Globalization, ELT and ESP.
Globalization has changed our economies as multinational
companies outsource their jobs to where costs are lowest.
What jobs will remain in Taiwan and how can we prepare out
students for them? What kinds of jobs will require
employment outside Taiwan? What sorts of language training
will students need? Since language ability alone is
increasingly insufficient, what role will ESP play? How are
these changes impacting the way teachers handle their
classrooms? What materials can teachers use in these
situations? How can we train both pre-service and in-service
teachers to deal with these changing realities?
What are the latest trends in TELL (Technology Assisted
Language Learning) and how can the teacher best apply them
to student learning? How will ELT and ESP incorporate
non-traditional learning, whether for distance learning,
lifelong learning, or in other settings, without increasing
students’ alienation? What role will on-line resources play?
and Educational Policies.
How do our educational policies address the new realities of
our modern globalised world? Increasingly, mastering content
in one area of knowledge is not enough. Are we doing enough
to guide our students, to show them that a good command of
English is only one crucial aspect of their quest toward a
meaningful career, be that in science or service or some
other area? What are we or should we be doing to promote
lifelong learning as the knowledge students have at job
entry will be obsolete long before they reach the ends of
their respective careers?
Neurolinguistic research is revealing which areas of the
brain process which aspects of language. Will these
discoveries eventually make language learning easier? Does
the use of new technologies work? There is need for
continuing research in all areas of English teaching and
learning to better inform teachers of the most effective
ways to facilitate student learning.