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Fostering a New ELT Ecology: 2023 ELC International Conference of Shantou University

Online/Shantou University, Shantou, Guangdong, China
Organization: English Language Center of Shantou University
Categories: Lingustics, Pedagogy
Event Date: 2023-04-14 to 2023-04-16 Abstract Due: 2022-11-27

The English Language Center of the College of Liberal Arts, Shantou University, is pleased to announce that it is calling for proposals for the 2023 ELC International Conference to be held online and on-site at Shantou University, 14-16 April 2023.
Every two years, the English Language Center brings together ELT professionals from around the world to present and discuss their research and teaching experiences. Over three days, the conference provides a unique platform for innovative ideas and new voices, as well as opportunities to meet with prominent ELT theorists, including distinguished plenary speakers from top universities inside and outside of China.

The theme of the conference is "Fostering a New ELT Ecology: Movers, Shakers, and Innovators".  

The ecological analogy of ELT recognizes not only the interplay of all elements involved in language education but also the interaction between ELT and its physical and social environments. Currently, the system is very dynamic with changes in many aspects: English language use begins to detach its Anglo-American roots; multilingualism gains influence on language planning; and technology expands the choices of teaching and learning platforms, materials, and methods, to list just a few. The flux and complexity of the system call for innovative thinking and practices in response to issues such as the contextualization of ELT, critical approaches to English language policy and curriculum design, re-envisioning ELT practices in consideration of learner’s diverse needs and goals, exploring alternatives to standardized English proficiency tests for the prediction of effective intercultural communication, enhancement of teachers’ and learners’ agency, and the application of technology to facilitate learning and promote educational equality. Various stakeholders of ELT, including policymakers, educational leaders, professional bodies, curriculum designers, course developers, language instructors, and learners, can all act upon the opportunities or challenges emerging from this transition and trigger the evolution of ELT. This conference seeks to engage in critical discussions of relevant innovations and foster a new ELT ecology.
List of Topics:
The Organizing Committee welcomes original research, best practices, and theoretical debates, addressing issues that are relevant to, but are not limited to, the following strands:
·      Ecology and ELT
·      ELT and global competence
·      ELT policies and curriculum design
·      ELT methods and pedagogy
·      Materials development for language learning
·      Language testing and assessment
·      ELT teacher education and cognition
·      Content and language integrated learning
·      Technology-enhanced ELT
·      Language learner needs and autonomy
·      ELT and critical literacies
·      ELT and translation

The call for abstracts is open until 27 November 2022. Submissions will be accepted through the link: http://elc.stu.edu.cn/conf2023/HOME.htm.
Important Dates:
Deadline for Proposal Submission: 27 November 2022
Notification of Acceptance: 16 December 2022
Online Registration Deadline: 28 February 2023
Notification of Conference Program: 30 March 2023
Important Information:
·      Working language of the conference: English
·      Conference fee: Free of charge
·      Email address: elcconf2023@stu.edu.cn
·      Conference website: http://elc.stu.edu.cn/conf2023/HOME.htm



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