KEYNOTE SPEAKER Prof. Emeritus Dr. Muhammad Haji Salleh (Universiti Sains Malaysia)
Prof. Emeritus Dr. Muhammad Haji Salleh is a poet, critic, editor and translator in both Malay and English. He has publishedfifteen collections of poems and some forty-odd books of criticism, theoretical writings and translation, includingBeyond the Archipelago and The Poetics of Malay Literature. He has been awarded the S.E.A Literary Prize, made a National Laureate of Malaysia (Sasterawan Negara) and in 1991, named a National Scholar of Excellence (Tokoh Akademik Negara) for his contribution to scholarship, and also an emeritus professor with Universiti Sains Malaysia. He is at present working on a translation of Sulalat al-Salatin and a transcription of the oldest Hikayat Hang Tuah. At 75 he is beginning to edit and fill in the gaps in his long autobiography.
1. Assistant Prof. Dr. Ruanni Tupas (National Institute of Education, Singapore)
Ruanni Tupas is an applied sociolinguist from the National Institute of Education in Singapore, teaching and doing research on issues concerning all forms of inequality at the intersection of sociolinguistics and education. In particular, he is interested in finding ways to understand and resolve the messy relationship between language use and language pedagogy. He is sole editor of Unequal Englishes: The Politics of Englishes Today (Palgrave) and co-editor of Language, Education and Nation-building: Assimilation and shift in Southeast Asia (Palgrave) and Why English? Confronting the Hydra (Multilingual Matters). His recent publications have appeared in the Journal of Sociolinguistics, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Journal of Multicultural Discourses, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Language and Education, Intercultural Education, and Language Teaching. Profile
2. Associate Prof. Dr. Ahmar Mahboob (University of Sydney, Australia)
Ahmar Mahboob is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. Ahmar is keenly interested in the application of language sciences to developmental issues, with a particular focus on education. His primary research interest is on an examination of policies, practices, and implications of language variation in local and global contexts. In pursuing this goal, Ahmar draws from and contributes to a range of linguistics and applied linguistics traditions, theories, and methodologies. Ahmar has published extensively and is the current co-editor of TESOL Quarterly. Profile
3. Prof. Dr. Zuraidah Mohd Don (University of Malaya, Malaysia)
Zuraidah Mohd Don is the Adviser to the Council of Language Deans and also Chair, English Language Standards and Quality Council, two bodies set up by the Ministry of Education to look into the teaching and learning of English Language in Malaysia. Her research covers a wide field centred on the study of language, ranging from Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis to Corpus Linguistics and English Language Teaching. She aims to use linguistic expertise to make a positive contribution to the outside world. Her articles are also published in the prestigious Journal of Pragmatics, Discourse & Society, IEICE Transactions, Text & Talk and Language and Communication. Profile