I would like to express my deep gratitude to all the people for your having attended the 11th Asia TEFL conference in Manila, Philippines. Asia TEFL wrote another chapter of a great story in its history.
I would like to announce that the 12th Asia TEFL conference will be held at Borneo Convention Center in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia on August 28-30, 2014, based on the title of "Developing Sustainable Quality in English Education: Evolving Policies, Innovating Practices, Transforming Learning."
A good news is that a series of Asia TEFL books: "Conditions for English Language Learning in Asia will be published in the Cambridge Scholar Publishing.
I also would like to let you know Asia TEFL will charge membership fee to its members from 2014 after membership has been free for more than ten years. Because Asia TEFL should stand on its own feet without relying on outside funding any more. All the detailed information about membership fee is available on the Asia TEFL Wewbsite.
I sincerely hope all of you will join in the new membership.
I would like to share my vision and goals for Asia TEFL below with you:
To provide more ELT professionals in Asia with access to more information about teaching and learning English in Asia and around the world through conferences and issues of the Journal of Asia TEFL and the Asia TEFL book series.
To search for more effective, interesting, and creative English teaching and learning methods which are optimal in Asian contexts, and to provide awards each year for such method.
To encourage scholars in Asia to engage in more creative and innovative research and to publish this research in the Journal of Asia TEFL. Awards (USD1000) for each of these three will be given every year.
To provide more people in Asia with more opportunities for cross-cultural understanding through the Asia TEFL conference being held in different Asian regions each year.
To broaden Asian ELT professionals' horizons with regards to their lives and the ELT profession.
To contribute significantly to peace, stability, and prosperity in Asia through better and easier exchange of information about English education, people, society, and culture.
To encourage ELT professionals in Asia to have pride, confidence, and conviction in their profession.
These are my vision, my desires, and my goals for Asia TEFL.
With great respect,
Hyo Woong Lee, Ph.D
President of Asia TEFL