Forum on English for ASEAN Integration 2016

The November Forum has been postponed.  Stay tuned for updates.

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With enhancing people-to-people linkages towards a united ASEAN community as one of its key objectives, the Brunei – U.S. English Language Enrichment Project for ASEAN was launched in 2012 with a number of programmes and initiatives, developed and defined with the purpose of strengthening ASEAN unity through enhancing capacity to communicate in a common language: English.

One of the initiatives under the Brunei – U.S. umbrella is the biennial Forum on English for ASEAN Integration, which serves as an interactive platform to bring together officials from all 10 ASEAN member states to exchange views on each country’s contribution and efforts towards achieving the vision of one ASEAN.

The first Forum on English for ASEAN Integration was held in 2013 under the theme of “Policies and Practices,” and topics of discussions concentrated on each country’s English language policy, and the practices of teaching and learning of English in the country’s education system.

This year’s Forum, themed “Initiatives and Reflections,” will look at the development of ASEAN Integration and its future. Under the theme of “Initiatives,” the discussions will encompass any measures and initiatives that are in existence in each country, which have been designed and implemented with the intention of fostering regional solidarity and ASEAN oneness. The theme “Reflections” is specifically intended to open space for a dialogue on the Brunei – U.S. Project, specifically the 11-week English Language Programme. Consequently, the speakers for this segment will comprise alumni of the Programme and have already been identified by the Brunei – U.S. management team.

With the planned publication of the Forum proceedings, which will also be made available for free online, the Forum will provide an added value as a complementary source of information and consultation.


Theme: Initiatives

  • Membership in ASEAN – experiences and perspectives.
  • Cohesion in ASEAN – country initiatives and perspectives.
  • Regional integration and globalization.
  • Case studies at local, national, and regional scales.


Theme: Reflections

  • Effectiveness and impact.
  • Giving back to the community.
  • Strategic link to local, national, and regional capacity building strategies.
  • Partnerships and networks.



The presenters to this Forum are by invitation only.

A total of 20 presenters will be invited for the following themes:

Forum Initiative Table


Keynote presenters

  • Surin Pitsuwan, former ASEAN Secretary General
    Topic: English as Instrument of Integration and Community Building in ASEAN
  • Andy Kirkpatrick, Griffith University
    Topic:  Redesigning the Linguistic Ecology of Southeast Asia: English and / or Local Languages? 
  • David Deterding, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
    Topic: Intelligibility in Southeast Asian English



As the Forum runs immediately after the 18th English in Southeast Asia (ESEA) Conference, which are organized by UBD’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, from 16-17 November 2015, participants are encouraged to register for both events and enjoy a discounted registration fee:

Forum Fees Table*Please bring along your student id when making payment.

The application form can be found at the following link: 2015 Forum Application Form

Further Information

Forum on English for ASEAN Integration 2015
Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Tungku Link, BE1410
Brunei Darussalam

Tel.: (673)-2463001 ext 2706 / 1847



More information about the Forum will be posted soon.

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