10th Anniversary CamTESOL
Attracts Record Numbers

By I'mACE team

The 10th Anniversary CamTESOL Conference on ELT attracted a record number of 1720 delegates from 32 countries last weekend at the event officially opened by HE Minister Hang Chuon Naron of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia.

A total of 447 presentations were given with 641 delegates attending from outside Cambodia, and 512 provincial Cambodian teachers sponsored to attend by individuals and institutions including the US Embassy.  
An initiative of IDP Education, CamTESOL has, since 2005, grown from a half-day workshop to a 3-day, multi-venue, 1,600 delegate event and established Cambodia as a key regional and international focal point for English language teaching, learning and research, and dissemination of information on best practices in ELT.

CamTESOL has strengthened the links between the ELT communities in Southeast Asia and internationally, and has gained sponsorship and support from globally recognisable brands and institutions such as IELTS, NEAS, US RELO, AEI, ICTE-UQ, OUP, UTS: Insearch, and UECA.
Many of these institutions, as well as generous individual delegates, have also contributed to sponsoring thousands of provincial Cambodian and ASEAN ELT teachers to attend CamTESOL over the last decade.
In 2010, CamTESOL established the online peer-reviewed journal Language Education in Asia to publish the best papers from CamTESOL which are selected bi-annually by an international editorial board of over 100. LEiA is a free resource for teachers and researchers hosted at: http://www.camtesol.org/publication
Besides the Main Conference, a number of other activities were held including a full day Regional Research Symposium which attracted 218 delegates, a Quality Assurance Forum, Educational Site Visits, a Presenters’ Warm Up Reception and a Conference Dinner.

CamTESOL is a huge logistical and organisational undertaking and over 100 local students volunteered to assist with IT and Session management and a total of 93 IDP staff were involved in the organisation of one of Asia’s largest education conferences. A number of ACE teachers including Nick Millward, Robert Cunningham and Jovelin Mabitasan also presented at the conference. The 10th Annual CamTESOL was managed by ACE Santhor Mok Campus Manager Kagnarith Chea.

IDP wishes to thank all staff and volunteers for their hard work in making the 10th Anniversary CamTESOL the most successful yet.

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