10th Annnual Conference
Current Perspectives in ELT: New Methodologies,
Research and Best Practices
21 - 22 April 2010 - Sultan Qaboos University - Muscat - Oman
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Sorry! The deadline for submitting proposals is now over.
The Tenth Annual ELT Conference (2010) addresses current challenges in English Language Teaching including trends, reform, and innovations. Three major areas related to ELT will be central to the discussion: new methodologies, research, and best practices. Participants interested in such diverse yet interrelated critical issues will find this professional event a great opportunity to share and exchange ideas and experiences with colleagues in the field. There are clear links between the main issues, so presenters are welcome to explore one or a combination of the three.
1. ELT and E-Learning
2. Emerging technologies
3. Autonomous learning
4. From theory to practice
5. Current and innovative approaches in ELT
6. Effective teaching practices
7. Critical thinking
8. Integrating skills
9. Strategies for effective communication
10.Teaching mixed-level classes
11.The teacher, the student and the textbook
13.Creative learning and teaching
14.Linguistic and cultural distances in ELT classes
15.L1 in the ELT classroom
16.Diversity in ELT
18.New approaches in assessment and curriculum
20.Curriculum and programme development
21.Integrating culture in the classroom and curriculum
26.Non native English-speaking teachers: challenges and opportunities
27.Teacher training, and development
32.ELT and globalization
33.ELT for the local community
General criteria for accepting proposals:
A proposal will only be accepted if:
· It has not been presented at any other regional conferences.
· It is directly relevant to the conference theme
· It has a clear focus and communicates original ideas
· It reports on a recently completed research project or a significant phase of the research
· It has practical use for the audience, and if theoretical, must include useful applications
· It is linguistically clear and accurate
· It reflects what the speaker is going to talk about
· It is submitted within the deadline set for proposal submission. Any proposal submitted after the deadline, will not be considered.
Please read the important information below before you proceed with filling in and sending the proposal forms .
1.A maximum of two presenters can apply for each proposal.
2. Please stick to the maximum words numbers mentioned on each section of the proposal form as failing to do so might cause rejection of the proposal.
3. Please fill in all the required sections. You can type NIL if a section does not apply to you.
4. There are three types of proposal formats: paper presentation, workshop, and poster. Below is a description of each type followed by a link for dowanloading the form. Also, when you download and open each proposal form, you will find instructions to help you complete the form correctly.
(1) Paper Presentation:
This is a 40-minute presentation that is usually interactive and/or followed by 10 minutes for questions. Although the presentation can be delivered in the form of a lecture, reading from paper or slides is highly discouraged. Feedback from participants in the previous conferences showed that presenters who read their presentations are given very low ratings and are considered uninteresting and unpopular.
This is a 40- minute activity or task- based session followed by 10 minutes for questions. Workshop objectives and procedure or steps should be clearly spelt out in the proposal.
A poster is self-explanatory information displayed on a board or screen in an assigned place, with or without handouts. The poster could contain text, drawings and pictures. It may be in a paper form such as a large paper poster or an electronic form such as one-slide PowerPoint display on a computer screen. There are no specific rules for the size of the poster, but it should generally be big enough to attract the passing audience. The poster session is usually assigned a room or hall for the display for around one hour. There is no designated presentation, or specific audience, but the conference participants wander around the hall, and can ask questions or require clarification from the poster presenter. The posters are not published in the proceedings of the conference.
For paper presentation and poster proposals you will need to prepare:
1. a title (seven words maximum)
2. an abstract; 75 words maximum)
3. paper Summary; (150 words maximum)
For workshop proposals you will need to prepare:
1. a title (seven words maximum)
2. an overview of workshop (100 words maximum)
3. workshop objectives (70 words maximum)
4. workshop procedure (150 words maximum)