Plenary Speakers of PanSIG 2019

At PanSIG 2019, the plenary talks will be done in a special interview format in coordination with the TEFLology Podcast. Our plenary speakers will be interviewed for 30 minutes, and then answer questions submitted by the audience. We hope that this engaging style will produce intriguing answers for the audience. As well, the plenary talks will be recorded and available later on JALT related social media.

Information about our three plenary speakers is included below; for details about when the plenary speakers are schduled, please see our PanSIG 2019 schedule overview.

Dr. Stephanie Ann Houghton

Dr. Stephanie Ann HoughtonStephanie Ann Houghton (PhD) is an Associate Professor at Saga University, Japan. She holds a doctorate in education from Durham University, England. She is co-founder and co-editor of the Intercultural Communication and Language Education book series (Springer). Focusing on ways of overcoming prejudice and discrimination, she has published numerous books and international peer-reviewed articles on the development of intercultural dialogue and native-speakerism. Now based in the Faculty of Art and Regional Design, and Graduate School of Regional Design in Art and Economics, her research activities explore links between dance (as non-verbal communication), fitness (as health-oriented social activity) and intercultural communication. Centring on the understanding and prevention of Alzheimer's Disease, her educational curriculum links heritage management, intercultural dialogue, technology (STEAM), art generation, health, fitness and economics (social business). She places a special emphasis upon the preservation and revitalization of unwritten densho geino culture, which is on the brink of extinction in Japan's ageing society, using local mask dance Menburyu as a flagship example. This work is showcased in an exhibition entitled 'Menburyu: Past, Present and Future' held at Saga University Art Museum (SUAM) (December 2018), and the Sakagura sake festival (Kuretake Brewery) in Kashima, Saga (March 23-24 2019). See:

Dr. Siew Ming Thang

Dr. Thang Siew MingDr. Thang Siew Ming is a recently retired Professor and former Chair of the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, The National University of Malaysia. She is President of PacCALL and Co-chair of GLoCALL series of conferences. She is also active in eye-tracking research and is President of APAREM (Asia Pacific Association of Research in Eye Movements). Her key areas of interest are Learner Autonomy, CALL, Learning Styles and Strategies, Motivation Studies and Eye Movements Research. She has published extensively and is on the editorial boards of numerous well-known CALL and Language Education journals. Her recent publications are available in highly reputable journals such as the CALL, TAPER, Language & Education, EAR, AJET, IRRODL, IJPL, 3L and GEMA. Recently she has been appointed as a board member of the steering committee of WorldCALL.

She has also given plenary presentations at various renowned CALL conferences. Her recent focus has been on the impact of technologies on language learning and the role of CALL in promoting autonomy and engagement, building motivation and confidence, and developing language learning skills. She has also explored and discussed the role of CALL in Asian countries particularly Southeast Asian countries, delving particularly on the extent CALL has benefited students in this region and the extent teachers have successfully implemented CALL in and out of the classrooms.

Dr. Kensaku Yoshida

(To be announced)