ACTA International Conference 2018



Wednesday 3 October

Prof Ester J. de Jong
9:30am - 10:30am
Panorama Ballroom

Ester J. de Jong is Professor in ESOL/Bilingual Education, and the Director of the School of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education, University of Florida. She teaches courses in ESOL/bilingual education and in curriculum, methods, and assessment for English speakers of other languages. Prior to academia, she worked for the K-12 public schools in Massachusetts as the Assistant Director for Bilingual Education and ESL programs. Her research focuses on two-way bilingual education, language-in-education policy, and mainstream teacher preparation for bilingual students. Her book Foundations for Multilingualism in Education: From Principles to Practice (Caslon Publishing, 2011) addresses policies and practices of responding to increasing linguistic diversities in schools. Her work has been published in the Bilingual Research Journal, the International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education, Language Policy, Language and Education. She is currently President-Elect for the TESOL International Association.

Thursday 4 October

Professor Phan Le Ha
2005 PhD Monash University, Australia
8:30am - 9:30am
Panorama Ballroom


  • Sociology of Knowledge and Education; Language, Society, and Education
  • Language - Culture - Pedagogy - Identity; Higher Education (including policy, practice and pedagogy surrounding the internationalisation of education, international students, academic identity, intercultural issues); TESOL; and Writing



I am Phan Le Ha (also known/written as Phan Le-Ha, Ha Phan, Ha Le Phan, Le Ha Phan, and Le-Ha Phan), a Professor (Full) in the Department of Educational Foundations, College of Education, the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I also hold adjunct and honorary positions at Monash University in Australia and University of Social Sciences and Humanities - Vietnam National University Hanoi.

At the University of Hawaii at Manoa I am also the Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in leading the University's engagement with Southeast Asia.

I have been doing much research on international higher education, academic mobility, identity-language-pedagogy-culture studies, globalization and internationalization of education and knowledge production, and TESOL in a variety of regions, with a particular focus on Australia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the Middle East. With my recent shift to Hawaii, I am developing projects to examine issues surrounding global and international engagement and new initiatives in education in North America and the Pacific region at all levels.

One highlight of my work is the Engaging with Vietnam Initiative, which I have been developing since 2009. This Initiative has brought together scholars, researchers, policy makers, diplomatic officials and the general public to collaboratively and critically engage with knowledge production and scholarship building related to Vietnam and beyond. Annual scholarly conferences are a major part of the Initiative.

I have been advising many students' research projects on a wide range of topics related to my expertise.

My publication details can also be found at:

Mahalo and Aloha,
Phan Le Ha/Phan Le-Ha


Thursday 4 October


Panel: Embracing Digital Technologies
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Panorama Ballroom
Associate Professor Yu-Chuan Joni Chao and Associate Professor Wan Ng
Moderated by Associate Professor Sue Nichols, Associate Head of School: Research, School of Education, University of South Australia

Associate Professor Yu-Chuan Joni Chao
Associate Professor, Providence University, Taiwan.
Ph.D. in Education, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
M.A. in Linguistics, The University of Texas at Arlingtonm USA
B.A. in English, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

Yu-Chuan Joni Chao is an Associate Professor at the Department of English Language, Literature and Linguistics in Providence University, Taiwan. While she was the chairperson, two international conferences were organized in the department -- 2010 Asian EFL Journal International Conference & Workshops and 15th International Computer Assisted Language Learning Research Conference in 2012.

She got her MA in Linguistics from University of Texas, the US, and PhD in Education from University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has been teaching English for more than 20 years.

Areas of expertise: Computer-assisted language learning, second language writing, oral training.

For an extended biography, please visit

Associate Professor Wan Ng
Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Wan Ng BSc(Melb) PhD (Monash) Dip Ed (Monash)Grad Cert Gifted Ed (Melb)

Wan Ng is Associate Professor in Science/Technology Education and the School of Education Research Coordinator at the University of Technology Sydney. Before joining UTS, she worked at La Trobe University and the University of New South Wales, undertaking roles such as Associate Dean (International), Faculty Chair of Human Ethics Committee and School Research Coordinator. Prior to beginning an academic career in Education in 2002, Wan worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in Biochemistry at Monash University for two years and taught in schools for about 10 years. Her contributions to the wider educational community include being a member of the VCE Chemistry exam setting and assessment panel for VCAA, a science professional development leader for DET (Vic), co-director of the Victorian Science Talent Search, Council member of the Science Teachers' Association of Victoria (STAV) and advisory committee member of the Victorian Specialist Mathematics & Science Centre (Quantum Victoria) and the Victorian Space Science Education Centre.

Wan’s research interest lies in the area of science education and digital technology education, in particular mobile learning. She is interested in how young people interact to learn with technology, the empowerment of the individual through digital literacy and multiliteracies which are important aspects of an individual’s personal development and lifelong learning, and in sustainable pedagogy enabled by technology that brings about effective learning in students. These works largely underpin her research in science education, gifted education, higher education and teachers’ work. Wan has attracted numerous federal, state and university grants and consultancy work for innovative projects in the areas of science and technology education. Her most recent project is the multi-institutional Australian government-funded $1.63 million project titled Smart Science Initiative that is based on an adaptive gamified-learning environment for school science learning ( Wan has written widely for an international audience, her most recent publications include two sole-authored books titled Empowering Scientific Literacy through Digital Literacy and Multiliteracies (Nova Science) and New Technology in Education: Conceptualising Professional Learning for Educators (Springer). She has also edited two books on mobile learning titled Mobile Technologies and Handheld Devices for Ubiquitous Learning: Research and Pedagogy (IGI Global) and Sustaining Mobile Learning: Theory, Research and Practice (Routledge).

For an extended biography, please visit