The 8th International Conference on English Language Teaching (ELT) in China



First Call for Papers


          The 8th International Conference on ELT in China will be held in Xi’an on Oct. 20-22, 2017 by China English Language Education Association of China Association for Comparative Studies of English and Chinese. The International Conference on ELT in China is a large-scale academic conference with the first session held in Guangzhou in 1985. So far seven sessions have been successfully organized. The conference is one of the biggest and of the highest academic standard international conferences on English language teaching in China. This conference has promoted the development of English language teaching and research in China and enhanced the communication between national ELT teachers, researchers and their foreign counterparts. The organizing committee invites keynote speakers in and abroad China. Invited symposia and workshops are provided. We now invite proposals for individual papers, posters, and symposia.


  I.                   Conference theme

Theme:  English Language Teaching in a Global World: New Perspectives, New Methodologies

Strands: Second Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Foreign Language Teaching and Teacher Development, Learning Strategies and Learner Autonomy, Language and Education in Multilingual Settings, Education Technology and Language Learning, Language at Workplace, Translation and Interpretation, Media Language and Public Discourse, Sociolinguistics, Language Policy, Multilingualism and Multiculturalism, Cross-cultural Studies, Discourse Analysis and Linguistics, Contrastive Linguistics, Rhetoric and Stylistics, Lexicography and Lexicology, Language Evaluation, Assessment and Testing, Discourse and Multimodality in Text


  II.                Conference information

Time: October 20-22, 2017

Venue: Xi’an International Studies University, Xi’an

Organized by: China Association for Comparative Studies of English and Chinese

                          China English Language Education Association

Hosted by: Xi’an International Studies University

Co-hosted by: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press

Working Languages: English and Chinese, preferably English

Number of delegates: 800-1000


Keynote speeches:

  Nick Ellis (University of Michigan)

  Claire Kramsch (UC Berkeley)

  ZHA Mingjian (Shanghai International Studies University)

  LIANG Maocheng  (Beijing International Studies University)


  III.             Proposals

Forms of Presentation: 

We invite proposals for symposia, individual papers, and posters. An abstract can only be submitted to one form of presentation.


Symposia will be allocated 2-hour blocks. Organizers may invite 5 to 10 panel members. Each symposium consists of an introduction, presentations, discussion (optional), Q&A, and conclusion. Organizers need to provide the title, symposium introduction and all the abstracts.

Individual Paper Presentations

A block of 25 minutes will be designated for an individual paper presentation, in which 20 minutes are for the presentation and 5 minutes for discussion. Titles and abstracts of individual paper presentations, either in English or Chinese, need to be submitted. If the abstract is in Chinese, English title and abstract should be provided as well.

Poster Presentations

Please submit titles and abstracts, either in English or Chinese.



Proposals for all presentations, including symposia should include a title (no more than 20 words), an abstract (no more than 250 words), and a brief general introduction (no more than 50 words). Information about authors need include: name, title, education, affiliation, email and mobile number. Symposium proposals need also include symposium title (no more than 20 words), symposium theme abstract (no more than 350 words), a brief general introduction to be included in the conference program (no more than 75 words), and all the abstracts’ title (no more than 20 words), abstracts (no more than 250 words), and brief general introductions of each abstract (no more than 50 words).




All proposals should be submitted by completing the online submission form on the ELT 2017 official site:


Submission Deadline: December 31st , 2016

Anonymous review will be conducted by the conference committee and the acceptance letter will be sent out by March 31st , 2017.


The paper from ELT 2017 will be selected and published on Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics after the conference.



  IV.              Registration

Registration Fee:

Overseas delegates: USD$180

Domestic delegates: RMB¥1200 (RMB¥1000 prior to April 30th , 2017)

CELEA members/ delegates from the host organization: RMB¥800 (with valid document)

Full-time postgraduate students: RMB¥600 (with valid document)


The registration will open online from March 1st , 2017.



Conference website:

Contact email: (please use this email for a better communication)

Tel: Regarding proposal submission, registration and payment: 86-10-88819582 (LIU Xiangdong); 86-10-88819581(PENG Siyuan)

Regarding programme, venue and accommodation, etc.: 86-15389062395 (HE Lin); 86-18049053218 (LI Jingjing)



The 8th International Conference on English Language Teaching in China Committee

China Association for Comparative Studies of English and Chinese

China English Language Education Association

May 2016