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Centre for Global Englishes

Impressions of ELF 6 Conference, Roma Tre

Published: 26 September 2013

26 September 2013

ELF 6 ROMA TRE

Melissa Yu

The annual international EFL conference is a major academic as well as social event for CGE members.  This year marked my third time to attend this annual conference. I was delighted at the invited by Drs. Pedrazzini Luciana and Nava Andrea from Università degli Studi Milano to participate in a colloquium, which afforded chances not only to compare notes with scholars engaged in similar areas but also to receive valuable feedback on my research project. It turned out particularly exciting to perceive myself as a more experienced researcher, moving on from giving paper as individual presenter to a contributor of theme-based colloquium dealing with pedagogical issues in relation to ELF communicative usage and teacher education.  I also gave a poster presentation with Dr. Barry Lee Reynolds, addressing issues of using web materials to prepare Taiwanese university staff for using English as a Lingua Franca with international students in Taiwan. This is a small research project funded by the China Foundation for the Promotion of Education & Culture, Taipei, Taiwan (財團法人中華教育文化基金; http://www.chinafound.org.tw/ ). During poster presentation, we had very interesting discussion with scholars from universities worldwide. After the conference, we took a one-day tour of Rome, a fascinating city rich in history, culture, magnificent architecture and delicious cuisine. Lastly, I should thank CGE members for their support before our trip to Rome, particularly their feedback on each other’s papers.

Chittima Sangiamchit

 My first participatory presentation in ELF6 conference held at Roma Tre University was very impressive. First and foremost, it offered me a very good opportunity to express my empirical study to other researchers in my field of ELF in computer-mediated online communication. As it was emerging field, I could, on the one hand, present a part of my PhD study and stressed the importance of English use for online communication among people from different lingua-cultural backgrounds is in the present days as well as how most English users who are non-native English speakers naturally use English language and feel about their language use. On the other hand, I could listen to feedback and comments from other researchers towards my fresh results which were very useful for my research development, particularly on my data analysis. It was also amazed that there were many ELF researchers congregated in the colloquium: “ELF in computer-mediated online communication: characteristics and implications”. This surprised me that my research field was of the interest of many ELF researchers and of course it was such good news. Apart from my presentation, ELF6 also broaden my knowledge about ELF in different fields and contexts such as intercultural communication, language teaching, etc. My participation in this conference further made me know and make good contacts with many ELF scholars. Can’t wait for ELF 7 in Athens!

Tomokazu Ishikawa

ELF6 was the very first international conference I ever attended (and its social dinner was the very first time I ever met my eating limit!).  This conference covered a panoply of topics, allowing me to view ELF from a perspective or an angle I had never considered.  Simultaneously, I felt that ELF is so serviceable a term that it could possibly mean different things to different attendees.  This conference also provided me with a great opportunity to network with people outside the CGE.  In fact, I had a chance to talk with several scholars researching in the Japanese context.  Having said this, I hope that someday, not very far in the future, an international ELF conference will find a Japanese university as a host venue!

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