May
20
Thu
2021
3rd International Conference on English Across the Curriculum @ Online
May 20 – May 21 all-day

Title: 3rd International Conference on English Across the Curriculum

Dates: 20-21 May 2021

Url: https://elc.polyu.edu.hk/conference/EAC2021/

Registration: https://elc.polyu.edu.hk/conference/EAC2021/attendee-registration/

May
25
Tue
2021
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): Empowering teachers for student learning enhancement @ Online
May 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): Empowering teachers for student learning enhancement @ Online

Sharing and discussion session

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) promotes enquiry on practice that advances student learning outcomes. It involves the reflective and scholarly evidence-based study of students’ learning that leads to innovations, changes or enhancements of practice. It also promotes commitments to public dissemination and sharing within communities of practice for continued improvements.

This sharing and discussion session aims to provide colleagues from the ELCs of the eight universities in Hong Kong with an opportunity to share their recent teaching and learning projects, pedagogy and initiatives. Let’s share our journeys to become specialists in evidence-based pedagogy and explore collaboration opportunities.

The sessions will be held online via Zoom. (A link with password will be emailed to successful registrants the day before the event.)

 

May
28
Fri
2021
Developing and delivering writing courses for the disciplines: Pedagogy and practical advice for face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching @ Online
May 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Developing and delivering writing courses for the disciplines: Pedagogy and practical advice for face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching @ Online

International Experts Series “Teaching English-in-the-Disciplines”

Webinar-Workshop 1:

Developing and delivering writing courses for the disciplines: Pedagogy and practical advice for face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching 

Speaker: Professor Laurence Anthony (Professor, Director of the Center for English Language Education, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan)

Online session via Zoom.

Registration

A link with password will be emailed to successful registrants the day before the event.

Abstract:

Writing courses for the disciplines can be challenging for instructors because the learners are often heterogeneous in nature, coming from various disciplines and arriving with different needs, language and learning objectives, and preferred ways of study. The instructors are also likely to come from different backgrounds to those of the learners, and thus, they may not always be knowledgeable about the writing conventions the learners need to master. A more recent challenge is devising ways to deliver writing courses and offer appropriate feedback to learners at a distance, in remote or on-demand teaching contexts.

In the first half of this webinar-workshop, I will start with a brief review of the four pillars of effective course design and show how these concepts can be applied to writing course design and delivery. Next, I will introduce various materials, software tools, and techniques that instructors can use to gain an understanding of the language objectives of a heterogeneous group of learners from possibly unfamiliar fields. Then, I will discuss various materials and methods that can be used in face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching contexts to develop and evaluate learners’ writing skills.

In the second half of this webinar-workshop, participants will have an opportunity to create their own reference materials based on the principles described, try out some of the tools and methods introduced, and discuss issues and challenges that they have faced in the classroom.

By the end of the webinar-workshop, I hope that all participants will have gained new insights about writing course creation, instruction, and evaluation in the challenging contexts that we face today.

About the Speaker:

Laurence Anthony is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan. He has a BSc degree (Mathematical Physics) from the University of Manchester, UK, and MA (TESL/TEFL) and PhD (Applied Linguistics) degrees from the University of Birmingham, UK. He is the current Director of the Center for English Language Education in Science and Engineering (CELESE), which runs discipline-specific language courses for the 10,000 students of the faculty. His main research interests are in corpus linguistics, educational technology, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) program design and teaching methodologies. He received the National Prize of the Japan Association for English Corpus Studies (JAECS) in 2012 for his work in corpus software tools design.

 

Jun
1
Tue
2021
Preparing for the post-COVID classroom: Turning challenges into opportunities for learning and teaching @ Online
Jun 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Preparing for the post-COVID classroom: Turning challenges into opportunities for learning and teaching @ Online

Sharing and discussion session

This sharing and discussion session looks at the enduring legacy of the global pandemic on English language teaching and learning in higher education.  It provides colleagues from the ELCs of the eight universities in Hong Kong with an opportunity to share their experiences and reflections on teaching in the post-COVID classroom. 

  • What have we learned?
  • What do we want to keep?
  • What do we want to leave behind?
  • What do we anticipate?
  • How can we prepare?
  • How do we move from emergency to sustainability?
  • Is there any center-level/team-level support that ought to be/can be provided to help teachers in the post-COVID classroom?

The sessions will be held online via Zoom. (A link with password will be emailed to successful registrants the day before the event.)

Jun
4
Fri
2021
Developing and delivering presentation courses for the disciplines: Pedagogy and practical advice for face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching @ Online
Jun 4 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Developing and delivering presentation courses for the disciplines: Pedagogy and practical advice for face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching @ Online

International Experts Series “Teaching English-in-the-Disciplines”

Webinar-Workshop 2:

Developing and delivering presentation courses for the disciplines: Pedagogy and practical advice for face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching

Speaker: Professor Laurence Anthony (Professor, Director of the Center for English Language Education, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan)

Online session via Zoom.

Registration 

A link with password will be emailed to successful registrants the day before the event.

Abstract:

Presentation courses for the disciplines can be challenging for instructors because the learners are often heterogeneous in nature, coming from various disciplines and arriving with different needs, language and learning objectives, and preferred ways of study. The instructors are also likely to come from different backgrounds to those of the learners, and thus, they may not always be knowledgeable about the presentation conventions the learners need to master. A more recent challenge is devising ways to deliver presentation courses and offer appropriate feedback to learners at a distance, in remote or on-demand teaching contexts.

In the first half of this webinar-workshop, I will start with a brief review of the four pillars of effective course design and show how these concepts can be applied to presentation course design and delivery, making notes on where and how they may differ from those for presentation courses. Next, I will introduce various resources and techniques that instructors can use to gain an understanding of the skills and language objectives of a heterogeneous group of learners from possibly unfamiliar fields. Then, I will discuss various materials and methods that can be used in face-to-face, remote, and on-demand teaching contexts to develop and evaluate learners’ presentation skills. In particular, I will focus on the use of short one-minute presentation tasks that can be used to target specific learner weaknesses and adapt well to remote and on-demand learning. I will also discuss the importance of providing guidance on designing and delivering poster presentations, which can be more common than oral presentations in many fields.

In the second half of this webinar-workshop, participants will have an opportunity to create lesson materials based on the principles described, try out some of the methods introduced, and discuss issues and challenges that they have faced in the classroom.

By the end of the webinar-workshop, I hope that all participants will have gained new insights about presentation course creation, instruction, and evaluation in the challenging contexts that we face today.

About the Speaker:

Laurence Anthony is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan. He has a BSc degree (Mathematical Physics) from the University of Manchester, UK, and MA (TESL/TEFL) and PhD (Applied Linguistics) degrees from the University of Birmingham, UK. He is the current Director of the Center for English Language Education in Science and Engineering (CELESE), which runs discipline-specific language courses for the 10,000 students of the faculty. His main research interests are in corpus linguistics, educational technology, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) program design and teaching methodologies. He received the National Prize of the Japan Association for English Corpus Studies (JAECS) in 2012 for his work in corpus software tools design.

 

Aug
15
Sun
2021
AILA 2021 CONGRESS
Aug 15 – Aug 21 all-day
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