CFP: Languages for the 21st century: Training, impact and influence

Francis Hult francis.hult at utsa.edu
Wed Apr 7 17:49:31 UTC 2010


http://www.llas.ac.uk/events/6142

 

Languages for the 21st century: Training, impact and influence

 

1 September, 2010 - 2 September, 2010

 

The Edge, University of Sheffield

 

The conference aims to show-case new training provision, techniques, technologies, methodologies and research in language teaching, with an emphasis on the advanced or research-focussed learner. Particular emphasis will be on the Languages of the Wider World: Africa, East and South Asia, Russia, Central Europe, and the Arab World.

 

Call for papers

 

Deadline for submission - Tuesday 4th May 2010

 

We live in a world containing a myriad of different cultures, where clear and effective communication is increasingly important in international cultural, economic, political and social relations, and where facility with foreign languages can have a major impact upon the success of a business, an individual, or a nation. Papers are, therefore, sought for a conference entitled Languages for the 21st Century: Training, Impact and Influence (University of Sheffield, UK; 1-2 September 2010), aimed at show-casing new training provision, techniques, technologies, methodologies and research in language teaching, with an emphasis on the advanced, or research-focussed learner. The main focus of the conference will be on the Languages of the Wider World: Africa, East and South Asia, Russia, Central Europe, and the Arab world, but contributions on other areas are also welcomed.

 

Major conference themes will be:

* Assessment: methodologies and comparisons 

* Benchmarking:  standards for higher study 

* Cultural Competence: teaching text, discourse, rhetoric and skills 

* Generational Change: new approaches for the information age 

* Language for Research: training for the social sciences and humanities 

* Materials and Curriculum Development: from ab initio to advanced, from paper to screen 

* Outreach: training the policy or business learner 

* Research in a global context 

 

But papers in other areas will also be considered. Papers may be either traditional research presentations, reports on new approaches and developments, or practical demonstrations. Proposals for workshop sessions, likely to be of use to both teachers and students, or entire panels are also welcomed.

 

The conference is jointly organised and supported by the five UK Centres of Excellence in Language-based Area Studies (White Rose East Asia Centre, British Inter-University China Centre, Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies, Centre for Russian, Central and East European Studies), the Subject Centre for Language, Linguistics and Area Studies, and the Languages of the Wider World Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

 

Submissions

Deadline for submission - Tuesday 4th May 2010

 

Download proposal form (Word, 76Kb)

 

Contributors should submit an abstract for their paper of no more than 300 words on the form provided to llas at soton.ac.uk by 4 May 2010. Successful applicants will be notified by 28 May 2010, and will be assigned to a panel on receipt of a conference registration and fee.

 

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