Keynote Speakers

 

Dr. Judith A.Langer
Department Chair
Educational Theory and Practice

Director
Center of English Learning & Achievement
University at Albany

 

Judith A. Langer (Ph.D., Hofstra). Judith Langer's studies of language, literacy, and learning have had a major impact on English and literacy theory, teaching, and assessment. For example, her research on comprehension has changed the way national and state tests assess students' literacy achievement and her studies of reading and writing have helped develop more thought-provoking instruction.

 

Her major works examine the nature of literate thought -- the knowledge students use when they "make sense" and the ways in which their learning is affected by activities and interactions in the classroom. Langer's research has led to the concept of comprehension as envisionment-building, where understandings are not additive, but in a continual state of reconstrual based on past, present and future experiences. It also has demonstrated that individuals (of all ages) read differently when reading literary vs. expository texts. She has also identified important ways in which effective literature instruction aids the development of student reading, writing, and thinking skills. And she has identified the professional and classroom features of English programs where students are "beating the odds" in literacy achievement.

 

These works have been shared in numerous articles and 8 books, including the influential Envisioning Literature: Literary Understanding and Literature Instruction, which has helped shape thinking among other researchers, among policymakers at local, state and national levels, and among classroom teachers. For example, the Annenberg/CPB Channel has made Langer's research on literature the spine of a series of professional development programs developed for English teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

 

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Dr. Srikant Sarangi
Phd (Linguistic, Lancaster)
Health Communication Research Center
Cardiff School of English, Communication & Philosophy

 

Srikant Sarangi is Professor in Language and Communication and Director of the Health Communication Research Centre at Cardiff University. He is also a Professor in Language and Communication at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (2009-2011). His research interests are in discourse analysis and applied linguistics; language and identity in public life and institutional/professional communication studies (e.g., healthcare, social welfare, bureaucracy, education etc.). He has held several project grants (Funding bodies include The Wellcome Trust, The Leverhulme Trust, ESRC) to study various aspects of health communication, e.g., genetic counselling, Quality of Life in HIV/AIDS and Telemedicine. The other areas of healthcare research include communication in primary care, palliative care, with particular reference to assessment of consulting and communication skills. He is author and editor of 10 books, 5 journal special issues and has published over 150 journal articles and book chapters. He is the founding editor of Communication & Medicine, editor of TEXT & TALK: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse and Communication Studies (formerly TEXT) as well as co-editor (with C. N. Candlin) of Journal of Applied Linguistics. He is also general editor (with C. N. Candlin) of three book series[es]: Studies in Applied Linguistics, Studies in Language and Communication and Communication in Organisations and Professions. He serves as an editorial board member for other journals and book series[es], and as a consulting advisor at many national and international levels. Over the last ten years, he has held visiting academic attachments in many parts of the world.

 

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Organisers

Sponsor:
Department of Modern Languages,
Faculty of Management and Human Resource Development
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
School of Professional and Continuing Education
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia