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Keynote Speakers

Professor Marcia Langton, AM
Inaugural Professor of Australian Indigenous Studies, University of Melbourne
Marcia Langton, AM, is currently Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne.  Her doctoral fieldwork was conducted in eastern Cape York Peninsula during the 1990s, and her experience of the statutory land claim and native title system in this region was informed by a decade of administration and fieldwork pertaining to Aboriginal land rights in the Northern Territory of Australia. She was awarded a PhD from Macquarie University in 2005. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). She is Chair of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership.

Professor Vaidehi Ramanathan
Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Davis
Vaidehi Ramanathan is a Professor of Applied/Sociolinguistics in the Linguistics Department at the University of California, Davis. Her publications include Alzheimer discourse: Some sociolinguistic dimensions (Lawrence Erlbaum 1997), The Politics of TESOL Education: writing, knowledge, critical pedagogy (Routledge 2002), and The English-Vernacular Divide: Postcolonial language politics and practice (Multilingual Matters).

Professor Alastair Pennycook
Professor of Language in Education, University of Technology, Sydney
Alastair Pennycook is Professor of Language in Education at the University of Technology, Sydney. His publications include The Cultural Politics of English as an International Language (Longman), English and the Discourses of Colonialism (1998, Routledge), Critical Applied Linguistics (2001, Lawrence Erlbaum), and Global Englishes, Transcultural Flows (2006, Routledge).

Both Vaidehi and Alastair co-edit the “Critical Language and Literacy” book series with Bonny Norton (Multilingual Matters)

Professor Beverley Derewianka
Professor of Education, University of Wollongong
Beverly Derewianka is Professor of Language Education at the University of Wollongong, where she is Director of the Centre for Research in Language and Literacy (CRILL). Beverly has worked as an ESL teacher in primary, secondary and adult contexts and has been a teacher educator in the TESOL field for over twenty years. She has played a key role in syllabus development both in Australia and internationally. Her research interests include the relationship between research, policy and practice as well as genre theory and language development in adolescence.

Dr Shelley Wong
President Elect of TESOL and Associate Professor of Multicultural/ESL/Bilingual Education, George Mason University, Fairfax
Shelley Wong is an Associate Professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia in Multilingual/Multicultural education.  She has taught in secondary schools, adult schools, colleges, universities and teacher education programs in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Columbus, Ohio and the Washington, D.C. area.  Her research interests are dialogic approaches to TESOL/Bilingual Education, socio-cultural approaches to literacy, and critical multiculturalism.  She is the author of Dialogic Approaches to TESOL:  Where the Ginkgo Tree Grows.

Dr Sinfree Makoni
Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State University
Sinfree Makoni is a PANAfricanist who was educated in Ghana and Edinburgh and has held professional appointments in southern Africa and currently lives and teaches in the US. He teaches at Pennyslvania State University. His main research areas are: language and health, language planning, popular culture with special reference to contemporary and historical music of liberation movements, the military and police, language and urbanization, and historical sociolinguistics.

He has co-authored a book with Kees deBot on Language in aging in multilingual contexts (2005) Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, and co-edited a series of books the most recent being Disinventing Language (2007), Clevedon and Multilingual Matters co-edited with Alastair Pennycook. His publications have appeared in a number of journals including: Current Issues in Language Planning; Journal of Language and Identity; Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology; Critical Issues in Language Studies an International Journal, and Communication Reports.