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Conference Review of 2019 Global English Education China Assembly

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Xuemei Wang
Shanghai International Studies University, China

Xia Jiang
Shanghai International Studies University, China

The 2019 Global English Education China Assembly was held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, from July 25 to 28, 2019. Nearly 3,000 English education practioners from 20 countries attended. The conference was organized by China Daily in partnership with Hangzhou Municipal Government, Shanghai International Studies University, the National Association of Foreign Language Education, the Chinese Society of Education and the TESOL International Association. It aimed to promote scholarship and cross-cultural understanding among English educators in China and to enhance dialogue between China’s ELT professionals with their peers worldwide. The assembly had nine keynote speeches, 41 featured speeches, panels, workshops, demonstrations and 23 paper presentations. Through face-toface interaction with experts and opportunities for peer-to-peer networking and knowledge sharing, the assembly provided participants with practical, research-based ideas, strategies and tools to facilitate improvement in their ELT work. This paper summarizes what went on at the conference, analyzes its characteristics and explores its implications and provides suggestions on foreign language education in China.