Rationale

The movement of digital literacies has been greatly accentuated among native and non-native English speaking countries especially in Asia. Thailand as well embraces the challenges of this phenomenon in the mainstream education. Therefore, language educators are not only initiating effective classroom practices or integrating diverse teaching pedagogies, but also enhancing a quality of teachers and educators for this drastic change.

Within the context of globalization and fast growing technologies, language classrooms should be a venue for teaching and learning more about the technology aspects and promoting critical communicators. A communicator who is able to use the target language in culturally appropriate ways. Issues of digital literacies and critical literacy should be discussed and promoted in EFL/ESL classroom learning in the 21 st century. It is a means to making ELT learners more powerful/empowered language users.

Therefore, central issues of English language learners in the digital age or Information Technology era are not about the mastery of language knowledge, it is about how to encourage learners to take part in the international communities. Thus, should the question be posed to language educators, “How should a language program provide a learning environment conducive to the change in Information

Technology community?, How can innovation in learning technologies enhance English language teaching and learning quality? and What challenges do teachers face in using the technologies in their practices?”. This conference therefore hopes to manifest multi-faceted aspects of digital literacies and language teaching and learning, and to share what is beyond the professional, significantly influencing teachers' personal life. These are to positively encourage any in the field of ELT to continuously walk in the colorful pathways towards professional excellence.

Objectives

The aims of the Thailand TESOL 2018 conference are:

  • To offer a scholarly platform for both Thai and international teachers/educators, from pre-service teacher trainees to veterans, to reflect on their ideas about “Technology, Digital Literacies and English Education” in order to enhance their understanding of 21 st century literacies of ELT;
  • To promote and disseminate new research contributions and information about teachers’ experiences in order to strengthen teaching and learning in current and future classrooms for teachers, teacher educators, and policy makers;
  • To foster and enhance discussion, reflection and network-building that will assist professional teachers to more fully participate as integrated members of their respective home countries’ English language teaching communities.

Presentations

Presenting at Thailand TESOL is an opportunity for all English language teachers and educators to take an active role in the teaching profession, to share knowledge, and to learn from the experiences and challenges of others. We welcome and invite presentations on any aspect of the theme including, but not limited to, the following ELT fields:

  • Digital Literacy and Language Learning
  • Computer- Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
  • Teaching Methodology
  • English for Specific/Academic Purposes
  • Mobile Teaching and Learning
  • ELT and Social Media
  • Speaking / pronunciation
  • Blended Learning in ELT
  • Research Methodology
  • Teaching Vocabulary
  • Culture/ Intercultural Issues
  • Critical thinking in ELT
  • Critical Pedagogy and Language Teaching
  • ELT Professional Development
  • Literature/ Translation
  • Linguistics/ Applied Linguistics
  • Bilingual Education
  • Curriculum/Materials Development
  • Assessment/Testing
  • Teaching Grammar
  • Corpus analysis
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Distance Learning
  • Learner Autonomy
  • Teaching Listening
  • Teaching Reading
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Translingual Practices of Language Learners
  • Teaching Writing