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Conference

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International English Teaching and Learning Conference 2016

 
CONFERENCE THEME
Pushing the strong to the front and supporting the weak from behind in English education
 
CONFERENCE BACKGROUND
More than two thousand years ago, Confucius said we should teach students according to their aptitude. Today, educators around the world talk about leaving no child behind. East or West, past or present, the idea of helping each and every child to learn stays the same. Effective teaching is not making students learn what teachers teach; it is teachers providing instruction based on students’ needs. In Taiwan, the bimodal distribution of English learning achievement has been well observed. Students from disadvantaged background need remedial instruction. On the other hand, the launch of 12-year public education brings opportunities to nurture talents. This conference, themed “Pushing the strong to the front and supporting the weak from behind in English education,” aims to build a platform for English education researchers and practitioners to discuss and respond to aforementioned challenges of English education in Taiwan. We hope the keynote speeches, paper and poster presentations, workshops, panel discussions, and countless informal conversations among conference attendees would collectively bring about intellectual outcomes and actions to answer to the needs of students learning English in Taiwan.
 
SUBTHEMES
1.     English remedial teaching
2.     English teaching in rural areas
3.     Bimodal distribution of English learning achievement
4.     English education policy
5.     Differentiated teaching
6.     Language curriculum development
7.     Second language acquisition
8.     Computer-assisted language teaching
9.     English as an international language
10. Professional development for English teachers
11. Content-based English teaching
12. Language assessment
13. English for specific purposes
14. Socio-cultural factors in English teaching
15. Teaching English Reading and Writing
16. English teaching and linguistics
17. English teaching and literature
18. Teaching children’s literature
19. Other related topics