ICLLL 2018


Keynote Speakers for ICLLL 2018

Assoc. Prof. Robert Long 
Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

Robert Long was born in March, 1960, in Delaware, Ohio. He has a Bachelors 1981, and Masters in English Education 1983, (University of Florida) and a Specialist Degree in Education Multilingual / Multicultural (Florida State University) 1993. He has worked in Hiroshima Shudo University, and Kyushu Institute of Technology (21 years) where he has been the foreign lecturer and is now currently an associate professor.

He has written several EFL textbooks concerning oral communication, critical thinking, and technical English. His books tend to be innovative using second-person scenarios based on realistic contexts and speech acts. He has also written an ESL book for female students, “Above the Glass Ceiling: Contemporary Women Leaders,” teaching not only reading skills, but also how women have developed their leadership skills. His most recent textbook is Connections: Understanding Social and Cultural Issues addresses specific critical thinking skills such as prediction, skepticism, comparison/contrast, explanation, inference, validity, and criticism concerning a variety of social issues.

His past research has involved themes such as exchange programs, student attitudes, teacher reflection, pragmatics, discourse markers, and pausology. His current research interests focus on fluency/dysfluency, lexical and syntactical complexity, as well as attitudes of gendered discussions and relationships. His articles include (1) “Fluency and Dysfluency in Same-sex Interactions: Preliminary Results,” (2016) Proceedings for the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference; (2) “Complexity and Fluency Indicators of ‘Good’ Speakers,” JALT2013 Proceedings; and  (3)  “A Longitudinal Study of Novice-level Changes in Fluency and Accuracy in Student Monologues,” (2012), English Language Teaching, 5, 10, 129-137. He is currently content editor for KASELE Journal (2004 – present), and has been the past editor of The Language teacher (currently he is on the TLT Editorial Board) and is a member of JALT and KASELE. He manages his fluency website <genderfluency.com> so as to provide a resource for teachers who are concerned with fluency issues. His hobby is to write fables, and he has produced books for the general public as “New Aesop Fables,” “New Aesop Fables for Children, Vol. I and II,” “Giga: New Aesopian Fables,” “Inside the Chrysanthemum: New Japanese Fables,” and “The Buddha’s Journey Home: New Buddhist Fables.”

Assoc. Prof. Tan Choon Keong
University Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia

Tan Choon Keong (PhD) is currently an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Psychology and Education, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, East Malaysia. He has 15 years of experience as a lecturer in the discipline of e-learning, multimedia and educational technology at the university. He started his service as a secondary school English Language and had served the Ministry of Education for 11 years before joining Ilmu Khas Teacher Education Institute (IPG) as an educational technology lecturer. After serving 2 years at the IPG, he joined UMS in 2002. At the university, he served as Head for the E-Learning Unit for 13 years, Deputy Dean (Research and Innovation) for 2 years and Chief Editor for International Journal for E-Learning Practices (IJELP) for 2 years. Currently, he is still the Deputy Chief Editor for IJELP. He headed a research grant for studying the use of multi-sensory approach for English Language teaching in Kota Belud, Sabah (2012-2014) and another two grants for investigating the behaviour of East Malaysia’s English Language students in using technology for learning (Grant 1: 2015-2016, Grant 2: 2017-2018). He also participated in a few other research projects as Deputy Research Head involving rural school students in the use of multisensory approach to learn listening and speaking skills in English (2013-2015). Regarding the area of teacher development, he was as a Deputy Research Head for the TPACK project in University of Foreign Languages Studies, Da Nang and University of Languages and International Studies, Hanoi, Vietnam from 2015 to 2016. His main research interest is to improve English Language learning via ICT. He had published numerous journal papers on creativity, e-learning and multimedia in higher education.