Keynote Speakers

17410314_1243780575729247_1995706813_nProfessor Stephen J. Andrews,
Honorary Professor in English Language Education, The University of Hong Kong

Keynote Topic:
“Language Awareness and Teacher Development”

Stephen Andrews is Professor of English Language Education and Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, where he has worked since 1990. He has been Dean since 2010, having previously been Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) and Head of the Division of Language and Literature. Before coming to Hong Kong, he was Head of the TEFL Unit at what is now Cambridge ESOL. He has also worked at the University of Reading, as well as in Thailand, Sudan, Egypt, Mexico, Switzerland, Germany and France. His research and publications mainly concern second language education, particularly the language awareness of L2 teachers, and the impact of assessment on teaching and learning. He has published a number of international journal articles and book chapters, and he is the author of the 2007 Cambridge University Press book Teacher Language Awareness.

Professor Anne Burns,
Professor of TESOL, University of New South Wales

Keynote Topic:
“Creativity and Sustainability in English Language Teaching Curriculum Development”

Anne Burns is Professor of TESOL in the School of Education at University of New South Wales, where she has worked since July 1, 2010. Before joining UNSW, she worked in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney, starting from 1990. She was appointed as Chair and Professor in the Department of Linguistics in 2003 and was the Dean of the Division of Linguistics and Psychology from 2000-2005. She has also held Adjunct Professor positions in the School of Educational Studies at La Trobe University (2000-2003) and in the School of English and Applied Linguistics at UNITEC, Auckland (2003-2005). She was appointed an Adjunct Professor at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) at Macquarie University in 2006. She has also taught English in France, Kenya, and Mauritius. Her research and publications mainly concern action research in teacher education, particularly classroom practice. Her most recent book, entitled Perspectives on Action Research, was published in 2015.