On a book chapter, accepted conference paper and working with supervisor
I am currently co-writing a book chapter with Richard, my main supervisor. The book we are contributing to “ELF for EFL Contexts” (working title) explores the possibilities of teaching English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) in the contexts of English as a foreign language (EFL). The purpose of our chapter is to inform EFL teachers about the possibilities of fine-tuning the existing EFL materials to accommodate the Intercultural-ELF aspects. The purposes of the chapter and the book are directly relevant to my PhD thesis as I expect to contribute to ELF teacher education and the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in my country and similar contexts. The publication will be invaluable for my future career in academia.
We (Richard and I) submitted an abstract to present this work at the ALA 2016 Conference and our abstract has been accepted. The Association for Language Awareness (ALA) will hold a conference entitled: Languages for Life: Educational, Professional and Social Contexts at UW Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business) from July 19th to 22nd, 2016. To attend this conference, I will be partially funded by the School of Environment, Education and Development and my sponsor (Thai Embassy in London).
By presenting our on-going work at an international, peer reviewed conference hosted by the Association of Language Awareness (ALA) which is directly related to my PhD topic, I hope to develop my fluency and confidence in talking about topics in my field of study. By presenting our work to a new group of audience, I also hope to gain feedback from different perspectives which will be beneficial to the publication and the development of my researcher’s thinking about issues in my own study. Additionally, attending and participating in such an international conference will provide a networking opportunity for future collaborations and at the same time widen the impact of my study.
At the personal level, co-working with my main supervisor in both the publication and presenting the paper will enrich my researcher development in the domain of dissemination and benefit my future career as an academic better than attending any training sessions or workshop.