Continuing Professional Development Symposium 2019
for Hong Kong University Language Centres

5 June 2019

Call for Proposals

We are delighted to invite you to participate in the Hong Kong Continuing Professional Development Symposium 2019 for University Language Centres, which will be held on 5 June 2019 at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with pre-and post-Symposium events on 4 and 6 June 2018 at different universities. The Symposium addresses the theme of “Higher education best practices – English teaching and learning in Hong Kong”. This major annual event, organised by the Hong Kong Continuing Professional Development Hub (HKCPD Hub)*, aims to provide a dynamic platform for University Language Centre English teachers to share best practices and research findings with a view to encouraging more informed and effective teaching, leading to concomitant improvements in learning.

For five years during the preparation of the 4-year new curriculum, English teachers of Language Centres in Hong Kong universities gathered for annual symposia to discuss curriculum development issues. Now that the changes have been implemented, it is important that we share the lessons learnt and learn from each other to further develop English language education in the Hong Kong tertiary context. The Continuing Professional Development Symposium 2018 organized by the HKCPD Hub was a successful start.

This symposium is an excellent opportunity for all of us to meet, network, discuss, and learn from each other and explore opportunities for greater collaboration to encourage and sustain interactive communities of practice.  Ultimately, the Symposium is an opportunity to promote effective teaching practices and disseminate innovative research aimed at improving the quality of English teaching and learning in higher education in Hong Kong.

Based on the five Communities in key areas of English teaching and learning in Hong Kong universities that have been formed, presentation proposals that address any topics relevant to the Symposium theme and under the following strands are welcome:

  • Assessment for Learning
  • Curriculum Design and Materials Development
  • English for General and Specific Academic Purposes
  • Pedagogy and Teaching Practices
  • Technology and Language Teaching and Learning

Types of Presentations

  1. Paper presentation (25 minutes, 1-3 presenters)
    A formal presentation on on-going or completed research in relation to theory and practice
  1.  Workshop (50 minutes, 1-4 presenters)
    A hands-on session tackling an issue, or developing a specific teaching or research technique
  1.  Colloquium (50 minutes, 3-6 presenters)
    Multiple, short presentations on a current topic in relation to research and practice and discussion of it with the audience
  1.  Interactive Showcase (50 minutes, 1-4 presenters)
    Sharing of innovative and practical ideas or demonstration of teaching materials by presenters who are stationed around the Showcase. Audience will be free to visit each stand as they wish. The presenters interact with the audience through a combination of handouts, posters and other realia. Each stand consists of a poster board and a table only; presenters may display any materials they like on their stand and bring their own laptop with a presentation or interactive activities. Please bear in mind that the audience will want to visit several stands in 50 minutes. Presenters should enable interaction with their display and set things up in a way that allows the audience to drop in and move on as and when they wish.

Submission Guidelines

Submit the title, abstract and short summary of your presentation as well as your biostatment via the online submission system.

Each presenter is limited to one individual presentation and one joint presentation / colloquium / workshop / interactive showcase or two joint presentations.

For joint presentations, the lead presenter is responsible for submitting the proposal, including co-presenters’ biostatements, for the group.

Title of presentation: 10 words maximum
Proposal for presentation: 200 words maximum
Short summary of presentation: 50 words maximum
Biographical statement of presenter(s) 50 words maximum per presenter

The Organizing Committee reserves the right of editing the proposals.

Criteria for Acceptance

All proposals will be blind reviewed. They will be selected based on relevance to the conference theme, originality and quality of the proposals.

Important Dates

Call for proposals: 10 October, 2018 (Wed)
Proposal submission opens: 22 October, 2018 (Mon)
Proposal submission deadline: 2 January, 2019 (Wed)
Proposal submission extended deadline: 31 January 2019 (Thur)
10 February 2019 (Sun)
Registration opens: 1 March, 2019 (Fri)
Notification of proposal acceptance: 1 March, 2019 (Fri)
Presenter/Early bird registration and payment deadline: 1 April, 2019 (Mon)
Notification of presentation schedule: 6 May, 2019 (Mon)
Online registration and payment deadline: 13 May, 2019 (Mon)
Pre-Symposium workshops: 4 June 2019 (Tue)
Symposium: 5 June 2019 (Wed)
Post-Symposium workshops: 6 June 2019 (Thur)


A selection of contributions presented at the Symposium will be published in an edited book on Best practices in English teaching and learning in Hong Kong higher education intended for a reputable, internationally known publisher. Deadline for submission of full papers for consideration for publication is 31 September 2019. Further information will be available in due course.


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