English in South-East Asia Conference (ESEA)

  • The English in South-East Asia Conference series began in 1996 as a collaboration between NIE, NTU (Singapore), Universiti Malaya and UBD. Since then, the group of collaborating instituitions has expanded to become truly representative of Southeast Asia.

    • National Institute of Education (Singapore)

    • University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

    • Universiti Brunei Darussalam

    • Curtin University (Perth, Australia)

    • Ateneo de Manila University (Quezon City, the Philippines)

    • Hong Kong Baptist University

    • Sanata Dharma University (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

    • King Mongkut’s University of Technology (Thonburi, Thailand)

    • Waikato University (New Zealand)

    • University of Macao (Macao)

    • Hangzhou Normal University (Hangzhou, China)

    The ESEA Conferences are attended by an international group of scholars from ASEAN countries, the USA, Europe, Japan, Australia and elsewhere. Keynote speakers are world leaders in the field of English Language and Linguistics research, and the conference series has always tried to be distinct, by not replicating the annual RELC Symposium in Singapore, which focuses mainly on language teaching and learning issues, nor the annual International Association of World Englishes conferences, where issues relating to varieties of English worldwide are addressed. Instead the ESEA conference series aims to achieve a balance between English language learning issues, aspects of language policy and planning, English Linguistics and English in relation to the many other languages of the Southeast Asian region.

    Official Website of the 19th ESEA Conference

  • 2015

    The 18th ESEA Conference was held at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). The theme of the conference was related to the notion of “Interactions of English and other languages in Southeast Asia”.


    The 17th ESEA Conference was held at University of Malaya. The theme of the conference was “English in the National, Regional and Global Context”.


    The 15th ESEA Conference was held at University of Macau.  


    The 14th ESEA Conference was held at Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines. 

    Theme: English Changing: Implications for policy, teaching, and research

    Educators today face the challenge of teaching learners who need different
    Englishes for diverse purposes all while English and its uses are themselves
    also changing. These changes raise new questions for policy, teaching, and
    research. How should governments and educational systems respond?  In what
    ways should classrooms change? What kinds of research are needed given these
    new realities? The 14th ESEA conference aims to provide a venue for the
    discussion of these issues from a variety of perspectives and for stimulating
    new work in these areas.


    The 13th ESEA Conference was held at the National Institute of Education (NIE) SIngapore.

    Theme: Englishes and Literatures-in-English in a Globalised World

    The phenomenon that we have come to understand as globalisation has led to a marked increase in cultural connections, affiliations and networks around the world. This has led, in turn, to the development and spread of varieties of English Language and Literatures-in-English around the world. The conference explored issues pertaining generally to the problems and possibilities of living in a globalised world.