LINGUIST List 24.4466

Sat Nov 09 2013

Calls: English, Applied Linguistics/UK

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Date: 07-Nov-2013
From: Prithvi Shrestha <>
Subject: IATEFL English for Specific Purposes Special Interest Group Pre-Conference Event 2014
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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
Date: 01-Apr-2014 - 01-Apr-2014 Location: Harrogate, United Kingdom Contact Person: Prithvi Shrestha
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 20-Nov-2013

Meeting Description:


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.

Call for Papers:

Submissions can be in the form of papers (30 min), workshop (45 min), a panel (60 min). All different types of presentations will be given a Q&A session at the end to increase what we can learn from each other.

The presentations and the discussions at this PCE are intended to be a refresher session for well-established ESP practitioners, and an awareness-raising ‘eye-opener’ for those who are embarking on a career in ESP.

Every effort will be made to further disseminate the findings from key papers via a post-conference publication.

The paper proposal should follow the standard IATEFL conference proposal format (abstract: 50 – 60 words & summary: 200 – 250 word). Sample proposals from previous ESP SIG PCEs can be found here:

Please submit your proposal to Aysen Guven (

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