Keynote Speaker and Plenary Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Professor Dr. Ken Hyland is currently Chair of Applied Linguistics and Head of the Centre for Applied English Studies at the University of Hong Kong. He is also Honorary Professor at The University of Warwick and Foundation Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities.

Professor Dr. Ken Hyland holds a PhD (Applied Linguistics), University of Queensland, 1995; MA (Applied Linguistics), University of Birmingham, 1984; Post-Grad Certificate of Education, Worcester University, 1977; BA (2:1 Hons) (Sociology), University of Warwick, 1976.

Professor Dr. Ken Hyland has had 38 years of teaching experience in English for Academic Purposes, TESOL, Applied Linguistics, and Teacher Education; supervised over 60 MA and PhD students to completion; taught undergraduate courses in Communication Theory, Intercultural Communication, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis and postgraduate courses in Materials Design, Classroom Methods, Computer Assisted Language Learning, Curriculum Design, EAP, Discourse Analysis, and Research Writing.

Professor Dr. Ken Hyland has published 12 single-authored books, 12 edited books and over 180 journal articles and book chapters.  Many of his articles have appeared in leading international ISI journals, including high profile publications.  He has presented papers at 200 international conferences, over 70 of them as a plenary or keynote speaker, and obtained research funding of £220, 000 including Hong Kong CERG and GRF awards.

Professor Dr. Ken Hyland is also Co-Editor of Applied Linguistics (OUP) (2009-2014) Book Series Editor for Bloomsbury Discourse Series (Bloomsbury), founding Co-Editor of Journal of English for Academic Purposes (2002-9 & 2015 to date) (Elsevier)  Reviews Editor of English for Specific Purposes (Elsevier) and Editorial Board of several international journals.  


Plenary Speakers

Dr. Wakabayashi is Professor of Applied Linguistics, Department of English Studies, Faculty of Letters, Chuo University, in Tokyo. He served as one of three co-serving Vice Presidents of Chuo University from 2011 to 2014, during which time his major mission was to implement the university’s Promotion of Global Human Resource Development, a select program (whole university type) granted to an elite group of eleven universities by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, and to position Chuo University as a leader among Japan’s universities in the currency of ‘globalization.’

Dr. Wakabayashi began his career with eight years in the classroom teaching high school English before beginning his graduate studies at Essex University in 1992. He holds MA (Essex), MPhil (Cambridge), and PhD (Cambridge). He has published a number of articles and books, including Generative Approaches to the Acquisition of English by Japanese Speakers (Mouton de Gruyter).

Dr. Wakabayashi’s academic interest lies in Applied Linguistics, particularly in modelling second language learners’ mental representations, knowledge systems and language use within theories of generative grammar based on psycholinguistic data. He has been very active in organizing academic associations, including the Japan Second Language Association (J-SLA), of which he is both a founding member and the current President, as well as contributing to the field of Second Language Acquisition as a leading figure in his area of expertise.


Professor Dr. Barry O'Sullivan
Head of Assessment Research & Development at the British Council
Honorary Professor of Applied Linguistics, Roehampton University, London
Visiting Professor, University of Reading

Professor Dr. Barry O'Sullivan is currently working with the British Council in London as Head of Assessment Research & Development. His recent work includes the development and validation of a new business to business language test called Aptis. He is the founding president of the UK Association of Language Testing and Assessment and holds honorary and visiting chairs at the Universities of Reading and Roehampton in the UK and the University of Technology MARA (Kuala Lumpur). Barry is particularly interested in issues related to performance testing, test validation, test-data management and analysis and scaling and calibration; he has conducted research into factors affecting spoken performance, assessing rater behaviour, assessing speaking and writing, specific purpose assessment, benchmarking English language tests to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and standard setting in professional contexts.

Barry’s publications have appeared in a number of international journals and he has presented his work at international conferences around the world. ‘Issues in Business English Testing’, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2006; ‘Modelling Performance in Oral Language Testing’ was published by Peter Lang in 2008; ‘Language Testing: Theories and Practices’ was published by in 2011 and ‘The Cambridge Guide to Language Assessment’ (with C. Coombe, P. Davidson, and S. Stoynoff, eds. ) was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. He is currently working (with C. Weir) on a major project documenting a history of language testing within the British Council and on two volumes on validity and localisation with Micheline Chalhoub Deville.


Professor Dr. Sau Kuen Fan
Professor in the Department of International Communication, and
Director of Global Communication Institute at Kanda University of International Studies, Japan.

Professor Fan received her first degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and her Ph.D. in sociolinguistics from Monash University, Australia. She is currently Professor in the Department of Intercultural Communication at Kanda University of International Studies in Japan. Before becoming the Director of the Global Communication Institute in the same university in 2014, she has headed the Japanese Language and Culture Program for 12 years and worked closely with her colleagues through various granted research projects for the development of teaching Japanese for interaction in contact situations.
Her research interests include language management, language planning and their application for teaching Japanese as a foreign language. Apart from sociolinguistics, she also teaches communication theories and communication in multicultural societies. Her work has been published in Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage communication, Prague Papers on Language, Society and Interaction (Peter Lang), Monographien aus dem Deutschen Institut für Japanstudien (iudicium), Journal of The Japanese Association of Sociolinguistic Sciences, Asakura Series of Linguistics, and Bonjinsha in Tokyo.

Dr. Zuraidah Mohd Don has built up a balanced academic profile, and has not only developed strengths in research and publication and in teaching, but has also contributed to the local community, especially in language education. She is the Adviser to the Council of Language Deans and also Chair, English Language Standards and Quality Council, two bodies set up by the Ministry of Education to look into the teaching and learning of English Language in Malaysia. The remit of the former also includes the teaching and learning of other foreign languages in universities, and the remit of the latter includes the teaching and learning of English in schools.

Her research covers a wide field centred on the study of language, ranging from Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis to Corpus Linguistics and English Language Teaching. She aims to use linguistic expertise to make a positive contribution to the outside world. Her articles are also published in the prestigious Journal of Pragmatics, Discourse & Society, IEICE Transactions, Text & Talk and Language and Communication.

Through her work in English Language Teaching, she has developed close links with the Ministry of Education, and has headed research projects concerned with investigating standards of English among staff and students in Malaysian public universities. Her research reports and an edited book entitled “Enhancing the Quality of Higher Education through Research: Shaping Future Policy” reflect the outputs of these partnerships and collaborations. She is currently heading two national ELT projects: the Malaysian English Language Education Roadmap, and The English Language Roadmap for Higher Education.