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Old Surrender



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 1:08 pm    Post subject: IAFOR Conferences Reply with quote

Has anyone been to one? I had my abstract accepted by them, but the registration fees are a bit steep. I don't want to blow my annual conference allotment on a mediocre conference.
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rai



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the first time I've looked on this message board in a very long time, so I'm just seeing your post now. I'll answer the question just in case anyone else is thinking about presenting at an IAFOR conference. I have presented at five different IAFOR conferences and I highly recommend them! I've only presented at one education/language learning conference, because I also lecture in another field, but the one I attended was excellent.

My one experience with a national JALT conference (many, many years ago) was rather disappointing*, given the lack of academic rigour demonstrated by most of the researchers. The IAFOR conference on language learning and technology in the classroom that I attended in Honolulu was great, however. It was much more international (the IAFOR conferences I have attended in Kobe were very international as well, with professors and grad students from everywhere), and the general level of the presenters was much, much higher.

They have partnered with unis around the world, which extends their reach, and I think that is one reason why so many interesting people from all over attend their Japan conferences. I've met fascinating professors and grad students from Germany, India, Taiwan, Switzerland, England, Spain, Turkey, Indonesia, Australia, America, Greece, you name it. Just meeting and going out with academics from all those different countries made it worth it for me.

So, did you end up going?

*I haven't done anything with JALT in over a decade, so this may have all changed.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's going to be in Kobe in October, and yes, I plan on presenting there.

Thanks for the reply!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll be at the Media conference in Kobe this October, are you doing the education conference?

Please post afterwards to tell us about your experience!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, and I forgot to ask: Does your conference have a pre-conference tour? I highly recommend doing it if they have one, because that is the absolute best time to make connections and meet people.

The atmosphere's nice and relaxed, and you will find many people are impressed that you teach in Japan, and will be very interested in talking to you and asking questions. I always make contacts during the tour, and then take a group of people out to a restaurant on the nights everyone's free.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:43 am    Post subject: Re: IAFOR Conferences Reply with quote

Old Surrender wrote:
Has anyone been to one? I had my abstract accepted by them, but the registration fees are a bit steep. I don't want to blow my annual conference allotment on a mediocre conference.


I paid Y40K to present in Kobe. Co-workers recommended them to me. Easy way to get another paper on my CV.

See y'all in Kobe next month!
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