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NewsNET Magazine Updated Dec. 25, 2008--

A Peek Preview of Asia TEFL 2009
[July 2009] The 2009 Asia TEFL Conference will open for three days, August 7-9, at the Imperial Queens’ Park Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. This Asia TEFL conference is certain to be an extraordinary event for all those interested in teaching and learning languages. This is not only the 7th Asia TEFL Conference but also the 29th Thailand TESOL Conference as Asia TEFL has invited Thailand TESOL to host this conference in Bangkok where presenters from not just Asia but the four corners of the world will gather to share ideas on the conference theme.

KATE 2009 International Conference Opens Korea’s Summer
[July 2009] Each year as the first school term winds down and summer begins, language teachers converge to share insights and experiences at the annual KATE (Korea Association of Teachers of English) international conference. Under the theme “Across the Borders: Content-Based Instruction in EFL Contexts” close to 600 scholars, teachers, and researchers met at Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea, on July 3rd and 4th.

Bangladesh Hosts 8th International Language and Development Conference
[June 2009] The 8th International Language and Development Conference was held at the Pan-Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 23-25, 2009. The three-day conference focused strongly on providing a forum for examining important issues related to language policy, language learning, and language teaching in the context of the developing world and, in particular, from the perspective of policy makers, language and literacy educators, development professionals, and donors. This was probably the first event of such statute to be held in Bangladesh. This series of International Conferences, held biennially in a developing country, has previously been held in Bangkok (1993), Bali (1995), Langkawi (1997), Hanoi (1999), Phnom Penh (2001), Tashkent (2003), and Addis Ababa (2005).
FEELTA Organizes Talent Show
[March 2009] A festival of talented children performing in English took place again this March at the Far Eastern National University (Vladivostok, Russia) under FEELTA patronage. It was a real joy for the jury and the audience to watch what was transpiring on the stage over the six hours of performances by over 100 participants from throughout the region.. There were more than sixty people in attendance to see and evaluate the performances during a day of continual enjoyment at the 12th Annual Talent Show.

Korea TESOL Conference Opens in Seoul
[October 2008] The 16th Annual Korea TESOL International Conference opened in Seoul on October 25. The two-day event held at Sookmyung Women's University demonstrated how rapidly the field of TEFL is growing and the efforts that must be made to keep up with this demand. Attendance rose to over 1,100 conference-goers this year, and the theme “Responding to a Changing World” represented the conference well.

Asia TEFL 2008 Shines in Sunny Bali!
[August 2008] The weather was all one could ask for in Bali, Indonesia, on Friday, August 1, making it an excellent day to open the 6th Asia TEFL International Conference. The opening ceremony began with a traditional Balinese dance and the opening address by Conference Committee Chair Suwarsih Madya, Asia TEFL Regional Representative of Indonesia. Welcoming addresses were given by both the Governor of Bali, Mr. H. Dewa Made Berata, and the President of Asia TEFL, Dr. Hyo Woong Lee. Pres. Lee announced that Asia TEFL 2009 will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, and that Asia TEFL 2010 is planned for Hanoi, Vietnam. Pres. Lee also presented plaques of appreciation to Mr. H. Aburizal Barkie, Minister for People’s Welfare, Indonesia, for their support, to Prof. Madya for organizing the event, and to Young-i Kim, CEO of eduKLC, and Young-soon Kim, CEO of Samsung Credu, for their part in making Asia TEFL 2008 a reality.

Asia TEFL Holds 2008 Executive Council Meeting
[July 2008] This year's annual Asia TEFL Executive Council Meeting was held on the eve of the Association's sixth international Conference, July 31, at 4:00 p.m. The meeting was called to order by President Hyo Woong Lee at the Conference venue, the Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel in Bali, Indonesia. Eight Regional Representatives, including Conference Chair, Suwarsih Madya, and eight executive officers were in attendance.
MELTA 2008 Travels Malaysia
[June 2008] The year 2008 is the “traveling” conference year for MELTA (Malaysian English Language Teaching Association). What this means is that the conference is conducted in three different locations reasonably far from each other. The venues and dates for the 17th International Conference of MELTA were Penang (May 26-27), Kuala Lumpur (May 30-31), and Kota Kinabalu (June 5-6). Penang and Kuala Lumpur are in West Malaysia, while Kota Kinabalu is in East Malaysia, in Borneo. Kuala Lumpur to Penang takes about four to six hours of driving time, depending on the vehicle, or one may take a short flight. To Kota Kinabalu, the only mode of transportation is by air.

NATE @ FEELTA 2008 Builds Bridges
[June 2008] The last days of June - the 26th through the 28th - saw a variety of international conference activities for English language teachers at NATE @ FEELTA. The Conference was hosted by the National Association of Teachers of English (NATE) and the Far Eastern English Language Teachers Association (FEELTA), under the auspices of the Far Eastern National University, Vladivostok, and the English Language Office of the American Embassy. The Conference was devoted to the problems of linguistics, methodology of teaching foreign languages, translation, social interactions, and cultural issues.

Nanjing University Students Experience International Symposium
[May 2008] The 2nd Nanjing University Mock International Symposium on "Science, Culture and Social Progress" was held on May 25, 2008, at the University's Pukou Campus. Organized by the Department of Applied Foreign Language Studies (DAFLS), Nanjing University, NJUMIS-2 strictly followed the procedure of international academic symposia so as to give students as real of an experience as possible of attending an international symposium that provoked their critical thinking, and an opportunity to practice their English in a much more realistic way. The activity also had the benefit of helping prepare the students for their future academic careers as well.

China Hosts International Language Festival
[May 2008] The 22nd International Language Festival was successfully held at Nanjing University, in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, China.

Qatar TESOL Hosts 3rd International Conference
[April 2008] The Third Qatar TESOL International Conference was held at the College of the North Atlantic in Doha, Qatar, on April 11-12.
Asia TEFL and Korean ELT Associations
--- Impact English Education Policy
[April 2008] The Republic of Korea has a new president, and the new government is planning to revamp Korean English education policy in the public schools to make learning more effective.

The 13th Annual 21st Century-Lenovo Cup
--- National English Speech Contest Final" Held in Beijing
[April 2008] The 13th Annual 21st Century-Lenovo Cup Final of the National English Speech Contest was held in Beijing on April 11-13.

PacSLRF 2008 and SLA Symposium Open in Beijing
[April 2008] The Pacific Second Language Research Forum (PacSLRF) 2008 and The 3rd National Symposium on SLA took place in Beijing, China, March 22-23, 2008.

Chinese Ministry of Education Enacts the "College English Curriculum
--- Requirements"
[March 2008] After a three-year trial period, China's "College English Curriculum Requirements" (for non-English majors) was officially enacted by the Ministry of Education in 2007. This is the third national college English curriculum used on the Chinese mainland since 1980.

The 4th CamTESOL Conference Opens
[March 2008] The 4th CamTESOL Conference on English Language Teaching was held at the National Institute of Education, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on February 23-24, 2008.

FEELTA Hosts ELT Events
[February 2008] The Far-Eastern English Language Teachers' Association, FEELTA, kept the Russian autumn busy with a calendar rich in educational events, a series of ELT seminars provided by the U.S. Bureau of Educational and ...

Column: Professional Development (October, 2005)
(2005.10.25) Thomas S.C. Farrell Welcome to this first column of Professional Development. I am delighted to have been invited to host this column...
Over 1,000 proposals to AsiaTEFL Conference 2005!
(2005.6.24) Asia TEFL President Hyo-Woong Lee announced to the membership today that over 1,000 conference presentation presentations proposals were submitted to the organizers of the third Asia TEFL conference, to be held in Beijing November 4-6, 2005.

New Columns Announced for AsiaTEFL's NewsNET
(2005.5.1) Asia TEFL Publications Chair Dr. Bernard Spolsky and NewsNET Managing Editor Rob Dickey announced today the commencement of speciality columns in the online news-magazine Asia TEFL NewsNET.

Column: Language Testing (May, 2005)
(2005.5.1) Sooim Lee I am pleased to welcome you to our first language testing column. As column editor I am looking forward to working with members as we try to achieve the following objectives: . ...

The Second Vietnam's English Teacher and Trainer Network National ELT
-- -Conference, 2004
(2004.12.13) Phuong Le Ho Chi Minh City, the second biggest city in Vietnam, welcomed the second Vietnam's English Teacher and Trainer Network (VTTN) national ELT conference for two days from 9 to 10 December 2004.

EFL Teachers as Researchers Seminar
-- -Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 14-15 October 2004
(2004.11.11) Twenty-five participants gathered in a British Council seminar room in Ho Chi Minh City for the first-ever ELTeCS event in Vietnam, a workshop on “Teachers as Researchers.”

Poetry, Pops, and Prose: Recent English Compositions in Japan
(2004.11.8) Following decades of learning and adapting ideas from British and American literature, Japanese writers are creating their own works. ...

Korea TESOL International Conference 2004
(2004.11.3) Korea TESOL's 12th Annual International Conference welcomed 800 conference-goers to Sookmyung University on October 9th and 10th.
Journal of Asia TEFL developing as top global scholarly publication
(2004.10.30) Renowned scholar Bernard Spolsky, Publications Chair of Asia TEFL, described the initial issues of the Journal of Asia TEFL as meeting “the best standards of international scholarship.”

Korea Update October 2004
(2004.10.30) Autumn is a busy time for language scholars in Korea ...

KATE Conference Convenes in Korea
(2004.10.30) As it has done for many years now, the Korea Association of Teachers of English (KATE) held another ELT conference this summer ...

Asia TEFL Research Award Announced
(2004.8.9) Asia TEFL has given birth to a plan to recognize its most outstanding scholars. ...

Membership Goal reached in advance
(2004.8.4) President Hyo-Woong Lee's aim of 2000 members before Conference 2004 was reached several months early ...

Native speaker Assistant Teachers program in Korea judged
(2004.7.31) The English Program in Korea (EPIK), the local counterpart to Japan's JET program, has been reviewed ...

PAC5 at FEELTA 2004, Vladivostok
(2004.7.31) The 5th Pan Asia Conference (PAC) was held at Far Eastern National University in Vladivostok, Russia June 24-27, 2004.