Kenote Speakers


Assoc. Prof. Jason Miin-Hwa Lim
Malaysian University of Sabah, Malaysia

Jason Miin-Hwa Lim is an Associate Professor at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS). He has successfully supervised Ph.D. and Master’s students in research pertaining to Applied Linguistics, English Language, and English for Specific Purposes. Associate Professor Lim has numerous research-based publications including papers on Applied Linguistics and Language Education in national and international refereed journals, books and anthology series. His recent publications indexed in ISI Web of Science include research-based papers in English for Specific Purposes (Elsevier) in 2006 and 2014, Iberica: Journal of the European Association of Languages for Specific Purposes(AELFE) in 2011 and 2014, Journal of English for Academic Purposes(Elsevier) in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016, System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics (Elsevier) in 2007 and 2014, and Discourse Studies (Sage) in 2011 and 2013. He was invited to be a Keynote Speaker for the Second International Conference on Languages, Literature and Linguistics in 2012, the Second International Conference on Humanity, Culture and Society in 2013, the International Seminar on Language Teaching in 2014, and the 2015 International Conference on Culture, Languages and Literature. He was also the Convenor of the International Conference on Languages, Linguistics and Society (ICLALIS) in 2013. Currently Associate Professor Lim is (i) an Editorial Board Member of Journal of English for Academic Purposes (Elsevier), (ii) an International Advisory Board Member ofJournal of Modern Languages (University of Malaya), and (ii) a reviewer of eight ISI-indexed journals in Applied Linguistics and Language Education. Apart from being an External Course Assessor, he has been an External Examiner of doctoral theses submitted to research universities. Dr. Lim has conducted various workshops (for lecturers and postgraduate candidates) on Academic Writing and Research Writing in Southeast Asian countries. He was also a recipient of (i) the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award (for research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA) in 2009 and 2010, and (ii) the RELC (Singapore) Research Fellowship Award in 2014 and 2015. 

Prof. Yi Zhang
Northwestern Polytecnical University, China

Yi Zhang, Professor, Associate Dean of School of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Northwestern Polytecnical University. Her research area covers Teacher Education, Second Language Acquisition and Comparative Studies of Language Education etc. As the first and correspondent author, she has published 50 papers in peer reviewed journals both in China and abroad. She has organized and accomplished more than 20 research projects granted by the government. In 2014, she obtained "National Award for Teaching Achievement" rewarded by Chinese Ministry of Education. Since 2000, she has been awarded 5 times by the provincial government and 8 times by the university for her teaching and research.  

Prof. Zhang is a councilor member of Chinese Educational Linguistic Association,  member of Asian Teachers' Association, oral examiner of Business English Certificate (BEC) test and invited reviewer of Linguistics and Literature Studies.   

Speech Title: An Analysis of Chinese Scholars' Published Linguistic Articles (2004-2014)
Abstract: This study aims to find the features of the linguistic research articles written by Chinese scholars from 2004 to 2014. Articles from international journals cited by SCI, SSCI and A&HCI are classified. Among the 172 journals, Chinese scholars' have over 1452 articles published, covering 73.8% of the journals. According to the impact factor, the articles from top 25 journals are studied from the perspective of research topic, participant, instrument and method. Findings suggest that Chinese scholars' research interest cover a wide range of topics and different research methods are adopted. Chinese EFL learners are the major research participants. Suggestions about the future of the linguistic research and language teaching are offered.  

Assoc. Prof.Ronald Candy S. Lasaten

Mariano Marcos State University, Philippines

Ronald Candy S. Lasaten is from the City of Batac, Ilocos Norte, Philippines. He earned his degree Doctor of Philosophy major in Applied Linguistics at the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) Graduate School, Laoag City, Philippines in 2012.
He is presently an Associate Professor at the Mariano Marcos State University College of Teacher Education (CTE), Laoag City. He is the College Coordinator for Instructional Materials Development, Coordinator for Board Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (BLEPT) Review and the Editor-in-chief of the CTE Research Journal. His research interests include linguistics, language, literature, language and literature teaching, language and literature assessment, instructional materials development and integration of ICT in education.
Dr. Lasaten is the Vice President for Research of the Association of Teacher Education Administrators (ATEA), member in Asian Qualitative Research Association (AQRA), Philippine Association for Teacher Education (PAFTE), and International English Learners Training Institute (IELTI).