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Centre for Global Englishes

Impressions of ELF 5 conference, Istanbul

Published: 15 June 2012

15 June 2012

CGE members at ELF5

Will Baker

This year, as in previous years, many of the members of CGE attended the international ELF conference as plenary panellists, symposium organisers and contributors, presenters and participants.  The conference was hosted by Boğaziçi University, Istanbul which provided a spectacular setting with their campus over-looking the Bosphorus.  Yasemin Bayyurt and Sumru Akcan, the conference chairs, did a great job in organising an eventful, stimulating and busy three days.  This year it was particularly interesting to see the evolution of ELF as an academic field moving on from discussions of what ELF might be, the subject of much debate in previous conferences, to considerations of the implications of ELF for other fields in applied linguistics.  This was demonstrated most obviously in the conference theme of pedagogy which was taken up by a large number of presentations, but also in presentations that dealt with fundamental issues of understanding and re-evaluating language, context and communication in the light of ELF research.  A few of the members of CGE share their impressions below.

Ying Wang

This was my fourth ELF conference, where I made a symposium contribution based on my newly completed PhD thesis. Four years ago, I attended ELF2 held in the University of Southampton as a first timer and a first year PhD student. As always, the ELF conference provided me with golden opportunities to engage with new/emerging ideas and concepts in ELF research, reflect on my own study and exchange thoughts with people who have shared research interest. I had to admit that I benefited a lot from the involvement with ELF conferences. For ELF5 in particular, I was amazed by the observation that so many people were making sense of the fluidity and the dynamics of ELF in different ways. For examples, Enric Llurda used the metaphors of a bridge to describe EFL and of a boat to describe ELF. Rob discussed complexity theory and Will discussed emergence theory in relation to the understanding of ELF. I was also pleased to see that attitudinal research was becoming an increasingly attractive part in the ELF field, following the focus on and the success in corpus linguistics approach to ELF. I enjoyed taking part in the ‘complexity’ symposium and I liked the question that Marie-luise Pitzl asked us regarding the possibility of developing kind of ‘complexity’ mode or pattern. That gave me a lot of thoughts to take back to Southampton and I started to look forward to further discussions in the CGE. Actually, there were so many things and points that impressed and inspired me. What I can do is just to name a few. But even without much space, I feel very much like to say that the setting of ELF5 was so fantastically beautiful and culturally interesting and the Gala dinner was so much fun that I feel all of my hard work since ELF4 was worthwhile. Last but not least, ELF5 made me looking forward to ELF6 in Rome.

Lanxi Hu

It was a fantastic and inspiring experience for me to attend the fifth ELF conference. The whole conference atmosphere was amazing and everybody was very nice. This was my first time to attend ELF conference. I enjoy listening to many interesting sessions and discussions on various topics concerning ELF. I have learned a lot from it. The conference was an invaluable chance for me to increase my knowledge and understanding of the ELF and issues of language policy and practice. It also allowed me to meet scholars come from various universities, institutions, countries and to share ideas. Besides, I was impressed with the speaker’s knowledge, enthusiasm and professionalism. This year I also presented a paper. I have received some useful feedback on my paper from the audience. I was lucky to have been able to attend the conference as a PhD student. It was an experience I will cherish. I ’m looking forward to the next ELF conference in Rome.

Ali Karakas

It was my first ELF conference and it was in my homeland, so it is really hard to find the right words that would describe my feelings and impressions. It was also worth mentioning here that this was my first time I made a presentation in such a highly prestigious conference and to such highly respected audience from the field. For me, this conference had a special meaning as well,  since I am planning to conduct an ELF-related study in Turkey in the near future. Attending this conference helped me make lots of contacts primarily Turkish academics. To my surprise, I was actually not expecting so many Turkish reserachers interested in ELF. It was of big help for me to see their studies and accordingly identify what has been done so far and what else could be further taken to initiate new research in the Turkish context just before I start writing my research proposal. At this point, I owe a BIG THANKS to Jennifer Jenkins primarily for her help to me in getting a funding for the conference, and secondly for her valuable suggestions for the amendment of my presentation following the first rehearsal. Now, I am looking forward to ELF6 and my head is already filled with various research ideas. As a final remark, I'd like to express how proud I am of being a member of the Centre for Global Englishes. Thanks for all!

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