AN INTERNATIONAL conference on Professional Communication for Business, Engineering and Technology (PCBET) will be held on October 7-9 at Centrepoint Hotel, Gadong. The conference is being organised by Institut Teknologi Brunei through its Centre for Communication, Teaching and Learning. The conference is being supported by BIBD At-Tamwil Sdn Bhd.
The theme of the conference is ‘Integrating Communities’.
The aim is to help educators, trainers and industry experts to keep abreast of current trends and innovations in the teaching and learning of Professional English Communication for Business, Engineering, and Technology. The conference will also explore the use of Professional English Communication in Business, Engineering, and Technologies in diverse contexts.
Strategies and techniques in the effective use of Professional English Communication in the workplace will also be discussed. The conference will also provide an opportunity to investigate new ways of incorporating technology in teaching Professional Communication.
A keynote paper titled ‘Ethnographies of Professional Communication: Tools to integrate educators and industry communities’ will be presented by Dr Michele Picard. According to the abstract, the paper will “introduce the concept of ‘ethnography of professional practice and communication’ and provide simple pragmatics, genre-analysis, and conversation analysis and corpus linguistic tools that professional communication educators can teach their students, empowering them to become ‘ethnographers’ of their own professional environments.” Dr Michele Picard is the Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of the Professions at the University of Adelaide. This Faculty includes the Schools of Business, Education, Economics, Architecture, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Centre, International Trade Centre and School of Law. Dr Picard is also a senior lecturer and director, researcher at the University of Adelaide Researcher Education and Development (RED) Unit within the School of Education.
Twenty papers will be presented in parallel sessions by international and local presenters on the first and second day of the conference. The papers focus on the following areas of Professional Communication: Academic Reading and Writing, Team Communication, Technical Communication, Learning Communication through Technology, Communication for Engineers, Sustainable Teaching, Knowledge Management and Approaches to Communication Development.
Apart from paper presentations, the organiser has also arranged three workshops during the conference: Researching Professional Practice For Educators, Developing Effective Communication through Journal Writing, and Writing for the Press: Making Your Article Newsworthy.
Registration is from 8am to 9am tomorrow on Level 7 of Centrepoint Hotel.
There is also walk-in registration, and the fee for local participants is US$100, which will cover all conference materials, lunches, teas and conference dinner. Interested participants may contact the PCBET Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.