2017 KOTESOL National Conference ARCHIVE

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National Conference 2017

"Boosting the Power of ELT ㅡ FABulously!"

ㅡ Neuroscience for enhancing language teaching ㅡ

May 13-14, 2017 (Sat.-Sun.)

Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul


Korea TESOL is bringing FAB11 to our National Conference and to Korea for the first time ever! The FAB Conference Series, originating in Japan, puts on conferences on "neuroELT"; that is, the  findings from neuroscience and their application to English teaching. This may sound very academic, but it is actually very, very practical and provides surprising insights into teaching for the ELT practitioner. KOTESOL is integrating a FAB conference component into our national conference for 2017, giving this two-day event more power to boost our knowledge and skills than ever before.


Saturday Morning Plenary Session
ㅡ What Neuroscience Tells Us About Language Learning
Plenary Co-speakers
ㅡ Curtis Kelly (Kansai University, Japan)
ㅡ Robert S. Murphy (University of Kitakyushu, Japan)

Saturday Afternoon Plenary Session
What Neuroscience Tells Us About Language Teaching
Plenary Co-speakers
Robert S. Murphy (University of Kitakyushu, Japan)
Curtis Kelly (Kansai University, Japan)

Saturday Sessions
Saturday's schedule will include concurrent FAB sessions on neuroELT and KOTESOL sessions on a variety of ELT topics, in addition to the two plenary sessions.
ㅡ Saturday Schedule: HERE.

NeuroELT Sunday Workshops
Sunday's schedule will be devoted exclusively to a series of workshop sessions headed by some of the leading authorities in neuroELT.
ㅡ Sunday Schedule: HERE.

In addition to our plenary co-speakers, Curtis Kelly and Robert Murphy, the two-day FAB sessions will include sessions by
ㅡ Ai Murphy
ㅡ Joseph Shaules
ㅡ Kevin Maher
ㅡ Steve Jugovic
ㅡ Caroline Handley
ㅡ special workshop by Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa
and many more FAB regulars.


Onsite Registration Hours

Saturday, 5/13
8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday, 5/14
9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Conference Fees

1-Day Pass 
Members: 25,000 won (membership expiring after May 31, 2017)
Non-members: 35,000 won 
Undergraduate students: 15,000 won (must show ID)

2-Day Pass 
Members: 35,000 won (membership expiring after May 31, 2017)
Non-members: 45,000 won (45,000 won onsite)
Undergraduate students: 20,000 won (20,000 won onsite; must show ID)


Download the conference program book HERE.


The FAB team has designed a "personal alignment task" for everyone attending the conference, which involves a bit of pre-conference thought. This task is for your personal benefit, so please read up on the details HERE, and come to the conference prepared to get the most out of it!

SOCIAL DINNER at National Conference

Enjoy Saturday evening dinner with Conference speakers, presenters, and attendees. Details: HERE.


Our venue is Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul, the same venue as for our 2016 International Conference. Details: HERE.


There are many hotels near Sookmyung Women's University. Please use your favorite hotel reservation site if you'd like to make a reservation; we recommend searching near Namyeong Station, but Seoul Station, Yongsan Station, and Gongdeok Station are also relatively close.

KOTESOL National Conference Committee

Conference Co-chair ㅡ Lindsay Herron
Conference Co-chair ㅡ David Shaffer
Program Guidebook  ㅡ Michael Free
Email Contact:

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