Topic outline

  • Venue

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  • Plenary Speakers

    Alan Schwartz is CEO & Founder of EnglishCentral

    Alan Schwartz is CEO & Founder of EnglishCentral.  He started his journey towards a career in EdTech as an English teacher in China over 25 years ago.   After that he spent over a decade in the speech recognition industry, including as head of Nuance’s Mobile & Consumer division where he worked with Sony to develop of one of the first mobile games using speech technology called "Talkman" Google Ventures, he founded EnglishCentral which has become one of the leading conversational platforms for learning English online. Alan has a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard University.

     

    Running wild: Strategies to Increase Student Engagement Online


    Wise teachers often say that “95% of good teaching is just getting students engaged.”  Online learning presents a new opportunity to both measure engagement and create learning methods that increase it.  Facebook sets the high bar for online engagement: 65% of its billion plus users are on the platform for an average of 40 minutes per day. For online learning, the current stats are much less impressive.  For example, the initial enthusiasm for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) dampened when data showed that on average, completion rates were below 10%.  The challenge for online platforms is to infuse themselves with some of the Facebook mojo to drive up engagement rates.  This Plenary will showcase 5 of the best online English learning platforms and the techniques each uses to drive student engagement.

     

    Dr. Thang Siew Ming

    Dr. Thang Siew Ming has retired as a Professor from the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, the National University of Malaysia since 1 January 2017.  However, she is still very active in the field of CALL, Language Studies and Language Education. She is President of PacCALL and Co-chair of GLoCALL series of conferences.  Her key areas of interest are Learner Autonomy, CALL, Learning Styles and Strategies and Motivation Studies.  She has published extensively and is on the editorial boards of numerous well-known CALL and Language Education journals.  Her recent publications are available in highly reputable journals such as the CALL, TAPER, Language & Education, EAR, AJET, IRRODL, IJPL, 3L and GEMA.

     

    Creating a technology-enhanced learning environment in the South-east Asian context: Sharing experiences and offering possible solutions


    Research studies have revealed that technologies can promote and enhance language learning in a variety of ways (such as promoting autonomy and engagement, cultivating problem-solving skills, building motivation and confidence, and developing language learning skills etc.). Technologies have also been described as having an impact on the development of pedagogy and promoting teacher professional development by enabling them to re-think their approaches to teaching. However, despite such promising results, technologies are still not used extensively in schools especially in the South-east Asia context. This paper will explore challenges faced in the implementation of technologies in various parts of Asia focusing primarily on Malaysia. It will also offer some possible solutions to address the issues raised. Finally it will describe some exciting new ways to create innovative language learning environments appropriate for the South-east Asian context.

    Dr. Marta González-Lloret

    Dr. Marta González-Lloret is a Full Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, United States, where she has been teaching for 25 years. She teaches courses on methodology for language teaching, pedagogy, pragmatics and uses of technology for language teaching. Her research focuses on the intersections between technology and task-based language teaching, technology and L2 pragmatic acquisition, Conversation Analysis, performance-based assessment and teacher education. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with students and teachers and has given talks and workshops all over the world, including Spain, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, and the United States. Her most recent publication is “A Practical Guide to Integrating Technology into Task-based Language Teaching” published in 2015 by Georgetown University Press.


    Technology-mediated Task-based Language Teaching: Principles and Applications

    This presentation will explore the idea that the integration of Task-based Language Teaching (TBLT) and technological innovations is an excellent way to prepare our students to be citizens of a new global world in which digital and language skills are essential. The presentation will introduce main principles of TBLT and characteristics of tasks that have been demonstrated by Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research to be effective for language learning. It will then show examples of freely available technologies that can be used to bring those tasks to language classes with different levels of technology access, highlighting the reasons while they are effective for language learning and providing references to CALL research to support them. Finally, the presentation will point out some challenges of integrating tasks and technologies and will suggest how we can move forward to overcome them.

    • Hotels and tourism

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      There are numerous hotels in and around the area of Bandar Seri Begawan district. These include:

      4 star and above:

      Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam

      The Rizqun International Hotel

      The Empire Hotel & Country Club, Brunei isn't in the Bandar Seri Begawan district but is close to the venue. It is a 5-star resorts style accommodation.

      The Centerpoint

      3 star hotels include:

      Times Hotel

      Badi'ah Hotel (close to a 4-star hotel)

      The Brunei Hotel

      Kiulap Plaza Hotel

      GLoCALL takes no responsibility for your hotel reservations. These listed here are only listed for your convenience. You are welcome to choose other hotels if you wish.

      Brunei has many attractions. Please view the official tourism site here. Tripadviser also has information on things to do in Brunei.

    • Organizing committee (international and local)

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      International Committee members for GLoCALL 2017 & PCBET Joint Conference


      Sub-Committees

      Names

      E-mail addresses

      Executive Committee

      Siew Ming Thang (Co-Chair)

      Jeong-Bae Son (Co-Chair)

      Anil Laxman Pathak (Local Chair)

      tsm.2001uk at gmail.com

      jeong-bae.son at usq.edu.au

      anil.pathak at utb.edu.bn

       

      Program Committee

      Thomas Robb (Head)

      Jonathan Harrison

      Siew Ming Thang

      Jeong-Bae Son



      trobb at cc.kyoto-su.ac.jp

      jon.harrison at nihon-u.ac.jp

      tsm.2001uk at gmail.com

      jeong-bae.son at usq.edu.au

      Proposal Review Committee

      Eric Hagley (Head)

      David Campbell

      Jonathan Harrison

      Jung Tae Kim

      Long V. Nguyen
      Makimi Kano

      Mitch Terhune

      Mohammed Mohsen

      Myung-Jeong Ha

      Penelope Coutas

      Tan Choon Keong

      Pramela Krishnasamy

      Noorizah Mohd. Noor


       

      hagley at mmm.muroran-it.ac.jp

      campbell at obihiro.ac.jp

      jon.harrison at nihon-u.ac.jp

      kim.jungtae at gmail.com

      nvlong at cfl.udn.vn.com

      Makimik at cc.kyoto-su.ac.jp

      nmterhune at gmail.com

      mmohsen1976 at gmail.com

      mjha at smu.ac.kr

      p.coutas at gmail.com

      cktanums at mail.com

      pramela at ukm.edu.my

      nmn at ukm.edu.my

      Publicity Committee

      Najihah Mahmud (Head)

      Baizura Aziz

      Warid Mihat

       

      Najihahmhmd at gmail.com

      zura.aziz_155 at yahoo.com

      warid.mihat at gmail.com

      Hospitality Committee

      Chau Meng Huat

      Chaumenghuat at yahoo.co.uk

       

      Treasury

       

      Kean Wah Lee (Head)

      Siew Ming Thang

      Keanwah at gmail.com

      tsm.2001uk at gmail.com

      Registration Committee

      Toshiko Koyama (Head)

      Azianura Hani Shaari

      Liz Ng Lay Shi

       

      mtkoyama at osaka-ohtani.ac.jp

      Azianura at ukm.edu.my

      liz_lsng at yahoo.com

       


      Local Committee members for GLoCALL 2017 & PCBET

      Joint Conference


      Advisor

      Associate Professor Dr Hjh Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman

       

      Steering Committee

      Pg Dr Haji Md Esa Al-Islam bin Pg Haji Md Yunus

      Professor Dr. Nawaf Saeid

      Dr Hjh Noor Maya Hj Md Salleh

      Professor Dr Zuruzi Abu Samah

      Dr Au Thien Wan

      Dr Anil Laxman Pathak

      Hamdani Haji Ibrahim

       

      Organising Committee

      Chairperson

      Dr Anil Laxman Pathak (anil.pathak at utb.edu.bn)

      Deputy Chairperson

      Muhammad Al-Qusyairi Hj Abd Kahar (qusyairi.kahar at utb.edu.bn)

       

       

      Secretariat & Finance

      Chairperson

      Hjh Shanafizahwatty Hj Mat Salleh (shana.salleh at utb.edu.bn)

      Deputy Chairperson

      Hjh Mariam Hj Abd Rahman (mariam.rahman at utb.edu.bn)

      Member (Finance)

      Nurul Hafizah Hj Hassan

      Member

      Majdiah Hj Mohamad Yusof

      Member

      Masdianah Raini

       

       

      Technical Committee

      Chairperson

      Dr Lee Kok Yueh (kokyueh.lee at utb.edu.bn)

      Deputy Chairperson

      Dr David Hassell (david.hassell at utb.edu.bn)

      Member

      Prof. Dr Eric Dimla

      Member

      Dr Au Thien Wan

      Member

      Dr Hasnul Hidayat Hashim

      Member

      Dr Lim Pang Jeng

      Member

      Dr Fahmi Ibrahim

      Member

      Paul Turton

      Member

      Peter Shannon

      External Reviewers

      Dr Chau Meng Huat (Universiti Malaya)

      Member

      Dr Salmah Yaakub (University of Coventry)

      Member

      Dr Manal Makoshi (University of Riyadh)

      Member

      Melissa Yoong (University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus)


      • Workshops


        Workshop 1 : Using online platforms to assess vocabulary knowledge by Alan Schwartz


        The Workshop will focus on how teachers can use online English learning platforms to assess student’s vocabulary knowledge, recommend specific dynamic lists of vocabulary for them to study and use online vocabulary applications to build student’s vocabulary. The session will examine how the techniques of adaptive learning and time interval learning are deployed in various online vocabulary learning applications, the various sources of vocabulary lists and word corpora and how they are used in online learning applications. Specific data will be presented from case studies of online vocabulary learning in Japan & Turkey.

        Workshop 2: Formative Assessment through in Class Mobile Game Playing by Marta González-Lloret


        Formative assessment is essential for L2 learning because it provides teachers with the information necessary to make inferences about the students’ learning and areas of difficulty to help shape, guide and modify their teaching and their curriculum. This workshop will provide support for the importance that formative assessment has for L2 learning and will suggest best teaching practices to incorporate it in L2 lessons without taking too much time. A fast, free, easy-to-create mobile quiz game called Kahoot! will be presented since it is an excellent tool to bring formative assessment into the L2 classroom in a fun and engaging manner. The presenter will guide participants to create an account and explore the tool. Participants with Internet access and a computer or mobile tool will have the chance to create their own quiz game that they can take to their L2 classrooms as well as the possibility to consult with the presenter on best practices of how to implement it into their particular context.

        Workshop 3: Writing for publication in CALL journals: Getting it right from the start by Thang Siew Ming


        The objective of this workshop is to equip early-stage CALL researchers with key pointers to aid them in writing for publication in reputable CALL journal. The presenter will also share with participants common pitfalls in academic writing by illustrating through examples of anonymous submissions. This will include a discussion on how writers succeed or fail to get their papers published and how to handle reviewers' comments and feedback. Based on what have been discussed participants are given one sample papers and ask to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the paper. This will be done in groups so that they can support each other as they work towards improving the papers.  The presenter will be moving around to give feedback and support.