The 9th International Conference on English Language Teaching (ELT) in China

October 16–18, 2020

Conference Theme: Insight and Foresight: English Language Teaching for a Community of Shared Future for Humankind

Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China



The 9th International Conference on ELT in China(ELT2020) will be held in Beijing on Oct. 16-18, 2020 by China English Language Education Association. The 1st International Conference on ELT in China was held in Guangzhou in 1985. The conference has promoted the development of English language teaching and research in China and enhanced the communication between ELT teachers, researchers in China and their international counterparts. The theme for ELT2020 is “Insight and Foresight: English Language Teaching for a Community of Shared Future for Humankind”.  We invite proposals for symposia, individual papers and posters.


Conference theme

Theme: Insight and Foresight: English Language Teaching for a Community of Shared Future for Humankind

Second Language Acquisition, Foreign Language Teacher Development, Task-based Language Teaching, Content-based Language Teaching, Production-oriented Approach, X Theory, Critical Thinking English Teaching, Cross-cultural English Teaching, Learning Strategies and Learner Autonomy, Language and Education in Multilingual Settings, Informatization 2.0 and English Language Teaching, Key Competencies in ELT,  Assessment and Testing, English for Specific Purposes, Business English, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, Lexicography and Lexicology, Language Policy, Multilingualism and Multiculturalism, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Functional Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Contrastive Linguistics, Rhetoric and Stylistics, Multimodal Discourse Analysis, Genre Analysis, Teaching of Translation and Interpreting, Teaching of Literature, Teaching of Linguistics, Teaching of Culture, Teaching of Country and Regional Studies, English Medium Instruction (EMI), “National Standards” and English Language Teaching Reform, “Teaching Guidance” and College English Teaching Reform, English Language Teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools, English Language Teaching in Vocational Schools and Colleges


Conference information

Time: October 16-18, 2020
Venue: Beijing Normal University, Beijing
Organized by: China English Language Education Association
Hosted by: Beijing Normal University
Co-hosted by: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press

Working Languages: English and Chinese, preferably English

Keynote speakers
  1. Linda Elder(The Foundation for Critical Thinking)
  2. Daniel Perrin (Zurich University of Applied Sciences)
  3. Jack C. Richards (University of Auckland)
  4. Karen Risager(Roskilde University)
  5. Jan Vermunt(Eindhoven University of Technology)
  6. Cheng Xiaotang (Beijing Normal University)
  7. Luo Xuanmin(Guangxi University)
  8. Sun Youzhong (Beijing Foreign Studies University)


Forms of Presentation

We invite proposals for symposia, individual papers, and posters. An abstract can only be submitted to one form of presentation.

A symposium will be allocated a 2-hour block. Organizers may invite 4 to 6 panel members. Each symposium consists of an introduction, presentations, discussion (optional), Q&A, and conclusion. The symposium organizer need to provide the title, symposium introduction and all the abstracts.

Individual Paper Presentations 
A block of 25 minutes will be designated for an individual paper presentation, in which 20 minutes are for the presentation and 5 minutes for discussion. Titles and abstracts of individual paper presentations, either in English or Chinese, need to be submitted. If the abstract is in Chinese, English title and abstract should also be provided, while indicating the presentation will be in Chinese.

Poster Presentations 
Please submit titles and abstracts, either in English or Chinese.


  • Proposals for all presentations and posters should include a title (no more than 20 words), an abstract (no more than 250 words), and a shorter abstract (no more than 50 words) to be included in the conference program. Information about authors need include: name, title, education, affiliation, email and mobile number.
  • Symposium proposals need include the symposium title (no more than 20 words), a 350-word description, the titles(no more than 20 words) and abstracts (no more than 250 words) of all the speeches, as well as a brief 75-word description of the symposium and 50-word abstracts of all the speeches to be included in the conference program.

All proposals should be submitted online at the ELT 2020 official site:
Submission Deadline: Extended to February 29th, 2020

Anonymous review will be conducted by the conference committee and the acceptance letter will be sent out by March 31st, 2020.

If you would like your paper to be considered to publish at the CELEA journal Chinese Journal of Applied Linguistics, please submit your full-length paper 2 months after the conference at


Registration Fee:
Overseas delegates: USD$230
Domestic delegates: RMB¥1600
Early Bird: RMB¥1400 (prior to May 30th, 2020)
CELEA members/delegates from the host organization: RMB¥1400 (with valid document)
Full-time postgraduate students: RMB¥800 (with valid document)

The online payment service will start from March 1st, 2020.



Conference website:

Information website: (CELEA website) of School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Beijing Normal University)



E-mail: (recommended)

Tel: Regarding proposal submission: 86-10-88819582 (LIU Xiangdong);

Regarding registration and payment: 86-10-58807678(DONG Ying)

Regarding program, venue and accommodation: 86-13552291041(LIU Ran),86-15101529199(MA Hongwei)

The 9th International Conference on English Language Teaching in China Committee
China English Language Education Association