About The Conference

The existing economic and technological disruptions have been exacerbated by recent crises, resulting in further shifts in the way people live, study, work, and communicate. Managing these shifts relies heavily on the digital space and advanced technology that enable speedy information transfer and real-time interaction across vast distances, thus reducing the need to meet face to face. In response to these new norms, the focus, content knowledge, audience reach, and teaching space in English Language and Communication (ELC) education for both academic and industry purposes have also shifted. Existing assumptions are being revisited and innovations in teaching and research practices have emerged with the purpose of readying students for what has been described as a Turbulent-Uncertain-Novel-Ambiguous (TUNA) world. The ability to generate insights and create novel solutions is key to keeping curriculum development, teaching strategies, and assessments relevant amidst the rapid changes in further and higher education.

This conference provides a platform for English Language and Communication practitioners and researchers to share and discuss:

Opening Address by Guest-of-Honour

Prof. Tulika MITRA

Prof. Tulika MITRA

Provost’s Chair Professor of Computer Science
Vice Provost (Academic Affairs)
National University of Singapore

As an educator, Professor Tulika Mitra has been instrumental in establishing the multi-disciplinary Computer Engineering programme at NUS. She has introduced and taught a number of inter-disciplinary modules, and received the School of Computing Teaching Excellence Award. As a researcher, she has authored more than 175 articles in peer-reviewed conferences and journals, several of which have won paper awards. She has also given plenary keynotes and invited talks at the flagship conferences in her field.



Prof. Mark Warschauer


University of California, Irvine

Mark Warschauer is Professor of Education at the University of California, Irvine, where he directs the Digital Learning Lab. Professor Warschauer has made foundational contributions to language learning through his pioneering research on computer-mediated communication, online learning, technology and literacy, laptop classrooms, the digital divide, automated writing evaluation, visual-syntactic text formatting, and, most recently, conversational agents for learning. His dozen books and more than 200 papers have been cited more than 40,000 times, making him one of the most influential researchers in the world in the area of digital learning. He is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and a member of the National Academy of Education.

A/P Julia Chen

A/P Julia CHEN

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Associate Professor Julia Chen is the Director of the Educational Development Centre at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her research interests include English Across the Curriculum, leveraging technology for advancing learning and teaching, and using learning analytics for curriculum review and quality enhancement. She was the principal investigator of several large-scale government-funded inter-university projects on EAC and using technology for literacy development. Her work has been published in journals and edited collections. A two-time recipient of her university’s President Award for Excellent Performance, first in teaching and then in service, she was shortlisted for the Hong Kong UGC Teaching Award and by QS Quacquarelli Symonds for the Reimagine Education Learning Assessment Award. She is a Principal Fellow of Advance HE (PFHEA), and recently received the lifetime designation award of Distinguished Fellow from the Association for Writing Across the Curriculum. She has served on many education committees, as well as review boards in the US and East Asia.


A/P Wu Siew Mei

A/P WU Siew Mei

National University of Singapore

Associate Professor Wu Siew Mei teaches English language and communication skills to both undergraduate and graduate students. Her research interest stems from related English language classroom issues, including investigations into the nature of academic writing, objective testing in large scale English language proficiency assessment and the validation of test descriptors. She is also the Vice Dean of Students at the Office of Student Affairs and oversees curriculum development in the university’s residential colleges and general education programmes.

Dr Ruanni

Dr Ruanni TUPAS

University College London

Dr Ruanni Tupas is Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the Institute of Education, University College London. He taught for 10 years at the Centre for English Language Communication, National University of Singapore. He was Programme Leader of the MA in Applied Linguistics programme at the National Institute of Education (Singapore) before he joined the UCL Institute of Education in 2019 where he teaches the graduate programmes of both TESOL and Applied Linguistics. He is currently an Associate Editor of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language.


We warmly welcome all papers that address the symposium theme, especially those offering an Asian perspective.

The abstracts should focus on one of the following three strands:


For more information, please click on this link.

Unless otherwise indicated in the abstract submission process, all accepted presentations will be scheduled for real-time synchronous delivery. If you anticipate connectivity issues or are in very different time zones from Singapore, please contact us at celcsymposium@nus.edu.sg to make alternative arrangements.



Each author can submit a maximum of two abstracts (in the three categories), but can appear only once as the first author.

Submission Format

Please submit the title, abstract, and key words of your paper presentation/lightning talk/teaching demonstration as well as your biodata via UVENTs in the following format:

Title 12-15 words
Abstract 150-200 words
Key words 5 key words
Biodata 50 words (maximum) per presenter

For joint presentations, the first author should submit the abstract and include the biodata of their co-author(s).

Criteria for Abstract Review

  1. Showing relevance to the theme and chosen strand of the symposium
  2. Situating the study within the current research and highlighting its significance
  3. Presenting the study in a clear and coherent manner

The organizing committee reserves the right to edit the abstracts. 


A Guide to Paper Submission and Registration on UVENTS

For public
1. Create a UVENTS account here and then click on 'Public Login' on the UVENTs Login page. If you have an existing Public Login account, you may login with your registered email and password on this page.

For NUS staff and students 
2. Log in with your NUS email and password directly by clicking 'NUS Staff/Student Login' on the UVENTs Login page.

Abstract Submissions: 
3. You may submit your abstract for your paper presentation/lightning talk/teaching demonstration here by clicking on 'New Submission' after logging in.
*As a presenter, you may choose to register and pay the registration fee at a later stage when you receive our notification of acceptance.

4. Register for your participation and/or presentation by clicking the Registration link to complete the process. You can update your registration information any time after you log in.

Event Schedule

Day 1 - 30 May 2022, Monday

Time Session
09.00am - 09.30am Logging in and Housekeeping
09.30am - 10.00am Opening and Address by Guest of Honour
10.00am - 11.00am Keynote 1
11.00am - 11.15am Tea Break
11.15am - 11.45am Concurrent Sessions
11.50am - 12.20pm Concurrent Sessions
12.20pm - 14.00pm Lunch Break
14.00pm - 14.30pm Featured Talk 1
14.35pm - 15.05pm Concurrent Sessions
15.10pm - 15.30pm Teaching Technology Demonstrations (Industry Partners)
15.30pm - 16.00pm Networking Session

Day 2 - 31 May 2022, Tuesday

Time Session
09.00am - 09.30am Logging in and Housekeeping
09.30am - 10.30am Keynote 2
10.30am - 11.00am Concurrent Sessions
11.00am - 11.15am Tea Break
11.15am - 11.45am Concurrent Sessions
11.50am - 12.20pm Concurrent Sessions
12.20pm - 14.00pm Lunch Break
14.00pm - 14.30pm Featured Talk 2
14.35pm - 15.50pm Panel Discussion
15.50pm - 16.00pm Closing Address
16.00pm - 16.30pm Networking Session

Registration & Payment



If you wish to apply for a waiver of the registration fee for this symposium, please submit a request to the Secretariat at celcsymposium@nus.edu.sg detailing your reasons for the waiver. Selection will be based on the quality of your abstract, first, and then other factors such as financial needs, etc.


Please be informed that photographs and video recordings may be taken during the event and may be used for the purposes of event reporting, marketing, publicity, and media/social media.

Key Dates

Abstract submission by 7 January 2022, Friday
Extended to 28 January 2022, Friday
Notification of acceptance by 18 March 2022, Friday
Closing date for registration (presenters) 8 April 2022, Friday
Closing date for registration (participants) Early Bird Registration 22 April 2022, Friday
Registration closes on 27 May 2022, Friday
Pre-Conference (Dry Run) 27 May 2022 (10 am to 12 noon), Friday
Conference Dates 30 & 31 May 2022, Monday & Tuesday
Presenters of accepted papers who have not registered by 8 April 2022, Friday, will have their papers removed from the programme. 
All dates and times listed above are in Singapore time (UTC +08:00). 

Contact Us

Email: celcsymposium@nus.edu.sg