1st TRI-ELE International Conference on English Language Education 2014 Bangkok

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  • 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

    Ple­nary Speakers

    • 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

    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.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    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.

    Con­fer­ence proceedings

    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.

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