One of my PhD supervisors used to say that English Language Teaching is work on borders: the borders between languages, between cultures, and between disciplines, to name a few. I was reminded of this adage by a call for papers for a symposium in Singapore next May, titled Strengthening connectivities in ELT: pedagogies, disciplines and cultures. Here are some more details, from the conference flyer, in case anyone’s interested:
The CELC Symposium 2016 aims to provide a platform for examining how ELT, in higher education today, is multi-pedagogical, interdisciplinary and intercultural. Specifically, we are interested in papers that focus on connections between different disciplinary ideas and methods as well as socio-cultural, institutional and digital contexts that variously shape and are, in turn, enhanced by pedagogical engagements within the language and communication classroom. “Strengthening connectivities in ELT: pedagogies, disciplines, cultures” thus seeks to explore how the three paradigms are evolving and how they continually interact with and impact one another.
There will be four thematic strands in the symposium, namely:
- Curriculum design and materials development: EAP, WAC, content-focused writing, business and professional communication, embedded instruction
- Classroom pedagogies and practices: collaborative learning, flipped classrooms, multimodality, blended instruction
- Assessment: formative and summative evaluations, diagnostic and achievement testing, student feedback
- Language education and society: interpersonal and intercultural communicative competence in a global age, bilingual and multilingual education, ELT and ideology, language and power
Keynote addresses will be delivered by Professor Suresh Canagarajah (Pennsylvania State University, @), Professor Paul Kei Matsuda (Arizona State University, @ ) and Professor Ryuko Kubota (University of British Columbia).
People interested in presenting a paper at the symposium are requested to submit an abstract (200-250 words, title 12 words max, plus five key words) and a 50-word bio-note. Abstracts are to be uploaded here by 15 November 2015. These will be evaluated on the basis of relevance to the Symposium theme and originality of approach, and may be accepted as parallel papers, workshops, demonstrations, posters or colloquia. Notification of acceptance will be given by 15 January 2016.
|Deadline for abstract submission||15 November 2015|
|Notification of acceptance||15 January 2016|
|Early bird registration deadline||31 March 2016|
|Presenters’ registration & payment deadline||4 May 2016|
|Registration system closes||10 May 2016|
The conference will be held at the National University of Singapore, from 25 to 27 May 2016. You can find additional details about the symposium, the organisers’ contact details and information about financial assistance at the conference website.