The 42nd Thailand TESOL International Conference addressed a wide range of timely themes regarding innovation, engagement, and resilience for TESOL communities concerning the digital era’s impact on English teaching and learning during this ever-changing disruptive sociocultural and educational contexts. The paper presentation experience during the two-day conference of TESOL Thailand last January 27-28, 2023 in Bangkok, Thailand has been a great opportunity for me to meet fellow educators and language enthusiasts all across the globe.
The conference commenced with the opening ceremony and Dr. Singhanat Nomnian president of the TESOL Thailand shared that there should be resilient ELT practices, processes and policies play significant roles to offer significant research for a better tomorrow. Meanwhile, the keynote speaker Dr. Phra Dhammavatjarabundit of Chulangkorn University, Thailand shared about English language teaching and learning in the future. Plenary talks of the invited plenary speakers were also shared about finding balance in the post-pandemic world, ideas for coping with stresses in today’s classroom, and enhancing teachers’ digital competence by focusing on the delivery of blended teacher education. Paper presenters like me were given an avenue to share our research with an audience and it was such a great experience having an exchange of ideas with fellow speakers of different cultures and beliefs to make difference in the world of language learning.
It was highlighted during the closing ceremonies that TESOL practitioners from a variety of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary fields to nourish insightful ELT ground-breaking research, pedagogies, materials, and innovations for current and future endeavors in local and global contexts. Existing challenges and new opportunities for teachers call for more innovative, engaging, and resilient ELT practices.