The Program Committee of the Second GRIPS Conference on English-Based University Education in Asia invites proposals in these and related areas: the development of language proficiency in a second language, the development of academic proficiency in a second language, the development of critical language awareness, the role of study skills and strategies in language acquisition, academic English curricula and material development, language testing and test development, cross-cultural differences in research languages and Western and non-Western rhetorical traditions, language for specific purposes, intercultural communication in university settings, and the role of technology in language education.

Proposals are invited from professionals involved in teaching Japanese and international students in English-based university programs in Japan and other Asian countries; developing EFL and Academic English curricula, materials, and assessment procedures for English-based programs; and making policy about language programs designed for university students in Asia.

Both research- and practice-based presentations are welcome. Presenters will have 25 minutes to present and answer questions. Presenters are encouraged to use PowerPoint. The official language of the conference is English.

How to Prepare and Submit a Proposal

  • All submissions must be in English.
  • All proposals must have a title (maximum 50 characters including spaces).
  • Prepare a summary (up to 75 words), to be included in the Conference Program.
  • Prepare an abstract between 300 and 400 words. For research-based presentations, include the purpose, methodology, findings, and educational implications of the research. For practice-based presentations, include the background, purpose, major points, and educational implications.
  • Provide full name, affiliation, and email address for each of the authors involved.
  • Email submissions to Katerina Petchko at

Submission deadline: March 1, 2012

Notification: March 15, 2012

Proposal Selection Criteria

  • Relevance of the proposal to the conference themes
  • Opportunities for attendees to develop new skills or learn about new practices
  • Clear outline of the purpose and structure of the presentation