Plenary Speakers

  • Cem Alptekin, Boğaziçi University, Turkey

    Cem Alptekin


    Cem Alptekin is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Foreign Language Education at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. In addition to several articles that appeared in edited collections by Oxford University Press, Canadian Modern Language Review Press, University Press Pecs, Maastricht University Press, and Lincom, he has published internationally in numerous journals, including the TESOL Quarterly, The Canadian Modern Language Review, Second Language Research, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Journal of Research in Reading, System, the ELT Journal, the Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, and Applied Psycholinguistics. His current research interests involve the effects of long-term memory and working memory on second-language reading comprehension; the interactions among eye movements, working memory processes and second-language reading comprehension; and the conceptualization of bilingual and multicultural competence in the context of English as a lingua franca.

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  • Martin Dewey, King’s College London, UK

    Martin Dewey


    Martin Dewey is based at King’s College London, where he teaches Sociolinguistics, World Englishes, Teacher Education, and provides PhD supervision in areas related to the globalization of English and English language teaching. His primary research focus is English as a lingua franca (ELF), especially exploring the implications of ELF for pedagogy, and reconsidering contemporary conceptions of knowledge and expertise in teacher education. He has written and presented extensively on his empirical research, and is co-author with Alessia Cogo of Analyzing English as a Lingua Franca: A corpus-driven investigation (Continuum, 2012).

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  • Enric Llurda, University of Lleida, Spain

    Enric Llurda


    Enric Llurda teaches English and Applied Linguistics at the Universitat de Lleida, in Catalonia (Spain). His research interests are English as a lingua franca, multilingualism, attitudes to languages, language policies related to the internationalisation of European universities, and non-native language teachers. He has published several journal articles and book chapters on those areas, and has edited a widely-referenced volume on non-native teachers (Springer, 2005). He is currently in the process of editing a book on the use of English as the language of internationalization in higher education.

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  • Tim McNamara, The University of Melbourne, Australia

    Tim McNamara


    Tim McNamara is Professor in the School of Languages and Linguistics at The University of Melbourne, where he teaches and supervises at graduate level in Applied Linguistics. His publications include Measuring Second Language Performance (Longman, 1996), Language Testing (OUP, 2000) and Language Testing: The Social Dimension (with Carsten Roever, Blackwell, 2006). His main areas of research are in language testing (particularly specific purpose language testing, Rasch measurement, and the social context of language tests), and in language and identity.

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Plenary Panelists

  • Jennifer Jenkins, University of Southampton, UK

    Jennifer Jenkins

    Jennifer Jenkins is Professor of Global Englishes and Director of the Centre for Global Englishes at the University of Southampton, and founding co-editor of both the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca and the book series Developments in English as a Lingua Franca (De Gruyter Mouton). She has published numerous articles and chapters on ELF along with two monographs, The Phonology of English as an International Language (Oxford University Press 2000) and English as a Lingua Franca: Attitude and Identity (Oxford University Press 2007), as well as a university coursebook, World Englishes (Routledge 2009, second edition.). She is currently writing a book on ELF and English language policy in higher education (Routledge 2013).

  • Anna Mauranen, University of Helsinki, Finland

    Anna Mauranen

    Anna Mauranen is Professor of English at the University of Helsinki. Her recent research and publications focus on English as a lingua franca, corpus linguistics, modelling spoken language, and academic discourses. She is a co-editor of JELF, the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca. She is currently running corpus-based research projects on spoken and written academic English as a lingua franca (the ELFA project), and on Global English. Her major publications include: Exploring ELF: Academic English shaped by non-native speakers (2012), English as a Lingua Franca - Studies and Findings (ed. with Ranta 2009); Linear Unit Grammar (with Sinclair 2006), Translation Universals - Do They Exist (2004), Cultural Differences in Academic Rhetoric (1993).

  • Barbara Seidlhofer, University of Vienna, Austria

    Barbara Seidlhofer

    Barbara Seidlhofer is Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at the University of Vienna. Her teaching and research focus on sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis and pragmatics, in particular in their application to language teacher education. She has been conducting research within the EU project DYLAN (Language dynamics and management of diversity) into the implications of English as a lingua franca for European multilingualism and vice versa. She is the founding director of VOICE, the freely available Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English, which provides a basis for the analysis of ELF interactions. Her most recent book is Understanding English as a Lingua Franca (Oxford University Press 2011). She is also co-editor (with Jennifer Jenkins and Anna Mauranen) of the new Journal of English as a Lingua Franca (de Gruyter Mouton).
    Her publications include the books Pronunciation (with C. Dalton), OUP 1994, Approaches to Summarization: Discourse Analysis and Language Education, Gunter Narr 1995, Principle and Practice in Applied Linguistics (with G. Cook) OUP 1995; Language Policy and Language Education in Emerging Nations (with R. de Beaugrande and M. Grosman), Ablex 1998, Controversies in Applied Linguistics, OUP 2003, Foreign Language Communication and Learning (with K. Knapp), Mouton de Gruyter 2009, and From International to Local English – and Back Again (with R. Facchinetti & D. Crystal), Peter Lang 2010.

  • Henry Widdowson, University of Vienna, Austria

    Henry Widdowson

    Henry Widdowson in earlier years taught at the universities of Edinburgh, London and Essex. He was a founding editor of the journal Applied Linguistics and for thirty years acted as applied linguistics adviser to Oxford University Press. He has lectured and written extensively on applied linguistics, discourse analysis and language teaching and his most recent publications include Defining Issues in English Language Teaching (2003), Text.Context,Pretext (2004) and Discourse Analysis (2007) – a book in the series Oxford Introductions to Language Study, of which he is editor. Now retired but still (relatively) active, he is Honorary Professor at the University of Vienna.