FOCUS LECTURE SPEAKERS Tej K. Bhatia (Syracuse University)
Tej K. Bhatia is Professor of Linguistics and Director of South Asian languages at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. He has been Director of Linguistic Studies Program and Acting Director of Cognitive Sciences at his university. Currently, he is also a Faculty Fellow, Forensic Sciences and National Security Institute. He has published a number of books, articles and book chapters in the area of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism, language and social cognition, media (advertising), discourse, Sociolinguistics, and the structure of English and South Asian languages (particularly, Hindi-Urdu and Punjabi). His publications include five handbooks with William C. Ritchie -- Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism (2013; Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell), A New Handbook of Second Language Acquisition (2009.Bingley, UK: Emeralds Group Publishing Ltd.), Handbook of Bilingualism (2006/2004; Oxford: Blackwell), Handbook of Child Language Acquisition (1999; San Diego: Academic Press), and Handbook of Second Language Acquisition (1996; San Diego: Academic Press). His authored books include, Advertising and marketing in rural India (2007; Macmillan India), Advertising in Rural India: Language, Marketing communication, and Consumerism (2000; Tokyo, Japan: Tokyo Press), Colloquial Urdu (2000/2013; London: Routledge), Colloquial Hindi (1996/2013; London: Routledge), Negation in South Asian Languages (1995; Delhi: Indian Institute of Indian Languages), Punjabi: A cognitive-descriptive grammar (1993, 2008, London: Routledge), and A History of the Hindi Grammatical Tradition (1987; Leiden: E. J. Brill).
Seran Dogancay-Aktuna (Southern Illinois University Edwardville)
Seran Dogancay-Aktuna, PhD, is Professor of English in the Department of English Language and Literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardville, USA. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent research focuses on the internationalization of English and its implications for language teaching and teacher education. In addition to her book Global English Teaching and Teacher Education: Praxis and Possibility (co-edited with Joel Hardman, 2008), she has published chapters in edited volumes and articles in journals such as ELT Journal, Language, Culture and Curriculum, World Englishes, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, and Language Awareness. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in TESL Methods, Linguistics, Language and Society, and Teacher Professional Development.
Aya Matsuda (Arizona State University)
Aya Matsuda is Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of English at Arizona State University. Her research interests include the use of English as an international language and the pedagogical implications of the global spread of English. Her work focusing on these issues have appeared in various books and journals includingEnglish Today, JALT Journal, TESOL Quarterly,andWorld Englishes. Her edited volume,Principles and practices of teaching English as an international language(2012), was published by Multilingual Matters. Matsuda currently services on the Board of Directors for TESOL International Association.