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The 14th Annual CamTESOL Conference will be held at the Institute of Technology Cambodia (ITC). The conference will run all day on Saturday 10 February and in the morning only of Sunday 11 February 2018. The theme of the conference is English Language Teaching in the Digital Era.

The conference will be co-opened by H.E. Minister Hang Chuon Naron of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS), American ambassador, Australian ambassador, and deans of other universities. Registration for the conference will be totalled 1,700, among whom 600 participants will come from 39 countries specifically for the event. There will be over 350 provincial teachers at the conference sponsored by various individual and institutional donors.

The CamTESOL-UECA Regional ELT Research Symposium will be held at the Cambodian Korean Cooperation Center (CKCC) all day on Friday 09 February. It will be attended by 196 participants from 17 countries with 94 presentations given. Notably, the Symposium will attract high quality researchers including PhD students, researchers and professors. More than 50% of the participants will be residents in Southeast / East Asia, which will make the Symposium truly regional.

The 14th Annual CamTESOL Conference will also uniquely introduce a new stream, Quality Assurance, aiming to broaden the discussions and cater to the interest of the school principals, managers, administrators, and quality assurance bodies who actively engage and exchange best practices in running quality ELT schools in the regions. 

In response to the rapid growth and popularity of the Annual CamTESOL Conference in the regional and globally, the Conference Secretariat launched the CamTESOL Mobile App. With the App in hands, it would be easy for the conference participants to access information about CamTESOL Conference, connect with their fellow ELT researchers and practitioners, and participate in the Virtual CamTESOL Community soon to be introduced. This considers a major revolution for CamTESOL Conference in fostering the ASEAN Integration and its Connectivity.

Additional activities will include:

• Orientation Program for teachers from the provinces
• Presenters’ Warm Up Cocktail Reception
• Educational and Cultural Visits
• Cultural Dinner

The conference will have a total of over 450 presentations across 29 streams from both the Research Symposium and Main Conference, including papers, workshops, and posters.

The conference plenary and featured speakers include:

Plenary Speaker  

Dr Beverly Derewianka

Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong

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Regional Research Symposium Plenary Presentation
Making a Difference through Research

Internationally there is increasing pressure for researchers to be accountable for the impact that their research is making. This goes beyond impact in terms of publication outputs. It means that researchers have to provide evidence to demonstrate how their research is having verifiable effects in terms of the economy, society, environment or culture beyond its contribution to the academic world. Researchers are now required to establish the significance of their work for end-users outside of academia. This presentation will consider the implications of this trend for TESOL researchers in an international context and how we might incorporate an impact factor into our research planning.



Plenary Speaker  

Fredricka L. Stoller

Professor of English at Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

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Plenary Speaker  

William Grabe

Professor of Applied Linguistics at Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

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Regional Research Symposium Plenary Presentation
Action Research That Can Make a Difference in Our Classrooms

We can all be productive researchers. Every teacher has the ability to explore ways to teach more effectively and help students become better learners. Unlike more formal and larger scale research projects, action research provides practicing teachers with non-threatening means for systematically investigating their teaching and their students’ learning. The outcomes of action research can provide teachers with alternative ways of teaching that enhance the learning that occurs in their classrooms. The real appeal of action research—conducted individually or with colleagues—is that it permits us to examine our teaching in practical terms, at our own pace, and with our needs and our students’ needs in mind. In this interactive plenary, an easily adaptable multiple–step action research process is introduced, followed by an exploration of sample action research projects that will serve as models of the process for novice and experienced teachers.

Main Conference Plenary Presentation
Where Is the D(Digital) in EFL Reading-to-Learn Contexts?

EFL readers are becoming more reliant on the Web for access to information for school, work, and their personal lives. In most school settings, being a strong reader—in print and on the Web—is now considered essential for academic success (Dobler & Eagleton, 2015). How are we preparing our students for this new reality? How can we prepare our students to be strong readers with both print and digital texts? In this plenary, we consider the ways in which digital reading can be addressed in our classrooms. We first consider reading-comprehension abilities that are critical for both print and digital reading. We then turn our attention to skills and strategies that are particularly relevant for Web-based reading, including the ability to (a) judge the relevance and reliability of Web sites in light of reading goals; (b) navigate back and forth among multiple texts; (c) decide how to handle the multimedia links encountered; and (d) self-regulate one’s reading to coordinate multiple processes, including navigation, selection, evaluation, comprehension, and monitoring. Participants will have hands-on experiences with digital-reading tasks that can be adapted for classroom use.