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