Malaysia International Conference on Foreign Languages 2007
Putrajaya, Malaysia - It is hoped that this conference will serve as a catalyst, in leading the way towards realizing the definition and aim of foreign languages as an indispensable tool in moulding our society towards excellence and distinction, through the presentation of papers, discussions and constructive feedback from participants.
Date : 14-15 August 2007
Venue : Putrajaya Marriot Hotel
Theme : "Plurilingualism and Multilingualism in a
Organised by : Department of Foreign Languages
Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication Universiti Putra Malaysia
The globalisation process in the new millennium has emphasized the importance of learning and using foreign languages. Being bilingual or multilingual is no longer the priviledge of a selected few but concerns a wider spectrum of modern societies where ideology, politics and economy are no more an impediment to the study of languages. The emergence of regional poles has enhanced the visibility of certain long-neglected languages and this has also benefited other idioms.
Bilateral and multilateral collaboration is now widespread in the exploration of available resources. Increasing number of individuals and groups from across borders enter into contact with each other and the necessity of knowing the language and culture of the other has been shown to be crucial.
Malaysia, in seeking to be a developed nation by 2020, has been diligently and conscientiously encouraging its people to participate in diverse fields and sectors of world class standing. To succeed in the international arena, Malaysia needs to produce a society which commands more than two languages. The mastery of foreign languages other than English will enable the nation to explore further and widen its participation and presence in the international market more effectively. This is also in line with Malaysia's policy of accepting all nations in this world as working partners. Hence the aim of learning foreign languages has to be given a new dimension and paradigm so as to be in line with the aspirations and ambitions of the nation to be a developed nation.
It is hoped that this conference will serve as a catalyst, in leading the way towards realizing the definition and aim of foreign languages as an indispensable tool in moulding our society towards excellence and distinction, through the presentation of papers, discussions and constructive feedback from participants.
1. To provide an international forum for the exchange of opinions on the importantance and prospects of foreign languages with the presentation of papers on theory and practical aspects of various fields and sectors.
2. To provide a platform for discussion amongst administrators, researchers, academics and practitioners of foreign languages in the context of Malaysia's economic growth and globalisation.
3. To promote research and development (R&D) activities in linguistics, international relations and foreign cultures, in line with the new global direction.
4. To provide a platform for participants to share recent innovations in the methodology of teaching and learning foreign languages and cultures.
5. To identify the best methods of teaching foreign languages and cultures as practised in renowned for institutions in this region and in Malaysia in particular.
Scope of Discussion
Current issues in the learning of foreign language, literature and culture
Acquisition and learning of foreign language and culture
Comparative and contrastive linguistics
Foreign language discourse studies
Research and publishing in foreign language and culture
Issues and studies in comparative literature
Foreign language for children
Publication and use of foreign language textbooks
New prospects, direction and paradigm of foreign languages
Foreign language in the era of globalisation
Foreign language in ICT and multimedia
Foreign language in science and technology
Foreign language in agriculture
Foreign language or multilingual societies
Ideology and religion across languages
Foreign language as a nation's key sector
Foreign language for specific purpose
Malaysia International Conference on Foreign Languages, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication,
Universiti Putra Malaysia,
43400 UPM Serdang,
Selangor Darul Ehsan,