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The 2008 Asia TEFL International Conference
Globalizing Asia: The Role of ELT
August 1-3, 2008
Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel, Bali, Indonesia
The Asia TEFL International Conference Committee is now accepting presentation proposals in the content areas listed below for its 6th conference to be held in Bali, Indonesia, in August, 2008. The official language for the conference, including presentations and submissions, is English.
Background
Asian globalization is not only a given fact, but has become a growing force in the 21st century. Following Japan and South Korea, China and India have risen as prominent players in the global market, next to the European Union and the United States. In the present global configuration, Asia is no longer merely a market place for global consumption, but has become a center of production and dissemination of goods, ideas, and culture.

One important aspect of the Asian globalization to note here is the intensification of intra-Asia exchanges, which results in making the region most dynamic not only economically, but also culturally. The popularity of the Taiwanese musical group F-4, the fascination with Bollywood films and Korean soap operas in the region are some examples of intra-Asia cultural globalizing industries. The rising cost of educating the Asian younger generation in the West and the sociopolitical climate after the September 11th attacks have also resulted in the growth of intra-Asia educational exchanges. With this shift from the West to the East, Asian universities, colleges, and training centers have served as a new alternative oasis for knowledge.

How does language play in this phenomenon of globalizing Asia? Although the number of users of Mandarin is quite large and Malay has been a lingua franca in some parts of Southeast Asia, globalizing Asia needs English as a tool for communication within Asia and with the rest of the world. This is where the role of ELT becomes significant and is highlighted in the conference. Has ELT become Asia's visa to the global market? If it has, what kind of English? Where the British Council has noted that there is no more one Standard English, but a heterogeneous Global English, this 6th Asia TEFL Conference will push the question further. Has the force of Asian globalization resulted in Asianizing English? How does the use of English impact the use of other Asian languages in the process of globalizing Asia? Is it a partnership or a rivalry?

In facing global competition, what are the strategies of Asian players in providing English language services? How are teachers trained in preparation to enter the community of international professionals? How is information technology (distance learning, computer-based testing) used in ELT as a result of the global market and local-global interaction?

The issue of ELT in Asia is inseparably linked with cultural issues and the sociopolitical context of local conditions. (The word 'Asian' is used herein as a generic term for the diverse and complex realities across half of the globe). How do ELT teachers face the realities of Asian classrooms? What role do cultural values play in the reception and negotiation of English - which carries a European and Western heritage?

Finally, the role of ELT in globalizing Asia cannot but have political and logistical ramifications. If the realities of Asianizing English and Asian Englishes are taken seriously into account, should we reconsider and reevaluate the use of the international proficiency tests? Should we also use the growing materials of literatures in English produced in the region, and local literatures in translation, which is more culturally relevant to the audience?

By raising the above subtopics in the plenary and parallel sessions, the 6th Asia TEFL International Conference promises a vibrant and intellectually stimulating dialogue, and exchanges for promoting the teaching and learning of English in Asia. We hope that this conference will continue the practice of previous Asia TEFL conferences of enhancing scholarship, disseminating knowledge, and facilitating cross-cultural understanding among persons, scholars, and practitioners concerned with the teaching and learning of English in Asia. We hope to see you in Bali in 2008!
Call for Presentations on the following Subtopics (Content Areas):
The Conference Organizing Committee invites abstracts and presentation proposals on the following subtopics (content areas):
  1. ELT: Asia's Global Visa? Presentations in this subtopic area deal with the role of ELT in Globalizing Asia: How important is ELT in preparing Asian human resources to work in the global market? They may also discuss the use of English in Asian globalization, for example the issue of subtitling into English or English dubbing of Asian media production for global market, or the production of English language products for the global market.
  2. Asianizing English: This subtopic deals with the global-local linguistic exchanges in English language teaching. It looks at the emergence of new Asian Englishes and examine the linguistic borrowings from Asian languages.
  3. English and Asian Languages: This subtopic examines the partnership or rivalry of English and Asian languages within the process of Asian globalization. Presentations in this subtopic area may also look at the popularity of English among Asian younger generation and may consider the place of English in the new linguistic configuration in diverse localities in Asia.
  4. Responding to Global Competition in Providing English Language Services: This subtopic area covers strategies of Asian ELT centers in providing the best services in the global competition.
  5. Educating the Teachers: Preparing International Standard Professionals: This subtopic area deals with the challenges in educating ELT teachers in order to prepare teachers with the teaching skills and knowledge that will enable them to meet international standards and to adjust teaching techniques and materials to local needs, and to introduce teachers to multiculturalism.
  6. The Use of Information Technology in ELT Resulting from Local-Global Interaction and the Global Market: This subtopic area examines various uses of information technology (e.g., distance learning, computer-based testing) in reaching out to the widening ELT market in Asia.
  7. Cultural Values in Language Teaching: This subtopic area discusses how Asian cultural values enrich Asian English, impact ELT in Asian contexts, and examine Asian reception and negotiation of Western cultural values in English.
  8. Facing the Realities of Asian Classrooms: This subtopic area discusses strategies for facing the multidimensional contexts and realities of Asian classrooms, its educational environment and tradition, the dynamics of teacher-student interaction, etc.
  9. Reconsidering the Use of International Proficiency Tests: Should emerging Asian Englishes be taken into account?
  10. Using Local Literatures in English or Translations for Teaching English: This subtopic will deal with the use of the growing regional literature materials in English and local literature in translation, which are more culturally relevant to the audience for the development of critical thinking and cultural awareness in the students.
  11. Other subtopics related to the content areas listed below:
    • Alternative Approaches and Methodologies
    • Curriculum/Materials Design
    • Distance Education
    • Education/Language Policy
    • International/Intercultural Communication
    • Language Acquisition
    • Material Writing and Design
    • Multiple Intelligences and Learning Styles
    • Teacher Education
    • Teaching Young Learners
    • Testing, Assessment, and Evaluation
    • The Use of IT in Language Teaching
    • Using Local Literatures in English or translations for teaching English
Invited Speakers
Invited Speakers: Six internationally renowned scholars will each give a 50-minute plenary presentation as well as a 30-minute concurrent session presentation. The Conference will also feature eight well-known speakers from the Asian region. These featured speakers will give 40-minute presentations on topics related to the Conference theme.
Concurrent Session Presenters
In 15-20 concurrent sessions, around 450 presenters are expected to share their ideas and the results of their research in 30-min. time slots. The Conference Committee is calling for submission of presentation proposals in the content areas listed above. All presenters are encouraged to submit research papers of their presentations to the Journal of Asia TEFL, the Association's refereed scholarly journal, for consideration for publication.
Document Submission Requirements
The deadline for submission of presentation proposals is February 29, 2008. The abstract should consist of 500 words with the title at the top of the page and the name of the presenter(s) and their affiliation below the title on the right. Biographical data should not exceed 100 words and should be written on a separate page in the third person. Thirty minutes are allotted for a research paper presentation, and sixty minutes for a workshop or colloquium.

Those who are based outside of Indonesia should send the presentation proposal with the abstract and biographical data to the following address:

asiatefl2008@empal.com (Prof.(Dr., Mr.) Jongbai Hwang)

Those who are based within Indonesia should send the presentation proposals with the abstract and biographical data to the following email address:
Mr. Yassir Nasarius, Ph.D.
Atmajaya Catholic University
Email: pkbb@atmajaya.ac.id
Phone/fax no.: +62 21 571 9560
Mobile phone: +62 813 824 6680
Registration form should be completed and submitted
online or fax to +62 21 478 65781.

Visiters need to visit the conference website: www.asiatefl-teflin.com
Travel Grants
Travel grants of US$300 are available for 30 concurrent session presenters. The awardees will be selected by the Asia TEFL International Conference Committee on the basis of proposal and travel grant application merit. Preference will be given to the 10 best submissions dealing with the most innovative and affective means of teaching and learning. This funding is available for presenters based outside of Indonesia.

All presenters receiving grants from Asia TEFL are required to submit research papers of their presentations to the Journal of Asia TEFL, publication of which is to be determined upon review by the Journal Editorial Board. The deadline for submission of presentation proposals and travel grant application forms is January 10, 2008. The summary should consist of 500 words with the title at the top of the page and the name of the presenter(s) and their affiliation below the title on the right. Biographical data should not exceed 100 words and should be written on a separate page in the third person. Send the presentation proposal with the abstract, biographical data, and travel grant application form to the following address:
Registration Fees
Indonesian/TEFLIN participants: US $85.00
Asia TEFL members: US $90
Non-members: US $100



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