The Tri-Institutes for English Language Education (TRI-ELE) is the brainchild born of the marriage between long cherished friendship and shared professional faith of the leaders of three ELE institutes of three reputable universities of Thailand: the Institute for English Language Education (IELE), Assumption University; the Language Institute, Thammasat University (LITU); and the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Mahidol University (LAMU).
The 1st TRI-ELE International Conference on English Language Education titled “Toward Global English Horizons” to take place on June 20 – 21, 2014 at the Ambassador Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand is the first small step to strive toward the sustainable development of the English language education in Thailand, our neighboring countries and the global community at large.
It is our sincere belief that this conference will inspire all the teachers and learners of English out there and urge them on to tackle all their challenges. As a wise man once put it: the limits of my language are the limits of my world; we hope our efforts and your contribution combined will remove all the limits-seen and perceived and lead us toward the Global English Horizons!
The objectives of the conference are:
- To establish and strengthen an academic network among three leading institutes of Thailand: AU-IELE, LAMU, and LITU
- To foster global professional collaboration among English Language Education (ELE) scholars
- To provide research and publication opportunities for ELE professional potential researchers and prospective students
- To synthesise and apply research innovation in ELE
- To promote the development of ELE professionals
- Prof. Alison Cook-Sather – Bryn Mawr College: “The Critical Role of Student Voice and Participation in Educational Improvement: A Call for Consultation and Collaboration in Pedagogical Planning and Practice“
- Dr. Michael Harrington – University of Queensland, Australia: “Lexical facility: Developing vocabulary knowledge as a skill – It’s what you know and when you know it.“
- Prof. Cliff Goddard – Griffith University, Australia: “Cultural and Intercultural Aspects of Language Education in the Age of Global English“
- Ass. Prof. Robert C. Kleinsasser – Arizona State University, USA: “Language Horizons in Thailand: Labyrinths, Mazes, and Complexities of 21st Century Language Assessment“
Special workshops to be organised at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Mahidol University.
Using mobile devices to develop English vocabulary skill
By Dr. Michael Harrington
Vocabulary skill is a central aspect of English proficiency. Fluent performance requires vocabulary of an adequate size for the range of communicative functions encountered in daily use. It also depends on being able to access that vocabulary quickly and with a minimum of effort, all under the pressure of real-time discourse demands. The development of this skill requires extensive exposure and practice in the language. Receiving enough of this exposure and practice can be a challenge for learners in places like Thailand where English is only encountered as a foreign language.
The widespread emergence of mobile communication devices like smart phones and tablets opens up manypossibilities to meet this challenge. In this workshopI will survey English vocabulary apps that are currently available. The aims and applicationsof the apps will be introduced and participants will have the opportunity to evaluate the usefulness of selected apps in their own learning. The Wird Game app developed in collaboration with the University of Queensland will also be demonstrated. Although not required, participants are encouraged to bring internet-enabled devices (smart phones and tablets) to the workshop if available.
Writing for Publication: Building your Career Path
By Ass. Prof. Robert C. Kleinsasser
This workshop focuses on writing manuscripts for academic publications. The intent of the workshop is to involve participants in thinking about what is needed when developing a manuscript to be submitted for peer review. An overview of the publication process will be presented, along with tips about how to develop various sections for an academic article. The importance of peer editing and collegial critical eyes will be discussed along with some major challenges that reviewers run across as they assess or evaluate manuscripts for possible publications. The workshop welcomes questions from participants about their publication experiences and seeks to assist authors as they prepare to publish their scholarly projects and findings.
Papers and Workshops accepted for presentation should be related to the following disciplines:
- Computer Application in Language Education
- Curriculum Design & Development
- English Literacy
- Language & Culture
- Language Assessment and Evaluation
- Language Education Policy and Implementation
- Language Program Evaluation
- Material Development
- Research in Second Language Education
- Second Language Acquisition
- Teaching Pedagogy
- World Englishes (English as a Lingua Franca)
Note: Proposals on other streams may also be considered.
All presenters whose abstracts have been accepted can submit their papers to be included in the Proceedings of the TRI-ELE Conference 2014, which will be online after the conference.