Keynote Speakers

Professor Azirah Hashim

Azirah Hashim is Professor of Linguistics and currently, Executive Director of the

Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya. She is currently President of the

Malaysian Association of Applied Linguistics and Vice-President of the International

Association of Applied Linguistics. She is also an executive committee member of the

Asia Pacific Association of LSP and Professional Communication and was in the

executive committee of the International Association of Forensic Linguists.

Her research interests are in English in ASEAN, Language Contact in SE Asia and Language and Law. She currently leads an Erasmus+ ASEAN-EU multi-partnered joint project on research capacity building in higher education in ASEAN.

Professor Hu Guangwei

Guangwei Hu is Professor of Language and Literacy Education in the Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests include academic literacy, language assessment, second language education, biliteracy acquisition, and English as an international language. He has published widely on these and other areas in edited volumes and refereed journals.


He is a Volume Editor of The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching (Wiley‐Blackwell, 2018) and a member of the International Advisory Board for the Routledge Advances in Teaching English as an International Language Series. He serves on the editorial boards of several international journals and is Associate Editor for Journal of English for Academic Purposes.

Professor Isabel Martin

Isabel Pefianco Martin is Professor and Chair of the Department of English of the Ateneo de

Manila University, Philippines. She is a leading figure in English language studies in the

country, having published in various internationally recognized publications on topics

ranging from World Englishes, Philippine English, English language education, English

sociolinguistics, language policy, to forensic linguistics, and language and law studies.


Her most recent work, published by Springer in 2018, is a volume she edited entitled “Reconceptualizing English Education in a Multilingual Setting.” Dr. Martin has served and continues to serve in private and government institutions that are concerned with upgrading the state of English language education in the Philippines.

Keynote Symposium

A/P Phyllis Chew

Dr Phyllis Ghim-Lian Chew (National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University) teaches Literacy and Literature, Sociolinguistics, Religious and Gender Studies,  and Language Teaching methodology. She is a recipient of  several Teaching Excellence awards and Teacher of the Year award from Nanyang Technological University. 

She has published widely in the areas of education and linguistics, comparative religion and women’s studies.  She has written or edited some 200 publications, mainly refereed articles, book chapters, journal special issues, books, textbooks and reports. She has received research grants from  bodies such as the Lee Foundation, the Kitakyushu Women’s Association, the Institute of Policy Studies, and the National Institute of Education.

A/P Anne Pakir

Anne Pakir (Department of English Language and Literature, National University of SIngapore) publishes in the fields of Applied Linguistics, World Englishes, and Asian Englishes.  A recent publication is the co-edited book, World Englishes: Rethinking Paradigms (Low and Pakir, Routledge, 2018).  Anne was President of the Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics (SAAL, 1997-2004), President of the International Association for World Englishes (IAWE, 1998-2000), and a TOEFL Board Member (2004-2009). 


She was conferred the Inaugural SAAL Mentoring Medal of Honour (2015) and an honorary lifelong membership of the International Association for Applied Linguistics (AILA) in 2017.  She is Associate Vice President (University and Global Relations), NUS.

Dr Tay May Yin

Dr Tay May Yin, Principal Master Teacher with the English Language Institute of Singapore, has been an English Language (EL), Literature and General Paper teacher, and Head of Department. Her experiences at the Curriculum Planning and Development Division of MOE include being Specialist Inspector, Senior Curriculum Specialist, Assistant Director of Languages and Literature, and Assistant Director of Curriculum Policy.


She was also Senior Lecturer at the National Institute of Education. A Fulbright Research Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2017, her research interests include language pedagogy; school-based curriculum design, development, implementation and evaluation; teacher cognition; teacher professional learning; and the practice of teacher professionalism.

Dr Peter Tan

Dr Peter Tan is a senior lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore. He has research interests and has published in the areas of literary stylistics, names or onomastics (including personal names and names that pertain to the linguistic landscape such as street names and building names), the development of the English language (particularly in relation to the New Englishes  such as Singaporean English and Malaysian English), discourse analysis (including critical discourse analysis) and pragmatics, and also in systemic functional grammar.


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