March 30–31, 2020 | Toshi Center Hotel, Tokyo, Japan
The Asian Conference on Language (ACL) is an interdisciplinary conference that explores the many fields, theories and practices of the study of language, from questions of language acquisition, psychology and linguistics, through those of culture, communication, and technology, to the teaching and learning of language.
In its written and spoken forms language dominates and shapes our lives. Far from just being the tool of communication, language can be beautiful or ugly, sparse and succinct, or overblown, technocratic; direct or obfuscatory; it can be mediocre, lazy, hurtful, spiteful, libellous, slanderous, or false, but it can also be uplifting, joyous, salutary, truthful, and even divine. Language brings us our first and dying words, and accompanies our journeys, helping us to formulate concepts, sentences, and lives, and helps us negotiate meanings, ideas, and each other.
The study of language and languages is an immense opportunity to engage with international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary content and issues that lie at the heart of the IAFOR mission. Since its founding in 2009, IAFOR has brought people and ideas together in a variety of events and platforms to promote and celebrate interdisciplinary study, and underline its importance. Over the past year we have engaged in many cross-sectoral projects, including those with universities (the University of Barcelona, Hofstra University, UCL, University of Belgrade, Moscow State University and Virginia Tech), think tanks/research centers (the East-West Center, APHERP, The Center for Higher Education Research), as well as collaborative projects with the United Nations in New York, and here in Tokyo, with the Government of Japan through the Prime Minister’s office.
With the IAFOR Research Centre at Osaka University’s Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), we have engaged in a number of interdisciplinary initiatives we believe will have an important impact on domestic and international public policy conversations. It is through conferences like these that we expand our network and partners, and we have no doubt that ACL2020 will offer a remarkable opportunity for the sharing of research and best practice, and for the meeting of people and ideas.
At the intersection of theory, pedagogy, and praxis the Asian Conference on Language invites researchers and teachers to submit proposals in the following areas:
- Language Acquisition
- Language and Communication
- Language and Culture
- Language and Psychology
- Language and Technology
- Language Learning and Teaching
Donald E. Hall, University of Rochester, USA
Making Communicative Teaching Viable through “Bottom-up” Task-based Assessment
Marcos Benevides, J. F. Oberlin University, Japan
The Ups and Downs of Language Learning
Christina Gkonou, University of Essex, UK
Language and Power in Interfaith Dialogue: Inclusion, Exclusion and Essentialism
Stephen E. Gregg, University of Wolverhampton, UK
ACL2020 Review Committee
- Dr Suhaily Abdullah, Politeknik Jeli Kelantan, Malaysia
- Professor James Briganti, Nagasaki University, Japan
- Dr Edgar R. Eslit, St. Michael's College, Philippines
- Dr Khairul Aini Mohamed Jiri, English Language Teaching Centre, Ministry of Education Malaysia, Malaysia
- Dr Paul Nepapleh Nkamta, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, South Africa
- Dr Merissa Ocampo, Fukushima Gakuin College, Japan
- Professor Stuart Perrin, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
- Dr Moriam Quadir, East West University, Bangladesh
- Dr Smriti Singh, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, India
- Dr Xiaofei Tang, Wuhan University of Technology, China
- Dr Michinobu Watanabe, Toin Gakuen High School, Japan
IAFOR Grant & Scholarship Recipients
Our warmest congratulations go to Orlyn Joyce Esquivel and Bita Naghmeh Abbaspour, who have been selected by the conference Organising Committee to receive grants and scholarships to present their research at ACL2020.
IAFOR's grants and scholarships programme provides financial support to PhD students and early career academics, with the aim of helping them pursue research excellence and achieve their academic goals through interdisciplinary study and interaction. Awards are based on the appropriateness of the educational opportunity in relation to the applicant's field of study, financial need, and contributions to their community and to IAFOR's mission of interdisciplinarity. Scholarships are awarded based on availability of funds from IAFOR and vary with each conference.