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Call for Proposals

The English Language Center of the College of Liberal Arts, Shantou University, is pleased to announce that it is accepting proposals for the 10th edition of its Biennial ELT International Conference to be held in Shantou, Guangdong, China from the 24th to the 26th of April 2020.

The theme for the Conference is Converging & Diverging Paths: ELT in a Changing Environment. Economic growth and globalization result in higher demands for ELT at all levels of education. English becomes increasingly important not only as a fundamental tool for global interconnectedness but also for the overall formation of students. ELT teachers and researchers rise to the challenge by implementing innovative policies and curriculums, developing fresh approaches to assessment, modernizing teacher training, incorporating the latest technological developments and more. Meanwhile, research in pedagogy, linguistics, psychology and neurology yields a plethora of new conceptions that promote a reassessment of previously fixed principles and dogmas, thus provoking productive conflicts of ideas. The conference aims to offer a high-level academic forum for debate on these diverging conceptions and a proper place to find their points of convergence.

To encourage a scholarly dialogue about the issues below and others, the Organising Committee of the 10th Biennial ELT International Conference welcomes original research papers, classroom (best practice) papers, workshops and poster presentations addressing issues that are relevant to, but are not limited to the following strands:

  • ELT policies and curriculum design
  • ELT and global competence
  • ELT methods and pedagogy
  • Language testing and assessment
  • ELT teacher education and cognition
  • Content and language integrated learning
  • Technology-enhanced ELT
  • Learner needs and autonomy
  • ELT and critical literacies
  • ELT and translation


• Each presenter/participant must register online.

• The presenter should submit a proposal online. Each presenter may submit only one proposal for the conference.

• Title of presentation: no more than 20 words.

• Proposal: 200-300 words, written in a single paragraph.

• Bio statement of presenter(s): 80-100 words.

• The working language of this conference is English.

• Paper presentation: 20 minutes + 5 minutes for questions and answers.

• Workshop/poster presentation: 90 minutes.

• Colloquium session: 90 minutes. 3-4 presentations that address one conference strand.

The deadline for proposal submission is December 15, 2019.

For further information, please refer to the Call for Proposals.