International Education: Classroom Interactions – Postgraduate Conference

International Education: Classroom Interactions – Postgraduate Conference, 20 June 2016, University of York

In an ever globalised world, education systems are being pressured to improve performance, to cater for students from diverse backgrounds and be able to teach as accessibly as possible. UK students are increasingly studying abroad and record numbers of international students are studying in the UK. Research into ‘international education’ has been conducted across a wide range of disciplines focusing on specific aspects, from teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) to improving classroom teaching at UK institutions and making lessons as understandable and challenging for students as possible.

20162The strategic objective of this conference is to strengthen links made by individuals; groups and research networks with other institutions and partners, as well as enhancing internal, cross-disciplinary collaborations. The realisation of these objectives is served by the constitution of an interdepartmental committee, the diverse themes in the call for papers and the invited speakers. Their diverse methodologies and perspectives on research will broaden the knowledge of delegates quantitatively and qualitatively whilst also fostering the cross-fertilisation of ideas between disciplines.

The conference will provide a friendly atmosphere for delegates to enjoy being part of the academic world, focusing on knowledge-sharing and discussion. Delegates will be able to attend talks and poster presentations across themes in education and network during the conference breaks. The aim is to bring together researchers from across disciplines which contribute to international education and provide opportunities to find new collaborators, thus, securing the future of classroom research.

The programme of the conference will be organised around current topical themes, likely to include (but not limited to): social interaction, classroom interactional competence, classroom discourse, perceptions of language and identity, teaching methodology, digital and multimodal practices, globalisation and migration, student collaboration and engagement amongst others.