TESOL-NELTA Regional Conference and Symposium 2019, Nepal

Key Speakers

Prof. Dr. Abhi Subedi Born in Terathum of eastern Nepal, Dr. Abhi Subedi received his higher education in Nepal and Britain. He is an essayist, literary critic, linguist, playwright, cultural writer and poet. He has over two- dozen books on different subjects including English language teaching, to his credit. He has written over 10 plays, most of which are performed by strong theatre groups in Nepal and abroad. Professor Subedi has taught 46 years at the Central Department of English and supervised many PhD research works. He is the founding former President of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) UNESCO from 2000—2008, and member of International Playwright’s Forum from 2000-2011. He is Honorary Member of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) UNESCO. Subedi became two times General Secretary, and President (1990-1992) of the Linguistic Society of Nepal). He was twice President of the Literary Association of Nepal. Currently, he is vice-President of the Nepali Folklore Society, and member of International Association of Theatre Critics. He has written extensively about Nepali arts, artists, cultural studies and folklore. He is involved in a number of interdisciplinary study groups and a prolific writer on issues of freedom, culture, literature, arts and social transformations. His essays and seminar papers are published in Nepal and outside. Subedi has presented papers in seminars in countries of Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. Keynote Title: Imbrication of ELT and Ecology Prof. Alan Maley Alan Maley’s career in English Language Teaching began with The British Council in 1962.  After post-graduate training at the University of Leeds under Prof. Peter Strevens and Prof. Pit Corder, he worked for the British Council in Jugoslavia, Ghana, Italy, France, PR China and India over a period of 26 years.  After resigning from the Council in 1988, he became Director-General of the Bell Educational Trust in Cambridge (1988-93).  He then took up the post of Senior Fellow in the Department of English, National University of Singapore, where he stayed for 5 years   His last full-time post was as Dean and Professor of the Institute for English Language Education, Assumption University, Bangkok, where he set up new MA programmes.  Since retiring from Assumption in 2004, he has occupied a number of visiting professorial posts at Leeds Metropolitan, Nottingham, Durham, Malaysia (UKM), Vietnam (OU-HCMC) and Germany (Universitat Augsburg).


He has published extensively and was series editor for the Oxford Resource Books for Teachers for over 20 years. He continues to write for publication.  He also remains active as a speaker at national and international conferences.


 He was a co-founder of The Extensive Reading Foundation, and of The C group: Creativity for Change in Language Education.  He is a past-President of IATEFL, and was given the ELTons Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.


Email: yelamoo@yahoo.co.uk

Keynote Title: The Ecology of Educational Revolution Prof. Lia D. Kamhi-Stein Lía D. Kamhi-Stein is professor and coordinator of the MA in TESOL Program at California State University, Los Angeles. She is originally from Argentina, where she was an EFL learner. She is a past president of California TESOL and served on TESOL’s Board of Directors (2004-2007). She has published widely in the TESOL field. Her research interests include issues of nonnative English-speaking teachers, language teacher identity, and TESOL teacher preparation. Keynote Title: From Methods to an Ecological Approach to Language Teaching       Prof. Dr. Jai Raj Awasthi Jai Raj Awasthi, born in a remote village of Dachula district of Nepal, started his teaching career in 1975 from Nepalgunj Campus of Tribhuvan University.  His four- decade long teaching at Tribhuvan University continued until he took retirement as a Professor of English language Education in 2015. From 2011-15 he worked as the founding Vice-Chancellor of Far-western University. Currently he is visiting faculty at School of Education of Kathmandu University.  After his post-graduate studies in English literature and English education from Tribhuvan University, he earned his third Master’s degree from the University of Michigan in Applied Linguistics (ESL) as a Fulbright scholar in 1987, where he had an opportunity to study with Profs. J.C. Catford, John Swales, Peter Hook, Larry Selinker, Susan Gass, and Joan Morley. He completed his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hyderabad, India in 1995. He won Fulbright Post-doctoral scholarship in 2005 to work with Prof Susan Gass at Michigan State University on second language studies. He has co-authored and co-edited more than 35 textbooks for school and university levels students. He has given plenary and key speeches in national and international conferences on ELT and education. He was one of the founding members of Linguistic Society of Nepal (LSN), Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA), Fulbright Alumni Association of Nepal (FAAN) and Teacher Educators’ Society Nepal (TESON) and worked as the past President of NELTA and LSN. Email: jrawasthi@gmail.com Keynote Title: Ecopedagogy and English Language Teaching in Nepal Prof. Dr. Vishnu S Rai

Prof. Dr. Vishnu S Rai is a multidimensional personality. He has extensive experience of working in the fields of ELT, Endangered Languages, Multilingual Education, Ethno-linguistics, Language-Literature Interface, Material Development, and Creative Writing. He has over 30 years of teaching experience, and he is still active in doing researches. He earned his PhD from University of Bern, Switzerland, MA TESOL from Moray House College, Edinburgh, and MA English and MEd from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. In the late 90s, as a National Consultant he helped the Curriculum Development Centre, Ministry of Education, Nepal to frame new English curricula for the lower secondary and secondary school education, and to develop and conduct training materials for the teachers to enable them for effective implementation of the new curricula. He has published over a dozen books on ELT and Linguistics some of which are taught in the local campuses. He is also a creative writer, and his poems and stories are taught inside and outside Nepal. Prof. Rai often travels to present papers and conduct workshops in different countries. He has won several awards to carry out researches and post-PhD researches, and his numerous papers have been published in national and international journals.

Email: raivishnu1@gmail.com 

Keynote Title: Ecological Education and Nepali English Teachers Dr Willy A Renandya Dr Willy A Renandya is a language teacher educator with extensive teaching experience in Asia. He currently teaches applied linguistics courses at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has given numerous plenary presentations at regional and international conferences, and published extensively in the area of second language education. His latest publications include Motivation in the language classroom (2014, TESOL International), Simple, powerful strategies for Student Centered Learning with George Jacobs and Michael Power (2016, Springer International), and Cooperative Learning in Language Education (2019) with George Jacobs. He maintains an active language teacher professional development forum called Teacher Voices: https://www.facebook.com/groups/teachervoices/. E-mail: willy.renandya@nie.edu.sg

Keynote Title: Learner Engagement in L2 Learning: An Ecological Perspective

  Mr. Ryan Brux Mr. Ryan Brux has worked in the field of EFL/ESL for nearly 20 years, having served as a professional educator in public and private schools in the U.S., the Czech Republic, Thailand, South Korea, Peru, and China.  Since 2012, Ryan has been involved extensively with teacher training and development initiatives around the globe, having served as an English Language Specialist in Ecuador, Bolivia, Uruguay, Serbia, and Egypt.  Ryan received his Master’s Degree in TESOL from Hunter College in New York City, and his Ed.S. in International Education Leadership from the American College of Education.  Ryan’s interests in the EFL field include student motivation, the EFL learning environment, English camp programming, service learning, and teacher leadership.  A former director and lead trainer of a TEFL teacher certification program in Boston, Massachusetts, Ryan is currently the program director at an international high school in Shanghai, China.

Keynote Title: Key Components for Delivering an Effective English Immersion Camp

Ms. Jennifer Borch Jennifer Borch has spent the past 20 years in language education in both the United States and abroad. She has developed language and cultural education projects and facilitated teacher training in the Middle East, North Africa, Vietnam, Senegal, and France. Jennifer holds a Master of Arts (M.A.) in French from the University of Vermont and an M.A. in TESOL from Saint Michael’s College where she teaches in the graduate program and supervises students seeking Vermont state teaching licensure. Jennifer’s areas of academic interest include service learning, virtual cultural exchange, technology integration in the classroom, and girls’ empowerment training. She is currently the Education Program Coordinator at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Colchester, Vermont where she manages English language, U.S. citizenship, and technology education programming for New Americans and provides professional development training for teachers and organizations interested in best practices with refugee-background students. Keynote Title: Courageous Classrooms in the 21st Century: Daring Greatly to Bring out the Best in our Students

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Location: Malla Hotel, Thamel, Kathmandu
From : 27th August, 2020

To : 27th August, 2020

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