LINGUIST List 25.4046

Tue Oct 14 2014

Calls: English, Applied Ling, Language Acquisition, Text/Corpus Ling, Socioling, General Ling/China

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 12-Oct-2014
From: Edith Yan <>
Subject: A National Conference on Language, Culture, and the Teaching of English
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Full Title: A National Conference on Language, Culture, and the Teaching of English

Date: 24-Apr-2015 - 24-Apr-2015
Location: Zhuhai, Guangdong, China
Contact Person: Kayla Huang
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; General Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 19-Dec-2014

Meeting Description:

This one-day conference will offer new perspectives on how Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, and Cultural Studies can influence and improve the way we teach English in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. It should be of interest to all those who teach or intend to teach English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and to scholars in the fields of Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, and Cultural Studies interested in an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of English in Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China.

The conference will last for one day and consist of six presentations as well as an end-of-day roundtable. Participation is free though registration will be required.


Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College (UIC), 28 Jinfeng Road, Tangjiawan, Zhuhai, Guangdong

Organized By:

The Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies (ICCS) and the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) programme, UIC

Call for Papers:

Abstracts of papers (300 words in English), together with brief narrative bio-data in English (about 80 words), and contact information are hereby invited. The deadline for submitting abstracts/ proposals is 19 December 2014; all proposals should be submitted by email to All submissions will be carefully reviewed by the Conference Academic Panel. Participants will be informed whether their proposal has been accepted by 23 January 2015.

Speakers should be prepared to speak for 25 minutes followed by 5 minutes of questions. All speakers will also be expected to participate in the end-of-day roundtable.

Speakers will be provided rooms in local hotels free of charge. Speakers will also receive assistance with travel costs within China, capped at 2000 RMB.

Conference Topics:

Presentations will cover areas in language, Applied Linguistics, Cultural Studies, and other areas relevant to teaching EFL, with particular reference to the Chinese context. A list of possible topics is shown below. Other topics will be considered if seen to be relevant to our main topic areas.


- Strategies for teaching grammar
- Grading and sequencing of grammar in the syllabus
- Colligation
- Frequency and utility of different structures


- Collocation
- Word formation
- Idioms, fixed and multi-word expressions
- Lexicology and Lexicography

Text Linguistics:

- Cohesion and Coherence
- Discourse Analysis
- Critical Discourse Analysis
- Developing learner writing skills


- Developing autonomous learners
- Promoting interaction
- Communication strategies
- Motivating learners

Cultural Studies:

- Chinese culture in the EFL classroom
- Cultural representations in the classroom
- Stereotypes in textbooks
- Learner perceptions of other cultures

Corpus Linguistics:

- Corpus in the classroom
- Data-driven Learning
- Corpora in materials development
- Cross-linguistic corpora

Theoretical Linguistics:

- Language Description
- Language acquisition
- Cross-linguistic influence on L2 learning
- Cognitive perspectives on acquisition

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