1st Conference on Applying (Putonghua/English) Language Arts
Hong Kong, June 4-5 2011

Rapprochement between linguistic and language studies, and the more traditional literary studies is a global trend which includes Hong Kong as well as many other parts of the world. This rapprochement is underway in academic circles, as contemporary global culture enhances connections and the legitimacy of new kinds and contexts of interpretations. It is underway in the classroom, reframing the way we understand language teaching and learning, syllabi and curricula, the media we use to access and explore literary content, and the lives of the teaching professionals involved in these changes.

Language arts in its new form is in part a response to profound changes in curriculum, and in part a response to similarly profound changes in the globalised, media-driven cultural contexts of literature. Language arts now embraces new forms, as new media revisions and represents traditional literary works. Language and literature have much to offer each other. These developments are particularly affecting the teaching of English and Putonghua as second languages.

Important dates

  • Deadline for Call for Papers: 28 March 2011
  • Notice of Acceptance: mid-April 2011
  • Early bird Registration: by 30 April 2011
  • Registration Deadline: 9 May 2011
  • Cancellation: 20 May 2011 (No refund of registration fee after this date)
The Conference is organized by the Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.