PLENARY SPEAKERS Suzanne K. Hilgendorf (Simon Fraser University)
Dr. Suzanne K. Hilgendorf is Associate Professor of Linguistics and German at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Hilgendorf's scholarly interests are in sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, and foreign language pedagogy, with a primary focus on World Englishes and the language's impact in Germany/Europe. Her research has appeared in journals such as Language Policy, English Today, and World Englishes, as well as in edited volumes and encyclopedias. She is guest editor of a symposium journal issue on "The Englishes of Europe in the New Millennium" in World Englishes (2007), and she is co-editor of a special issue of Sociolinguistica on "New Media Practices: The Language Dimension" (2013). She served as President of IAWE from 2013 to 2014, and she is the current Reviews Editor for the journal World Englishes as well as Associate Editor for the journal World Languages, which began publication in 2014.
B. Kumaravadivelu (San JoséState University)
B. Kumaravadivelu was educated at the Universities of Madras in India, Lancaster in Britain, and Michigan in the USA. He is currently Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at San JoséState University, California. His areas of research include language teaching methods, teacher education, classroom discourse analysis, postmethod pedagogy, and cultural globalization. He is the author of Beyond Methods: Macrostrategies for Language Teaching, (Yale University Press, 2003), Understanding Language Teaching: From Method to Postmethod (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2006), Cultural Globalization and Language Education (Yale University Press, 2008), and Language Teacher Education for a Global Society (Routledge, 2012). He has also published several articles in refereed journals. He has served on the Editorial Board of reputed journals including TESOL Quarterly. He has delivered keynote/plenary addresses in international conferences held in Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, England, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and the USA. His book Cultural Globalization and Language Education was awarded the Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize (2008) for Outstanding Research Publication by Modern Language Association, New York. For details, see www.bkumaravadivelu.com
Cecil Nelson (Indiana State Unversity; President, IAWE)
Cecil Nelson is the author of Intelligibility in World Englishes (2011), and a co-editor with Braj and Yamuna Kachru of The Handbook of World Englishes (2006). He spent a year as a visiting professor at Baiko University in Shimonoseki, Japan, and was for some years the Review Editor of World Englishes.