ACTA International Conference 2018

KEYNOTES & FEATURED SPEAKERS

KEYNOTES

Wednesday 3 October

Professor Ester J. de Jong
EAL Expertise and Taking a Multilingual Stance
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
English and English as a medium of instruction (EMI) in broader Asia: Why, How, For Whom, By Whom, and So?
8:30am - 9:30am
Panorama Ballroom

Phan Le Ha is a Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations, College of Education, the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is currently located at The Universiti Brunei Darussalam (Brunei). Prior to this appointment, she was with the Faculty of Education, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She has also held adjunct and honorary positions at universities in Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the UK. At the University of Hawaii she is also the Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in leading the University's engagement with Southeast Asia.

Her teaching and research areas include 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. Phan Le Ha has published widely in international refereed journals and books.

Friday 5 October

Professor Gillian Wigglesworth
Indigenous learning in remote Australia: translanguaging, mobility and the role of digitisation
8:30am - 9:30am
Panorama Ballroom

Professor Gillian Wigglesworth is Professor of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne, and Chief Investigator in the Melbourne node of the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language, where she coordinates the Learning Program. With an extensive background in first and second language acquisition and bilingualism, her major research focus is on the languages Indigenous children living in remote communities are learning, and how these interact with English once they attend school. She is very widely published in international journals and books, and has edited or authored ten books including Ng, B.C. & Wigglesworth, G. 2007. Bilingualism, an advanced resource book. London, Routledge, and Wigglesworth, G., Simpson, J. and J. Vaughan (Eds.) 2018. From home to school: Languages practices of Indigenous children and youth. UK, Palgrave McMillan.

IN CONVERSATION

Wednesday 3 October

Professor Constant Leung

Associate Professor Kathleen Heugh

In Conversation: (Dis-)invention of languages, translanguaging, multilingualism, English as Lingua Franca – how relevant are these for TESOL and teaching in English across the curriculum?
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Panorama Ballroom
Professor Constant Leung and Associate Professor Kathleen Heugh
Moderated by Dr Zheng Lin, School of Education, University of South Australia

Professor Constant Leung

Constant Leung is Professor of Educational Linguistics at King’s College, London, focusing on pedagogies and practices related to English as an additional language. His particular academic and research interests include classroom pedagogy, content and language-integrated curriculum development, language assessment, and language policy, as well as English for academic purposes and multilingual pedagogies. He is Joint Editor of Language Assessment Quarterly and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).

Associate Professor Kathleen Heugh

Associate Professor Kathleen Heugh is a socio-applied linguist who specialises in bilingual and multilingual education.

Her theoretical and field research in multilingual education in more than 30 countries has informed UNESCO language education policy recommendations for countries in Africa and South-East Asia. She has particular expertise in the relationship between the languages of learning and school retention, particularly for marginalised, migrant and displaced communities; and also in the relationship between faith and literacies in education in urban and rural settings.

Kathleen has designed and taught at Masters’ Degree and Post-graduate Diploma levels in language policy and planning, and bilingual and multilingual education at the Universities of Cape Town and Antwerp. She currently co-ordinates UniSA's English Additional Language major, in which she has embedded contemporary translanguaging pedagogy and research.

Thursday 4 October

 

In Conversation: Can authentic use of mobile technologies promote accurate and elaborated learning of English?
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Panorama Ballroom
Associate Professor Yu-Chuan Joni Chao and Associate Professor Wan Ng
Moderated by Dr Greg Restall, School of Education, University of South Australia

Associate Professor Yu-Chuan Joni Chao

Yu-Chuan Joni Chao is an Associate Professor at the Department of English Language, Literature and Linguistics in Providence University, Taiwan.

She received her MA in Linguistics from University of Texas at Arlington, and her PhD in Education from University of Auckland, New Zealand. She specializes in second language writing and vocabulary acquisition, with particular interests in CALL. She has implemented wiki for process writing and collaborative learning, conducted a large-scaled project of Facebook-mediated vocabulary learning, and designed an online Grammar Attention and Language Awareness (GALA) system for focusing on forms. Using technology has become an integral part of her pedagogical practices and empirical studies in the university. She recently involved pre-/in-service teachers to engage their young learners with mobile technologies and applications.

Associate Professor Wan Ng

Wan Ng is Associate Professor in Science/Technology Education and the School of Education Research Coordinator at the University of Technology Sydney.

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 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).