Globalization, Culture and Society: What role does language play?
The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners is proud to announce the Second Annual Asian Conference on Language Learning, to be held from April 26-28 2012, at the Ramada Osaka, Osaka, Japan.
In today’s world, culture and ideas move from country to country and region to region almost effortlessly. And as a result, the world around us is changing at breakneck speed. Yet, there is one constant among all the change—the need to communicate. And communication is achieved through language. Whether one is talking about film or songs, news reports and documentaries, internet chatting, business meetings and negotiations, or even reading a popular novel, language is not only crucial, it is paramount.
Thus with language and language learning at the heart of globalization, we invite language educators, administrators, policy makers, and others to join us at ACLL 2012 as we examine the role language learning plays and will continue to play in the future along with its affect on our cultures and societies.
The aim of this International Conference is to encourage academics, scholars and practitioners representing a exciting diversity of countries, cultures, and religion to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum encouraging respectful dialogue. By bringing together a number of university scholars working throughout Japan, Asia, and beyond to share ideas, ACLL 2012 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.
The conference theme is "Globalization, Culture and Society: What role does language play?" and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this question from a variety of perspectives. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to Language Learning and Teaching, including the following streams:
- Alternative assessment
- Anxiety & Motivation
- Blended learning
- Constructivist approaches
- Conversation analysis
- Cross-Cultural Communication
- First language acquisition
- Gaming and Simulation
- Individual differences
- Innovative language teaching and learning methodologies
- Interactional competence
- Inter-group relations
- Knowledge management/LMS
- Language education
- Learner and teacher autonomy
- Learning Environments
- Learning Strategies
- Learning third languages
- Life long learning
- Open Learning Initiative (OLI)
- Phonetics and Phonology
- World Englishes
- Teacher training
- Testing and evaluation
- The good language learner
- Translation and Interpretation
In keeping with the theme of Globalization, Culture, and Society: What role does language play?, the ACLL 2012 organizers wish to engage a broad range of taught languages. We kindly ask, however, that all submission and oral presentations be made in the ACLL 2012 lingua franca of English.
Keynote & Featured Speakers
- Deryn Verity - Professor of English & Interdisciplinary Studies (Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan)
- Barbara B. Lockee - President (Association for Educational Communications and Technology) & Professor and Associate Director (School of Education)
- Marjo Mitsutomi - Head of English Language Teaching Practices and the Language Development Intercultural Studies Center (Akita International University, Japan)
- Kuniko Miyanaga - Professor of Anthropology (School of Global Studies, Tama University) & Director (Human Potential Institute, Japan)
- Jo Mynard - Director (SALC) & Assistant Director (English Language Institute, Kanda University of International Studies, Japan)
Authors of Accepted Abstracts will have the opportunity of publishing their associated paper in the official conference proceedings, and a selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in the IAFOR Journal of Language Learning.