The twelfth Conference on Applied Linguistics, or known as CONAPLIN, was held on October 1-2, 2019. It lasted for two days at Hotel Grand Tjokro, Cihampelas, Bandung. The conference was attended by more than 200 presenters and participants from various institutions. For this year’s theme, CONAPLIN raised the issue of applied linguistics in the era of the fourth industrial revolution.
The first day of the conference began with a keynote speech from Prof. Bachrudin Musthafa, M.A., Ph.D. of Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. He brought up the issue about teaching and learning in the industrial revolution, and how the roles and challenges of task designs in higher institutions are affected by it.
As for the first plenary session at CONAPLIN, a talk was delivered by Dr. Jo Mynard of Kanda University of International Studies, Japan. She is a Professor, Director of the Self-Access Learning Center (SALC), and Director of the Research Institute for Learner Autonomy Education (RILAE) at Kanda University. Following her interests in self-directed language learning and learner autonomy, she presented a talk about “Fostering Language Learner Autonomy for Lifelong Learning”.
On the second day of CONAPLIN, the 2nd and 3rd plenary session was brought by Prof. Dr. Anita Lie, M.A., Ed.D. from Widya Mandala Surabaya Catholic University and Dr. Victor Lim Fei from National Institute of Education, Singapore. Prof. Anita Lie brought the issue of Indonesia’s readiness to use and democratize English, and the issue of multiliteracies in the English language classroom was delivered by Dr. Victor Lim Fei.
In addition the plenary sessions, there were parallel sessions held in different rooms which were filled by presentations from hundreds of presenters. They presented the abstracts of their papers which have been submitted to the committee before the conference day. With this conference, it is hoped that the presenters and participants could help share the issues on the applied theme and draw profound conclusions that can be used for future purposes. (Photo&text: Tara Devina Putri)