Diane Larsen-Freeman is Professor Emerita of Education, Professor Emerita of Linguistics, and
Research Scientist Emerita at the English Language Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She
also served as the Director of the English Language Institute from 2002-2008. In addition, she is a
Professor Emerita at the Graduate SIT Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont and a Visiting Senior Fellow at
the University of Pennsylvania. For the past 40 years, she has conducted research in second language
acquisition and reviewed and synthesized research literature, leading to the publication of a leading
introduction to the field, An Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Research (Longman
Publishing, 1991, with Michael Long). She has edited a book on discourse analysis and most recently,
co-authored (With Marianne Celce-Murcia) the third edition of The Grammar Book: Form, Meaning,
and Use for English Language Teachers (Heinle/Cengage/National Geographic Publishing, 2015). She
has directed the popular grammar series Grammar Dimensions: Form, Meaning, and Use. Her
language teaching methodology book, Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching (Oxford
University Press, 2011,) is now in its third edition, with this edition co-authored with Marti Anderson.
In 2003, she published Teaching Language: From Grammar to Grammaring. Another book, entitled
Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics (Oxford University Press, 2008), which she co-authored with
Lynne Cameron, was a winner of the Kenneth Mildenberger Book Prize, awarded by the Modern
Language Association. Dr. Larsen-Freeman edited the journal Language Learning for five years, and
until recently, served as Chair of its Board of Directors. In 2009, she received an Honorary Doctoral
Degree in Humanities from the Hellenic American University, and in 2011 the American Association
for Applied Linguistics bestowed upon her its highest honor: The Distinguished Scholarship and
Antony John Kunnan is a language assessment specialist. His research interests are fairness of tests and testing practice, assessment literacy,
research methods and statistics, ethics and standards, and language assessment policy. After completing his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1991, he has held academic
positions at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; California State University, Los Angeles; Tunghai University, Taiwan; University of Hong Kong and Nanyang
Technological University, Singapore. He is now a professor of English and Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Macau.
He has conducted 100 seminars, workshops, plenary and invited talks in 35 countries. His most recent conference and invited talks were at:
Language assessment for immigration and citizenship conference, Seoul, 2017; ASEAN ELT Conference, Melakka, 2017; ALTE Conference, Cluj, 2018;
Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University, 2018; University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Conferences, 2018; KATE Conference, Seoul, 2018; and Asian TEFL Conference, Macau, 2018. He has held editorial positions as well: founding editor of
Issues in Applied Linguistics (1989-1991; published by UCLA), founding editor of Language Assessment Quarterly (2003-13; Routledge) and
Asian TEFL Journal (2017-). He was past president of the International Language Testing Association and founding president of the Asian Association for
Language Assessment. More details about him are available at: www.antonykunnan.com
Alan Maley’s career in English Language Teaching began with The British
Council in 1962. He worked for the British Council in Yugoslavia, Ghana,
Italy, France, PR China and India over a period of 26 years. After resigning
from the Council in 1988, he became Director-General of the Bell Educational
Trust in Cambridge (1988-93). He then took up the post of Senior Fellow in the
Department of English, National University of Singapore, where he stayed for 5
years His last full-time post was as Dean and Professor of the Institute for
English Language Education, Assumption University, Bangkok, where he set up
new MA programmes. Since retiring from Assumption in 2004, he has occupied
a number of visiting professorial posts at Leeds Metropolitan, Nottingham,
Durham, Malaysia (UKM), Vietnam (OU-HCMC) and Germany (Universitat
He has published extensively and was series editor for the Oxford Resource
Books for Teachers for over 20 years. He continues to write for publication.
His most recent ELT publications include:
Creativity in the English Language Classroom. (co-editor with Nik Peachey) 2015 British
Global Issues in the Creative English Classroom. (co-editor with Nik Peachey) 2017 British
Creativity in Language Teaching: from Inspiration to Implementation. With Tamas Kiss.
Alan Maley’s 50 Creative Activities. 2018, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
He has recently published collections of his haiku:
What the Eye Sees. 1018. Fordwich: PWP.
How the Heart Responds. 2018. Fordwich: PWP.
He remains active as a speaker at national and international conferences.
He was a co-founder of The Extensive Reading Foundation, and of The C
group: Creativity for Change in Language Education. He is a past-President of
IATEFL, and was given the ELTons Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Carolyn Graham is the creator of Jazz Chants. She will be 88 years old next year at
the conference and still works, especially in using music to teach special children in
places like Japan. She has taught at Harvard University and New York Teachers
College. She has created a delightful collection of chants, songs and poems that employ
the natural language that children use. She is the author of numerous English language
teaching books, mostly Jazz Chants and Let's Chant, published by Oxford University
Bao Zhiming is a linguist in the National University of Singapore with interests in
phonology and contact linguistics. He received the PhD in phonology from MIT
in 1990, and joined NUS in 1993. He is now a professor in the Department of
English Language and Literature. In phonology, his interest is primarily tone and
syllable structure; in contact linguistics, he argues for a usage-based approach to
contact-induced grammatical change. He has published widely on both topics in
scholarly journals. His recent book, entitled The Making of Vernacular Singapore
English: System, Transfer, Filter, is published by Cambridge University Press in
Shameem Rafik-Galea is a Professor and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts, UCSI University. Shameem was previously attached to the department
of English, Universiti Putra Malaysia until her retirement in 2017. She is also Vice President of the Malaysian Association of Applied Linguistics (MAAL).
Her research interests are mainly in English for Specific Purposes with a focus on workplace discourse and communication in professional practices and
language learning/acquisition and teaching. She has recently begun to investigate language use in medical encounters. Some of her selected publications
are Relationship between body mass index, body image, and fear of negative evaluation: Moderating role of self-esteem (2018), Of Medical Card and Education
Plan: A Conversation between a Potential Client and Life Insurance Agents (2010), ELT teaching materials: Theory and practice (2004), Code Switching in
Malaysia (2009), Language alternation in the ‘closing presentation’ of life insurance sales talk (2012) and Genre analysis of the literature review section
in hospitality and management research articles (2013) , among others.
Vahid Nimehchisalem holds a PhD in Teaching English as a Second Language. He is a staff member in the Faculty of Communication and Modern Languages,
Universiti Putra Malaysia. His main research areas are assessment and ELT material evaluation. He has won a number of international, national, and local
research awards. He is chief editor of International Journal of Education and Literacy Studies (www.journals.aiac.org.au/index.php/IJELS)
, based in Australia,
and editorial team member of several other journals in Malaysia, Iran, and Thailand.
Seyed Ali Rezvani Kalajahi is a full time faculty member at the School of Foreign Languages in Turkish-German University, Istanbul, Turkey and he teaches EAP
and ESP course. He obtained his PhD in Applied Linguistics from University Putra Malaysia and his Master’s degree is in English Language Teaching from
Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus. He has BA in English Translation Studies from Tehran Islamic Azad University, Iran. He has taught Applied
Linguistics courses in different universities around the world and published extensively in the field. By the same token, he has joined several conferences
as a presenter, workshop conductor, and keynote speaker. Separately, he has engaged in academic and scholarly publication for the past eight years. Not only
does he provide consultancy and help to regional and international journals, but also he works as an associate editor of Directory of Open Access Journals,
UK and evaluates journals from middle eastern countries. Currently he is a managing of editor of two journals in the area of language, literature and
linguistics established in Australia.
Dr. Browne was born in Boston in the United States, but has lived and worked in Japan since he
graduated college in 1985. He is Professor of Applied Linguistics & TESOL and a specialist in
Vocabulary and Reading research, especially as they apply to online learning. He also has more
than 25 years experience working as a teacher trainer, starting with his role as the first National
Chairman of the JET Program in 1987, serving on many different national MEXT committees
such as the teacher educational advisory committee and the English textbook committee, and
has done hundreds of teacher training workshops for thousands of Japanese teachers of English
through his active help of local Board’s of Education throughout the country. He has written
dozens of research articles, books, and textbooks about these topics. In addition to his recent
work in creating two important new corpus-based word lists for second language learners known
as the New General Service List (NGSL) and the New Academic Word List (NAWL), he has also
helped to create a wide variety of free research-based language learning and analysis software
and websites, and works hard to share this knowledge with teachers and researchers through
countless presentations, seminars and hand-on workshops around the world. He is married and
with 3 wonderful children, and enjoys spending his free time participating in long distance running
races and in traveling to new countries.
Vance Stevens has worked in CALL (computer-assisted language learning) for 40 years. He
recently moved to Malaysa to practice eLearning via Learning2gether.net, a project which he
founded in 2009 and which has hosted almost 400 podcasts. Vance worked previously in
UAE for 20 years as university level teacher of EFL and academic computing, CALL
coordinator and materials developer, consultant in developing a Military Language Institute,
and EFL teacher coordinator. He has served as TESOL-sponsored Electronic Village Online
coordinator since 2003, after starting Webheads in Action in 2002, and has more recently
conceived and co-moderated several EVO sessions, including “Multiliteracies,” which started
in 2004 as a course in the TESOL Principles and Practices of Online Teaching Certificate
Program, became an EVO session in 2009, and morphed into an EVO session that ran
through 2013 as MultiMOOC. In 2015 Vance conceived and has since co-moderated EVO
Minecraft MOOC, an EVO session that introduces teachers experientially to gamification.
Vance is on the editorial board of CALL Journal and also serves on the executive board of
APACALL. He has been editor of the On the Internet column for TESL-EJ since 2003. He
archives his numerous publications and presentations at http://vancestevens.com/papers/.
Mohd Amin Din is the creator of GRABBLE. This retired English teacher currently gives Spanish
lessons at a school in Penang and moonlights as an English tutor to a dedicated bunch of small
children at his home. When he was with MARA, he started many new innovative English
programmes which included UNGA, National English Camps and SCoPE among others. He also
introduced creative writing courses for teachers which culminated in the publication of
Becoming Creative: Poems and Stories by MRSM Teachers, Books I & II.