Call for Proposals

Africa TESOL 2nd International Conference
Kigali, Rwanda
May 12-13, 2017

New Horizons in Language Teaching

The Conference Proposals Committee is delighted to invite you to submit a proposal to its Africa TESOL 2nd Annual International Conference to be held in Kigali, Rwanda on May 12-13, 2017 at the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center (IPRC). Proposals for papers, panel discussions, workshops, app sharing, and teaching ideas/tips are expected to address the conference theme: New Horizons in Language Teaching

Important Dates

Proposal Deadline (Extended): January 15, 2017

Acceptance Notification: February 15, 2017

Presenter Confirmation: February 28, 2017

Conference Dates: May 12-13, 2017

Plenary Speakers

Harry Kuchah
University of Bath

Beth Samuelson
Indiana University

Invited Speakers
Christine Coombe
Okon Effiong
Aymen Elsheikh 
Garon Wheeler
Gary Motteram
John Clegg
Barbara Hewitt

Conference Sub-Themes

  • Motivation and classroom management
  • Teaching in under-resourced environments
  • Learner/teacher identity
  • Teachers’ professional development
  • English as an international language
  • Language testing and assessment
  • Curriculum development
  • Learner/teacher autonomy
  • Teaching large classes
  • Language teacher associations
  • Translanguaging
  • Language skills and sub-skills
  • Foreign language anxiety
  • Bilingual and multilingual education
  • Mobile/online learning
  • Any other topic that has relevance to the theme of the Conference

Conference Format

As sessions vary in format, presenters are advised to state their preference and the relevance of their presentation to the conference theme or sub-theme. Where a preference cannot be accommodated, the Conference Proposals Committee will offer the presenter an alternative format. The conference will, in addition, be designed to provide lots of networking opportunities that will last much longer than the conference as well as some social events/activities allow for more informal interactions among conference attendees, organizers, presenters, and other delegates.

Paper Presentations are research, theory, concepts, and practices. They are 20 minutes long + 10 minutes Q&A.

Panel Discussion is a forum for discussing thematic topics or other relevant topics within a small group. The sessions are 25 minutes long + 15 minutes Q&A.

Workshop Sessions are 45 minutes long. These sessions are interactive with emphasis on group collaborations.

Teaching Tips/App sharing Sessions are 20 minutes. They provide useful information, and ideas on teaching and learning.

Guidelines for Proposal Submission

  1. Proposals MUST be submitted through the online proposal submission form at http://www.africatesol.org/proposal-conference-2017  
  2. The proposal must not exceed 300 words
  3. Acronyms and/or abbreviations should be spelled out
  4. Please refrain from submitting a proposal previously presented at another conference
  5. Please do not submit a proposal for a study that has not been conducted.

The deadline for proposal submissions is January 15, 2017.

Evaluation of Proposals

All proposals will be peer reviewed by Africa TESOL on the basis of the following criteria

  1. Focus and organization
  2. Direct relevance to the conference theme and sub-themes
  3. Clarity, coherence, and originality of the proposal
  4. Theory/practice and/or research contribution

To submit a proposal for presentation at Africa TESOL 1st Annual International Conference, please complete the online proposal submission form which can be found at http://www.africatesol.org/proposal-conference-2017

Any submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines or are sent as e-mail attachments will NOT be accepted.

If you require further information, please contact the Conference Program Chairs: Okon Effiong at okon@qu.edu.qa or Aymen Elsheikh at elsheikhaymen@hotmail.com General questions about the conference and Rwanda can be directed to the Conference Co-Chair Richard Niyibigira at gakire.richard@gmail.com

For more information about the conference can also be obtained at http://www.africatesol.org/node/22  

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