Please find the attached call for papers for conference proceedings.
The Department of English Language and Literature at Blaze Koneski Faculty of Philology, Ss Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje, Macedonia, is pleased to announce the upcoming international conference titled "English Studies at the Interface of Disciplines: Research and Practice", to be held 11-13th March 2016 at the Department of English Language and Literature.
The conference aims to bring to the fore and reaffirm the importance of co-positioning various contexts: linguistic, literary, cultural, political, ethical, ethnic, national, as well as other research contexts pertaining to various disciplines. Particular emphasis will be placed on examining how the findings of one discipline may shed light on concealed or traditionally neglected perspectives in another discipline.
English language professionals are kindly invited to present their on-going research related to any of the topics included in the Call for Papers. Students are encouraged to present posters about their research.
More about the history of the Department of English Language and Literature can be found here.
There is an assumption in most universities, around the world, that only “the best” or “elite” culture should be studied. But there is, of course folk culture—too often ignored—and, as well, popular culture, even more ignored. My definition of a pseudo intellectual is someone who always says, “The book was better than the movie.”
But that’s a little like saying music is better than painting. Books and movies are distinctly different art forms. Books are made up of words, and movies are primarily visual. One could say, with regard to a book that it is a better book as a book than the film adapted from it is a movie. But often a movie adapted from a book is a finer work of art than the book that inspired it. Or, as is the case occasionally, vice versa.
Popular culture studies are all about what people wish to read, wish to see, and, with regard to music, wish to listen to. Intellectuals may not want their students and others to embrace what they consider contemptible, but paying attention to what people freely choose to spend their time on tells us a great deal about those people—not necessarily what some of us might like them to be but who they really are. To ignore their tastes would be like a political scientist, who personally favors one candidate, ignoring the choices of those favoring another candidate as simply ignorant and neglecting to study them.
One other point. Much of what started out as popular culture did, over time, gain “respectability” and become elite culture. Shakespeare, as one example, was the popular entertainment of his day. Jazz music was once considered simply the music of illicit sex—played only in brothels in New Orleans. Today it is considered America’s greatest contribution to music.
It is increasingly recognized by teacher educators around the world that continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities for language teachers can be more effective when they make the teachers themselves, their learners and their contexts central to the educational process. When, therefore, teachers are actively engaged as knowledge generators, critically and collaboratively (supported by context-sensitive mentoring) reflecting on and exploring their beliefs and practices, the view of many teacher educators is that this is likely to be more beneficial than if the teachers are treated simply as knowledge consumers, there simply to receive. It is uncertain, though, how language teachers in different national contexts perceive the CPD opportunities that have been provided for them. Are their reported experiences more of ‘top-down’ or ‘bottom-up’ CPD, and how do they feel about this? Are there any messages about the CPD opportunities provided for them that teachers need to send to their administrators? This talk reports on a recent study involving Macedonian English language teachers that explored this issue. Implications for practice in teacher education are discussed.
How do people learn grammar? Does instruction make a difference? Is there an effective pedagogical intervention to grammar instruction? In the last fifty years, scholars have debated to what extent grammar instruction makes a difference in acquisition of morphological and syntactic aspects of language (VanPatten and Benati, 2015; Benati, Laval, Arche, 2013).
Theory and research around the role of grammar instruction seem to indicate that grammar instruction might have a beneficial role in speeding up the rate of acquisition of formal properties of language. Despite the fact that language learners bring to the task of acquisition a variety of mechanisms that override instructional efforts, a type of instruction that is both input oriented and meaning-based might have a facilitative role in language acquisition (Benati, 2013).
This type of instruction include pedagogical interventions such as input enhancement, input flood, processing instruction and recasts. The question on the role of grammar instruction has shifted from ‘Does instruction make a difference to ‘Does manipulating input make a difference?’
Benati, A. (2014). Issues in second language teaching. London: Equinox.
Benati, A., Laval, C., Arche, M. (2013). The grammar dimension is instructed second language learning. London: Bloomsbury.
VanPatten, B., Benati, A. (2015). Key terms in SLA. London: Bloomsbury.
Language assessment is often used to enforce language policies established by governments, institutions, and different educational and cultural agencies. As instruments of such policies, language assessments impact educational systems and societies, so their uses and consequences need critical examination. Of equal importance is defining the ethical relationship between policy-making and language assessment and understanding the practical concerns regarding assessment procedures, as situated within the particular social, economic, and historical contexts. This paper addresses how educational and language policies at the University of Copenhagen have affected the university-wide uses of standardized tests (e.g., TOEFL and IELTS for international student admission) and the development and validation of local language assessment procedures (e.g., TOEPAS for oral English language certification of lecturers). Given the complexity of the local teaching and learning contexts and traditions in which these assessments are administered and used, the paper emphasizes the challenges in the endeavor to reach improved understanding of the interface between language, disciplinary content, and pedagogy.
The early bird conference fee is 40 Euros from 3 January through 5 February 2016. After this date, the regular conference fee is 60 Euros. All conference participants are required to pay the same conference fee, regardless of their status (authors or co-authors) or the number of papers they have (co-)authored. You are kindly invited to complete registration and payment early in order for all conference related activities, such as the Book of Abstracts and Conference Programme, to be completed in a timely manner.
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Skopje by plane
The Republic of Macedonia is easily accessible from most European destinations via Skopje’s International Airport Alexander the Great , located about 17 km (10 miles) from the city and 21.5 km from the University Campus. The airport was rebuilt in 2011. Upon arrival at the airport, you can get a taxi (approx. 20 EUR) or a bus (approx. 3 EUR) into Skopje. Alternatively, you can rent a car.
Skopje by car
To access Skopje, if coming from (1) Athens, via the E-75 northbound, (2) Belgrade, via the E-75 southbound, (3) Pristina, via the E-65 southbound, (4) Sofia, via the E-871 westbound followed by the E-75 southbound, (5) Tirana, via the E-852 eastbound followed by the E-65 southbound.
Skopje by train and bus
Both the international train and bus stations are located in the same Transport Center which is a 15-minute walk from the Makedonija City Square and 1.6km from the University campus. Trains also connect Skopje to Belgrade, Thessaloniki, Athens and Ljubljana.
Buses connect Skopje to the rest of the Macedonian countryside, as well as Sofia, Tirana, Pristina, Belgrade, Nish, Istanbul, Ljubljana and others. Services to towns in Macedonia run every 1-2 hours, while international services run less frequently – e.g. one to two times per day.
Skopje taxi transport
Taxis are available throughout the city and can be found at many corners, and run a 24 hour service. Taxis in Skopje are relatively cheap, however, (unregistered) taxi drivers might approach you offering their services. To avoid being overcharged, it is safer to book a tax via a taxi company . To give an idea about pricing, a taxi in Skopje from the city centre to the outskirts of the city typically costs around 300 denars (5 EUR), though during rush hour the price can go up to 500 denars (9 EUR).
Skopje public transport
There is a dense network of bus lines connecting most parts of the city and suburbs. There are two companies: JSP and Makekspres Prevoz . Bus tickets should not exceed 1EUR. Bus tickets can be bought on the bus, from the bus driver.
Due to extensive construction works and logistical considerations, the University Campus parking lot will NOT be available on March 12 and 13. The nearest and most convenient alternative parking facilities are available within a three-minute walking distance across Goce Delchev Blvd. These are the multi-storey car park on Goce Delcev Blvd, the Macedonian Radio and Television (MRT) parking lot and the parallel parking places on Dimitar Vlahov Street by The Vardar River (behind the tallest black building opposite the campus).
Please be advised that the MRT and street parking facilities are payable via mobile phones only and are therefore convenient for domestic mobile network subscribers. Parking there is free of charge on Saturdays after 2 p.m. and on Sundays. The multi-storey car park requires cash payment and is therefore the only facility convenient for international participants
In terms of price and convenience, participants are encouraged to use taxi and public transportation services. (See Venue Access below)
If foreign pronunciation is your forte, try saying to the taxi driver “Filoloshkee fakultet – rampa” (Faculty of Philology – the ramp).
Should you decide to use public transportation, please ask our volunteers at the reception desk for more information regarding buses and routes.
Due to construction works, the main University Campus entrance is closed to all pedestrian and vehicle traffic, which has been redirected to the side entrance from Goce Delcev Blvd (across the street from the Macedonian Radio and Television building).
Please contact Ognen Cemerski (member of the Organisation board) at firstname.lastname@example.org for further inquiries regarding transportation.
All hotels listed below are in the vicinity of the conference venue and offer special prices for conference participants. To take advantage of the discount, please let your choice of hotel know that you are a participant at the ESIDRP conference due to take place at the Faculty of Philology.
|Suite with city view||65 euro||78 euro||90 euro|
|Superior suite||69 euro||83 euro||100 euro|
|Deluxe suite||85 euro||99 euro||113 euro|
|Room||46 euro||57 euro|
|Deluxe rooms – fully refurbished||50 euros||80 euros (40 per person)|
|Economy standard rooms – not refurbished||35 euros||44 euros (22 euros per person)|
|Solo occupancy||40 euros||60 euros (30 per person)||70 euros|
|Larger groups||32 euros||48 euros (24 per person)||56 euros|
|Standard||70 euros (4.305,00 МКД) per person per night||90 euros (5.535,00 МКД) for two people per night|
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