators also need to navigate modern ways to help learners regardless of social background or divide in order to unleash hidden potential and ensure equivalent outcomes. When learners learn a language or languages in equitable and inclusive learning environments, they become empowered actors of social development, cohesion, and resilience.This conference aims to bring together policy makers, classroom practitioners, and researchers to rethink and shape new paradigms, and explore alternative pathways and new possibilities in language education that nurture diversity, equity, and inclusion in various educational and training systems across Asia and beyond. It also aims to provide a platform for discussion on the timeless theme of equitable and inclusive language education in the post COVID-19 era when equitable access to home-based or remote learning and other challenges faced in providing an inclusive language education for all learners become pertinent areas of concern to be addressed.
To provide policy makers, education leaders, teachers, and researchers a platform to share innovative practices, ground-breaking researches, and modern perspectives on the significance and effects of equitable and inclusive language education in various contexts in the post COVID-19 era
To promote a high level intellectual discourse on diversity, inclusion, and equity in language and literacy education that will help leaders and classroom practitioners formulate informed decisions and actions
To develop new knowledge, skills, and inspirations in celebrating diversity and cultivating equity and inclusion in language classrooms
To share best practices in teaching and assessing diverse language learners in an equitable and inclusive classroom
To showcase innovative teaching materials and technological tools that promote equity and inclusivity in ESL/EFL classrooms
Equity and inclusion in multicultural language learning environments
Differentiation in ELT curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the post COVID-19 period
Asset-based language teaching and assessment
Learner autonomy, motivation, and grit in language learning
Bilingualism, multilingualism, and translingualism
Linguistic inclusivity in basic and higher education
Equitable and inclusive language testing and assessment
Social Emotional Learning in ELT
Emerging identities in language learning contexts
Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Deep Learning in ELT
Digital tools and multimodal literacy
Adult language education and lifelong learning pathways
Research trends, practices, and trajectories in inclusive and equitable language education
Programmes and developments in supporting success of English language learners
Inclusion and equity in teacher training and development
21st century language teachers and their roles to promote Gen Z learning
Dr Peter De Costa is an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures at Michigan State University (MSU). He is part of the core faculty within the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program and the Master of Arts in TESOL Program. His primary area of research is the role of identity and ideology in second language acquisition (SLA). He researches other issues in educational linguistics, including English as a lingua franca, critical classroom discourse analysis, and culturally relevant pedagogy for immigrant ESL learners.
Dr Fan Fang is Associate Professor at Shantou University, China. His research interests include sociolinguistics and applied linguistics. His recent publications appear in journals including Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Asian Englishes, ELT Journal, English Today, Language, Culture and Curriculum, Language Teaching Research, Lingua, RELC Journal, System, and The Journal of Asia TEFL.
Dr David Gerlach is a full professor at the University of Wuppertal (Germany). His research and teaching focus on professional development of language teachers, critical pedagogy, and inclusive language teaching. Lately, he has been involved in conceptualizing more critical perspectives for inclusive language teaching and language teacher education in Germany.
Following a career teaching English, Louise Gilbert started work at Cambridge University Press and Assessment in 2007. Now a Senior Assessment Manager, she is involved in equity and inclusion in testing through her work on exam access arrangements and her role as Chair of the EDIB in Content Creation Group.
Dr Christoph A Hafner is Associate Professor in the Department of English, City University of Hong Kong. He has published widely on English for specific purposes, digital literacies, and language learning and technology. His latest book is Understanding Digital Literacies: A Practical Introduction (2nd edition) (Routledge, 2021, co-authored with Rodney Jones).
Dr Tomokazu Ishikawa is an assistant professor at Tamagawa University’s Center for English as a Lingua Franca and a postdoctoral member at the University of Southampton’s Centre for Global Englishes. He is a co-author of Transcultural communication through Global Englishes: An advanced textbook for students (with Will Baker, Routledge, 2021).
Dr Sally Ann Jones is Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head (Programmes and Teaching) in the English Language and Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Singapore. She has taught in schools and in teacher education. Her research centres on language in education - as thinking and as culture.
Dr Hanan Khalifa is an award winning and leading language testing expert Council of Europe CEFR expert who developed and validated national and international assessments, led the alignment of national curriculum and examinations to international standards, and presented and published extensively on these areas. Hanan has worked and consulted for ministries of education, examination boards and international development agencies.
Dr Finex Ndhlovu is Associate Professor of Language in Society in the School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences at the University of New England, Australia. Finex’s research interests sit at the cutting edge of contemporary linguistic and socio-cultural theories around language, identity and sociality in relation to transnational African migrant and diaspora communities; educational linguistics; epistemologies of the South, Indigenous traditions of knowing and decolonial theories. Finex has several academic publications consisting of a strong combination of research monographs, edited volumes, book chapters, journal articles and non-traditional research outputs. Hi most recent book: Ndhlovu, Finex & Makalela, Leketi (2021). Decolonising Multilingualism in Africa: Recentering Silenced Voices from the Global South. Critical Language and Literacy Series. Bristol: Multilingual Matters. Available here: https://www.multilingual-matters.com/page/detail/?K=9781788923347. Finex is the lead editor of the 36-chapter Routledge Handbook of the Decolonisation of Languages and Cultures (in contract with Routledge).
Dr Willy A Renandya is a language teacher educator with extensive teaching experience in Asia. He currently teaches applied linguistics courses at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is a frequent plenary speaker at ELT international conferences and has published extensively in the area of second language education. His publications include Language Teaching Methodology: An anthology of current practice (2002, Cambridge University Press), Student-centred cooperative learning (2019, Springer International), and a recently published book chapter Growing Our Research Impact (2020, Springer International). He maintains a large language teacher professional development forum called Teacher Voices: https://www.facebook.com/groups/teachervoices/
Dr. Corinne Seals is Senior Lecturer of Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), and she is the Director of Translanguaging Aotearoa. She has published 30+ articles and book chapters, and four books including recently Linguistic Landscapes Beyond the Language Classroom (2020, Bloomsbury), Translanguaging in Conjunction with Language Revitalization (2020, System), Embracing Multilingualism Across Educational Contexts (2019, VU Press), and Heritage Language Policies Around the World (2017, Routledge). Corinne's research is focused on language and identity, and the role of translanguaging, especially for heritage language speakers. She also actively researches language policy and planning, linguistic landscapes, and forensic linguistics.
Dr Supong Tangkiengsirisin is an associate professor and the Director of the Language Institute Thammasat University, Thailand. His areas of interest include English written discourse, writing strategies, ESP, genre analysis, and second language writing instruction and research.
Dr Ruanni Tupas is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University College London, Institute of Education. His areas of research are in language in education, Unequal Englishes, and language policy.
Parallel PapersThese are 30 minutes formal lecture sessions, including 5 minutes question time. WorkshopsThese are 50-minute sessions with minimal lecturing. Participants will be engaged in activities that have been structured by the workshop presenters.
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 2021. Abstracts outside the word limit will not be accepted.
The Conference Planning Committee will inform proposers the results by 15 November 2021. Presenters are required to confirm participation with payment of registration fees and to register for the conference by 31 January 2022.
For submission of Paper/Workshop Proposals, please click, https://www.relc.org.sg/signin
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.
Please register at the Conference Portal via the link: https://www.relc.org.sg/signin to receive a RELC User ID and Password, if you do not have one. You will be able to perform the following functions at the Conference Portal:
View Conference Announcements
Update Personal Profile
Submit a Proposal as a Speaker
Register as a Participant
Please follow the steps below to set the password for your new account:
Open the URL to our sign in page: https://www.relc.org.sg/signin
Click on “Forgot Password” to proceed
Enter your “Email Address” & “Text Verification”. Click on “Send New Password” to proceed. An email will be send to your email address with instructions to set password for your new account.
Participants who already have a User ID and Password may login to the portal directly.
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.
In view of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and possible easing of global travel restrictions, RELC is planning to hold the 56th RELC International Conference as a hybrid conference. We will have both physical and virtual (on-line) audience of speakers and participants.
For Onsite (in-person) conference participants:Early-bird (ending 31 Jan 2022): S$430.00 (inclusive of GST)Standard fees from 1 Feb 2022: S$480.00 (inclusive of GST)For Virtual (on-line) conference participants:Standard fees: S$107.00 (inclusive of GST)Conference speakers and participants who are unsure if they could travel to Singapore to attend the conference in-person, may register as virtual (on-line) participants first by making the virtual (on-line) conference fee payment of S$107.00 (inclusive of GST). Should they wish to attend the conference in-person, they will then be advised to pay the balance conference fee for in-person participants, no later than 31 January 2022, for the onsite conference pass.
The conference registration fee includes coffee breaks and lunches for the physical conference participants.
• The conference registration fee is non-refundable. • An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for replacements.
Takahiro Iwanaka, Ph.D., is a professor at Yamaguchi Prefectural University, Japan. He has been interested in investigating the roles of output, noticing, and explicit syntagmatic knowledge in English language learning. He is also interested in how rewriting based on feedback contributes to the development of learners’ writing proficiency in English.
Jeongyeon Kim, Ph.D, is professor at School of Liberal Arts at UNIST, where she teaches courses on foreign language pragmatics. As an applied linguist, she conducts research on language and social interaction and language policy. Her recent research articles have been published in journals English for Specific Purposes and System.
She received her Master of TESOL from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and her current research interest lies in ELT management and organization development and teachers’ CPD.
Visal SOU is a CamTESOL Conference Manager, IDP Education Cambodia. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS), Australia. He received his MEd (Hon) from the University of Hong Kong in 2011, and his IDLTM from the University of Queensland late 2015. His current research interest lies in ELT management and organization development, teachers’ CPD, EdTech, innovation and design thinking.
Watcharapol Wiboolyasarin is associate professor of Thai at Mahidol University’s Research Institute for Asian Languages and Cultures (RILCA). He earned a PhD in educational technology and communications from Chulalongkorn University. His recent articles center on the integration of emerging technologies and second/foreign language teaching for non- and native Thai speakers.