On 26 and 27 August 2021, the University College of Yayasan Pahang (UCYP) organised an International Research Conference & Workshop in English Language Studies (IRCW-ELS) 2021 which took place for two days via the ZOOM platform.
This conference is in collaboration with the Association of Language Teachers in Southeast Asia (ALTSA), UCYP Press, University of Nigata Prefecture, AEIJ, Universitas Teuku Umar, Universiti Teknologi Brunei, Phetchaburi Rajabhat University Thailand, Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Universitas Sumatera Utara and Universiti Malaya.
Advanced Teaching & Research in English Language Education is the theme chosen for this conference. According to Assoc. Prof Dr Tan Li Pin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research & Industry Linkages, English language is a lingua franca that serves as a vital communication instruction.
As a result, teaching English has become a significant discipline that is exposed to numerous challenges, particularly in countries where English is not the first language. It is always necessary to undertake research in order to find beneficial teaching ideas or procedures.
In his welcome speech, UCYP Vice-Chancellor, Professor Emeritus Dato’ Dr. Ahmad bin Haji Zainuddin expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all who sincerely committed to making this event a success, emphasising that an individual is given an international platform to share their knowledge, research findings, and ideas, as well as to publish their papers in international reputable journals.
“This conference provides an international platform to sharpen the knowledge, gain new ideas and share best practices, learn about the latest innovation and insight, make new context and stay connected among researchers to conduct better research,” he added.
Meanwhile, special invited keynote speakers included Dr Paul Robertson, Chief Executive Editors & Founder of Academic Education International Journals, Assoc. Professor Dr Adelina Binti Asmawi from University Malaya’s Faculty of Education, and Dr Robbie Lee Sabnani from Nanyang Technological University’s National Institute of Education. These well-known academics supplemented their presentations with intriguing topics.
Professor John Adamson (University of Nigata Prefecture, Japan), Dr. Custodio Martins (Chief Editor of TESOL International Journal), and Mr. Dedi Sanjaya (Manager, Research Management Center, University College of Yayasan Pahang, Malaysia) also gave a workshop titled “EFL International Journal Substantial Content and Guidelines”, “Publishing and Perishing?” and “Research Papers towards Reputable International Journals: Substantial Contents and Guidelines” respectively.
The conference was divided into two parallel sessions held for two days with 28 presenters presenting their research throughout the session.