Speakers

ALAN MALEY
Alan Maley’s career in English Language Teaching began with The British Council in 1962. After post-graduate training at the University of Leeds under Prof. Peter Strevens and Prof. Pit Corder, he worked for the British Council in Jugoslavia, 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 of the Institute for English Language Education, Assumption University,Bangkok, where he set up new MA programmes. He was also former President of IATEFL and was given the ELTons Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. 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. He also remains active as a speaker at national and international conferences
CAROLYN GRAHAM
Carolyn Graham is creator of Jazz Chants. 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 Press.
JAN BLAKE
She won the Outstanding Female Storyteller 2012, British Awards for Storytelling Excellence (BASE) in October 2012. As one of the leading storytellers, Jan Blake has been performing worldwide for over twenty-five years. She has a well-earned reputation for dynamic and generous storytelling. As well as performing at all the major storytelling festivals both nationally and internationally, she works regularly with the British Council, leads storytelling workshops for emerging storytellers, and gives master classes for teachers, brands, and businesses.
BRIAN TOMLINSON
Brian Tomlinson is a Visiting Professor at Leeds Beckett University. He has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer and university academic in Indonesia, Japan, Nigeria, Oman, Singapore, Vanuatu, UK and Zambia and has given presentations in nearly 60 countries. He is the Founder and President of MATSDA and has published many articles and books including Developing Materials for Language Teaching, Openings etc.
HITOMI MASUHARA
Hitomi Masuhara is Director of the MA in Applied Linguisticsand the MA in TESOL at the University of Liverpool and also Secretary of MATSDA (Materials Development Association). She has worked in Japan, Oman, Singapore and the UK and has presented at Conferences all over the world. Her publications include journal articles, book chapters and books (e.g.Materials and Methods in ELT (2013) Wiley, co-authored with J. McDonough and C. Shaw; Research for Materials Development in Language Learning (2010) Continuum, co-edited with B. Tomlinson and Developing Language Course Materials (2004) RELC, co-authored with B. Tomlinson). She has also been involved in the writing of eight coursebooks for Bulgaria, China, Ethiopia, Japan and Singapore. Her main interests include neural language learning, second language acquisition, teaching methodology, intercultural communication, materials development and teacher development.
STEPHEN J. HALL
Professor Stephen J. Hall is Director, Centre for English Language Studies, Sunway University, Malaysia. He oversees twenty different English language programmes in a university with one third international students. Dr Hall was an INSETT nation-wide Project Manager for four years in Malaysia, working with the Ministry of Education and Centre for British Teachers. Cross cultural communication and English for Specific Purposes was an earlier focus for Singapore based corporate training. Clients included Changi airport, SIA counter staff, VISA Asia Pacific and HBO Asia. In the mid-nineties, Stephen J. Hall managed Language and Communication, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore for four years where he introduced the international student programme. Dr. Hall trained teachers ASEAN-wide for SEAMEO Regional Language Centre and has consulted for English for Banking in an Indonesia-wide project. He was involved in the early 90s ASEAN New Zealand government English for Business and Technology project.
LEE SU KIM
Dr. Lee Su Kim is a nyonya with roots to both the Penang and Malacca Peranakan communities. The author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction, including the bestselling “Malaysian Flavours” and “Manglish”, she recently published her latest collection of short stories, Sarong Secrets: Of Love, Loss and Longing . She is currently working on another collection to make up a trilogy of stories of the babas and nyonyas. Her book, Kebaya Tales : Of Matriarchs, Maidens, Mistresses and Matchmakers won the first prize in the Popular – Star Readers’ Choice Awards 2011 ( Fiction). Formerly Associate Professor of English at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, where she lectured and published extensively on language, culture and identity, she is now a writer and language consultant. A cultural activist, she is the founding and first woman President of the Peranakan Baba Nyonya Association of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor.
FUAD ABDUL HAMIED
Fuad Abdul HAMIED is Language Education Professor at UPI Bandung, Indonesia. He got his M.A. in TEFL (1980) and PhD in education (1982) from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois, USA. He is currently Asia TEFL Vice President and TEFLIN Advisory Board Chairperson. An advisory editorial board member of the Journal of Asia TEFL, he is also Editor-in-Chief of the Indonesian Journal of Applied Linguistics, and reviewer of several other international journals. His areas of research and interest include assessment, bilingual education, and ELT methodologies.
JOKO NURKAMTO
JOKO NURKAMTO is a full-time lecturer on the English Language Education Study Program in the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education at Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia. He is a professor in English teaching. He received his Doctorate in English Education from Jakarta State University, Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2000, and earned his professorship in 2004. His research interests include language curriculum development and teacher professional development. Currently, he is also the dean of the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education at Sebelas Maret University as well as the President of TEFLIN, Indonesia.
IVOR TIMMIS
Ivor Timmis is Reader in English Language Teaching at Leeds Beckett University, UK, where he teaches postgraduate ELT students. He has been involved in English Language Teaching for around 30 years as a teacher, teacher trainer/educator, materials writer and researcher. He is particularly interested in the description and teaching of spoken language and the ‘lexical dimension’ of language teaching. Conferences, workshops and projects have taken him to a number of different countries, including Indonesia and Malaysia. Outside work, he enjoys sport, especially football, which he still plays, and reading history.
IKHSANUDIN
Ikhsanudin is the founding president of English Language Teaching Materials (ELTeaM) association. His 25 year-teaching experience brought him to a concern to developing and doing researches in teaching materials and technology in ELT. He has presented his works in a number of cities in Germany, UK, Malaysia, Philippines, and Indonesia both as accepted and invited speaker. He also have organized a number of international academic events, especially in ELT field of study. At the moment he is serving as the secretary of MA program in ELT at Universitas Tanjungpura (Pontianak – Indonesia). In the current year he is completing a research on developing a teacher learning community to connect rural teachers, urban teachers, and international experts in ELT for teacher capacity building purposes.
SITI HAMIN TAPA
Siti Hamin Stapa is a Professor of Applied Linguistics and the Chair of 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, muliticultural and multilingual awareness among the rural school children, language and culture among the Japanese retirees in Malaysia among others. She has published in ISI and Scopus indexed journals as well as chapters in books.
ARSHAD ABD. SAMAD
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arshad Abd. Samad completed his high school education at the Malay College, Kuala Kangsar, Perak. He holds a doctoral degree from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA which he received in 1999 and Master and Bachelor degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. He was appointed as a lecturer with University Putra Malaysia in 1990 after serving as a teacher at the Raja Ali Secondary School in Kampung Batu in Kuala Lumpur from 1985. Currently he is a senior lecturer and serves as the Head of Department at the Department of Language and Humanities Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia. He is involved in research and publication in the field of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), especially in grammar instruction, language acquisition and testing. He is also involved in various levels of consultancy work including programme evaluation of several local universities as well as for government and private agencies. Among his publications are Essentials of Language Testing for Malaysian Teachers (2002) dan Perspectives of Grammar in Education (2003).
SETIONO SUGIHARTO
Setiono Sugiharto is an associate professor at the English Department, Faculty of Education and Language, Atma Jaya Catholic University Jakarta,Indonesia. His writings have been published in The Journal of ASIA TEFL, International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching,Turkish Online Journal of English Language Teaching, The Routledge Handbook of Educational Linguistics, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, and PERTANIKA Journal.
UMI KALTHOUM ABDUL MANAF
Umi Kalthom Abdul Manaf graduated in 1986 with MSc in Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois, United States of America. She received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2008. She is currently a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her area of specialization is in the area of curriculum and instruction, and teaching learning. Her current research lies in the field of Islamic curriculum. Her passion is in toastmasters international and how to incorporate toastmasters activities in English language classrooms.
HUSNIAH SAHAMID
Dr. Husniah Sahamid is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre of Modern Languages and Human Sciences, University Malaysia Pahang (UMP). She graduated from Portland State University, Oregon, USA with a B.A in English, and M.A in Teaching (English) and PhD in Education from University Malaya. She has taught courses related to the teaching of Literature in TESL. Prior to joining UMP, Dr. Husniah worked in Universiti Putra Malaysia (2005-2010). She was an Educational Researcher with Corporate Planning Division, MARA and before that, an English teacher for more than twenty years at the secondary and pre- university level. She is currently involved in research on teacher questioning and critical thinking in the classroom. Her main areas of interest and expertise include Socratic Questioning, English literature and Action Research for teachers.
MOHD. AMIN DIN
Mohd Amin Din graduated from Portland State University, Oregon with an M.A. in English (TESOL). He has taught in several MRSMs and is currently a Master teacher and former Deputy Director II (Languages) at the MARA Headquarters. He is involved in teacher training and his passion includes using songs in teaching. He also invented the game, “Grabble” in 2013.
SEYED ALI REZVANI
Seyed Ali Rezvani Kalajahi holds PhD in Teaching English as Second Language. Currently, he is a post-doctoral fellow at the the Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, University Putra Malaysia. Besides, he is the managing editor of the International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature and one of the editorial assistants of the Advances in Language and Literary Studies journal. He has taught and conducted researches in different countries and his interests rely on corpus studies, vocabulary instruction, ESL/EFL writing, material development, and teacher education. He has published some journal articles, books and monographs on a variety of topics in Applied Linguistics and also presented papers at international conferences.
Putu Kerti Nitiasih, M.A
Putu Kerti Nitiasih, M.A is a professor in English language teaching. Her area of expertise is English language teaching, sociolinguistics especially in language and power, language and gender. She is a keen researcher in English language teaching, sociolinguistics and professional development. She published some books such as Professional Development (2013), Semiotics (2014), Entreneurship (2014), and Bilingual Education (2015). She did a lot community services for teachers and lecturers in Bali, Indonesia. She is a member of Indonesian Linguistics Society and TEFLIN Association (Teachers of English as A Foreign Language in Indonesia). She is now the Dean of Languages and Arts Faculty in Ganesha University of Education for the second period.
ALAISE RUDDER
Alaise Rudder is an English Language Teacher from the Washington D.C. area. She has been teaching English for Academic Purposes for over ten years. Her instructional background includes community college, secondary school, and elementary education. Alaise is hosted by UNITAR International University in Johor Bharu, where she facilitates teacher training and English enrichment workshops for the Ministry of Education and the Southeast Asia region.
ALAN CORBIN
Alan Corbin, a native of Alabama, spent his first career as an international banker living and working in New York, London, Frankfurt and Moscow - before seeing the light and becoming an ESL/EFL teacher! Starting in 2007 he taught oral communication and presentation skills for several years to international graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and more recently has taught academic writing to music majors at Mahidol University in Thailand. Alan has spent considerable time traveling throughout Southeast Asia, every aspect of which he finds captivating, and he is thrilled to be assigned as Malaysia’s first “English for ASEAN” Fellow. Alan is currently based at UNITAR International University in Kuala Lumpur.
CHRISTIA BIXBY
Returning Fellow, Christa Bixby, is an Adjunct Professor of TESOL currently working as an English Language Fellow with the US Department of State. She is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University’s Master of TESOL program with a background in elementary education. Prior to her current post in Malaysia, she was teaching in South Africa, Vietnam and Los Angeles promoting language enrichment and collaborative classrooms. She has had experience in training and managing teachers, developing curriculum and syllabi, organizing TESOL conferences, and creating standardized test materials. Her interests consist of discovering creative avenues to peak student interest and engagement in the classroom, facilitating teacher training and collaboration on both small and wide scales, and perpetually attempting to create classroom environments that resemble a community and foster empowered learners.
Paul Hullah
A veteran of the UK music and poetry scenes, Paul Hullah is tenured Associate Professor of British Poetry and Culture at Meijigakuin University, Tokyo. Co-founder of Liberlit, an international conference forum for ‘Discussion and Defence of the Role of Literary Texts in the English Curriculum’ , he has published, presented, and performed internationally in literary studies, EFL, and multimedia poetics. His publications include 14 textbooks for university-level English learners, including Rock UK: A Sociocultural History of British Popular Music (Cengage, 2013), the literary-critical monograph We Found Her Hidden: The Remarkable Poetry of Christina Rossetti (Partridge, 2016), and seven award-winning collections of his own poetry, most recently Climbable (Partridge, 2016). In 2013 he was a recipient of the Asia Pacific Brand Laureate International Personality Award for ‘paramount contribution to the cultivation of literature [that has] exceptionally restored the appreciation of poetry and contributed to the literary education of students in Asia.’
Peisha
Peisha is a UPM TESL graduate. Since 2012, she has been actively involved in more than 20 English Language Enhancement Programmes for students of MARA Junior Science Colleges (MRSM), Malaysia and Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University (NRRU), Thailand. She is currently teaching in a secondary school in Malaysia. Her interests are in Experiential Learning and Service Learning.
BERHANNUDIN MOHD SALLEH
Berhannudin is an Associate Professor at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia and received his tertiary education in TESL and TESOL at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and University of Manchester. He was Director of Teaching and Learning, Director of Center for Humanities and Communication Studies and Director of Continuing Education Center. He was Chair for UTHM Problem-Based Learning Task Force and instrumental in the design of UTHM’s PBL learning infrastructure. Berhan is also an institutional member of the UNESCO Problem-Based Learning Center based at Aalborg University, Denmark. Researchwise, Berhan has been writting, publishing, presenting and supervising in numerous national and international platforms. He is now leading a multidisciplinary and multiinstitutional based research in Electronic Problem Based Learning. He has won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for research and innovations in PBL. Berhan is actively involved in consultancy and training projects in TESL and PBL nationwide. Currently, Berhan is a Principal Trainer on PBL for the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia.
DR. ELIZABETH M. ANTHONY
Elizabeth, a senior lecturer in the Centre for Language Studies, UTHM, teaches undergraduate ESP, postgraduate EAP and Research Methodology. As a PBL Master Trainer for the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, Elizabeth has been involved in numerous training programmes, conferences and research projects. She has been the Article Editor and Reviewer for SAGE. Currently, she serves as the Cambridge English Observer for the CEFR Cascade training in Malaysia. She is a member of BAAL, IATEFL, Asia TEFL and MELTA.Her research interests include second language acquisition and use, classroom interaction, student-centred learning, independent learning and learner autonomy, Problem-Based Learning (PBL), attitude and motivation in language learning and ESL pedagogy in L2 development.
Khayma Balakrishnan
Khayma Balakrishnan has experience in teaching Public Speaking. She is currently an English Language instructor at Asia Pacific Language Centre. Her interests are in literature and communicative games that enhances speaking skills amongst language learners. She is passionate about drama activities and loves using them in her classes to teach English.
Dr Shameem Rafik-Galea
Dr Shameem Rafik-Galea is a Professor of Applied Linguistics in the department of English, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communications, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her area of expertise is inthe area of Discourse Studies, Language use and acquisition with a focus on Medical discourse and communication, and English for Specific Purposes including thinking skills in ELT. She has published and presented papers in her area of expertise.
Arnis Silvia
Arnis Silvia is a Ph.D in Language and Linguistics at University of South Australia in Adelaide, SA. She is also a lecturer at UIN SyarifHidayatullahJakarta teaching English at the Faculty of Da’wa and Communication Science. Her research interests include: material development, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), andteacher identity. Arnis is currently a researcher at the RCLC (Research Center for Language and Culture) in Adelaide. Her publication can be accessed at: https://uinjkt.academia.edu/ArnisSilvia
Kamariah Yunus
KamariahYunus(PhD) is a senior lecturer at the Centre of English Language Studies, Faculty of Languages and Communication (FBK), Universiti Sultan ZainalAbidin (UniSZA). She is currently holding a post as Deputy Dean (Research and Development) at the this faculty, and has teaching experience of teaching linguistic and ESL courses for more than 20 years. She obtained her first degree from the University of El Paso, Texas, USA and earned her Master’s degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. She holds a doctoral degree in Corpus Linguistics from the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her research interests are corpus-based studies and legal phraseology. Her current research areas are English for Specific Purposes (ESP), Corpus Linguistics, and Discourse Analysis.
Ain Nadzimah Abdullah
Ain Nadzimah Abdullah teaches at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Her research interest is primarily in language planning and policy, but has also worked on bilingualism and the issue of language choice. A long-standing focus has been the diglossic relationship between Malay and English in Malaysia.
David Reeve
David Reeve has been visiting Indonesia since 1969, as a diplomat, researcher, historian, visiting lecturer, project manager and language teacher. He has been involved in English and Indonesian language teaching for 43 years. He has lived in Indonesia for fifteen years, and worked at six Indonesian universities. He was a founding lecturer in the Australian Studies program at Universitas Indonesia in the 1980s. From 1997 to 1999 he worked in Yogyakarta resident director for the ACICIS program which takes Australian students to study in Indonesian universities. He has written on language teaching methodology, Indonesian history and politics, the Indonesian diaspora and Australian-Indonesian relations. David retired from his position at UNSW in July 2006 and is currently completing a biography of the Indonesian historian Ong Hok Ham.
Dudley Farrow
Dudley Farrow is Product Consultant and Trainer for Scholastic, based in Bangkok, Thailand. Over the past nine years, he has also worked in South Korea and China as a teacher, curriculum developer, teacher trainer and academic manager. Dudley has extensive experience in integrating technology into the classroom and he is passionate about helping teachers to practically apply technology as a way to enhance student engagement, efficiency and the achievement of outcomes