Two Conferences for ESPers in Asia in 2015

Hello, ESPers worldwide!

With the new year approaching quickly, I thought that I would share with you information about two conferences in Asia.

The first conference will be held in Taiwan on 25–26 April 2015. Please see the information below including the link to a web announcement. Submissions are due on 31 December 2014. (I am hoping that many of you have already been informed of this conference.) The conference looks exciting even if you will not be presenting. I would expect to see some famous ESPers from Asia at the event.

2015 International Conference on English Education
April 25-26, 2015
Shih Chien University
Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C. 

Conference Theme:
English for Specific Purposes (ESP): Global Trends and Local Practices

The primary aim of this conference is to explore current ESP research and developments in ESP practice.  Topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. Genre or discourse analysis
  2. Needs analysis, program/materials design, classroom management and assessment/ evaluation
  3. Conflict and integration between ESP and EGP (English for General Purposes)
  4. Computer-mediated communication (CMC) in ESP
  5. Other related disciplines of knowledge such as aviation, tourism/hospitality, business, journalism, technology, engineering, law/politics, medicine/nursing, linguistics, and literature

Types of Presentation:

  1. Paper: Focus on the investigation of theory and experiment. Each paper will be given a 20-minute presentation period followed by a 10-minute discussion period. The abstract should include a statement of theory, research methodology, and findings.
  2. Workshop: Focus on teaching demonstration, 45 minutes for each workshop. The abstract should contain an introduction of the teaching activities, purpose of using these activities, and clear steps for practice. The audience will be invited to participate in the activities.
  3. Panel Discussion: Focus on current issues in English education, 90 minutes for each panel which is formed by a moderator and 2-3 panelists. The moderator needs to write the abstract explaining the central idea of the panel discussion and the schedule for each panelist. Each panelist, like the moderator, also needs to prepare a submission form and an abstract to explain his/her standpoint.

Conference/Paper Language:  All the papers need to be written and presented in English.

Guidelines for Abstract Submission:

  1. Abstracts should be limited to 300 words in length.
  2. Submission via e-mail to: (Please put “Abstract for 2015 English Education Conference” in the subject line.)

Important Dates:
Due date for abstract submission: December 31, 2014   
Notification of abstract acceptance: January 31, 2015
Due date for full paper submission: March 31, 2015

※  Full papers are invited to submit to Journal of English Education, a refereed, international journal covering every aspect of English education, published by Shih Chien University.

※  Contact Phone Number: 02-25381111 ext. 8311 Clair Lien (Secretary), Fax: 02-25381111 ext. 8326

※  Further information will be available on the website of Department of Applied Foreign Languages at Shih Chien University.

In addition to the conference above to be held in Taiwan in April, another conference will take place in Singapore several months later. See the call for proposals below.


TESOL is now accepting proposals for Excellence in Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching & Learning, 3–5 December 2015 in Singapore.

Organized in partnership with the National Institute of Education in Singapore, this 2 1/2 day event will feature leading experts in teacher education, classroom instruction, and international assessment.

As an English language professional, you are invited to submit a proposal.



Proposals should relate to one of the following content areas:

  • Assessment of Language Skills and Competencies
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • English Language Program Evaluation
  • English Language Teaching Methodology
  • English Learning for Young Learners
  • Enhancing Teacher Knowledge and Skills
  • Innovation in Language Teaching and Learning
  • Language Curriculum Development
  • Multicultural Education
  • Standards-Based Instruction
  • Teacher Education
  • Technology and Blended Learning
  • World Englishes


All proposals must be submitted online through the Oxford Abstract Management System.

Faxed or mailed proposals will not be accepted or acknowledged.



Wednesday, 15 April 2015, 11:59 pm U.S. eastern time

To find the deadline in your time zone, please click here.


Both conferences appear to be outstanding opportunities for ESPers. Additionally, if you are working in a university, the opportunity to publish is always a great reason to attend a conference.

I would encourage you all to attend one or both of the conferences!

All the best in 2015!


About Kevin Knight

Kevin Knight
Kevin Knight (PhD in Linguistics, MBA, MPIA) is an associate professor in the Department of International Communication (International Business Career major) and has also been working in the Career Education Center of Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan. In the TESOL ESP Interest Section (ESPIS), he has served as chair and English in occupational settings (EOS) representative, and he is currently the ESPIS community manager. He was also a member of the Governance Review Task Force (GRTF) appointed by the board of directors. In addition, he has been a TESOL blogger in the area of English for Specific Purposes (ESP). He has more than 30 years of professional experience working for private, public, and academic sector institutions including Sony and the Japan Patent Office. His doctoral research on leadership communication (i.e., discourse) as a basis for leadership development was under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Christopher Candlin and Dr. Alan Jones.
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