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54th ASOCOPI Annual Conference: “Bilingual and Multilingual Processes:
Educational Accomplishments and Challenges in Colombia and Latin America”

The dominant role of English as an international language has had a shaping impact on the construction and implementation of language policy throughout the world. In countries like Colombia, and Latin America in general, several national initiatives have sought to make English central to bilingual education. Although bilingual initiatives are founded on economic and cultural promises, in many cases these language policies have created tensions between different stakeholders, including the recognition of the multilingual nature of a country, issues of coverage, teacher and student access to resources, and professional development .

This year’s ASOCOPI Conference intends to bring together different national and international experiences on the construction and implementation of bilingual or multilingual educational processes. For ASOCOPI, it is relevant to be the forum for teachers and scholars from around the world, and particularly from Latin America, to dialogue, examine, evaluate, reflect, and set agendas that contribute to the improvement of English language teaching and the educational policy that supports it. As such, we look forward to receiving contributions that address bilingual or multilingual processes from pedagogical, methodological, investigative, political, and cultural standpoints.

Presentations can be in one of these strands:

-Bilingual/multilingual education
-Language policy
-Interculturality/intercultural communication
-English as a lingua franca
-Diversities and inclusion: race, gender, class, urban and rural ELT
-Social justice
-Rural/Urban education
-Indigenous groups and ELT
-Critical education, postcoloniality and decoloniality
-Pedagogical innovations
-Alternative pedagogies: feminist, decolonial, placed-based, critical and post-critical
-Professional development
-Distance education
-Literacy, critical literacy, and multilteracies

Submitting Your Proposal

must be submitted online by April 15th. Proposals will not be accepted after the deadline. www.asocopi.org

The title should

accurately reflect the presentation content
not have a colon or quotation marks
capitalize the initials of all major words,
including words of four letters.

• capitalize all major words and all words of four letters.
Conference participants include language educators, program administrators and teacher educators. About 600 teachers are expected.


You will be informed if your proposal has been accepted within four weeks after the deadline for applications. If you do not hear from us by July 15, please contact us immediately, especially if you need confirmation to process your travel arrangements.


In the conference program, each abstract will be labeled with the following descriptions so participants will know what they are signing up for in the Concurrent Sessions. Please indicate the type of your presentation in the space provided. •


In a workshop, the presenter works with the group, helping them to develop a specific teaching technique or a hands-on activity. The emphasis is on the participants’ activity which is carefully structured by the presenter.


A lecture discusses and describes something the presenter is doing or has done in relation to either theory or practice. Participation from the audience is usually limited to questions and discussion during or at the end of the lecture.


Rather than describing or discussing, a demonstration shows a technique for teaching. The presenter’s statement of the theory underlying the technique is usually brief. The rest of the time is used for showing, rather than telling.


A report which discusses ongoing research; includes presentation of the problem, methodology, implications of research, and so on. The presentation is followed by a discussion with the audience.


The presentation of the rationale and principles of an educational product and its promotion to a target audience. .


This should be submitted by a Colloquium Chair and the partipating presenters. Each participant should submitt an abstract for her/his presentation.


Only two presenters are allowed per presentation. The presenter listed first is responsible for notifying the co-presenter of the status of the proposal and any other notifications received.

Do not change the conceptual content of your session once it has been accepted.


Presentations in the concurrent sessions will last 45 minutes and will be scheduled for the three days of the convention. If you are planning to arrive late or leave early, please specify when.


Note that presenters are requested to bring their own photocopies. Please leave two copies of your handouts in the Coordination Room for participant services.


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