2014 Keynote Speakers


Opening Keynote
Surin Pitsuwan
Wednesday, 26 March 2014, 5:30 pm–7 pm

English as A Powerful Instrument of Community Building in East Asia
For the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), English has been designated as an official "working language" for the regional organization. In such a diverse group of countries, one common language is not possible. And ASEAN's success has been instrumental in bringing other larger and more powerful countries of East Asia and the Pacific together under the ASEAN-ledarchitecture of cooperation. The only language that is widely accepted as an instrument of integration for the emerging East Asian community is English. How a “foreign language” can bind and build an emerging community of nations in East Asia is another “Asian Miracle.”

Dr.Surin Pitsuwan, is a native of Nakorn Sri Thammarat, Southern Thailand.  He attended Thammasat University for 2 years before winning a scholarship from Claremont Men’s College (now Claremont McKenna College), California, USA, to complete his B.A. in Political Science.  He then went on to Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA, where he received his MA and PhD in the fields of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies.

Dr.Surin taught at the Faculty of Political Science at Thammasat University, and he joined the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellowship Program in 1983-1984, when he interned in the Congressional Office of the late U.S. Representative Geraldine A. Ferraro (D-New York). He taught Southeast Asian Affairs at the American University in Washington, D.C. during that same year.

In mid-2001, Dr.Surin was appointed a member of the Commission on Human Security of the United Nations. He is currently on the advisory board of the UN Human Security Trust Fund, the advisory board of the International Crisis Group (ICG), an International Academic Advisor of the Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University, and an advisor to the Leaders Project, a conference arm of the Cohen Group of former U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen.

Dr.Surin has been appointed Professor Emeritus at Thammasat University and also an Honorary Advisor and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at King Prajadhipok Institute, the Thai Parliament. He is a visiting professor, an adjunct professor and a visiting fellow at the Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo; University of Nara, Japan; University of Malaya; and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Oxford University, United Kingdom.

Dr. Surin Pitsuwan is now engaged in the promotion of regional integration in East Asia and educational and political reform efforts in Thailand, and he is a frequent speaker at various international conferences.

  James E. Alatis Plenary Session
David Graddol
Thursday, 27 March 2014, 8 am–9 am

Five Megatrends Shaping the Future of TESOL

English has become a centrepiece of education reform in many countries. I show how this is often in response to developments in economics, demographics, and technology—which are reshaping the nature of teaching and learning English around the world.
David Graddol is director of The English Company (UK) Ltd, which provides consultancy and publishing services in applied linguistics, with a special focus on English language and education policy. In The Future of English? (1997), David set out a new agenda for understanding the growing importance of English as an international language and its role in globalisation. English Next (2006), provided an update on English in global education.  English Next India (2010) explores the changing status of English in India. Profiling English in China: The Pearl River Delta (2013) examines public discourses and the linguistic landscapes of a part of China that is experiencing rapid change. English Next Brazil will be published in March 2014.

David worked for many years in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies at the U.K. Open University and, during 2010–2011, was visiting associate professor at City University of Hong Kong. He has worked as a consultant on ELT projects in China, India, and Latin America since the early 1990s.

  Presidential Keynote
Deena Boraie
Friday, 28 March 2014, 8 am–9 am

Next Generation ELT: Voices of TESOLers

It is important to explore key issues affecting English language teaching and learning today and, in the future, globally as a means to bridge theoretical research to practice in context. Dr. Boraie presents the results of a survey of TESOL members in different contexts and discusses the similarities and differences identified.
Dr. Deena Boraie is the dean of the School of Continuing Education at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She provides strategic vision and leadership of the school and oversees a wide range of programs in the areas of English language, IT studies, business and management studies, Arabic language, translation, and teacher training.   She currently serves as president of TESOL International Association. She is a language testing expert and an assessment and evaluation consultant and trainer. Dr. Boraie teaches research methods in the MA/PhD applied linguistics program in the Faculty of Arts, English Department at Cairo University.
  Saturday Keynote
Diane Larsen-Freeman
Saturday, 29 March 2014, 8 am–9 am

Complexity Theory: Renewing Our Understanding of Language, Learning, and Teaching

The famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, has called the present century “the century of complexity.” But what could this possibly mean for TESOLers? Dr. Larsen-Freeman thinks it means a lot. In this keynote, she proposes that complexity theory has the potential to renew our understanding of language, its learning, and its teaching.
Diane Larsen-Freeman is Professor Emerita of education, Professor Emerita of linguistics, and Research Scientist Emerita at the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.  She is Distinguished Senior Faculty Fellow at the SIT Graduate Institute. She is also visiting professor of educational linguistics, University of Pennsylvania. She has written about SLA (An Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Research, with Michael Long, 1991), grammar (The Grammar Book: An ESL/EFL Teacher’s Course, with Marianne Celce-Murcia, 3rd ed., forthcoming), language teaching (Techniques and Principles of Language Teaching, 3rd ed., with Marti Anderson, 2011), and complexity theory (Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics, with Lynne Cameron, 2008). She has also written about teaching grammar (Teaching Language: From Grammar to Grammaring, 2003), and she has directed a grammar series (Grammar Dimensions: Form, Meaning, and Use, 4th ed., 2007).

In 1999, she was named one of 30 ESL pioneers in the 20th century by ESL Magazine. Dr. Larsen-Freeman received the Heinle/Cengage Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Her book on complexity theory received the 2009 Kenneth W. Mildenberger prize from the Modern Language Association. Also in 2009, the Hellenic American University conferred on Dr. Larsen-Freeman an honorary doctoral degree in humanities. Dr. Larsen-Freeman was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Innsbruck in 2010 and the American Association for Applied Linguistics’ Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award in 2011. She is a former editor of Language Learning and currently serves as chair of the board of directors for the journal.