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52ND RELC INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2017, SINGAPORE

Dimensions of Language Education: Policy, Perspectives, Practice

13 – 15 March 2017

52ND RELC INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, 13 - 15 March 2017, SINGAPORE

Dimensions of Language Education: Policy, Perspectives, Practice

In this modern era of rapid technological development and global competitiveness, change is the one constant factor affecting all dimensions of education, including language education. With English as the global language, education systems across Asia and worldwide have been making constant changes to ensure that their language planning and policies are in tune with the times. It is important that the teaching and learning of English in and beyond the classroom are keeping up with current trends in pedagogy and assessment.

As language education is multidimensional, this conference aims to bring into focus the dimensions of language planning and policy alongside current perspectives and practice in curriculum design, materials development, language pedagogy and assessment.

The organizers invite submissions of papers and workshops that approach the conference theme from any of the three P strands or dimensions:

  1. Planning and Policy in language education
  2. Perspectives in language teaching and learning
  3. Practice in pedagogy and assessment

The 52nd RELC
International Conference has the following Aims

To provide policymakers, practitioners and language professionals with a forum for sharing current research and practices on language education policy, curriculum design and implementation.

To engage in discussion on new initiatives in translating language education policy into curricula,  materials development and actual classroom practice.

To share innovations and creative pedagogies in language education.

To consider various modes and modalities of authentic assessments .

To discuss implications for language teacher education.

Topic Areas

Language education planning and policy

Current perspectives in language teaching methodology and strategies

Best practices in embracing creativity in language education and curriculum design

Technological and pedagogical innovations in language education

Dimensions of culture and society in language education

Innovations and new pathways in language education

Authentic assessment

Teachers’ beliefs and attitudes

Teacher empowerment in language planning and implementation

Current perspectives and practice in language teacher education

Parallel Papers

Paper presenters will be given thirty minutes, including time for questions and answers.

Workshops

In these 1-hour sessions, there is little lecturing by the workshop presenters. Instead, the participants are engaged in activities that have been carefully 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 15 September 2016. Abstracts outside the word limit will not be accepted.
  • The Conference Planning Committee will inform proposers by 15 October 2016 whether their proposals have been accepted. Presenters are required to confirm participation with payment of registration fees by 30 November 2016 and to register for the conference.
  • We are pleased to announce that the deadline for submission of proposals is extended until 29 September 2016.

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.

Guidelines for Registration

Please use the link, https://iceams.relc.org.sg/Conference/ to register at the Conference Portal and receive your RELC User ID, if you do not have one. You may then login to the Conference Portal to perform the following functions:

  • 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. Participants who already have User ID and Password may login to the portal directly.

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, which is non-refundable.

The conference fees will be as follows:

Early Bird Fee up to 31st January 2017: S$415.00
Fees from 1st February 2017: S$450.00

  • 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.
  • Registration will close when capacity is reached.

Note: Conference fees are now payable by local registrants via AXS machines.

Draft Conference Programme

The draft conference programme will be available at the RELC website by the end of February 2017.

Accommodation

Participants may book hotel accommodation at the RELC International Hotel, the venue for the Conference at special conference rates. Please email your request to ihreservation@relc.org.sg

Please book early as rooms are limited.

Dr Le Van Canh

Le Van Canh is a senior lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National University, Hanoi. His most recent publications have appeared on international journals including TESOL Journal, English Australia, European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL as well as a number of chapters in edited books published by international leading publishers.

Assoc Prof David Crabbe

David Crabbe is Dean of Education at Victoria University of Wellington.. His first major role was to redesign and direct the English language programme at Victoria, a programme that has built a considerable international reputation. He has taught and supervised postgraduates in his specialist areas of second language curriculum and learner autonomy, with a significant focus on language education in Southeast Asia.

Mr Allen Davenport

Allen Davenport is the ELT Consultant for the ASEAN region at Cambridge University Press. He has been actively involved in education for more than 15 years as a teacher, teacher trainer, administrator, and examiner. Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and a master’s of education in student development.

Assoc Prof Dr Kathleen Graves

Kathleen Graves is Associate Professor of Education Practice at the University of Michigan where she works in teacher education and curriculum development. She holds a PhD in applied linguistics. She is the editor/author of three books on curriculum design and co-editor of International Perspectives on Materials in ELT.

Prof Icy Lee

Icy Lee is a professor in the Faculty of Education at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, where she is currently serving as Chairperson of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her publications have appeared in international journals such as the Journal of Second Language Writing, TESOL Quarterly, System and Language Teaching Research.

Prof Alan Maley

Alan Maley worked for the British Council in Yugoslavia, Ghana, Italy, France, China, and India from 1962-88, Director General of the Bell Trust, Cambridge from 1988-1993, Senior Fellow at National University of Singapore from 1993-98, and then Dean at Assumption University, Bangkok. His main professional interests are creative methodology, extensive reading and creative writing.

Prof Ann Mayeda

Prof Ann Mayeda is a lecturer and TEYL educator at Konan Women’s University in Japan. Her research interests focus on learner development and issues in autonomy as it applies to young learners and young adult learners. Her current research takes her to Nepal where she has been working to develop extensive reading programs.

Prof Masaki Oda

Masaki Oda is Professor of Applied Linguistics and the founding director of the Center for English as a Lingua Franca at Tamagawa University in Tokyo, Japan. His interests include sociopolitical aspects of language teaching and teacher training. He is a vice president of AsiaTEFL and Director of Academic Exchanges of JACET.

Dr Verena Plutzar

Dr. Verena Plutzar is university lecturer, researcher and project coordinator in fields of language, migration and intercultural communication. She has taught at Beijing University/China and in a school for street children in Nairobi/Kenya. Her main research interests focus on language learning and language policies in the context of migration and multilingualism.

Dr Willy Renandya

Willy 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 has given numerous plenary presentations at regional and international conferences, and published extensively in the area of second language education.

Dr Nick Saville

Dr Nick Saville is Director Research and Thought Leadership and a member of the Cambridge English senior management team. Nick is the elected Manager of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) and has close involvement with other European initiatives, such as the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and related ‘toolkit’.

His current research interests include: the development of models for investigating test impact; the implementation of quality management systems (QMS) in test development and validation; the uses of language assessment for migration and citizenship purposes; and Learning Oriented Assessment (LOA).

Dr Tay May Yin

May Yin brings over 20 years of experience and lessons learnt in English Language teaching and curriculum development into her role as Principal Master Teacher/ English Language at the English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS), Ministry of Education/ Singapore. Her experience includes teaching English Language, Literature and General Paper at the secondary and pre-university levels, and being a Senior Curriculum Specialist in Curriculum Planning and Development Division (CPDD), Ministry of Education. She has been Assistant Director/ English Language and Literature, Assistant Director/ Curriculum Policy and Pedagogy in CPDD, and Programme Director/ Pedagogy at ELIS. She has also been a Senior Lecturer with the English Language and Literature Academic Group, NIE. May Yin will be a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University from March to July 2017. She has authored, co-authored and co-edited 18 publications, two of which have been published internationally. Her research interests include language pedagogy; school-based curriculum development and evaluation; teacher cognition and the practice of teacher professionalism.

Prof Dr Brian Tomlinson

Brian Tomlinson is President of MATSDA, a Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool and a TESOL Professor at Anaheim University. His most recent publications include Applied Linguistics and Materials Development (2013: Bloomsbury) and SLA Research and Materials Development for Language Learning (2016: Routledge).

Invited Speakers

Dr Le Van Canh

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Assoc Prof David Crabbe

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Mr Allen Davenport

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Assoc Prof Dr Kathleen Graves

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Prof Icy Lee

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Prof Alan Maley

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Prof Ann Mayeda

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Prof Masaki Oda

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Dr Verena Plutzar

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Dr Willy Renandya

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Dr Nick Saville

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Dr Tay May Yin

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Prof Dr Brian Tomlinson

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