News this week

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Education

UK head teachers are considering cutting back school hours to four and a half days a week. This move is considered only as a last resort due to ministers not listening to the education sector (BBC). Teachers in England have been under increasing stress and pressure especially since Michael Gove took office as education minister, leading many to switch to private schools or quit education altogether. With a funding shortfall, teachers are increasingly expected to be the budgetary cushion for the British government, and the latest issue is expected to further worsen workplace relations between teachers and the government.

Conferences

The joint Applied Linguistics Conference for ALANZ, ALAA, and ALTAANZ has a call for submissions for their conference to be held on 27-29th Nov 2017, at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Auckland New Zealand. Close of submissions is 1st May 2017. Details via ALAA.

The Pan Asian Consortium of Language Teaching Societies and KOTESOL will be co-hosting their annual conferences at Sookmyung Women’s University, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea, from 21st to 22nd October 2017. Call for submissions due 31st May 2017. Details at KOTESOL.

JALT Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) annual conference will be 16th to 18th June 2017, at Matsuyama University, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. HelloSpace.Me will be there. Submissions have closed. Details at JALT CALL.

The British Association of Applied Linguists (BAAL) annual conference will be held in the University of Leeds, from 31st Aug to 2nd Sept 2017. Submissions have closed. Details at BAAL.

The Japan Association of Language Teachers (JALT) will hold their annual conference at Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, from 17th to 20th November. Submissions are already closed. Details at JALT.

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