Many believe that the ability of human beings to communicate by means of language is what makes humans human. In this modern and global era, the ability to communicate in more than one language is essential in order to facilitate international and intercultural interactions. Bilingual and multilingual speakers are more successful in many areas than monolinguals. As Indonesia develops free trade through its open market policy, the flow of people to and from all corners of the world will greatly increase, creating new contexts for English teaching and learning. A wide range of international workplaces could become available to Indonesian graduates, both here and in other parts of Asia.
TEFL frequently faces problems, linguistically and practically, in new contexts. That English has such academic-practical challenges and opportunities has now become a productive field for academic questions and scientific studies.One target of scientific works is analyzing the success of L1, L2 and FL teaching-learning processes. There is a need for thorough exploration and scientific description of particular phenomena related to this. Well-run programs and best EFL practices in non-English speaking countries are waiting for the results of qualified studies and reports dealing with these challenges and opportunities as presented by experts, researchers, practitioners, teachers, and others interested in EFL learning. Accordingly, the way forward is to have scientific-academic discussion on the challenges and opportunities in EFL teaching and learning in these changing contexts. Therefore, the English Department of Fakultas Bahasa dan Seni (The Faculty of Language and Art), Universitas Negeri Padang (The State University of Padang) is going to hold The Fifth International Seminar on English Language and Teaching (ISELT)-5 with the theme:
Challenges and Opportunities in Multi-dimensional English Language Teaching
in Changing EFL contexts”
- Discovering the best and most appropriate multi-dimensional English teaching methods in ASEAN contexts.
- Exploring and describing linguistic and grammatical features of English used in a variety of contexts.
- Specific features and language components of English used by EFL learners as intercultural and inter-lingual communication.
- Designing and developing appropriate EFL learning materials reflecting new contexts and goals.
- Pursuing English Literature learning/teaching in current EFL contexts.
- Forms and features of appropriate assessments and evaluation of EFL learning in specific contexts and for specific goals at university level.
- Designing and developing appropriate learning materials for beginners, intermediate, and/or advanced learners reflecting particular contexts and goals.
- Stylistic and literary features of English for better EFL learning practices in particular contexts and for particular goals.
- Challenges and opportunities for translation in changing EFL contexts.
- Research on English language, linguistics and literature in EFL settings (for S1/under graduate students only)
- Any other related topics in language, literature and linguistic learning/teaching in EFL settings will also be considered (for S1/undergraduate students only)
Aim and Scope
This international seminar aims at identifying, presenting and discussing the challenges and opportunities of multi-dimensional English language teaching in changing contexts. In addition, it is to be hoped that the seminar will also consider ways of solving the problems of EFL learning in these new contexts, which would be valuable for improving EFL programs and practices.
This international seminar is proposed to publish the selected paper in the Atlantis Press (Reputed International Proceedings Publisher indexed by Thompson, EI/Compendex if applicable, CPCI, CPCI-SSH, Scholar Google, etc. ).