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The Linguist 58,4 - Aug/Sept 2019

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32 The Linguist Vol/58 No/4 2019 INSTITUTE MATTERS In early 2014, Dr K C Li, President of CIOL's Hong Kong Society (HKS), hit upon the idea of organising an International Conference on Linguistics and Language Studies (ICLLS). After winning unanimous support from HKS Executive Committee members, he approached tertiary education institutions in Hong Kong with HKS Chairman Dr Francis Lee, inviting them to be co-organisers. The first to join us were Caritas Institute of Higher Education's School of Humanities and Language, and the Department of English Language and Literature at Hong Kong Shue Yan University (HKSYU). Held in April 2015 at HKSYU, the inaugural ICLLS was a great success. Collaborating institutions take it in turn to host the conference, and over the years others have joined as co-organisers, including the School of Education and For contact details for CIOL's membership networks (divisions, societies and associations), visit To view the calendar of events, see MEMBERSHIP NETWORKS my questions promptly," she said. According to Dr Patrick Lee, Assistant Professor in Linguistics at Caritas Institute, who joined the Organising Committee in 2016: "The competition from other organisations is becoming keener and keener. To ensure success, we have to make sure that the keynote speakers are of high academic standing. Of course, the reputation of the Chartered Institute would definitely enhance the popularity of the conference among academics. Moreover, the co-organisers can play an important role in promoting the conference in Hong Kong and overseas." The sixth ICLLS will be co-organised with Tunghai University's College of Arts in Taichung, Taiwan, and held at the university on 19-20 June 2020. For more details about CIOL's HK Society, see Languages at Hong Kong's Open University, and Hong Kong College of Technology's Division of Languages and General Studies. Attended by more than 50 participants from all over the world, the fifth ICLLS was held at Caritas Institute in Tseung Kwan O on 25-26 June 2019. Keynote speaker Professor Jonathan J Webster, from City University of Hong Kong, asked 'Why Systemic (not Systematic) Functional Linguistics?'; while the keynote speech from Professor Antony J Kunnan, of the University of Macau, challenged current approaches to language assessment, putting forward an ethical approach. Professor Sanae Saito from Tokai University in Tokyo has come to the conference every year since 2016. "The academic standard is high, the people are friendly, and the logistics are good. The secretariat always responds to As the Hong Kong Society's ambitious International Conference celebrates its fifth successful year, Vice Chairman Daniel Chan looks at how it developed and the collaborations that make it possible HK's conference ambition

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