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
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
Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program in 1987, serving on many different national government committees such as the teacher educational
advisory committee and the English textbook committee, and has done hundreds of teacher training workshops for 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 four important new corpus-based word lists for second language learners known as
the New General Service List (NGSL), New Academic Word List (NAWL), TOEIC Service List (TSL) and Business Service List (BSL), he has also created
a wide variety of free research-based language learning apps, tools, 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 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.
Kadek Sonia Piscayanti was born in Singaraja, Bali, on March 4, 1984. She is now teaching in
English Education Department, Ganesha University of Education. She has published some books
such as stories anthology Perempuan Tanpa Nama (A Woman Without A Name, 2015), poems
anthology Burning Hair (2017) and academic books on literature such as Literature is Fun
(2014), The Art of Drama (2015) and The Art of Literature (2016). She was invited for Creative
Writing Program at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia (2011 and 2012). She spoke about
women and identity in OzAsia Festival, Adelaide Australia (2013). She directed her own script
“Layonsari” in Netherlands and France for Culture Grant from Directorate of Higher Education
Indonesia (2014). She became the curator of Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2016 and
invited speaker in 2017 and 2018 for her role in literature and theater. She spoke in Asia Pacific
Writers and Translators Conference 2016 in Sun Yat Sen University Guangzhou, China. She
managed an art community, Mahima and established an independent publisher, Mahima Institute
Indonesia, based in Singaraja, Bali. In 2018, she received a grant from Ford Foundation for her
documentary theater 11 Mothers, 11 Stages, 11 Stories. She continues working on women
empowerment through arts and culture from which she grows.
Ni Made Ratminingsih is born to be the second child of a Balinese family and is
always proud of her Balinese culture in which she grew up. Being so motivated to
study English since young age, when she was in the primary school, it leads her to
have the opportunity to study in other countries. She yielded her Masters’ degree in
EFL teaching in Deakin University Australia. She also granted a scholarship on
Sandwich Program to Bloomington, Indiana, U.S. while doing her doctoral degree
program in Jakarta. She is a senior lecturer in English Language Education
Department in Ganesha University of Education since 1991 and has taught under
graduate and post graduate program mainly in ELT Method and TEYL courses.
Her research interests are primarily associated with the improvement of EFL in
Indonesia. Her articles have been published in SCOPUS index journals, IJI Turkey,
DUJAL Netherlands, and IJET Germany. She has presented in several
international conferences, ASEAN-ELT and ICELT Malaysia, Asia TEFL
Philippines, CamTESOL, Cambodia, TBLT in Asia in Japan, TEFLIN Indonesia,
and ICEAC, GC-TALE, ICIRAD Undiksha. She also regularly writes for National
Newspaper Bali Post focusing on the issues of education. She can be reached at
Carmencita Palermo is a researcher with a PhD on Balinese mask dance-drama Topeng from the University of Tasmania (Australia),
an intercultural mask performer, a choreographer of community dance-theatre and an event organiser. Her performance and teaching practices
explore the dynamics of interaction between body, masks, music, audience and environment in different cultural and performative contexts.
Her work is driven by a strong interest for true dialogue between cultures, abilities and ages through the arts. By performing,
teaching and organising events I have been facilitating encounters between artists, communities, teachers and students from different
cultural backgrounds in Indonesia, Europe, Brazil and Australia. Her articles are publised in several international academic journals
such as Asian Theatre Journal, Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, Indonesia and the Malay World,Journal of Theatre,
Dance and Performance Training(rTDP). Dr. Palermo is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Naples “L'Orientale”,
where she is teaching and researching about Balinese women in contemporary arts, literature and performance.
Dr. Paul Robertson is the founder of multiple academic journals including the Asian EFL Journal,
Asian ESP Journal, Linguistics Journal, TESOL International Journal and English International
Language Journal. He Is a co founder of the Rule of Law Association (USA) and also runs various
academic law journals. Paul is the CEO of TESOL Asia, a division of SITE Ltd Australia, running
ESP training across their campuses in PNG, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Philippines. TESOL Asia
runs international SLA conferences 8 times a year globally and provides teacher training
programs across China, Philippines Korea and Japan. TESOL Asia and its ETeam produce AR and
AI programs for future educational delivery. Paul also consults to various entities across Asia.
Tengku Sepora Tengku Mahadi is a full professor at the School of
Languages, Literacies and Translation, Universiti Sains Malaysia. She
holds a PhD (Translation) degree from University of Surrey, United
Kingdom. Her research areas of interest include translation, interpreting,
discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and language acquisition. Currently,
she lectures on translation programme and supervises doctoral research
in various language-related fields.
Dr Willy A Renandya is a language teacher educator with extensive teaching experience in Asia. He currently teaches applied linguistics
courses at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has given numerous plenary presentations
at regional and international conferences, and published extensively in the area of second language education. His latest publications
include Motivation in the language classroom (2014, TESOL International), Simple, powerful strategies for Student Centered Learning
with George Jacobs and Michael Power (2016, Springer International), and Cooperative Learning in Language Education (2018) with
George Jacobs. He maintains an active language teacher professional development forum called
Teacher Voices: https://www.facebook.com/groups/teachervoices/.
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Loh Chin Ee is an Assistant Professor in the English Language and Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang
Technological University where she teaches preservice, inservice and masters courses on literature education, reading and school libraries.
She has published widely on literature and literacy education in various journals, including Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Changing
English, Teaching and Teacher Education and Literacy. Her most recent books are The Space and Practice of Reading: A Case Study of Reading and
Social Class in Singapore (Routledge, 2017) and Literature Education in the Asia: Policies, Practices and Perspectives in a Global Age
(Routledge, 2018). She is the co-editor of various resources for learning, including Teaching Literature in Singapore Secondary Schools
(Pearson, 2013), Little Things: an Anthology of Poetry (Ethos, 2013) and Teaching Poetry to Adolescents: a Teachers’ Guide to Little Things.
Chin Ee is Book Review editor of Pedagogies and founder of enl*ght, a NIE-based student-run publication for Literature teachers. Her research
interests are in Literature education and literacy practices at the nexus of social class and globalisation. Her most current research project
focuses on reading and school libraries (https://www.readingculturesg.org)
Ken Mizusawa is a Lecturer in the English Language and Literature (ELL) Academic Group
at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore, and a playwright represented by
Playmarket, New Zealand. At NIE, he teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate
courses on English Language and Literature education. An experienced and innovative
teacher, he was a recipient of the Ministry of Education’s (MOE’s) Most Outstanding
Contribution (Individual) Award in 2005, during his time as the Subject Head of English at
Dunman High School, Singapore, and NIE’s Excellence in Teaching Commendation in 2017.
A New Zealand playwright, two of his plays were highly commended in the competition
Plays for the Young in 2009. A recent play, Why Do We Do What We Do?, was one of 20
shortlisted plays for the prestigious Adam NZ Play Award 2015. A collection of his works,
The Boy Who Caused 9/11 and Other Plays, was published in Singapore in late 2013. Given
his expertise in Literature education, Ken was also invited to serve as an external consultant
on the upcoming Literature in English Teaching Syllabus 2019 soon to be published and
implemented by MOE’s Curriculum Planning and Development Division (CPDD).
Ken is the co-author of the two-volume textbook series, Integrating Language and
Literature (2016) and sole author of the recently released Mastering Visual Literacy:
Interpreting and Understanding Visual Media (2018). He is also the editor of Something Old,
Something New, Something Borrowed …: An Anthology of Singapore Plays (2018), which
has been developed as an official lower secondary textbook in partnership with CPDD. The
above titles have been published alongside comprehensive teaching guides.
Edwin Thumboo, Emeritus Professor and Professorial Fellow, National University of
Singapore, has been involved in Singapore’s literary developments since 1951: editing,
anthologising, initiating programmes (eg Creative Arts Programme with the Ministry of
Education), running a poetry column in The Straits Times, a degree-level creative writing course
etc. He published Rib of Earth (1956), Gods Can Die (1977), Ulysses by the Merlion (1979), A
Third Map (1993), Friend (2003), Still Traveling (2008), Bring the Sun (poems from out-of-print
volumes; 2008), The Best of Edwin Thumboo (2012), Word-Gate (2013) and A Gathering of
Themes (2018). A selection of his poems translated into Chinese is due to appear by 2020.
Studies of his work include Ee Tiang Hong, Responsibility and Commitment: The Poetry of
Edwin Thumboo (1997) and Peter Nazareth, Edwin Thumboo: Creating a Nation through Poetry
(2008), Jonathan Webster, Essays on Edwin Thumboo (2008, 2012). He received the NBC,
Singapore, Book Award for Poetry in English (1978, 1980 and 1994), Southeast Asia Write
Award (1979), Singapore Cultural Medallion (1980), ASEAN Cultural and Communication
Award in Literature (1987), the Raja Rao Award(2002), and the Meritorious Service Medal,
Singapore (2006). A Fellow of the International Writing Programme, University of Iowa (1977),
he has given readings in various universities and international literary festivals and book fairs.
Siti Hamin Stapa is a Professor of Applied at the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities,
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Her main research interest is written literacy which includes genre analysis and contrastive rhetoric.
She has conducted research in the area of eye-tracking, genre writing, environmental literacy among school children, multicultural and
multilingual awareness among the rural school children, language and culture among the Japanese retirees in Malaysia, the needs of at
risk youth towards 4th IR among others. She has published in ISI and Scopus indexed journals as well as chapters in books.
Her latest publication is a chapter entitled “Issues in Language Choice, Ethics and Equity: Japanese retirees living in Malaysia as
their second home” in Discourse of Ethics and Equity in Intercultural Communication published by Routledge. She has been invited to
speak at Nagoya Gakuin University in Nagoya, Japan, Al-Zaytoonah University in Amman, Jordan, State University of Padang, Indonesia and UIN,
Jakarta, Indonesia, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, and Universitas Muhammadiyah, Purwokerto, Indonesia.
Ikhsanudin is the founding president of the English Language Teaching Materials (ELTeaM) association and a teacher-trainer at Universitas Tanjungpura, Pontianak –
Indonesia. He has presented in international conferences in USA, UK, Germany, Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Now he serves as the secretary of Universitas
Tanjungpura MA in ELT Program and as the chief editor of JELTIM.
Dr Alvin Pang is Dean of Training, Research, Assessment & Consultancy Division at
SEAMEO Regional Language Centre in Singapore. He has been involved in both
language teaching and in-service language teacher training and professional
development. He is also the managing editor of the RELC Journal.
Lee Su Kim’s bestseller,‘Manglish : Malaysian English at its wackiest ‘ co-authored with
Stephen Hall is back with brand new words and expressions presented in an
entertaining way. Su Kim will share readings and skits from her latest book and from her
Lee Su Kim is a Malaysian author, educator and cultural activist. A sixth generation
nyonya, she has written a trilogy of short stories on the Peranakan babas and nyonyas :
‘Manek Mischiefs: Of Patriarchs Playboys and Paramours’ , Sarong Secrets: Of Love,
Loss and Longing and Kebaya Tales: Of Matriarchs, Maidens, Mistresses and
Matchmakers. Her debut collection, Kebaya Tales won First prize (Fiction) in the
Popular-Star Readers’ Choice Awards 2011. Her books, Malaysian Flavours: Insights
into Things Malaysian and Manglish: Malaysian English at its Wackiest are enduring
classics. A Nyonya In Texas: Insights of a Straits Chinese Woman in the Lone Star
State highlights hilarious cross-cultural encounters between east and west.
Su Kim was Associate Professor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia where she
lectured, researched and published widely on language, culture and identity.She has
given talks and readings at the Ubud Writers’ Festival, Singapore Writers’ Festival and
Georgetown Writers festivals and many literary and culture and heritage events. Dr. Lee
is the Founding President of the Peranakan Baba Nyonya Association of Kuala Lumpur
& Selangor. She was a TEDx speaker in 2017 in her talk, ‘A Nyonya Journey’ at:
Dr Radzuwan Ab Rashid is the Deputy Dean of Research and Development in the Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Malaysia.
Radzuwan joined the faculty in 2015. Before thishe conducted his doctoral research at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom where he investigated teacher
interaction on social media using fine-grained analysis.His book titled Supportive Conversations on Facebook Timelines: Discourse Topic Management was published by
Routledge in 2018. Radzuwan is the editor-in-chief of Journal of Nusantara Studies (Jonus), a social science journal which is currently indexed in Web of Science
under ESCI category.Radzuwanresearches contemporary discourse on new media, the discourse of teacher education and other learning contexts, and teacher professionalism
in various settings. He is a member of Malaysian Association of Applied Linguistics (MAAL) and Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA).
Sasigaran Moneyam is the Director of Centre for Languages and General Studies (CEFLAGS),
Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI). He has obtained both bachelor and master degrees in
the field of TESL from UPSI. He has many years of experience in teaching English at the tertiary
level. He is the Project Leader for developing the online platform and the contents for Malaysia
English Assessment (MEA). MEA is an initiative by the Ministry of Education in bringing together
assessment resources from all public universities in Malaysia.
Dr. Mallika Vasugi Govindarajoo was a secondary school teacher for 31 years and
continues to enjoy working with students from all levels on creative language projects like drama, poetry and debates. She is also a columnist with The Star,
a leading Malaysian daily and writes for the column, Teacher Talk. As a consultant and trainer for their Newspaper in Education (NIE) programme Mallika facilitates workshops and
courses for both students and teachers throughout the country. Her field of interest is creative writing and she has participated and presented at creative writing conferences in
different parts of Asia.She was involved with the national school transformation project for Trust schools for three years and is now attached to UNITAR International University.
Mina Patel has been working in the field of education for over 25 years as a teacher, trainer, materials writer, author, project manager consultant.
She has worked in the UK, Greece, Thailand and Sri Lanka before settling in Malaysia. In Malaysia, Mina has worked with British Council as a Project Manager for
English language teaching. This involved working closely with the Ministry of Education on developing materials and training to support English language teachers
nationwide. As part of this work she has authored a series of Literature Resource Kits for Malaysian schools. Now Mina works as Assessment Research Manager for the
British Council. This involves working with institutions and academics on assessment-related projects globally. She has also presented at numerous conferences globally.
Mina has a Masters in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hertfordshire. She loves working in the field of education and continues to learn.
Mohamed Ghouse Nasuruddin is an Emeritus Professor of Performing Arts. He completed his Masters and PhD degrees at Indiana University, USA under Fulbright and Ford Foundation Scholarships,
respectively on dance, music and theatre. He was also appointed Fulbright Scholar in Residence at West Virginia University at Parkersburg in 2003, where he taught dance and theatre courses.
In 2006 he was awarded the Fulbright Professional Scholar Grant to teach at several universities in the US. He has conducted extensive research on traditional Malay dance, music and theatre
from the perspective of performance and healing efficacy. His current research is on traditional healing performance and on arts therapy for children with cerebral palsy, autism and dyslexia.
Mohamed Ghouse has authored 5 books and over 190 articles and chapters in books on these topics.
Dr Johanna Motteram is an experienced English language teacher and language assessment
specialist based in Singapore. She works with the British Council Global Assessments team to develop
English Language proficiency tests which meet the needs of users, and to support the delivery
of evidence-based programs to support English language learning. She also provides advice on
assessment related problems to governments, schools and other stakeholders. When she is not
thinking and talking about language assessment, she tries to improve her Tennis game, particularly