2013 Conference


April 12 – April 14, 2013
Kingsborough Community College, CUNY
 Brooklyn, NY 11235

English—Global and Local

Plenary Speakers:
Janina Brutt-Griffler
Professor and Associate Dean, GSE
Foreign and Second Language Education
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Luis Francia
Adjunct Professor
Asian American Studies
Hunter College, City University of New York

Featured Panel
The panel will discuss issues involved in using English in an international organization

The theme of the conference is English—Global and Local. Over the past half century, English has become ever more widely spoken across the globe, and at the same time multiple and increasingly distinctive varieties have emerged.  Both phenomena have given rise to questions and controversy.  What accounts for the spread of English?  Is it to be considered entirely or mainly a product of political, economic, or cultural imperialism?  Or is it better explained as a result of social and economic change at the local level?  How do we account for the development of local varieties?  How should those varieties be handled in formal education and in literature?  What is the significance of English and the diverse English languages for the political and social identities of people in different parts of the world?  What are the consequences of the dominance of English for the use of other languages?

Conference program

The conference program in PDF format.

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Early registration

(if payment is received by March 24, 2013)

  • ILA Members: $120 (conference fee for paid-up 2011 ILA members)
  • Non-ILA Members: $180 (conference fee + $60 membership fee)
  • Graduate Students/Retirees: $ 80 (conference fee + $30 membership fee)
  • Undergraduate Students: $10 (conference fee only)
    Registration fee at Conference:

  • ILA Members: $160 (conference fee for paid-up 2011 ILA members)
  • Non-ILA Members: $220 (conference fee + $60 membership fee)
  • Graduate Students/Retirees: $100 (conference fee + $30 membership fee)
  • Undergraduate Students: $10 (conference fee only)

Use the PayPal form below or this PDF to register.

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Conference hotel

Best Western Plus Brooklyn Bay Hotel
3003 Emmons Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11235-2212
Phone: 718-769-5000
Fax: 718-769-5005
Toll Free Reservations: 800-780-7234

We have booked a block of ten non-smoking rooms with two double beds for $149.99 (tax free) per night. If you are interested, you must call the hotel directly at 718-769-5000 and ask for this rate for the ILA conference at Kingsborough Community College. Reservations need to be made by April 5. The hotel needs 72 hours cancellation notice.

Other possibilities, though not in walking distance, are the Marriott Hotel in Brooklyn Heights, airport hotels at JFK (about 20 minutes away by car service), or downtown Brooklyn (accessible by subway in about 30 minutes)

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