LINGUIST List 26.4952

Fri Nov 06 2015

Calls: English, Applied Linguistics, Language Acquisition/Italy

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 06-Nov-2015
From: Michael Joseph Ennis <>
Subject: Symposium on Teaching English for Tourism
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Full Title: Symposium on Teaching English for Tourism

Date: 06-May-2016 - 06-May-2016
Location: Bruneck-Brunico, Italy
Contact Person: Michael Joseph Ennis
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 06-Jan-2016

Meeting Description:

The teaching of English for Tourism (EfT) is one of the oldest and largest branches of English for Specific Purposes (ESP), responding to the rise of middle class tourism during the 20th Century and servicing one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. Many universities, high schools and private language schools have developed ESP courses for students, workers and managers in the field of tourism; most major publishers of English Language Teaching resources have marketed course books for Tourism Studies and various tourism professions; and a growing body of research on the English of Tourism (EoT) has been disseminated via academic journals and major publishing houses. However, there has been relatively little research and scholarship on the teaching of English for Tourism.

This gap in research and scholarship is in large part due to the nature of ESP in general. Most EfT research is conducted informally for the purpose of developing custom courses and learning material for a specific group of students embedded in a unique learning context, and, though obviously relevant to practitioners in other contexts, such research is rarely published or shared with a wider professional or academic community. Especially in the West, best practice in EfT remains the province of individual teachers and small communities of practice largely working independently of one another. In the absence of a discourse across institutions, regions and nations, teachers of EfT lack access to a wealth of information and experience that could inform their own teaching approaches.

The symposium, which would be one of the first of its kind in Europe, aims to bring together teachers and researchers of English for Tourism from diverse contexts in order to initiate a sustained academic discourse on the teaching of EfT.

Call for Papers:

Presenters are invited to submit proposals for 20-minute talks on a wide range of themes related to the teaching of EfT, including, but not limited to: key theoretical concepts, bridging EoT and EfT, needs analyses, curriculum and course development, teaching methods, task design and learning activities, assessment, real world application, etc.

Please submit abstracts of 150-200 words and a brief bio of 25-50 words to by January 6, 2016.

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