ELC Conference 2016

Bridging ELT Theory and Practice: Innovations and Reservations in the Digital Age

15 to 17 April, 2016 at Shantou University

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Following the TESOL Symposium and past series of international conferences, the English Language Centre (ELC) of Shantou University will host its 8th international conference on TESOL from 15 to 17 April, 2016.

The conference theme is Bridging ELT Theory and Practice: Innovations and Reservations in the Digital Age. As the development of technology has brought both opportunities and challenges to the ELT world, scholars have begun to address issues related to ELT to the integration of new technologies into the ELT classroom. Of particular interest is the conversation between traditional and innovative theories regarding the incorporation of technology into ELT. In this conference, we aim to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners, and graduate students to address issues of ELT, such as new trends and new theories and methodologies in the digital age. The organising committee welcomes conference proposals for paper presentations, workshops, and poster displays that address topics relevant to but not limited to the strands listed below:

  • Critical Thinking and Critical Pedagogy
  • Concepts and Beliefs of ELT
  • TESOL Methodologies Revisited
  • World Englishes/ English as a Lingua Franca
  • Intercultural Communication/Awareness
  • Language Learning and Motivation
  • Learner Autonomy
  • Language and Technology
  • Impact of New Social Media on TESOL
  • Testing and Assessment

1. Paper presentation (25m + 5m Q & A): Report on recent unpublished research
2. Workshop (1 hour): Demonstration of teaching, research or administrative skills or process
3. Poster (3 hours): Display work in progress or completed research results on a notice board and answer questions

*The working language of this conference is English.

For further information please refer to the Call for Papers.

Deadline for Proposal Submission: 30 November 2015

Find us on the Sociolinguistic Events Calender. http://baal.org.uk/slxevents.html

The deadline for abstract submission has passed. All notifications of acceptance will be sent by January, 2016.

A Message from Mao Sihui

Chairman of the ELC Conference Organising Committee

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Warm greetings from the idyllic campus of Shantou University! My dear colleagues at the English Language Centre (ELC) have been making good efforts to get things prepared and will soon be ready to welcome you all.

Director of ELC, Shantou University
Chairman of the Organising Committee


Andy Curtis

Andy Curtis received his M.A. in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching, and his Ph.D. in International Education, both from the University of York in England.

Andy Curtis


Liying Cheng

Liying Cheng, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of the Assessment and Evaluation Group (AEG) at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University.

Liying Cheng

Professor and Director

Roland Sussex

Roland (Roly) Sussex was Professor of Applied Language Studies at the University of Queensland from 1989 until 2010.

Roland Sussex

Emeritus Professor

Organising Committee

Chair: Mao Sihui

Members: Fan (Gabriel) Fang, Scott Fisher, John Harper, Goudi (Amy) Li, Mark McAndrews, Liangrong (Peter) Xiao, Junru (Yolanda) Yang

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720RMB (115USD)

Early Bird Registration Fee

800RMB (126USD)

Standard Rate


Shantou University

English Language Centre Shantou University
243 Da Xue Road Shantou, Guangdong
P. R. China

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Conference Venue

The English Language Center provides language training for all students at Shantou University’s main campus. The core of our program consists of a two-year series of required courses that equip students with the English skills they will need for academic work in the university’s English-medium courses and also for professional life after graduation.

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The university campus is located about 10 km from the central part of the city and is accessible by public bus and taxi. Please note that traffic congestion can be a problem and it is necessary to allow 30-60 minutes for travel to/from the campus.

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Taxis are available at any time of the day. The cost from the WalMart area (the most popular hotels are in this area) to Shantou University is around 40 yuan. Taxis rarely use their meter to the university, so it’s important to agree on the fare before departing.

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Email: elcconf2016@stu.edu.cn

ELC Website: http://elc.stu.edu.cn

Tel: (+86) 754-8650-3339

Fax: (+86) 754-8650-3636