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5th Annual Conference of Association for Reading and Writing in Asian held by NTNU



The 5th Annual Conference of Association for Reading and Writing in Asian was held on March 5th. The two-day event was organized by Special Education Department and the College of Education of NTNU and co-organized by Asia-Pacific Association of Teacher Education. More than 150 participants from 16 countries joined the conference. 

Annual Conference of Association for Reading and Writing in Asian (ARWA) was initiated by Japanese and Korean scholars as a regional symposium in 2013 to enhance interactions among researchers and graduate students who were interested in Asian languages and to link the network of researchers who were working on learning difficulties in reading and writing of Asian languages. NTNU was invited in join in 2015. Prof. Li-Yu Hung is the organizing chair this year. The conference was held online Prof. Li hi-fived with the founding chair Catherine A. McBride on air and took the position as the new chair of ARWA. Dean Chen Hsueh Chih gave the opening talk and introduce the College of Education and Asia-Pacific Association of Teacher Education to participants. He welcomed everyone to come to NTNU after the pandemic.

There are four keynote speakers, two from Asia and two from Europe. The first one is

Professor Catherine Alexandra McBride, Chinese University of Hong Kong, China. The second is Professor Usha Goswami, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom on Dyslexia, Rhythm, Language and the Brain. The third one is Professor Tzeng Yuh Tsuen, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. The last one is from Professor Paavo Leppänen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland on Internet reading and challenges in new digital learning environments


114 paper were published in this two-day meeting; 60 papers orally, and 57 poster presentation. The topics included cognitive language learning, language development, digital reading, literacy theory, cross-cultural and multicultural language development, and cognitive neuroscience. Although the conference was held online, the tradition of American scholars hosting workshops at lunchtime for young scholars and graduate students continued. Senior scholars were invited to share their experience in research and academic development and publication and encourage young graduate students and scholars to work harder on this field.