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


Professor of Education
University of California, Irvine
The United States

New Digital Tools for Promoting Social Reading

Reading is often portrayed as an individual cognitive act, but learning to read is profoundly social. Children learn to read best when they do so through “dialogic reading” with a parent who asks questions to stimulate the child’s thinking. As for adults, the entire purpose of a university is to provide social scaffolding for reading and learning; otherwise, universities would be replaced by bookshelves. For both children and adults, social scaffolding is especially important for second language learners, who face additional linguistic challenges in comprehending texts. This presentation explores new digital tools for promoting social reading across the lifespan, through both natural language processing and facilitating human interaction. First, it discusses whether and how conversational agents, such as Siri or Google Assistant, can provide opportunities for social interaction that contribute to young children’s language and literacy development. The presentation then turns to digitally-supported human interaction among adult readers through the use of social annotation software. Annotation has long been known as a way to support reflective reading, but recently available social e-reading tools, such as Perusall and Hypthoses.is, now allow a whole class of students to collectively annotate the same document. Research on the impact of social annotation on learning processes and outcomes will be synthesized, including implications for use of these tools in English language teaching.

A/P Julia Chen

A/P Julia CHEN

Director, Educational Development Centre
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong

Curriculum Innovations for Interdisciplinary English Language Learning

The pandemic has accelerated the creation and adoption of curriculum innovations. This keynote address will present and discuss innovations in discipline-related English language training both within and outside the curriculum that were created for two purposes: to help students improve their English and to ensure they spend time outside of class on English language learning. Aspects such as curriculum design, development, implementation, and evaluation will be explored; the considerations that deserve attention will be highlighted. References will be made to some theoretical frameworks, such as the Community of Inquiry approach (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2000), the three-phase process of change via initiation, implementation, and institutionalisation (Fullan, 1991), and the ADRI approach, as well as to empirical studies that employed big data learning analytics triangulated with qualitative methods.


A/P Wu Siew Mei

A/P WU Siew Mei

Associate Professor
National University of Singapore

The Changing ELT Landscape: What Has Changed? How Do We Respond to the Changes?

Change as the only constant in life is a familiar experience to many of us, as we manage ideological shifts in English Language Teaching (ELT) that necessitate practical professional reworkings in various situations. Changes resulting from the process grobalisation (Tsui, 2020) have seen Asian countries adapting in these critical areas: English language policies being reformed, the notion of standard English being reconceptualised, postmethod ELT being re-evaluated, and professionalism of ELT being reconsidered, amongst other areas. This paper reviews two areas of change that have emerged as critical issues (Schleppegrell, 2020; Tsui, 2020; Troudi, 2020) in the local ELT context: postmethod ELT including critical pedagogy and ELT 4.0 technologies (Kamilia, Affendi, Noah, & Yunus, 2020) and ELT professionalism. It examines the extent and nature of change as a basis for assessing impact on some areas of our professional practice and student learning. It highlights the challenges that have surfaced in the process of managing change and suggests some possibly innovative ways in professional adaptation to change. Some possible waves of future change that will impact the mission of the centre will be discussed, in the light of their pertinence to the general ELT community.

Dr Ruanni

Dr Ruanni TUPAS

University College London
The United Kingdom

Decolonising Language Beliefs and Practices in ELT

The English Language Teaching classroom is not an isolated social vacuum but an institutional global(ised) space. Therefore, my talk centres on the coloniality of our beliefs and practices in ELT. While many argue that colonialism is a thing of the past, the discourses and practices associated with it continue to shape most, if not all, facets of the ELT profession. We refer to this condition as the coloniality of ELT where the practice of ELT is by itself deeply embedded within the structures and logics of (global) coloniality. Although I also problematise the many ways this lens is mobilised in teaching and research, I argue that attempts at transforming the ELT classroom must contend with its embeddedness within conditions of coloniality.

Programme at a glance

Day 1 - 30 May 2022, Monday

Time Event
09:00 - 09:15 Logging in
09:15 - 09:30 Welcome and Housekeeping
09:30 - 10:00 Opening and Guest of Honour Address
10:00 - 11:00 Keynote Speech by Mark WARSCHAUER
11:00 - 11:10 Tea Break
11:10 - 11:40 Concurrent Sessions
11:40 - 12:10 Concurrent Sessions
12:10 - 12:40 Concurrent Sessions
12:40 - 13:40 Lunch
13:40 - 14:00 Technology Demonstration: Supporting Formative Learning for Learners in English Language and Communication with Turnitin
14:00 - 14:30 Featured Talk by WU Siew Mei
14:30 - 15:00 Concurrent Sessions
15:00 - 15:30 Concurrent Sessions
15:30 - 16:00 Technology Demonstration: Moodie.AI – AI Communication Coach
16:00 - 16:30 Networking

Day 2 - 31 May 2022, Tuesday

Time Event
09:00 - 09:30 Logging in and Housekeeping
09:30 - 10:30 Keynote Speech by Julia CHEN
10:30 - 11:00 Concurrent Sessions
11:00 - 11:10 Tea Break
11:10 - 11:40 Concurrent Sessions
11:40 - 12:10 Concurrent Sessions
12:10 - 12:40 Concurrent Sessions
12:40 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Technology Demonstration: Using Qualtrics and Miro
14:00 - 14:30 Featured Talk by Ruanni TUPAS
14:30 - 15:30 Panel Discussion
15:30 - 15:45 Closing Word
15:45 - 16:30 Networking

Paper Schedule & Abstracts

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Call for Papers

Selected Symposium papers will be published either as research papers or blogposts. All Symposium presenters are invited to submit their papers by 1st July 2022 for consideration.

Those recommended by peer reviewers will be published in the proceedings for the 6th CELC Symposium in CELC’s inhouse journal.

Please refer to the submission guidelines below and send your submission to celcsymposium@nus.edu.sg with the name(s) of author(s), title and paper type.

Submit a Research Article

Note the following when preparing a research paper:

Submit a Blog Post

Note the following when preparing a blog post:


Title: Workplace Communication: Harmonious or Disjoint Transition from University to Workplace?


In the past few years, we have experienced a significant shift in the way we communicate in the workplace, which has been exacerbated by the recent pandemic. First, the increasing use of Social Network Sites (SNS) has blurred boundaries between social and professional spheres, altering the nature of workplace communication. One visible impact is that the use of abbreviated texts, emojis, images, audio, and video clips has become a norm. Second, the fast and upward trajectory of new technologies such as AI (artificial intelligence) has the potential to fundamentally alter workplace dynamics and shape the way we communicate professionally. Third, the call for interdisciplinary collaborations has given impetus to a move in higher education towards an interdisciplinary approach, requiring colleagues from widely different fields to find common grounds on how they communicate their expertise. All these suggest a rethink in the way language and communication are taught to help learners adapt to a quickly evolving workplace landscape.

This panel discussion brings together academics, practitioners, and industry leaders for a dialogue to address four key questions: (a) Do the fundamentals of communication still apply and if so, what are they? What has changed then? (b) What are the effects of the said changes on our behaviour and attitude towards how we communicate, and the language we use? (c) How do we communicate effectively to reconcile the potentially contentious relationship between online “Friends” and offline “friends” which may cause the blurring of professional and social boundaries? (d) How does the egocentric nature of communication as seen in Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and other such platforms influence visibility, self-representation and perhaps a (false) sense of power? The aim of the discussion is to throw light on where language and communication teaching in higher education has succeeded in aligning its teaching with the demands in the working world, and where there are still mismatches.


A/P Lee Kooi Cheng

A/P LEE Kooi Cheng

Director, CELC
National University of Singapore


Julia Chen

A/P Julia CHEN

Director, Educational Development Centre
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong


Professor Shameem Rafik-Galea

Professor of Applied Lingustics
SEGi University

Mr Soh Yida

Mr SOH Yida

Vice President, Investor Relations 
United Overseas Bank Limited

Mr Soon Eng Sing

Mr SOON Eng Sing

Head, Talent, Development & DEI (Group People & Sustainability), Singtel

Technology Demonstration

Supporting Formative Learning for Learners in English Language and Communication with Turnitin

As the landscape of education and assessment continues to evolve with technology and the movement towards more hybrid and online learning delivery, there is a need to revisit learning and teaching practices to meet emerging requirements in the educational sector. Fundamentally, assessments ought to promote and provide insight into student learning. Assessment statistics should be harnessed to cover gaps in student learning, inform curriculum and improve general assessment design for better, more accurate student learning outcomes and learner support.

This session showcases how education technology can support best practices in assessment design and alignment of assessments to learning outcomes, identify gaps in student learning, and provide opportunities for educators to improve their content, assessment and learning experiences to meet the learning outcomes for which they were designed. The following products within Turnitin Feedback Studio will be covered:

Using Qualtrics and Miro

Qualtrics is a popular survey tool that has been used by many universities for qualitative and quantitative research. One powerful text analysis tool under Qualtrics is “Text IQ”, which helps to uncover the insights that are hidden deep in open text responses. This session will demonstrate how this tool can be used in relevant fields of communication and language teaching.

Miro is an online collaborative whiteboarding platform that enables distributed teams to work effectively together, from brainstorming with digital sticky notes to planning and managing agile workflows. In this session, how Miro can help teachers and learners in collaborative learning will be demonstrated.

Moodie.AI – AI Communication Coach

In this session, Datality Lab presents Moodie.ai, a patented SaaS communication and presentation training platform that augments human coaches by harnessing AI observations, cognitive interpretations and decision modeling to provide students with self-directed and scaffolded learning in the quest for effective communication. With wide applications such as public speaking, non-native English proficiency, project presentation, college/job interviews, sales pitch, customer service etc., Moodie.ai provides learners with an immersive learning experience to practice communication skill at their own pace and place. Its unique decision science model enables learners to systematically monitor their progress on repeated practices and to improve their performance based on behavioral feedback.

Networking Opportunities – Free and Easy

Symposiums and conferences are excellent opportunities for networking. Here are 3 easy ways to connect and spark ideas with other attendees:

Networking Board
Let other attendees know that you are excited to connect! Post a Virtual Name Card on the Networking Board (include such information as your name, country, affiliation, areas of interest, contact, and a short message). Browse others' cards, message them on the e-symposium Zoom chat, and meet up with them in the Coffee Lounge.

Coffee Lounges 
Connect over a cup of coffee (or tea) with other attendees in any of the 10 Coffee Lounges any time during the e-symposium. The Coffee Lounges are open all day. Just invite someone for a chat, click on the e-symposium Zoom breakout room tab, select a Coffee Lounge, grab your coffee (or tea), and meet!

Networking sessions
Not able to take time away from the exciting presentations? We have the perfect solution! Schedule a meet-up during the dedicated Networking Session at the end of each e-symposium day, then head over to any of the 10 Coffee Lounges to connect and spark ideas.

Registration & Payment


NUS staff and students may register for a free ticket by selecting the 'NUS Staff/Student Ticket' Ticket Type. Please register using your NUS email.

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

Closing date for registration (participants) Registration closes on 27 May 2022, Friday
Pre-Conference (Equipment Testing) 27 May 2022 (10 am to 12 noon), Friday
Conference Dates 30 & 31 May 2022, Monday & Tuesday
All dates and times listed above are in Singapore time (UTC +08:00). 


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6th CELC Symposium Helpline Telegram Group


This Telegram helpline will be available between 8.30am - 4.30 pm on 30th and 31st May 2022.