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Full Title: IATEFL English for Specific Purposes Special Interest Group Pre-Conference Event 2014

      
Short Title: IATEFL ESP SIG PCE 2014
Location: Harrogate, United Kingdom
Start Date: 01-Apr-2014 - 01-Apr-2014
Contact: Prithvi Shrestha
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://espsig.iatefl.org
Meeting Description: Theme:

ESP and learning technologies: What can we learn?

One of the future themes proposed by the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language(IATEFL) English for Specific Purposes (ESP) Special Interest Group (SIG) members and the participants who attended the ESP SIG Pre-Conference Event (PCE) in Liverpool in 2013 was the use of technology in ESP. Responding to this suggestion, the ESP SIG committee would like to make this as the theme of the ESP SIG PCE to be held in Harrogate in April 2014.

Indeed, there have been a number of conferences and events where research and good practices in terms of learning technologies and language learning have been shared. However, the use of learning technologies for English for Specific Purposes (ESP) is rarely talked about. In addition, the use of learning technologies in both professional and academic English contexts has the potential to provide administrators, trainers and teachers with a rich source of information that can enhance the teaching and learning of ESP. As the use of learning technologies is an emerging field in ESP, it deserves a platform for ESP practitioners to discuss. Given that the ESP Pre-Conference Event (PCE) is an ideal space for this discussion, the theme for the next ESP PCE is proposed as ESP and learning technologies: What can we learn?

We expect that our PCE theme will bring together a diverse range of researchers and practitioners in professional and academic English to share their views, and practices which are applicable to other ESP contexts.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: English
LL Issue: 24.4466


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