Theme: The Formula of Success— Professional and Globalized Learning
Date: May 18-19, 2013
Venue: National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan

Organizers: Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, NCKU, & the English Teaching and Research Association (ETRA), Taiwan, R. O. C.
Co-organizer: The Foreign Language Center, NCKU
Website: http://conf.ncku.edu.tw/etra2013

Important Dates

Time of conference: May 18-19, 2013
Deadline for submission of abstracts: December 31, 2012
Notification of acceptance of abstracts: March 10, 2013
The online registration has started and will close on March 31st, 2013

Topics for the Conference

Given the era of globalization, English has become an international language (EIL) in cross-cultural communication and a lingua franca (ELF) among speakers and writers who do not have the same native language in professional and academic settings. What kind of English should learners use to achieve success in these settings? What other language can they use to achieve similar success? To what extent have corpus studies advanced and expanded to answer these questions? What do cross-disciplinary studies including, but not limited to, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and neuroscience have to say about language acquisition/learning in these professional and academic contexts? What are their potential applications that could contribute to our understanding of language learning and pedagogical practice? How can practitioners help learners acquire successful language skills in these professional and academic contexts? Are traditional and blended learning environments sufficient for fostering these language skills? What can computer/technology offer to students in these contexts? This conference serves as a platform for scholars to exchange ideas on these questions. It will therefore focuses on but not limited to the following issues:

1. English as a Lingua Franca (ELF)/English as an International Language(EIL)
2. Individual/Collaborative Learning
3. Traditional/Blended Learning
4. English for Specific Purposes (ESP)/English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
5. Discourse Analysis
6. Cross-disciplinary Studies
7. Corpus Studies
8. Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)/Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL)
9. Computer Mediated Communication (CMC)
10. Four Language Skills
11. Second Foreign Languages other than English
12. Others

 


Introduction to the Keynote Speakers


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        Diane D. Belcher received her PhD in English from Ohio State University. Before coming to Georgia State in 2003, she was Director of the ESL Composition Program and Adjunct Associate Professor of Foreign/Second Language Education at Ohio State. She has also taught as a Foreign Expert at the Beijing Normal College of Foreign Languages. Her research interests include advanced academic literacy, language for specific purposes, and cultural identity. She has co-edited five books on academic literacy, contributed chapters to a number of books, and published articles in the Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Computers and Composition, the Journal of English for Academic Purposes, and other journals. She is former co-editor of the journal English for Specific Purposes and current co-editor of TESOL Quarterly as well as of a teacher reference series for the University of Michigan Press titled Michigan Series on Teaching Multilingual Writers. She has guest edited three special issues of the Journal of Second Language Writing. A former member of the TESOL Publications Committee, she now serves on the advisory board of English for Specific Purposes.


(2)

        Anna Mauranen is Professor of English at the University of Helsinki. Her research interests include academic discourse, corpus linguistics, contrastive rhetoric, and translation studies. She has served on the editorial board of English for Specific Purposes, TESOL Quarterly, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Languages in Contrast, International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, Studies in Corpus Linguistics. Her major publications include Linear Unit Grammar (co-authored with Sinclair, 2006), Translation Universals - Do They Exist (co-ed. with Kujamäki, 2004), Academic Writing. Intercultural and Textual Issues (co-ed. with Ventola1996), Cultural Differences in Academic Rhetoric (1993). She is currently running a corpus-based research project on spoken English as a lingua franca (the ELFA corpus).

(3)

        Glenn Stockwell is Professor and Associate Dean at Faculty of Law of Waseda University , Tokyo, Japan. His research interests include mobile learning, computer-mediated communication, and the role of technology in the language learning process. He is co-author of CALL Dimensions (with Mike Levy; Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2006) and editor of Computer-Assisted Language Learning: Diversity in Research and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He is Editor-in-Chief of The JALT CALL Journal, Associate Editor of Computer Assisted Language Learning and Language Learning Technology, and on the editorial boards of the ReCALL Journal and the CALICO Journal. He has published widely in the field of CALL.