Thursday, November 19, 2009

14th ESEA Conference Examined Changes in English Research, Policy

The 14th English in South East Asia (ESEA) Conference entitled “English changing: implications for policy, teaching, and research” was held at the Ateneo de Manila University last November 26 to 28, 2009.

Distinguished professionals in the field of language education were invited as keynote speakers: Dr. Ahmar Mahboob Ahmar Mahboob from the University of Sydney (Australia), Dr. Brian Morgan from York University (Canada), and Dr. Patricia Licuanan, president of Miriam College.

The conference became a venue for discussion of current issues and challenges faced by English educators from a variety of perspectives. Today, learners need different Englishes for diverse purposes, all while English and its uses are changing, thus raising new questions for policy, teaching and research.

Among the topics discussed included the relationship of English and other languages in education, workplace, and society; systems for language education and the improvement of their capacities; way research and teaching informs policy; practice of teaching in light of new Englishes and various contexts of use; the materials, media, and curricula appropriate for teaching and learning; transformation of teacher education and development; applicability of different research paradigms for investigating various issues in English language teaching; and the connections between different strands of research in English language teaching.

The ESEA conference series is a collaboration between the National Institute of Education (Singapore), University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), University of Brunei Darussalam,, Curtin University (Perth, Australia), Ateneo de Manila University (Quezon City, the Philippines), Hong Kong Institute of Education, Sanata Dharma University (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), King Mongkut’s University of Technology (Thonburi, Thailand), and the University of Waikato (New Zealand).

ESEA 2009 was supported by British Council, Manila Bulletin, Ateneo Language Learning Center, Anvil Publishing House, and Phoenix Publishing House.

For more details, call 426-4322/4266120, or e-mail Visit the conference website at


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