APEC-RELC International Language Seminar

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As the links between people across the world grow, there is an increasing need for us to learn to communicate in multilingual and multicultural situations. Knowing one or more of the world languages, such as English, becomes an increasingly important skill for an individual who wants to do well in today’s global market. In the 2010 Seminar, APEC and SEAMEO RELC came together to organize an event that looked at how language and economy are closely intertwined. The Seminar, themed "Language Education: An Essential for a Global Economy," looked at the learning of languages and its relationship to the global economy. Discussions, panels, and workshops were offered, providing participants with a deeper understanding of the critical importance of business language for strengthening APEC Economies within a global context. The Seminar included a roster of distinguished speakers and attendees from APEC Economies, together with experts and participants invited by SEAMEO. A Lesson Study Track was embedded within the Seminar, featuring reports and discussions by participants in the APEC project on Lesson Study Applications in Teaching and Learning Languages. The Language Seminar, attended by representatives from 16 of the 21 APEC Economies, included more than 500 participants from both APEC and SEAMEO.

Seminar Details

Theme: Language Education: An Essential for a Global Economy

APEC Administrative Circular: Link

Date & Venue:

  • 19 - 21 April 2010
  • SEAMEO Regional Language Centre, 30 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258352


The APEC-RELC International Seminar has the following aims:

  • To look at the relationship between language and the economy
  • To discuss how this relationship affects the use of languages in the general economy and in the workplace
  • To explore how the school should prepare learners for this new world

Presentation Materials

Session Presentation Author Description
[[Creating Prosperity: Using the Internet to Revolutionize Language Learning

Chair: Phoenix Wang
Creating Prosperity: Using the Internet to Revolutionize Language Learning Shirish Nadkarni
Discusses the new innovations around language learning that leverage the internet and social networking technologies and the potential they have to revolutionize language learning.
Trade Specific Language Learning in Higher Education (Agriculture, Energy, Science, Health, etc.

Chair: Brock Brady
Effectiveness of Applied Foreign Languages and Intercultural Immersion to Enhance Economic Competitiveness Phil McKnight A case study to be undertaken will include a summary of fundamental structural changes in the delivery of foreign language instruction at Georgia Tech.
Language Programs at IS-VNU: A Case Study of International Cooperation in Higher Education Ngo Tu Lap Multi-university program whose mission is to deliver joint undergraduate and graduate programs in foreign languages, in cooperation with foreign universities.
Infusing Critical and Creative Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills in the Language Classroom Christine J. Raju Why and how as educators, we can develop and incorporate key competencies such as communication skills, critical and creative thinking skills, problem-solving and decision making skills, leadership and teamwork in our pedagogy if we are going to produce the entrepreneurs and technopreneurs required by the industry.
Engaging English Educators in Asia: Shared Opportunities for Professional Growth

Chair: Damon Anderson
Global Importance of the English Language and English Language Programs Brock Brady, John Scacco and George Scholz
The panelists will highlight the dimensions of Teacher Development and Teacher-Student Exchange Programs, including current shared opportunities for lifelong professional growth through e-learning, professional standards and associations.
Open Language Learning

Chair: Adriana de Kanter
Open Language Learning: What Happens when Everybody Participates? Phoenix Wang
Discussion of Open Education Resources (OER), its history, impact on language learning, emerging examples, and implications for policymakers and practitioners.
Importance of Language in Human Resources Development

Chair: Damon Anderson
Importance of Language in Human Resources Development Jing Gayle Gao
Analyzes the impact of English in the aspects of hiring, training, career development, promotion, compensation, employees' market value and job change.
APEC Panel, Language Education: From Discussion to Implementation

Chair: Anne Pakir
Postmodern Language Curriculum Ya-hsun Tsai A panel discussion that considers how educators can move from discussion to implementation in considering the relationship between language and the economy. For example one issue is represented by the teacher-centered atmosphere once highly celebrated in many APEC economies. It has been replaced by the student-oriented way of thinking, thus posing numerous challenges to teachers.
After the Lessons: Implication and Application Li-Jiuan Lilie Tsay
Changes in Our Field: Where Are We Going? Damon Anderson
Review of earlier presentations in APEC context
Ngo Tu Lap
APEC Summation and Closing, Future Directions for APEC Cooperation on Learning Languages

Chair: Adriana de Kanter
Future Directions for Language Learning Priority LeAnn Eyerman Since 2004, Ministers have directed the development of an APEC Strategic Plan for English and Other Languages. Discussion will focus on an understanding of the relationship between language and trade across APEC Economies.
Review of pertinent APEC policies Sun Tao
APEC Panel Discussion Adriana de Kanter


  • At the APEC Summation, a discussion was held to consider further efforts that APEC-HRD could undertake to strengthen language education among the 21 Economies. The panel consisted of Sun Tao, HRD Program Director; Adriana de Kanter, HRD Deputy Lead Shepherd; and LeAnn Eyerman, Senior Staff Officer and Lesson Study Project Overseer, Chinese Taipei APEC EDNET Team. 1 2
  • A lesson study training and dissemenation seminar was conducted by LeAnn Eyerman during the recent APEC-SEAMEO Lanugage Seminar with attendees from most APEC Economies. 1 2