1st Conference on Applying (Putonghua / English) Language Arts (APELA)

Venue: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Location: Kowloon, Hong Kong

Event Date/Time: Jun 04, 2011 End Date/Time: Jun 05, 2011
Registration Date: Apr 30, 2011
Early Registration Date: Mar 15, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: Jan 31, 2011
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Rapprochement between linguistic and language studies, and the more traditional literary studies is a global trend which includes Hong Kong as well as many other parts of the world. This rapprochement is underway in academic circles, as contemporary global culture enhances connections and the legitimacy of new kinds and contexts of interpretations. It is underway in the classroom, reframing the way we understand language teaching and learning, syllabi and curricula, the media we use to access and explore literary content, and the lives of the teaching professionals involved in these changes.

Language arts in its new form is in part a response to profound changes in curriculum, and in part a response to similarly profound changes in the globalised, media-driven cultural contexts of literature. Language arts now embraces new forms, as new media revisions and represents traditional literary works. Language and literature have much to offer each other. These developments are particularly affecting the teaching of English and Putonghua as second languages.

The 1st Conference on Applying (Putonghua / English) Language Arts (APELA) invites papers exploring and rethinking these areas and relations, applications and interpretations in the contemporary context. We encourage papers adopting a variety of themes, perspectives, and approaches. We invite papers treating, but not limited to, the following topics:
• contributions of linguistics to the study of literature, and of literature to the study of linguistics
• language-arts-related academic and action research studies in areas such as literature, drama, popular culture, and the oral language arts
• specific methods relating to the delivery of language arts in the English Medium of Instruction classroom
• role-play, scenario and simulation in the classroom
• literature and language-related subjects raised by the use of playable media and applications as teaching tools, including interactivity, immersivity, ludology and narrativity in games, MMORPGs, cyberdrama, telephony and other playable media
• professional challenges and opportunities presented by the new Language Arts curricula and approaches

Plenary Speaker: Associate Professor David Butt, Director, Centre for Language in Social Life, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, Australia

Date of the Conference: 4-5 June, 2011

Venue: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Presentation Arrangement:
Oral presentation: 20 minutes for each oral presentation, plus 10 minutes for Q&As

Conference Languages: English and Putonghua (Mandarin)

Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 January 2011 (Notices of acceptance will be sent out by 28 February, 2011.)

Abstract Requirements:
1. Abstracts should be written either in English or in Chinese.
2. Each submission should be an abstract of two pages, excluding references. Template of the abstract can be downloaded from the website.
3. Format: 1 inch margin using 12-point font, Times New Roman (English), 新細明體 (traditional Chinese), or SimSun (simplified Chinese).

Submission Requirements:
1. Submissions are limited to a maximum of one individual or one joint abstract per author.
2. Please send two SOFT copies as e-mail attachments to egapela@inet.polyu.edu.hk, one with the title of the paper, name(s) of the author(s) as well as affiliation(s), and the other without the author's information. Please name your file the same as the title of your paper.
3. Please list (1) title of the paper, (2) name(s) of the author(s), (3) affiliation(s), (4) mailing address(es) and (5) email address(es) in the e-mail.

Further Enquiries: Dr Christina DeCoursey, Programme Leader, MA in English Language Arts (Email: egdecour@inet.polyu.edu.hk; Tel: (852) 2766-7352)


Additional Information

Registration Fees: • presenter: HKD 700 early bird – before March 15, 2011 HKD 800 regular – after March 15, 2011 • attendee: HKD 700 early bird – before March 15, 2011 HKD 800 regular – after March 15, 2011 • student: HKD 350 early bird – before March 15, 2011 HKD 400 regular – after March 15, 2011 Please Note: Fees include lunches and coffee breaks at the conference. Deadline of Registration: 30 April 2011