Up to now, four PPTELL conferences were held. At that time, before the Association was formed, the first PPTELL Conference 2018 was held at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) Heping campus, and then the second in 2019 at the NTNU Linkou campus, and the third in 2020 by NTNU in collaboration with University of North Texas (UNT), U.S.A. and the fourth in 2021 by UNT and Monash University (Australia). Thanks to funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Office of Research and Development, and the Higher Education Sprout Project Office at the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), these conferences were held successfully.
The themes of each PPTELL conference aim to realize the contemporary requirement of competency-oriented and contextualized language learning. Modern technologies have been used to inspire unlimited innovations. Thus, in line with the rising trends mentioned above, since 2018, the PPTELL conferences have connected researchers, educators, and teachers to have conversations on the huge potential of integrating language learning theories and advanced technologies for cultivating learners’ critical competencies for pursuing success in the 21st century. Rich and diverse topics were presented and discussed in PPTELL conferences in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021, including contextual language learning, smart learning environments, AI, robotic technology, augmented/virtual reality, big data, mobile computing, and educational games.
Given the ongoing impact of the global pandemic, PPTELL 2022 conference will be conducted online to provide participants with a great opportunity to connect and reconnect with colleagues when many have been bound by time and space. This year, it will be co-hosted by the PPTELL Association and the Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, China.