The International Academic Forum (IAFOR), in conjunction with its global university and institutional partners, is proud to announce the Inaugural IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning (IICLL) which will take place on January 8 – 11, 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Hawaii Convention Centre.
This international and interdisciplinary conference will act as a centre for academics, practitioners and professionals to discuss new research in education. IICLL-Hawaii2016 will create opportunities for the internationalization 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 organizations and peers.
The Inaugural IAFOR International Conference on Language Learning 2016 – Hawaii will be held alongside the Inaugural IAFOR International Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2016 – Hawaii and the Inaugural IAFOR International Conference on Education 2016 – Hawaii. Registration for either conference will allow attendees to attend sessions in the other.
Conference Chairs and Featured Speakers
- Prof. Steve Cornwell – Osaka Women’s University, Japan
- Prof. Sue Jackson – Birkbeck, University of London, UK
- Prof. Barbara Lockee – Educational Research and Outreach, Virginia Tech, USA
- Prof. Ted O’Neill – Gakushuin University, Japan
- Prof. Stuart Picken – Order of the Sacred Treasure, M.A. (Hons), B.D., Ph.D. (Glasgow), F.R.A.S.
Conference Theme and Streams
“Convergence and Divergence“
This open and exploratory theme of “Convergence|Divergence” asks at us to look at the many and varied collisions and frictions involved in the coming together of individuals, cultures, ideas, as well as teaching and learning contexts and approaches, that we negotiate as educators.
In language education we have best practices that can be seen as a type of convergence. We want a solid foundation to our teaching that is based upon important shared principles, but we also see many areas where beliefs diverge or where areas of interests are different. For example, over the years some teachers focused on task based language education, others are doing motivation research, and still others have looked at critical pedagogy. These are examples of divergence, but they are overlaid on converging values such as creating safe spaces for learners, respecting all in our classes, and having a deep commitment to our profession.
Take the changes in digital communication over the past 20 years. We have moved from the open World Wide Web of Tim Berners-Lee to a more contained online experience that is found in mobile phone apps or social media. Some decry this filtering into “walled gardens” as stultifying and robbing the future of open inquiry because when everyone accessed the same Internet, they could roam widely and make discoveries. However, as we are funneled into application silos that do not interact with each other, we become isolated, leaving the open bazaar of the Internet, and are – dare we say – forced to gather in niche communities.
Moreover, at each convergence and divergence is the possibility of connection. The connection or connector is the human intelligence that we apply to our creative work. It is our humanness that ultimately connects us whether we are converging or diverging. Are you on the inside of a supportive community that wants to make itself understood to those outside? Or, are you on the outside watching as schools of thought and competing values seem to draw colleagues in different directions? The reality is many of us find ourselves in both situations – continuously converging and then diverging.
The conference theme for IICLL-Hawaii2016 is “Convergence and Divergence”, and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this theme 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 interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives.
Submissions are organized in to the following thematic 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
A small number of papers from the conference proceedings are selected by the journal editor. Articles may also be submitted directly by contacting the appropriate editor. These open access journals, which conform to the highest academic standards, reflect the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences and are organized thematically.
If your abstract is accepted and you have registered for the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official conference proceedings published on the website. Final papers should be uploaded through the submissions system. Please ensure that your paper is ready to go to press by the submission deadline.
Eye Magazine is the International Academic Forum’s own in-house e-magazine publication. Through Eye magazine, we hope to enlighten you to various views and opinions of our contributors, many of whom have presented full research papers at our various conferences in Asia, Europe and North America.