International Conference on Interpersonal Communication Challenges for Indian Immigrants in Canada (Online)

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Call for Papers
March 28, 2022 to March 29, 2022
Subject Fields: 
Languages, Linguistics, Literature, Teaching and Learning, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Call for Papers

Key Information

  • Conference Dates: Monday, March 28, 2022 and Tuesday, March 29, 2022
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: March 10, 2022
  • Communication of abstract acceptance to authors: March, 15, 2022
  • Full conference paper submission: March 25, 2022


Theme-1: Interpersonal Communication and COVID-19

  • Impact of COVID-19 on interpersonal communication of immigrants.
  • COVID-19 as a barrier to face-to-face and non-verbal communication.
  • Overcoming communication barrier during the pandemic.

Theme-2: Technology and Interpersonal Communication

  • Change in interpersonal communication patterns due to pandemic and technology.
  • Computer mediated interaction and its impact: online/offline interaction issues.
  • Role of social media and technology in interpersonal communication.

Theme-3: Intercultural Communicative Competence

  • Intercultural communication competence and interpersonal communication challenges.
  • Role of Interpersonal communication in cross cultural communication.
  • Sociolinguistic competence and interpersonal communication.
  • Challenges of intercultural communication.
  • Culturally appropriate ways of communication.

Theme-4: Gender and Interpersonal Communication

  • Gender and interpersonal communication.
  • Gender differences in interpersonal communication.
  • Gender diversity and communication in different professions.
  • Challenges faced at the workplace by new immigrants based on gender.
  • Gender based discrimination faced by immigrants at school/colleges.

Theme-5: Communication Challenges and Immigration Issues: Canadian Perspective

  • Challenges faced by Indian immigrants in Canada (in academic and professional context).
  • Difficulties faced by Indian immigrants to linguistically socialize in Canada.
  • Identifying interpersonal communication discourse strategies related to immigration issues.
  • Language barrier for immigrants to understand basic communication.
  • Pronunciation/accent as a barrier for communicative competence.


Theme-6: Curriculum and Assessment Issues

  • Curriculum on interpersonal communication.
  • Educational resources/training /IELTS /TOEFL for Indian immigrants moving to Canada.
  • Assessment issues.

Theme 7: Interpersonal Discourse Strategies Communication

  • Interpersonal discourse strategies used for negotiation and communication.
  • Strategic competence.
  • Pragmatics and interpersonal communication.
  • Coherence and cohesion.
  • Persuasive discourse strategies.
  • Use of discourse markers in interpersonal communication.


Aims and Objectives of the Conference

The influx of immigrants on Canadian soil, besides the dream of a new and better life, brings with it new challenges. Foremost amongst these challenges is the ability to achieve successful communication with others. Effective human communication plays a vital role in not only establishing human relationships but also in executing everyday affairs. Language is seen to be one of the biggest barriers that newcomers face when resettling in Canada. Their inadequate language skills create problems such as difficulty in finding work according to their skills, getting an education, obtaining medical care, buying food, finding lodging, filling out forms and generally getting around.


The conference in addition to addressing the above-mentioned issues would bring together academics, immigration and settlement counsellors, ELT Practitioners, and other decision-makers to invite papers for framing a public policy document. It will bring various perspectives on English language communication patterns in order to analyze intercultural communicative competence in the transfer of the immigrant population from India to Canada. To create a desirable level of English Language Ability benchmarks for a diverse workforce in terms of gender, class, skill and professions.


A variety of themes will be explored at the Immigration conference for maximizing the benefits of interpersonal communication skills by way of utilizing the concepts of different categories of knowledge and skills needed for integrating topical language, culture and communication in diverse categories of population movement to Canada related to gender, class, skill and professional diversity. Within the framework of Interpersonal Communication, the conference will further explore the need for strategic competence and intercultural communication competence to meet the interpersonal communication challenges.


In addition to the above, the conference will invite papers as to how covid-19 protocols related to communication measures have impacted the interpersonal communication of newcomers in the context of the Canadian immigration system. It will finally discuss interpersonal communication challenges (IPC) and academic measures related to various language functions needed at different service points. For example: at passport and visa offices, airline ticketing and so on.

Contact Info: 

Zain Mohammad Sulaiman

Conference Collaborator

Academic Assistant,

Center of Excellence in Public Policy and Government, Indian Institute of Management Kashipur, Kundeshwari, Kashipur-244713 U.K. (India)

Contact No.: +91-9027313942


Sufia Azim  

Conference Collaborator

Assistant Professor,

Department of Basic Science and Humanities,

Uttar Pradesh Textile Technology Institute, Kanpur, U.P, India.

Research Scholar, Department of English, Aligarh Muslim University, India.

Contact No.: +91-8279691377


Professor Raashid Nehal

Conference Director Department of English,

Aligarh Muslim University, U. P, India

Contact No.: +91-9412562902


Mr. Syed Abid Zaki, 9627735021


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