The IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning – Hawaii 2017 (IICLLHawaii2017)

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  • The Inter­na­tional Aca­d­e­mic Forum (IAFOR), in con­junc­tion with its global uni­ver­sity and insti­tu­tional part­ners, is proud to announce The IAFOR Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Lan­guage Learn­ing – Hawaii 2017 (IICLLHawaii2017), part of the Hawai­ian Con­fer­ence Series 2017.

    This inter­na­tional and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary con­fer­ence will act as a cen­tre for aca­d­e­mics, prac­ti­tion­ers and pro­fes­sion­als to dis­cuss new research in edu­ca­tion. IICLLHawaii2017 will cre­ate oppor­tu­ni­ties for the inter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion of higher edu­ca­tion and shar­ing of exper­tise. We invite pro­fes­sion­als from all cor­ners of the world to develop poli­cies, exchange ideas, and pro­mote new part­ner­ships with organ­i­sa­tions and peers.

    The IAFOR Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Lan­guage Learn­ing – Hawaii 2017 (IICLLHawaii2017) will be held along­side The IAFOR Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Edu­ca­tion – Hawaii 2017 (IICEHawaii2017), and The IAFOR Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Tech­nol­ogy in the Class­room – Hawaii 2017 (IICTCHawaii2017) as part of the same event. Reg­is­tra­tion for any one of these con­fer­ences per­mits atten­dance in all three within the event.

    Con­fer­ence Theme: “Edu­cat­ing for Change”

    Whether we are look­ing at why we must change, or how edu­ca­tion has changed or even how edu­ca­tion will change, change affects all of us involved in lan­guage edu­ca­tion in many ways. Admin­is­tra­tors, teacher train­ers, teach­ers, stu­dents: we all wear many hats and we all come face-​to-​face with change, some­times on a daily basis. Pos­i­tive change is about improve­ment: improv­ing pro­fi­ciency, improv­ing lives, help­ing learn­ers achieve their goals and dreams and ulti­mately, broad­en­ing horizons.

    In our work as edu­ca­tors we are often asked to effect change – that we are change-​makers can be seen in the new cur­ricu­lums, new mate­r­ial, and even new tech­niques or meth­ods that we develop. For those of us who con­duct research, our research is often focused on find­ing “bet­ter” or more effec­tive ways of teach­ing often mea­sured in out­comes such as stu­dents entered with an aver­age of X and improved to an aver­age of Y. In such a case, improve­ment = change! But change is also an area of research as can be seen by look­ing at jour­nals such as the Jour­nal of Edu­ca­tional Change, Changes in Higher Edu­ca­tion, Cul­ture and Change, and Edu­ca­tional Research for Social Change, to men­tion four. It is a seri­ous area of study, and one worth our attention.

    The focus of the last jour­nal men­tioned above is worth look­ing at. Change is not only about test scores or pro­fi­ciency going up. It is also about last­ing change in one’s life, life choices, and look­ing beyond us as indi­vid­u­als, the soci­ety we live in. Social change and a focus on improv­ing the soci­eties we live in is another out­come of edu­ca­tion. In recent years, there has been a focus on lan­guage and iden­tity. And there has been an embrace of socio­cul­tural the­ory and lan­guage development.

    At the same time change for the sake of change is not a good rea­son for change. There is often a ten­sion between the sta­tus quo (which is not always bad) and the desire to change. As invested mem­bers of our field, we need to be able to exam­ine change, iden­ti­fy­ing and apply­ing that which is appro­pri­ate and will fur­ther our goals while also hav­ing the wis­dom and gump­tion to reject change that does not make sense. As Dewey said, “reforms which rest sim­ply upon the enact­ment of law, or the threat­en­ing of cer­tain penal­ties, or upon changes in mechan­i­cal or out­ward arrange­ments are tran­si­tory and futile.”

    And so we wel­come you to this year’s con­fer­ences, where we can exam­ine change in ways that are impor­tant to each of us. What are its chal­lenges, its com­plex­i­ties, and its con­straints? It is elec­tri­fy­ing to think about the wide-​ranging con­ver­sa­tions we will have as we con­sider how we can go about edu­cat­ing for change the world over.

    In con­junc­tion with our global part­ners, includ­ing the Uni­ver­sity of Hawaii at Manoa, we look for­ward to extend­ing a warm wel­come to you in 2017.


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