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Workshop Theme 2: Building English Language Competency

Target Audience:

Leaders and practitioners in Teaching English as a Foreign or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TEFL/TESOL) from Australia and ASEAN who have insight into the challenges and opportunities posed by English being recognised the official language of ASEAN and increasingly used as the delivery language for international programs.


Australia has been a leading partner within ASEAN in the delivery of English language programs across ASEAN for the last 30 years. Australian universities and colleges continue to play a leading role in both English language teaching and teacher training in ASEAN and Australia.

The launch of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in December 2015 mandated English as the official languages of communication and provides ASEAN member countries with significant challenges in addressing this aspiration.

There are emerging international education hubs across ASEAN with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia Singapore hosting offshore campuses and international programs that are taught in English. Indonesia is now indicating interest in opening up to international campuses and partnerships.

The Workshop Objectives:

  • The key challenges and opportunities in English language teaching across ASEAN

  • The ways in which Australian linked centres of excellence in ELT, operating across ASEAN can best partner locally to address these challenges

  • Utilising Digital Technology in ELT delivery

  • Improving Quality Assurance in the ELT sector across ASEAN

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