50th ACELT Conference
In 2015, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is expected to have achieved its goals of economic integration to transform Asia into a stronger and more competitive player in the global economy. Such cooperation includes among others, “human resources development and capacity building; recognition of professional qualifications …” (ASEAN Economic Community). In this borderless political, economic and socio-cultural cooperation, what role will the English language play? What are its implications for the teaching of English? How should English be taught so that it might work together with local languages while maintaining a global perspective? What kind of materials should be used? What assessment tools might work best?
This conference-workshop aims to provide knowledge about the role of English as a lingua franca (ELF) in Southeast Asia. The conference-workshop shall present the issues and challenges teachers, administrators, curriculum designers, and materials developers face in English language education in the region. A highlight of this event is the launch of the Asian Corpus of English (ACE) Research Project, which is a million-word corpus of naturally occurring English used as a lingua franca among Asian multilinguals. The findings of this research project, which began in 2009 under the leadership of Dr. Andy Kirkpatrick (Griffith University, Australia), may have important implications for the teaching and learning of English as the language for lingua franca communication in Southeast Asia.