6th International Conference of Asia Pacific LSP & Professional Communication Association

In collaboration with the International Society for Gesture Studies – Hong Kong

Multimodality and Beyond:
Addressing complexity and emerging needs in LSP

3rd to 5th June, 2021
Department of English
City University of Hong Kong

The Asia-Pacific Languages for Specific Purposes and Professional Communication Association is pleased to announce the 6th International Conference of the LSPPC on the theme of Multimodality and Beyond: Addressing complexity and emerging needs in LSP

The study of Languages for Specific Purposes & Professional Communication has progressed rapidly over the past thirty years. Recent developments suggest emerging needs for English language learners that require more sensitive conceptual frameworks and methodologies. The pervasive use of digital media has led to the development of academic and professional practices that are multimodal, plurilingual and often seek to engage diversified audiences. At the same time, technology and new methods have become readily available to study LSP & Professional Communication in a widening range of settings from increasingly diverse angles, shedding light on complexity that understandably once lay beyond the standard analytical purview. The use of digital technologies along with theoretical and methodological developments in areas including multimodal discourse analysis, multimodal interaction, gesture studies, and embodied cognitive science have revolutionized our understanding of specialized language and communication.  

The 6th biennial international conference of the Asia-Pacific LSP & Professional Communication Association aims to develop a high resolution picture of how our field is dealing with these scientific and technological advances. To help achieve this aim, four scholars who are renowned internationally for their work related to the conference themes have been invited to deliver plenary lectures and run hands-on workshops for the conference participants. Additionally, the conference program will feature three invited panels on the themes of the conference, convened and chaired by specialists in this area. 

Plenary and Workshop Speakers

Professor Diane Belcher, Georgia State University
Professor Kay O’Halloran, University of Liverpool
Professor Guangwei Hu, Polytechnic University of Hong Kong
Professor Jürgen Streeck, University of Texas at Austin

Invited Panels, Convened and Chaired by:

Professor Sue Starfield, University of New South Wales (English for Research Publication Purposes)
Dr. Christoph Hafner, City University of Hong Kong (Genres Online)
Dr. Renia Lopez, Polytechnic University of Hong Kong (Gesture and Pedagogy)

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Abstract Submission

We are pleased to invite abstracts that address any aspect of LSP and Professional Communication research including but not exclusively limited to the following themes of the conference:

•    Multimodality/multisensoriality in language, communication and interaction
•    Methods, frameworks, and theories of multimodality and beyond
•    Multimodal transcription / multimodal representation of data
•    Digital genres and practices
•    Genre pedagogy in LSP and professional communication
•    Digital literacies pedagogy in LSP and professional communication
•    Course/materials design in LSP and professional communication
•    Testing and assessment in LSP and professional communication
•    Language as situated embodied activity: languaging and translanguaging
•    Emotion and affect in LSP and Professional Communication
•    Publishing multimodal research: Genres, data, resources, and platforms
•    Academic and professional practices: Language and genre analysis

Authors are invited to submit abstracts of no more than 300 words excluding references (single spaced, Times New Roman 12, standard margins, anonymous).  Contribution as first author is limited to one paper. The deadline for abstract submission is 31st October 2020.

Paper presentations: Each paper presentation will be allotted 25 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion). Authors must indicate whether or not their submission is part of a thematic panel. 

Poster presentation: The poster sessions at LSPPC will be allocated a specific time slot in the program to maximize the opportunities for extended interactions that the poster format allows.

Thematic Panels: We invite proposals for in-depth treatments of a common topic for thematic panels lasting 2 hours with 6 – 8 talks in each panel. The proposal should include a rationale (max 150 words), followed by the abstracts of the papers to be included (300 words), each of which should also be submitted separately by the abstracts’ author(s). 


Submission of Abstracts Opens on 30th June 2020 through an online link. 

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Important Dates

30th June 2020: Submission of Abstracts Opens
31st October 2020: Submission Deadline
18th January 2021: Notification of Acceptance & Early Bird Registration Opens
20th March Early Bird Registration closes & Regular Registration Opens
9th May 2021: Regular Registration Closes
3rd – 5th June 2021: Conference

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Scientific Committee 

Helen Basturkmen, The University of Auckland
Vijay Bhatia, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Christine Feak, University of Michigan
Yueguo Gu, The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Christoph Hafner, City University of Hong Kong
Simon Harrison, City University of Hong Kong
Azirah Hashim, University of Malaya
Jenifer Ho, City University of Hong Kong 
Irene Kimbara, Kushiro Public University
Kevin Knight, Kanda University of International Studies
Becky Kwan, City University of Hong Kong
Heng Li, Southwest University
Jack Pun, City University of Hong Kong
Graham Smart, Carleton University
Tetyana Smotrova, National University of Singapore
Sue Starfield, University of New South Wales

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Local Organising Committee

(Department of English, City University of Hong Kong)

Simon Harrison (Chair)
Christoph Hafner (Co-Chair, President of Asia-Pacific LSPPC Association)
Becky Kwan
Jenifer Ho

Conference Secretariat
Hemans Wong
Cecilia Chan

Any enquiries may be addressed to lsppc6.hk@cityu.edu.hk  

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About the conference

Brief introduction of LSPPC
Asia-Pacific LSP and Professional Communication Association is an association of researchers and practitioners specializing in languages for specific purposes and professional communication. Its main objective is to promote research and practice of language teaching and training for professional communication. It also aims to help interested individuals and institutions develop individually or in partnership a range of curriculum models, provide access to resources, and encourage partnered research.

For more information about the Association please visit https://www.lsppc.org

Given the focus of LSPPC6 on multimodality, this year’s conference is being run in collaboration with the International Society for Gesture Studies – Hong Kong 

Conference Language

The language of the conference will be English.

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Venue and Travel


The LSPPC6 organising committee are currently planning for a face-to-face conference. We are nevertheless monitoring government and university announcements in case of changes that could affect our plans. Any updates will be announced on our website.


The transportation system in Hong Kong is excellent. You can travel around the city very easily using the following forms of public transport.


There are three types of taxis running in Hong Kong. Red taxis operate in the urban area of Hong Kong (Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and parts of the New Territories). Green taxis run in the Northern part of the New Territories. Blue taxis run on Lantau Island. If you want to go directly to City University of Hong Kong on arrival, take a red taxi at the airport. The trip will cost you around HKD300 and takes approximately 40 minutes.

Airport Express 

It only takes you 22 minutes to take the Airport Express from the Airport Station to Kowloon Station, where you can easily change to the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) or taxi. A single trip from the Airport to Kowloon costs HKD105. Visit http://www.mtr.com.hk/en/customer/tickets/more_airport_express for further details.


The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) runs in Hong Kong and Kowloon and even extends to the new satellite towns in the New Territories in the North and the West. City University of Hong Kong is located next to the Kowloon Tong station of both Kwun Tong Line and East Rail Line of the MTR. For the route maps, please visit this website: http://www.mtr.com.hk/en/customer/services/system_map.html

MTR's website

For the Kowloon Tong station location map, please visit this website: https://www.mtr.com.hk/archive/ch/services/layouts/kot.pd

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