Tuesday, July 28, 2009

6th CamTESOL calls for Papers

6th CamTESOL Conference on English Language Teaching
“One World: World Englishes”
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 27-28 February 2010

Call for Papers

The 6th CamTESOL conference will take place on 27-28 February 2010 at the National Institute of Education (NIE). The conference is designed to be practical and of direct benefit to practising teachers of English. The theme of the 2010 conference is “One World: World Englishes”.

We now invite all Cambodians and non-Cambodians who are working in the field of English Language Teaching (ELT) or related areas, or have an interest in this field to submit an abstract for the 2010 conference on 27-28 February. Practising teachers of English are especially invited to participate. Abstracts are for a paper, workshop or poster.

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 30 September 2009

Notification re. Abstract Selection: 24 October 2009

Deadline for Full Paper Submission to be Considered for Publication: 7 March 2010

Attached (see link below) is the template cover page that should be completed for all abstract submissions (four page document). All abstracts must be submitted electronically using this template Word document.

Abstracts must not exceed 150 words. All papers and workshops should relate to the twenty streams of this conference:

  • Curriculum and Materials Development
  • ELT in the Mekong
  • EAP & ESP
  • Grammar
  • Independent Learning
  • Methodology
  • Motivation
  • NEW Materials
  • Professional Development
  • Program Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Teaching Speaking
  • Teaching Listening
  • Teaching Reading
  • Teaching Writing
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Testing
  • Using Technology
  • Vocabulary
  • World Englishes

Abstracts will be selected and approved by an appointed committee. All successful presenters will be informed by 24 October. Full papers will then be required by 7 March 2010.

IDP Education is supporting this initiative and is working with Cambodian teachers of English from a broad range of institutions to develop this conference series. To submit your abstract or further enquiry, please contact Mr Bun Chamroeun at IDP on +855 23 212113 or +855 23215227 or e-mail: chamroeun.bun@idp.com. For enquiries related to the CamTESOL publication – CamTESOL Selected Papers, please contact Dr Richmond Stroupe, Assistant Editor-in-Chief at camtesol.selected.papers@gmail.com.

Click HERE to download the template for Call for Papers.

Click HERE for information about the CamTESOL publication.

You will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your abstract within two days. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, please re-send your abstract to camtesol@yahoo.com and ensure you receive a confirming message.

Please note that presenters must confirm that they will present (upon notification of abstract selection) and register for the conference (before close of early registration) before they will be timetabled on the conference program. A draft conference program will be mounted on the website at least one week prior to the conference and presenters are advised to check that timetable to ensure that their previously submitted information is correctly represented.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Chak Banh Chev eh?

10 days since my arrival. I don't remember getting away from blog this long without a thought that it's been so long. Anyway, just a little friends and family gathering at home. Simply eating Banh chev, Kuong, and many many more. I could explode on the day lolz...

After eating, take pic :D

Playing lotto after lunch. Had so much fun!

P.S: Touch, this is an update for you :D

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Unusual

I was woken up by the light. The curtain was not closed. I felt odd. Did I not closing it or... well, I just couldn't remember. I pulled myself out of bed and wondered why the house was so quiet. I went down and found no one. Everything to me seems to be just as the way they were yesterday. Well, beside, I was not woken up by any noise or anyone today. Obviously, sth had just gone wrong. Quiet, that's not what it had always been in this house. Anyway, I just didn't know how much wrong was it. So, I took the time and made myself breakfast. 'Hum... when did I last went in and actually do the cooking?', I asked myself when entering the kitchen. I didn't have an answer. Does it really matter? Nah... I got a bowl and pour a hip of chocolate cereal into it. Tell me you didn't expect me to really cook anything, did you? No answer. This feel exactly the same as it was before the six months passed. I am eating breakfast alone. I somehow smiled to myself. Such a great feeling!

'Wake up!!! You're late! late! late!', you screamed to my ear and started pulling the blanket out of me. 'Urgh... what is it this time?', I asked with my eyes closed. 'As promised, remember?', you announced and continue the bossy talk. 'Alright, alright, alright', I cut you off, 'I get it!'. What a wicked morning, I thought to myself. Why do I have to have not enough sleep? Why couldn't I just sleep till whatever time I wish. Why couldn't you be a little nicer? Why couldn't you just let me do stuff on my own? Why couldn't you just... before I could really open my eyes, everything went black.

I gasped and my eyes were wide open. You were sitting by the bed. 'I was about you wake you up', you spoke with a smile. 'Oh...', I said, 'you don't have to do that now', I returned the smile. 'Everthing is ready in the bathroom', you said. 'You have 30mns to get yourself ready', you added before you left the room. I took the glance at your departure. What if this is real? Having you gone for good. I'll be free from all obligation you said I am attached to. I'd be able to play my own routine. I'd be glad to have the day comes. I'd be throwing a big party for my freedom. I'd be... Well, I should shower now.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


A familiar little voice came through my ear. While trying to open my eyes, I rushed to the door. There you were smiling and acting like nothing had happened. Well, yeah, nothing had actually happened. 'Good morning!', you delightedly greeted me. 'Morning', I greeted you in return. 'Want some soup?', you asked. 'Sure', I shortly replied. You hurried to the kitchen and I went pulling a chair to have a seat. Sitting with my both hands supported my jaw, I looked at your cheerful expression on doing the job. I'm not sure if this is real or you are just pretending. I wish you are pretending and I wish you tell me that you are pretending. You returned with two bowls of soup. 'It's a little salty', you told me, 'But I know you like it that way'. You continued talking but I was not listening. My mind was drifted away somewhere else... 'So, what do you think?', you came back with question. 'What?', I blankly replied. You stared are me and said, 'You were not falling asleep while sitting, were you?!'. Oh no, I was not. I'm not deft. Every part of body still function so well. I just don't wanna directly denying your request. I thought I've told you, I don't like my stuff be borrowed. And this time, you are not asking permission. You are telling me that is a good deed everyone would do. What do you expect me to say? I, of course, could not deny. At the same time, I could not lie myself that it is OK too. 'Uh...', I made. 'Yeah,...', I hesitated and continue, 'You can have it and if you need help, count me in'. I faked a smile. 'Yes! I knew you would say that', you happily continue your speech. But I could not hear it again. I turned to think of how a life could be such a sorrow.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Unheard Voice

I have so many things to say. Let's start with 'I no longer like you'. Well, then I doubt if I have ever liked you since the first place. 'I'm sorry, this sounds really hash.', 'I know this is the least you expect to hear from me'. My memory brought me the picture of you and me, together laughing and having a good time. I closed my eyes. I told myself, this is not a time to be weak. This is not a time to be emotional. This is a time to get it done. So, I opened my eyes and continued, 'I just think, this might be an easy way for you to understand why I am telling you this'. Looking at you, I picture the pain stepping through your heart. I almost stop there and pretend that it was just a joke. But no, this is not gonna be anther time that I have to lie myself for your happiness alone. It's time to get you to know me better. 'After going through times together with you, I found so many differences', further say I. 'And that differences cannot be tollerated with my personality'. I paused. You look curious of what I was going to say next. 'I can't stand your behavior', 'I can't stand the fact that you are so ignorance of my feeling', 'I can't stand hearing your unwanted statement', 'I can't stand your not-at-all-understanding', 'I can't stand hearing your voice', 'I can't stand...'. I stucked. Your confused look horified me. Are you really that innoccent, I questioned myself. Well, I knew it. I just somehow didn't expect such a blank from you. 'Alright, cut it short, I just wanna get out of your life', 'And one advise, don't repeat the mistake', 'It's annoying!'...

I closed the curtain and got myself into bed. Staring at the dawn light, I complainted to myself, 'You know, this is not the first time you are doing this'.

I am gone for another nightmare again. Six months was not enough, just yet.

Lim (v) Kosal

It's bad not being able to witness the day of their life but it feels good being here to cherish their moment together hehe...

Congratulation to the loving couple Lim and Bang Kosal :D

Monday, July 06, 2009


Weekend is a time for shopping. And so I went shopping. I did a great job. Half of my allowance was gone with a blink. I couldn't imagine what I should be doing with this left over 3 weeks. Anyway, I'm glad I spent. After all, those I bought are appropriate. One of them is Yukata. Yay! Finally, I had a chance to try it on and own it. I couldn't find a time to use it yet or never, but it feels good looking at it hehe... cute eh?

Thursday, July 02, 2009