The 2017 conference will be held in Adelaide from 20 – 22 September with the theme of Empowering Global Citizens. As always, the conference will provide professional development and up-to-date information to enable you to learn from and network with colleagues and peers from around Australia as well as government stakeholders, regulatory bodies and suppliers of products and services to the English language sector.
Empowering Global Citizens
Increasingly the students in our classrooms arrive in Australia with not only the expectation that their English will improve as part of their experience, but that their study will assist in preparing them for future workplaces, further study and negotiating an increasingly interconnected and socially diverse world.
21st century skills
Just as modern workplaces and universities are now requiring flexible employees and students with a set of core 21st century skills, learners are seeking study experiences that embed these skills within the broader landscape of their chosen subject. English language courses must interweave core skills such as critical thinking, creativity, digital literacy and critical reflection into their content if they are to successfully prepare students for the global challenges of the future.
In addition to 21st century capabilities, students who travel abroad to study English are looking for ways to enhance their global citizenship skills, including cultural awareness and competence, the ability to collaborate in diverse international teams as well as to communicate confidently and listen effectively in English. Part of this is also building an awareness of global Englishes. Intrinsic to our work in developing ELICOS courses and extra-curricular student experiences is an imperative to make sure that they are globally inclusive and foster intercultural competency.
Responding to Challenges
Responding to the digital appetites and habits of students is a crucial part of the innovation process. How do we ensure that students are empowered through their online experiences with our institutions during all stages of their journey? How can we create life-long connections to Australian study experiences?
Paramount to ‘empowering global citizens’ is the need to respond to the challenges that a globalised world presents. Growth in global competition of study destinations means that Australian ELICOS must continue to focus on quality outcomes across a range of metrics to retain its favourable reputation as a study destination. Innovation is key to ensuring that an Australian qualification is globally recognised and transportable.
Overlooking Victoria Square, Hilton Adelaide is set in the heart of the city’s entertainment, shopping and dining precincts. The Central Market, Chinatown and Gouger Street – Adelaide’s most vibrant dining destinations – are also minutes away.
233 Victoria Square
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000