The Asian Conference on Language Learning 2016
Art Center of Kobe, Kobe, Japan
Thursday, April 28 - Sunday, May 1, 2016
Abstract Submission Deadline: March 1, 2016
Registration Deadline for Presenters: April 1, 2016
Publish before a global audience. Present in a supportive environment. Network and create new relationships. Hear the latest research. Experience Japan. Join a global academic community.
This international and interdisciplinary conference will again bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions of research and discovery in language learning. As with IAFOR’s other events, ACLL2016 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.
The Sixth Asian Conference on Language Learning will again be held alongside The Sixth Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom. Registration for either conference will allow attendees to attend sessions in the other.
ACLL2016 Conference Theme: “Convergence|Divergence”
This open and exploratory theme of “covergence|divergence” asks at us to look at the various collisions and frictions involved in the coming together of different individuals, cultures, ideas, as well as teaching and learning mediums and styles, that we negotiate as educators.
In language education we also have best practices that could be seen as a type of convergence. As teachers we want to have a solid foundation to our teaching that will help us understand important principles. But, we also see so many areas where beliefs diverge or where areas of interests are different. For example, over the years some teachers focussed on task based language education, others are doing motivation research, and still others have looked at critical pedagogy. These are examples of divergence, but they are overlaid on converging values such as creating a safe space for learners, respecting all in our classes, or have a deep commitment to our profession.
Take the changes in digital communication over the past 20 years. We have moved from the open World Wide Web and Internet of Tim Berners-Lee to a more contained online experience that is found in mobile phone apps or social media. Some have decried this filtering into “walled gardens” as stultifying and robbing the future of open inquiry because when everyone accessed the same Internet, they could roam widely and make discoveries. However, as we are funneled into application silos that do not interact with each other we become separated from each other and from the open bazaar of the Internet and are–dare we say–forced to gather in niche communities.
Moreover, at each convergence and divergence is the possibility of connection. The connection or connector is the human intelligence that we apply to our creative work. It is our humanness that ultimately connects us whether we are converging or diverging. Are you on the inside of a supportive community that wants to make itself understood to those outside? Or, are you on the outside watching as schools of thought and competing values seem to draw colleagues in different directions? The reality is many of us find ourselves in both situations–continuously converging and then diverging.
This International Academic Forum can be the medium that brings us together to negotiate the vibrant appeal of openness and the power of a concentrated coherent view. Through an interdisciplinary approach, we can embrace the ebb and flow of these contradictions to better understand our way forward as we develop as educators.
We look forward to converging on Kobe in 2016, and to an exciting divergence of ideas!
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ACLL2016 Conference Chairs
Professor Ted O’Neill
ACLL2016 Conference Chair
Professor, Gakushuin University, Japan
Ted O’Neill is a professor at Gakushuin University, Tokyo. He recently held the position of Associate Professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Tokyo Medical and Dental University. Previously, he taught in the English Language Program at J. F. Oberlin University where he also served as Coordinator for the Foundation English Program. Ted was co-editor of The Language Teacher for the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) and currently serves on the JALT National Board of Directors as Director of Public Relations. He received an MA in ESL and Bilingual Education from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, USA. Ted joined the Apple Distinguished Educator Program in 2011 and completed a postgraduate Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy through the Graduate School of Education at the State University of New York in 2014.
Professor Steve Cornwell
IAFOR International Director of Programme: Language Learning
Osaka Women’s University, Japan
Steve Cornwell is Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at Osaka Jogakuin University, and also teaches in the online portion of the MATESOL Programme for the New School in New York. He helped write and design several of the New School courses and has been involved with the program since its inception. He is involved with the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT) (an affiliate of IAFOR) severing on its National Board of Directors (Director of Programme); his duties involve working with a volunteer team of 50+ to put on JALT’s annual, international conference each fall. Most recently, since 2012 he has been the Committee Chair of Osaka Jogakuin University’s Lifelong Learning Committee and is responsible for their evening extension Programme geared at alumni and community members. He is also the Vice-Chair of Osaka Jogakuin University’s English Education Committee which is responsible for suggesting policy regarding English Education and also responsible for developing material for the integrated curriculum.
IAFOR Publishing Opportunities
The IAFOR Journal of Language Learning is an editorially independent journal associated with ACLL. A small number of papers from the conference proceedings are selected by the journal editor. Articles may also be submitted directly by contacting the appropriate editor. These open access journals, which conform to the highest academic standards, reflect the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences and are organized thematically.
If your abstract is accepted and you have registered for the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official conference proceedings published on the website. Final papers should be uploaded through the submissions system. Please ensure that your paper is ready to go to press by the submission deadline.
Eye Magazine is the International Academic Forum’s own in-house e-magazine publication. Through Eye magazine, we hope to enlighten you to various views and opinions of our contributors, many of whom have presented full research papers at our various conferences in Asia, Europe and North America.
IAFOR University & Institutional Partners
The International Academic Forum works with our partner institutions to encourage the best in international, intercultural and interdisciplinary research at this conference.
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