The rise of English as a global lingua franca has encouraged more innovative, reflective and rigorous research into the area of second-language studies in Sri Lanka. In order to provide a forum for such research, the Colombo University English Language Teaching Unit will hold its second International Symposium on Language Studies at the Arts Faculty on September 28 and 29 under the theme ‘English as a Second Language: Knowledge, Learning and Production.’
Proposals for papers, poster presentations and workshops are now open, and must be submitted before July 17 for consideration. Proposals can be made under the themes of Language and Education, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Innovation in Language Teaching, Translation Pedagogy and Language, and Power and Ideology. Proposals must be submitted in softcopy and hardcopy formats and a blind review process will be followed. For more information on the preparation guidelines for proposals and registration visit the website http://arts.cmb.ac.lk/eltu/symposium2017, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 112-506 705.
Proposals can be made under the themes of Language and Education, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Innovation in Language Teaching
All submissions will be acknowledged, and those accepted will be notified by August 7. The final date of registration for presenters will be September 20, while an early bird option is available for presenters and participants if they register before August 21. On-site registration is also available for participants.
The keynote speaker at the event will be Prof. Diane Larsen-Freeman from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. Prof. Larsen-Freeman is interested in the process of second language development. She researches English grammar and regards it not only as a set of structural patterns, but also a resource for making meaning and adapting language to the communicative context.
The plenary speakers will be Dr. Ramanujam Parthasarathy, Director of the English Language Teaching Centre and Senior Professor of English, Gudlavalleru Engineering College, Andhra Pradesh, India and Dr. Hemamala Ratwatte, Senior Lecturer, Language Studies Department, Open University of Sri Lanka.
The keynote speaker at the event will be Prof. Diane Larsen-Freeman from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA.
Dr Ramanujan’s fields of expertise include curriculum development, materials design, ELT research -- especially classroom research -- teacher education and journalism. And Dr. Ratwatte’s current research is on the psycholinguistic underpinnings of learning and teaching a second language in Sri Lanka, cognition and bilingualism and teacher education.