English Language in Education and Research Conference 2017 (ELER 2017)

English Language in Education and Research Conference 2017 (ELER 2017)

  • Date & Time:
    • March 7 - 8, 2017
  • Venue:

    Mount Kenya University- Rwanda

 Theme: Emerging Issues in Education and English Language Learning



Academic conferences are regularly held in all of the academic disciplines. They are a gathering of like-minded scholars, educators and students who wish to share and disseminate ideas that are relevant to their fields. As such they are excellent tools for professional development, faculty development, student enhancement and networking opportunities. Holding an Academic conference at this time in education and English language learning in this region is very timely, particularly at Mount Kenya University (MKU). It is the perfect opportunity for the University to showcase its progression toward achieving excellence in education practice and teaching methodology, as well as to provide a platform of interestfor stakeholders and the community that have the highest standards regarding education practice.


As the East African population and economy continues to expand, the demand for education continues to grow exponentially. This is even more true for English language education as the region’s linguistic circumstances demand a common medium of communication. The need for English continues to grow and will become even more important in all fields of academia, and the demand for qualified language professionals and scholars will also continue to grow. An education and language learning conference at MKU is therefore the opportune time for the sharing of and disseminating of ideas, and for all participants to learn from and encourage each other moving forward.

Epistemological changes require dynamic pedagogical approaches to all disciplines, as a greater understanding of the learning process continues to develop. English as the lingua franca in academia and often as a second (or foreign) language is seen as an independent discipline of learning through applied linguistics. However, it can be and should be viewed through the prism of interdisciplinary studies, particularly in the globalized society in which we live in today. Indeed, globalization can be thought of as the movement of goods, ideas and people across borders, and with the numbers of migrants continuing to move through the African region in particular, students with a need for language learning support will only continue to grow. The expectation is that there will always be students with language learning needs in mainstream classes, not only in East Africa but also internationally; therefore having a gathering of educators and academics at MKU for this conference will open the door toward a greater understanding of approaches towards teaching and learning excellence.

As doors continue to open for research and work in the field of English as a Second (or Foreign) language, there will be greater opportunities for employment at home and abroad. This means that there will be also be a higher demand for professional methodological approaches to teaching as well as a professionalization of the industry, and by holding a conference at this time, MKU will be able to take a leadership role in this area which will enhance its influence and reputation in both the immediate region and also further afield.


In keeping with the above rationale, the aims of the ELER 2017 conference are:

  • To offer a scholarly platform for both Rwanda and international scholars to reflect on the role of English language in Education and Research in order to enhance their understanding of past, present, and future directions of English as a Lingua Franca in Academia as well as English as a Second language
  • To promote and disseminate new research contributions and information about English language trainers’ experiences in order to strengthen teaching and learning in current and future classrooms for teachers, teacher educators, and policy makers;
  • To foster and enhance discussion, reflection and network-building that will assist professional teachers to more fully participate as integrated members of their respective home countries’ English language teaching communities.

The conference seeks paper submissions based on, but not limited to the following themes:

  • Content-based Instruction (CBI)
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
  • Computer Aided Language Learning (CALL)
  • Critical thinking
  • Globalization of education and teaching practice
  • Policy and language advocacy for multiple languages in the classroom
  • Teacher training and education
  • Second language research and national education policy
  • Second language research for business science and technology
  • Inter-cultural pedagogy
  • Promoting language fluency
  • Second Language acquisition

Conference Dates

The following are the important dates for the ELER 2017 conference

  • Deadline for submitting Abstracts – 16th December 2016
  • Notification of selected abstracts – 10th January, 2017
  • Deadline for full paper submission – 15th  February 2017
  • Early registration starts – 15th February 2017
  • Deadline for participants, exhibitors

and PowerPoint presentations registration            – 30th February 2017

  • Conference dates – 7th – 8th March 2017

Conference Venue

Mount Kenya University- Rwanda

Conference Participation fees

Students (East African)             – Rwf. 20,000/=

East African participants          – Rwf. 50,000/=

International participants        – USD 150

Organized groups                         – Negotiated rates

Exhibitions                                      – USD 150

Tentative Conference Program

Day 1 – 7TH  MARCH 2017
08:00– 09:00 Arrival and Registration
09:00– 09:30 Welcome Address by

Richard Miller – Kobe Gakuin University, Japan

Co-Chair ELER 2017 Conference Committee

Prof. Edwin Odhuno – Vice Chancellor

09:30– 10.00 Keynote Address: Emerging Issues in Education and English Language Learning

Speaker: Madam Mary Muindi – Mount Kenya University, Nairobi Campus

Bed – English/ Literature (Catholic University) MA – English/ Linguistics(Kenyatta University) PHD (Cognitive Linguistics (Kenyatta University – ongoing).

10.00– 10:30 Official Opening by Minister for Education
10:30– 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00– 13:00 Parallel Session I


Teacher Training and Education and Second Language Research

Task-based Interaction and Motivational Flow by Scot Aubrey

Extrinsic motivation and its effects on the productivity of teachers of English language subject in primary schools in Gasabo District of Kigali City, Rwanda by Prof Raymond Ongus

Role of English Language in Entrepreneurship Development in Rwanda – Case of Transport and Logistics Companies in Kigali by Wanjohi Maina


Parallel Sessions 2


Critical thinking and Inter-cultural pedagogy

Geopolitical Implications of Language Shifts to English by Richard Miller

Issues in Education and English Language Learning by Samuel Irungu

Peer Corrective Feedback: How, What and Why by Brad Colpitts



Parallel Sessions 3


Content and language integrated Learning

Applying Gamification in Education  by Andrew Philpott

Quality and Excellence in Higher Education: Issues & Challenges in Rwanda by John Nyaga

The effect of teaching resources and Learners performance in English and Literature in secondary schools in Rwanda by Caroline Ndinya

Neurodidactics: Brain science in the language classroom  by Dr. Peter Edwards.



13:00– 14:00 Lunch
14:00– 15:30   Plenary Session 1: MODERATOR: EDEL MUNEE

Topic: Role of English language in Good Pedagogy, Methodology and Practice


·         Strengthening English Language in Teacher-Training HLIs – Ms. Jean McGirney-Burelle – Hartford University/REB

·         English Language and Good Pedagogy – Dr. Gabriel Nzeyimana College of Education, UR

·         Learner-centred Teaching methodologies – Michael Opio, Head of Programs, VSO Rwanda.


15.30– 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00– 17.30   Round Table Panel Discussion:

Topic: Multilingualism and cultural diversity  for business,  Science and technology

·         Multilingualism and Cultural heritage: Experience from Rwanda – Dr. Vuningoma James, Executive Secretary, RALC

·         Learning from the Past – Mr. Soma, Japan

·         Integrating Language and culture: Lessons from China – Dr. Zhan Xian – Confucious Institute

·         Language and Peace Initiatives – Dr. Christine Curci

  Day 2 – 8TH  MARCH 2017
08:00– 09:00 Arrival and Registration
9:00– 10:00   Plenary Session 2: MODERATOR: EDEL MUNEE

Topic:English for global and regional integration: The regional experience

·         English for global and regional integration: Rwanda’s Experience Minister for Trade, Industry and EAC Affairs

·         Positioning Rwanda’s private sector for the global market – John Mirenge, Rwanda Air CEO

·         How English has enhanced linkages and partnerships among East African Higher Learning Institutions  – Prof. Peter Wanderi – Director, Linkages and Partnerships, MKU Thika- RAPPORTEUR- ECONYO

10.00 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30– 11:30   Round Table Panel Discussion:

Topic: English Language, Diplomacy and International relations

·         Language and Diplomacy: The Rwandan Experience – Ambassador Dr. Charles Murigande, UR

·         Importance of Model UN Associations in the overall UN goal – Model UN Representative in Rwanda

·         Model United Nations from a student perspective –  Nina Nomura Japan

·         Language and Globalization – Oscar Kimanuka

11:30– 13:15 Parallel Sessions 4


English language policy and globalization of education.

English Language Education and National Development: Strategies for Maximizing Positive Impact by Russel Hazard

Creating professional networks for collaboration and development by Michael Parrish

The State of English Language Teaching in Japan: Lessons for Rwanda by Zane Ritchie.


Parallel Sessions 5


Second language acquisition and fluency

The Psychology of Second Language Acquisition and Use among University Students in Kenya: Trends, Prevalence and Effects by Dr. Prisca Kiptoo

Second Language Acquisition: Challenges of English Language Acquisition in Rwanda and Learning Strategies by Lucy Ngamau,

International exchanges and building bridges through student to student cooperation by Kyoko Miyoshi.


Parallel Sessions 6


Computer Aided Language Learning

The Use of ICT in the Teaching and Learning of English Language among Undergraduate Students in Selected Universities in Rwanda by Nakafeero Oliver

Challenges of Using Social Media to Improve the Teaching and Learning of English as a Second Language by Edel Munee

Future of Digital Platform in Teaching and Learning English as a second Language by Kennedy Koja.


13:15– 14:00 Lunch
14:00– 15:30   Plenary Session 3: MODERATOR: EDEL MUNEE

Topic: Enhancing ICT application in English Language learning and teaching

·         ICT in Education towards Vision 2020: Minister for Youth and ICT

·         The future of Digital platforms in English language training – Director Edugate

·         Innovations in learning technologies for English language teaching – Director, British Council.


15.30– 16.00 Coffee Break
16.00– 17.00 Rappoteurs Feedback and Charting the way forward
17.00– 17:20 Closing ceremony

Awards for best presentations

Award of Certificates of attendance to presenters

·         Dr. Marie-Christine Gasingirwa – Director General of Science, Technology and Research

·         UNICEF, Country Representative


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