The Jubilee 5th International Conference on ESP/EAP/EMI in the Context of Internationalization of Higher Education in the Framework of THE Research Excellence Summit was held on 7-8 November 2018 at National University of Science and Technology ‘MISIS’.
This year conference, organized by the Department of Modern Languages and Communication in a partnership with Cambridge University Press, was a part of the Times Higher Education Research Excellence Summit. The conference was attended by 250 univerity and school teachers and university administrative personnel from various countries.
The focus of the conference was on the following key topics:
- Language. Human Communication.
- Future of English for Academic and Specific Purposes.
- Learning & Teaching Technologies for Academic Communication.
November 7th comprised an array of inspiring presentations on cognitive aspects of learning and teaching English given by internationally renowned speakers and special guests, particularly, Andrej A. Kibrik (Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia), Olga Capirci (Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Italy), Irene Clark (California State University, USA), EunGyong Kim (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea) and Mark Ibbotson (Cambridge University Press, UK).
November 8th Parallel Sessions covered various approaches and practices in teaching ESP/EAP/EMI – research methodology, academic writing, phonological aspects of communication, blended learning and course design.
The Panel Discussion, dedicated to the role of communication in the evolvement of modern science, deserves special mention. This unique part of the conference was held within the main track of THE Research Excellence Summit. Panel members Magnus Gustafson (Chalmers University, Sweden), Karen Ottewell (University of Cambridge, UK), Christoph Zahner (University of Cambridge, UK) and Maria Alm (University of Wisconsin-Stout (USA) shared their thoughts and ideas with the audience. The discussion was moderated by the Head of the Department of Modern Languages and Communication of NUST ‘MISIS’ Lilia Bondareva.
This year conference boasted several novelties. One of them was the special section ‘Young Voices’, which gave junior scholars the opportunity to present their own progress and research in the field of teaching the English language. The section included two formats – poster session and panel discussion – which both caused vivid interest among the conference guests.
The conference ended in a friendly networking atmosphere, where the representatives of the Department of Modern Languages and Communication highlighted the upcoming projects such as teacher training courses and English Olympiad for schoolchildren.