Tuesday August 04 , 2020

Innovation & Integration in English Language Teaching (iiELT)

Innovation & Integration in English Language Teaching (iiELT)

 

Rethinking Praxis in a Connected World

 

The English Language Center’s (ELC) biennial conference was held from April 20 to April 22, 2012 at Shantou University.? Pioneers in English language teaching from all over the world convened to discuss the opportunities provided and challenges presented by a rapidly evolving pedagogical landscape.

In the opening presentation, “We Are What We Write: The Role of Writing in the Academy,” Professor Ken Hyland of Hong Kong University explained the ways in which writing has come to be understood as a peripheral skill, not an integral component, of disciplines within the academy.? Building upon the assumption that we are what we write, Professor Hyland explored the greater academic and cultural implications associated with the marginalization of writing.

Professor Feng Anwei of Bangor University provided a framework for understanding the spread of English across Greater China in his presentation, “The Third Wave.”? Professor Feng delineated the various educational applications of English language use within outlying areas of Greater China, elucidating their socioeconomic and cultural impact.

Professor Joy Egbert of Washington State University spoke on the potential benefits of using CALL – computer assisted language learning – in the language learning classroom in “Multiliteracies and Technology: Connecting CALL to Students’ Lives.”? Professor Egbert conceptualized technology as a literacy unto itself, exploring opportunities afforded to an English language educator seeking to teach multiple literacies simultaneously.

Professor Mao Sihui of the Macau Polytechnic Institute discussed “Content and Language Integrated Learning: Decoding Male and Female Images in Advertising as Critical Engagement.”? Encouraging critical engagement with advertisements, Professor Mao revealed the perpetuation and subversion of stereotypes within the media, illustrating his points through an interactive demonstration with the audience.

Aside from the aforementioned plenary and featured speakers, iiELT showcased dozens of other presenters who represented well the diversity of research being conducted all over the world in English language teaching.? In promoting a holistic approach to praxis in English language teaching, speakers discussed the utility of materials ranging from realia – comic books and advertisements – to CALL and Wikipedia editing. The concluding panel discussion, open to all conference attendees, encapsulated the all-encompassing spirit of the conference in the breadth of queries and the depth with which each of them were explored.

 

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