English in Higher Education in the 21st Century
Venue & Date
This symposium focuses on the roles of English in academic contexts worldwide, showcasing current research in applied linguistics and second and foreign language education. Particularly relevant themes for those involved in global higher education include: recent research into cultural issues in academic contexts, the description and analysis of spoken and written academic genres, the identification of trends in English language teaching, and the development of academic English skills among students and university staff.
Symposium participants will have the opportunity to experiment with relevant online resources (multimedia teaching and learning materials, searchable interfaces for academic text collections), meet people professionally involved in English language teaching and materials writing for academic purposes, find out more about inter-university links and research projects and discuss opportunities for international collaboration.
Invited speakers include:
David Graddol, Author of The Future of English (1997) and English Next (2006)
Luis Guerra, University of Evora, Portugal
Sabiha Mansoor, Head of Centre for English Language, Aga Khan University, Karachi
Wang Qiang, Professor of English Language Education, Beijing Normal University
Helen Spencer-Oatey, Principal Research Associate, HEFCE's eChina~UKProgramme
John Whitehead, Head of ELT, The British Council
Sheena Gardner, Julia Khan, Hilary Nesi, Annamaria Pinter, Richard Smith
Separate sessions will be arranged on each of the key themes, and the day will end with an overall panel discussion.
Who should attend?
This symposium will be of interest to:
The symposium includes the opportunity for poster communications. Abstracts for posters should be sent by email as a single-spaced Word document 12pt font, maximum length 1 A4 page. Details for electronic abstract submission Please indicate whether you would like to be considered for a travel grant (Max. £300). This will be offered on a competitive basis.
Registration is now open. Registration closes June 19th. Any late applications will be put on a waiting list.
Registration will be free for Warwick University staff and students, and all AC21 3rd International Forum participants.
Details on how to register for the AC21 Forum and other Research Festival events (see below) are available on the main AC21 website.
Associated International Research Festival
AC21 3rd Biennial International Forum, July 4-6, 2006: See Research Festival link for further information on Symposia on Health Wealth & Nutrition, Nanotechnology, Mathematics and Beyond, Sustainable Manufacturing, Global HE Research, Corporate Responsibility.