Theme: Strengthening connectivities in ELT: pedagogies, disciplines and cultures

The CELC Symposium 2016 aims to provide a platform for examining how ELT, in higher education today, is multi-pedagogical, interdisciplinary and intercultural. Specifically, we are interested in papers that focus on connections between different disciplinary ideas and methods as well as socio-cultural, institutional and digital contexts that variously shape and are, in turn, enhanced by pedagogical engagements within the language and communication classroom.

"Strengthening connectivities in ELT: pedagogies, disciplines, cultures" thus seeks to explore how the three paradigms are evolving and how they continually interact with and impact one another.


  • Curriculum design and materials development: EAP, WAC, content-focused writing, business and professional communication, embedded instruction
  • Classroom pedagogies and practices: collaborative learning, flipped classrooms, multimodality, blended instruction
  • Assessment: formative and summative evaluations, diagnostic and achievement testing, student feedback
  • Language education and society: interpersonal and intercultural communicative competence in a global age, bilingual and multilingual education, ELT and ideology, language and power


Parallel papers
These are 20-minute presentations with 10 minutes for Q & A. Presenters discuss their work in relation to theory or practice.

These are 60-minute hands-on sessions in which participants will be engaged in structured activities targeted at solving a problem or developing specific teaching or research techniques.

These are 20-minute show-and-tell sessions with 10 minutes for Q & A, for explaining an innovative teaching method, the use of technology in teaching or assessing a particular skill.

Poster Presentations
These presentations will run throughout the period of the Symposium. As the posters will be changed every day, presenters will be scheduled accordingly. These presentations are meant to provide ideas on classroom instruction. Poster presentations should include examples of learners' output. Presenters will engage their audiences in informal discussions.

These are 60-minute interactive sessions during which 3-5 speakers present and discuss current ELT issues. Presenters exchange papers on a common topic in advance and discuss their positions during the session. The organizer is responsible for recruiting presenters who represent various viewpoints in the field and managing the discussion during the session. One abstract summarizing the content and positions to be discussed should be submitted.


Procedure for Submission of Abstracts
  • All abstracts will be evaluated based on relevance to the Symposium theme and originality of approach for possible acceptance as parallel papers, workshops, demonstrations, posters and colloquia.
  • Proposers will be informed by 15 January 2016 as to whether their abstracts have been accepted. The Secretariat reserves the right to decline abstracts without assigning reasons and to suggest for example that an abstract submitted for a paper presentation may be more suitable for a workshop, poster or demonstration and vice-versa. The Secretariat also may request that a presenter modify an abstract's title for clarity or suitability.


A limited number of grants are available for individual presenters whose abstracts have been accepted and who can demonstrate financial need. If you wish to apply for a grant, please indicate this at the time of your abstract submission. The Secretariat will contact you with further details if your abstract is accepted for presentation at the Symposium.

Symposium Proceedings

Call for papers

1 June to 15 November 2015

Deadline for submission of abstracts

15 November 2015

Notification of acceptance

15 January 2016

Tips for Presenters
  1. Please arrive at your venue a few minutes before your presentation to meet your chair and co-presenters (if any), and to set up the equipment.

  2. In the event that the chair is late, please make your own introductions and proceed with your presentation as scheduled.

  3. Please adhere strictly to the time allocated for your presentation in the interest of other presenters and participants. To do this, keep a close watch of the time and leave some time at the end for Q & A.

  4. When preparing your PPT slides, please ensure that you present only key points. If you feel you need to give more details or information that would cause your presentation to exceed the allocated time, please consider putting such information on handouts or continuing with the discussion with interested participants during the coffee and lunch breaks.

  5. We advise that you present your ideas rather than read from your notes as this will better engage the audience.

  6. When your time is up, please leave the floor immediately so the next presenter can start on time.

  7. Finally, be prepared to speak from your handouts or your notes alone in case the computer or your PPT slides do not work for some reason. 


Symposium Proceedings
  • Selected papers of the Symposium will be published as a special edition of ELTWO (the online peer-reviewed journal of CELC).

  • All presenters are invited to submit their full papers by 1st July 2016 for consideration for publication.

  • All submissions must be original papers which have not been published elsewhere.

  • Please refer to the attached proceedings article stylesheet for the submission format.

  • Word limits:
    Research/Data-based papers: 5000-7000
    Curriculum and teaching innovations: 3500-5000 
    Longer or shorter articles might be accepted, but the decision would be at the discretion of the Editors.

  • Your manuscript should contain a title, an abstract, and a set of at least 3 keywords along with the rest of the manuscript body.

  • We are using Easychair for our proceedings publications and will be contacting you via that platform once we have fed your details into the system. Please send your manuscript and the following information to Dr Mark Brooke at
    First name:
    Last name:
    Website (if you have one):

  • For other questions, please refer to the Symposium FAQ.



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