It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
The 31st International Conference on English Teaching and Learning is to be hosted by Chung Yuan Christian University on May 17-18, 2014. Enthusiastic discussions among researchers from non-English-speaking countries have broadened the horizon of English teaching and learning. Other disciplines, such as Translation, Interpretation, Literature, and Cultural Studies, also play essential roles in English education. Such development suggests that English education is no longer limited within a certain field; knowledge from different disciplines cultivates diversity in English education. Recognizing this trend, the ICETL_ROC Organizing Committee aims to provide a platform for researchers from various fields to exchange ideas on issues related to the empowerment of English education and cross-cultural communication.