JOCELYN WRIGHT (MOKPO NATIONAL UNIVERSITY)

A DECADE OF ELT CONFERENCES ACROSS ASIA: OBSERVATIONS OF TRENDS : ELT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Among professional development opportunities, attending conferences is a longstanding and highly encouraged. This is because, as we know, they afford many advantages for advancing learning. Conference themes, in particular, set the tone for the events and are important as they reveal trends across disciplines and times. In this presentation, I explore trends in English Language Teaching (ELT) across Asia over the past decade (2010-2019) by looking at the key words in themes of several international conferences for different regional associations. Using Voyant (v. 2.4) word clouds, I reveal commonalities and differences in foci to tease out general tendencies as well as specific national preoccupations.

Jocelyn Wright, a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Mokpo National University in South Korea, studied linguistics and TESL before specializing in counseling and training in education at the graduate level. She is now celebrating 10 years of professional development in Asia.