Enhancing Business English: Beyond Proficiency [Call for papers]

The English Language Department of the Higher Institute for Applied Studies in Humanities, at Kef, Tunisia are organising an academic conference on the topic of “Enhancing Business English: Beyond Proficiency” on the 3rd and 4th April 2014. According to the conference organisers:

In Tunisia and elsewhere there is a need to assess students’ language proficiency in business English and related courses for the demand of the globalised employment requirement in intercultural contexts. This raises challenges for English teaching staff to improve the content and assessment methods of our courses. 

The apparent low language proficiency levels of some graduates may lead to questions about the effectiveness of current course objectives, expected outcomes and assessment methods. Meanwhile, employers in business and related fields may expect graduates to have developed professional as well as linguistics skills. 

Thus this conference invites discussion and dissemination of knowledge and experience among researchers and practitioners in EFL, ESL and Applied Linguistics as well as teachers/lecturers of English at the university level.

Proposals are invited for papers on the following topics:

  • Business English
  • Language and employability skills
  • Literature and civilization studies and language proficiency
  • Improving English skills in higher education contexts
  • Assessment and language fluency
  • Testing language proficiency (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL)
  • Motivation and language proficiency
  • Intercultural communication and globalisation for ELT

Papers are to be submitted electronically to sbdtuni[at]gmail[dot]com by 28 February 2014.

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