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Full Title: 17th English in Southeast Asia Conference

      
Short Title: ESEA 2013
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Start Date: 05-Dec-2013 - 07-Dec-2013
Contact: Secretariat ESEA2013
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://umconference.um.edu.my/esea2013
Meeting Description: The ‘English in Southeast Asia’ conference series is the result of collaboration between the National Institute of Education (Singapore), the University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), the University of Brunei Darussalam, Curtin University (Perth, Australia), Ateneo de Manila University (Quezon City, the Philippines), Hong Kong Baptist University, Santa Dharma University (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (Thailand), Waikato University (New Zealand) and Macau University (Macau).

English in Asia has grown in visibility and importance in tandem with the emergence and development of varieties of Asian English. English plays a dynamic role in both intra- and international communication. It is no longer just a means of communication with foreigners but a lingua franca inside the country across different ethnic groups and even within ethnic groups. It is increasingly used for practical purposes by people with very different levels of proficiency and varied norms in the region and in the marketization of higher education.

The developments of the local uses and the lingua franca use of the language suggest two forms of English-the growth of local and ethnic norms on the one hand and of standardized norms of international English on the other. The changing roles of English and the increase in numbers of people who are able to speak English in the last few decades lead to interesting questions with regard to the spread of English in the region.

These developments reflect the fact that English has spread for pragmatic reasons and for economic and social advancement leading to a reconsideration of English as a national, intra-national, regional and international language. Given the multiple sociolinguistic roles of English across the region, there is potential for much research relating to the use of English in various domains.

This conference provides a platform for cross-disciplinary dialogue between academic scholars, experts, officials, professionals and applied linguists to explore and share research developments in the field of English in Southeast Asia by:

- Identifying the emerging trends, threats and challenges of English;
- Reviewing the historical accounts of the English landscape and language planning of a particular nation or the region;
- Understanding the linguistic and creative diversity of English, and its varieties in multicultural and multilingual settings;
- Discussing issues pertaining to English use and practice within nations and internationally, and;
- Exploring the dynamic roles of English in specific contexts.

The sub-themes of this conference consist of the following:

- English language planning
- English language policy
- English language contact
- English in education
- English as a lingua franca
- English in specific/professional domains
- English teaching and learning
- English for intra- and international communication
- Historical contexts of English language
- English in social media/electronic English
- English in Southeast Asian pop culture
- English in multicultural settings
- Role of English in ASEAN and globalisation
- English and identity construction
- English as a social/cultural capital
- English as a second/foreign language
- English and literatures
- English and power
Linguistic Subfield: Anthropological Linguistics; Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
LL Issue: 24.1059


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