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Trends and Issues in Teaching English for Academic Purposes

Foreign Language Center, National Chengchi University

 We are pleased to invite you to the 7th Conference on College English to be held on October 12, 2013. The annual conference provides a forum for educators and researchers to discuss issues related to English teaching and learning at the tertiary level. The theme for this year’s conference is“Trends and Issues in Teaching English for Academic Purposes”,and we are honored to have Dr. Lawrence Jun Zhang from the University of Auckland as our plenary speaker.

 With English-medium instruction becoming increasingly common at universities, EAP is no longer only important for students who intend to study overseas. University teachers are finding that students lack the level of language proficiency required to succeed in academic courses, which has elevated teaching and researching EAP in higher education to a new level of concern. How do English language instructors help students develop the study and communication skills they need for successful academic study in English? What kinds of EAP programs are needed? What are the effective strategies for designing and implementing these programs? The conference aims to stimulate discussion and exchange of ideas on such issues among practitioners and researchers.


The theme includes but is not limited to:

  1. English for Academic Purposes
  2. English-medium Instruction
  3. Teacher Development
  4. Curriculum Design and Teaching Methodology
  5. Materials Development and Evaluation
  6. Second Language Acquisition
  7. Computer Assisted Language Learning and Teaching

  Our principal keynote speaker, Dr. Lawrence Jun Zhang, is Associate Professor at the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy and Associate Dean International Strategic Engagement, Faculty of Education, The University of Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to moving to Auckland, Dr. Zhang was a tenured associate professor at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Dr. Zhang’s research spans psycholinguistics, metacognition, language learning strategies, reading and writing instructional design, and teacher-education. He has presented over 50 papers at international conferences and published over 100 articles, reviews, and chapters in edited books. He was the sole recipient of the TESOL Award for Distinguished Research 2010-2011 awarded by the TESOL International Association, USA. As one of the leading scholars in the field of TESOL, he has served the profession as an editorial board member for several international journals, including TESOL Quarterly, Applied Linguistics Review, Metacognition and Learning and RELC Journal.
  

The Conference Organizing Committee is now circulating a call for proposals. Abstracts are welcome in any areas that fit the conference theme. The broader the range of professional interests, the more stimulating the conference will be. We welcome individual paper presentations and panel discussion proposals which are related to the above issues, as well as papers on any other aspect of English taught as a foreign language at tertiary institutions. Please send your 250-500 word abstract in English, as an email attachment (Word or PDF document), to flcenter@nccu.edu.tw. Also please download and complete this biodata form, and attach it to the email.

Full papers:
No need to submit a full paper.

Important dates:
Abstract submission deadline: August 14, 2013
Abstract acceptance notification: August 30, 2013
Registration: October 10, 2013
The 7th College English Conference: October, 12, 2013

Place:
Rooms 270113&270114, General Building

Enquiries: (02) 2939-3091 ext. 63007 flcenter@nccu.edu.tw