Full section schedules & abstracts
(updated 1.6.13)

Monday, June 10

Block A (14.00-15.30)

Section 1: Varieties of Asia & Africa

Section 2: English in language policies

Section 3: Phraseology & formulaic language

Section 4: Teaching & learning English

Block B (16.00-17.00)

Section 1: English & identity in higher education

Section 2: Social impacts of English in Europe

Section 3: Variation & global implications

Tuesday, June 11

Block A (10.30-11.30)

Section 1: Explorations in ICE

Section 2: Corpora in the Expanding Circle

Section 3: Perceptions of English in Asia

Section 4: Internationalization of higher education

Block B (14.00-15.00)

Section 1: Creoles & contact linguistics

Section 2: Investigating universals

Section 3: Perceptions of English in Asia (cont.)

  • Iain B M Lambert, Kyorin University
    Japanese learners and their beliefs about English: identity and the "native speaker" model

    • Abstract:

      This paper reports the results of a questionnaire on beliefs about and attitudes towards English given to 150 students at two Japanese universities. The questions were based on Li's (2009) survey of students in Hong Kong and mainland China and formed part of the first lesson in a course on Global English.

      The majority of students were encountering the ideas of ELF or World Englishes for the first time, and so the questionnaire functioned as a way to promote discussion of some basic concepts, such as "native/non-native speaker" or "standard/non-standard language". In addition it encouraged reflection on learners' own identities as English speakers; in particular at the end of the course when they revisited their answers and discussed how, if at all, their views had changed.

      It was found that the students had differing opinions on who or what constituted a suitable model for their own English. Although in general there was still a marked preference for a native speaker (NS) model, the examples of "native speakers" that were given, together with the number of responses that positively evaluated both Japanese and other Asian speakers of English, show that the perception of non-Inner circle Englishes may be changing in Japan.

  • Qing Ma, The Hong Kong Institute of Education
    Linguistic innovations or errors? What do other speakers of English say about written Chinese English?

Block C (15.30-17.00)

Section 1: English in professional settings

Section 2: Theoretical challenges & openings

Section 3: Emerging norms in global English

Section 4: Internationalization of higher education (cont.)

Wednesday, June 12

Block A (10.30-11.30)

Section 1: Studies in UK varieties

Section 2: Loanwords & borrowings

Section 3: Computer Mediated Communication

Section 4: Lexicon & lexicography

Block B (13.00-14.00)

Section 1: Studies in ELF corpora

Section 2: Bilingualism & multilingualism

Section 3: Computer Mediated Communication (cont.)