Professor Emeritus Tony Wright
University of St. Mark & St. John, UK
Tony Wright is Professor Emeritus of Language Education at the University of St Mark & St John in Plymouth, UK, and Honorary Fellow of the University of Exeter. Although retired, Tony still does occasional consultancies and conference presentations, as well as some professional writing and editing. Tony's long ELT experience covered teaching, teacher education and professional development. He has worked and lived in many countries and contexts, as well as publishing extensively. Among his many life interests are writing, vegetable gardening, photography and travel.
Associate Professor Jonathan Newton
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Dr. Jonathan Newton has worked as a language teacher and teacher educator for more than 30 years, with wide experience of engaging with teachers from across Asia. His scholarship focuses on classroom language teaching. He is in demand internationally as a conference speaker and has published widely. His latest co-authored book is Teaching English to Second Language Learners in Academic Contexts: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking (2018, Routledge). He has two further books under preparation for publication in late 2018: Culture in the Asian EFL classroom, and Using tasks in language teaching.
Dr. Deborah Healey
University of Oregon, USA
Dr. Deborah Healey is the 2018-2019
President-Elect of the Board of Directors of TESOL International Association.
She teaches online teacher training courses for the American English Institute
at the University of Oregon, primarily focusing on technology in education. She
has been an instructor and advisor in the University of Oregon's Master's in
Language Teaching in the Linguistics Department. She is a contributor
to two TESOL Technology Standards publications, as well as the TESOL
Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching, the Routledge Handbook
of Language Learning and Technology, CALL Environments and A
Handbook for Language Program Administrators. She has written and presented
extensively in the US and internationally, most recently in Indonesia, Georgia,
Croatia, Serbia, the West Bank, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, and Thailand. Her
recent areas of research include gamification, language and identity, massive open online courses, and online teaching approaches.
Associate Professor Tamas Kiss
Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China
Dr. Tamas Kiss has been involved with language
teacher education programmes in a variety of countries in Europe, the Middle
East, South Asia, Latin America and South East Asia as a participant, trainer
or consultant. His main interests include language teacher education, materials
analysis and development, and complexity science. He is currently an Associate Professor
at the English, Culture and Communication department of the Xi'an
Jiaontong-Liverpool University, China. His book, Creativity and English Language Teaching: From Inspiration to
Implementation - co-authored with Alan Maley - was published by Palgrave
Macmillan in 2018 (https://www.palgrave.com/cn/book/9781137467287). He is
currently working on a monograph about complexity theory and second language
teacher education (Springer) and one - with Freda Mishan - on intercultural
language learning and teaching materials (Routledge).
Cambridge University Press
Allen Davenport is the Teacher Development Manager for the Southeast Asian Region at Cambridge University Press. Allen has been involved in English language teaching for more than a decade in various roles including teacher, academic program coordinator, certified examiner for multiple assessment organizations, and teacher trainer. Allen is a frequent speaker at conferences and has presented workshops and seminars on various topics throughout Asia and the Middle East. Allen's current interests involve integrating creativity into the classroom and investigating how English language teaching is adapting to suit the needs of the 21st-century learner.
Poets Passport MY
Raslan, affiliated to English Jer and Poets Passport MY, is a versatile writer, spoken word poet,
copywriter, English educator, social worker and beat writer. He has been teaching English to youths with English Jer
since 2016. An
established spoken word poet in Kuala Lumpur, Jamal has spoken at TEDxKL and performed at
the World Islamic Economic Forum. In 2016 his English poems were published in
"Malchin Testament", an anthology published by Maya Press that featured
Malaysian English poetry spanning 50 years. He now
runs the Malaysian chapter of Poets Passport, sending poetry contingents to
represent Malaysia for the annual CEX Slam under Causeway EXchange Festival and
founded The Straits, A Selat Melaka poetry slam (Malaysia, Indonesia,
Singapore) in 2017.
Sekolah Kebangsaan Runchang, Pahang, Malaysia
Samuel Isaiah has been a teacher in SK Runchang, Muadzam Shah, Pahang since 2012. The students of this school are orang asli (indigenous people)from the Jakun tribe. Prior to that, he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Teaching English for Young Learners with Honours from Universiti Utara Malaysia. Samuel has won numerous awards, notable ones include the 2018 "Pencetus Inspirasi" Acknowledgement by the Ministry of Education Malaysia, Pekan District Best Innovative Teacher Award 2018 presented by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Best Teacher Award at the 2018 ASEAN-ELT Conference, and the Gold Award Winner of the Malachi Edwin Creative Teacher Showcase, at the 2017 MELTA International Conference. Additionally, he was also invited on national television (BERNAMA) and spoke about leading change for the orang asli, his projects, success stories, and challenges of teaching in a rural indigenous setting.
Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Lubok Buntar, Kedah, Malaysia
As the founder of Leadspire Academy and a Teach For Malaysia alumnus, Soon believes that tapping the creative potential of children through performing arts education is at the core of transforming potential. In the past 4 years, Soon has been invited to conferences in Abu Dhabi, Cambodia, London and India. Two of his students' theatrical productions titled "Find Your Light" and "Singing To The Lions" were featured as Youth Production for George Town Festival 2017 and 2018 respectively. "Find Your Light 2017" also won the Best English Language Program 2018 in ASEAN Region. His focus on mastery learning, creativity in teaching and learning as well as interest in innovative practices has led him to win Teach For Malaysia's YTL Transformational Teaching Award in 2018.