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Department of Linguistics


JALT Conference 2014 
21-24 November 2014, Tsukuba, Japan
The Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT) is holding their annual conference in Japan from 21-24 November 2014. Macquarie Linguistics has a strong relationship with JALT and many of Ph.D and Masters graduate hold academic positions in Japan. This year we congratulate Macquarie Ph.D graduate Kimie Takahashi  (Assumption University) on her invitation to present a plenary at the conference. Macquarie Linguistics will be participating in JALT. You are welcome to come and talk to us about research opportunities and postgraduate studies at the Macquarie booth. Phil Benson from the Macquarie Language Learning and Teaching Research Group will be presenting a paper in on "Autonomy, language learning and the brain". 

Language Teaching and Technology Symposium - Faculty of Human Sciences Perspectives
9 October 2014, Macquarie University
This one-day symposium is collaboration between the Macquarie  Linguistics Language Learning and Teaching Research team and the Department of International Studies, chaired by  Olga Kozar. It brings together key researchers from Australia and New Zealand to share ideas on language learning in rapidly changing environments of the Internet. Presenters include Cynthia White (Massey University), Enza Tudini (University of South Australia), Caroline Steel (University of Queensland), Antonie Alm (university of Otago), Constanza Tolosa (University of Auckland), and Karen Haines (UNITEC, Auckland). Macquarie presenters include Martina Möllering (International Studies), Matt Bower (Education) and Phil Chappell (Linguistics). Several Macquarie Higher Degree Research candidates will also be presenting their work, including Olga Kozar, Sijia Guo, Thushara Gamage, and Douglas Agar.

KOTESOL Conference 2014
3-5 October 2014. Seoul, Korea
The 2014 KOTESOL (Korea Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) International Conference will be held at COEX in Seoul on October 3 - 5, 2014.  The Macquarie University Linguistics Department will be participating in the conference, with a display booth at the conference venue.  We hope that our alumni, current students, and anyone interested in coursework or research degree studies will come and talk to us during the conference.  Peter Roger from Macquarie Linguistics will give a presentation at the conference outlining the many external and on-campus study opportunities that we offer.

TESOL Research Network Colloquium 2014
23 August 2014, University of Sydney
This popular annual colloquium provides a forum for discussing and sharing research in the area of teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), as well as exploring possible future research collaborations.The event is a place for networking, for both established and new TESOL researchers, and includes presentation sessions on a wide range of TESOL and TESOL-related research - both in progress and completed - as well as opportunities for informal discussions among people working in the area of TESOL research. Several Macquarie Ph.D students will be presenting their work at the colloquium. Keynote speakers are Jack Richards, Ken Hyland and Phil Benson from the Macquarie Language Learning and Teaching Research team. Phil's presentation is  titled "Language learning and teaching: in and out of the classroom".
TESOL research seminars at Macquarie
August 2014
August is a busy month for TESOL research seminars at Macquarie as we welcome four international researchers to present on their recent work. (Full details here).

7 August 2014
Gao Xuesong 
Empirical studies on foreign language learning and teaching in China (2008-2011): A review
Australian Hearing Hub (S2.6) 1st floor, Room 64, 1.00-2.00 pm

18 August 2014
Jack Richards
Reflective Practice: What Does It Really Mean?
Australian Hearing Hub (S2.6) 1st floor, Room 64,  1.00-2.00 pm

19 August 2014
Tom O'Farrell
What Does It Take To Be An English Language Teacher? Exploring Teacher Knowledge, Skill And Cognition
E6A 102, 1.00-2.00 pm

26 August 2014
John Bitchener
A role for written corrective feedback (CF) in L2 development: what we know, what we need to know and why
E6A 102, 1.00-2.00 pm