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Community Notices

National Conference for Community Languages and ESOL


The 16th National CLESOL Conference for Community Languages and English for Speakers of Other Languages is in Christchuch from 5th-7th October, 2018. 

The conference is a platform for connecting conversation and actions about teaching, learning, equity, and diversity as they impact at family, community, professional and policy level. 

Over three days, the includes keynote addresses, interactive sessions and has social elements. More thanr 400 delegates are expected to attend, made up of a range of people with interests in language teaching and learning in families, communities, schools, workplaces, and the tertiary education sector.  

For more information, see the conference website

The theme of the conference is Transforming our Landscape, chosen for language users and teachers to reflect shifting perspectives in:

the diversity of language use in society

language learning, teaching and teacher training

social and educational policy decisions that affect us

Speakers include: 


Professor Phil Benson - Professor of Applied Linguistics and coordinator of the Multilingualism Research Group at Macquarie University.

Associate Professor Shanton Chang - research and teaching academic at The Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, and Assistant Dean (International) at the Melbourne School of Engineering. 

Professor Angel Lin - Professor of English Language and Literacy Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong.

Associate Professor Steven Thorne - he holds faculty appointments in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University (USA), and secondarily, in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands).