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CFP: ILA Conference

International Independent Learning Conference, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei, China, November 4-6, 2016
Website: http://www.independentlearning.org
Proposal submissions: March 31, 2016

This conference is the 7th of its kind since the start and it aims to explore the educational, social, cultural and technical aspects of Independent Learning (IL), hence to establish a network as well as meeting point of IL researchers and practitioners.

We welcome presentations, seminars, workshops and posters on the following sub-themes:

1.            Autonomy and identity
2.            Autonomy and assessment
3.            Autonomy, interaction and collaboration
4.            Autonomy and critical thinking
5.            Autonomy and agency (motivation and strategies)
6.            Autonomy in the era of Information Technology
7.            Teacher and researcher autonomy
8.            Autonomy and sociocultural theory
9.            Autonomy and curriculum Design
10.          Autonomy and Flipped Classroom Teaching
11.          Autonomy and MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses)
12.          Other related topics

 Keynote Speakers (in alphabetic order):
Phil BENSON (Macquarie University, Australia)
Sara COTTERALL (American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)
Andy GAO (Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, China)
Garold MURRAY (Okayama University, Japan)
SUN Youzhong (Beijing Foreign Studies University, China )
XU Jinfen (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China)

 All presentations will be 20 minutes, followed by 5 minutes for Q & A. Your abstract (in MS Word version), written in English and sent to ILA2016@163.com, should not exceed 250 words. Use single space, 1-inch page margin, 12-pointfont size, and Times New Roman.

 Deadline for abstract submission (250 words)     31 March 2016
Notification of acceptance;          31 May 2016

TIRF 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Grants

TIRF – The International Research Foundation for English Language Education – is pleased to announce its 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Grants (DDG) competition. Grants of up to US $5,000 will be made to successful applicants investigating any of the following topics:

• Digital Technology in Language Education
• English as a Medium of Instruction
• Language Assessment
• Language Planning & Policy
• Language Teacher Education
• Plurilingualism in Business, Industry, the Professions, and Educational Contexts
• Students’ Age and Effective English Language Education in Schools 

Applicants must be enrolled in a legitimate doctoral program and must have been advanced to candidacy. That is, they must have completed any required coursework and/or examinations, and must have had their research plan officially approved by their university committee.

TIRF is pleased to note that half of the available funding for the 2016 DDG competition will be used to support doctoral candidates’ research at universities in the countries on the OECD DAC list of nations:  http://www.oecd.org/dac/stats/documentupload/DAC%20List%20of%20ODA%20Recipients%202014%20final.pdf. 

These monies will also be used to fund candidates’ research whose work has the potential for positive impact in countries on the OECD DAC list.

TIRF is particularly interested in research proposals that have clear implications for policy makers and others in positions to make decisions about English language education practices. Thus doctoral students from countries on the OECD DAC list are eligible, as are candidates whose work has the potential to directly and positively influence English language education in those countries.

The application deadline is Wednesday, April 20, 2016. For further information, including accessing the call for proposals, resource videos, frequently asked questions, and information about past recipients and their studies, please visit http://www.tirfonline.org/research-grants/doctoral-dissertation-grants/

TIRF and its Trustees are grateful to be working in partnership with Cambridge English Language Assessment and the British Council, as well as individual donors, in support of the 2016 DDG competition.

You are welcome to write to info@tirfonline.org if you have any questions about this announcement.

Best wishes,

Kathi Bailey                                                    
President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, TIRF     

Ryan Damerow
Chief Operating Officer, TIRF

CFP: U Conn Conference on the Teaching of Writing

The University of Connecticut is hosting its 11th Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing on March 25, 2016. Deadline for submissions is January 31.

CFP: The WAC Journal

The WAC Journal invites article submissions. We are interested in all WAC-related topics and especially those that offer new insights on WAC ambitions, concerns, or problems. Perhaps you have new data from a study or can apply a theory not applied before to shed new insights on an important aspect of WAC. Or maybe you can draw on your experiences and thinking, while referring to published scholars, to help readers think in a new way about a WAC problem or untapped potential. Please send queries and informal proposals to Roy Andrews, editor, via email (wacjournal@parlorpress.com). Submit manuscripts through Submittable at https://parlorpress.submittable.com/submit/18762. 

CFP: 9th ELT Conference

Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University ELT Department is holding its 9th ELT biennial research conference on 12-14th May 2016 in collaboration with the International Association of Research in Applied Linguistics and Foreign Language Education (UDEAD). Proposals are due by February 15, 2016. See the website for details.


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