Plenary speakers

Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing at Arizona State University, where he works closely with doctoral students specializing in second language writing. The Founding Chair of the Symposium on Second Language Writing and Editor of the Parlor Press Series on Second Language Writing, he has published numerous books, articles and book chapters on various topics related to second language writing as well as larger fields of applied linguistics, rhetoric and composition, and
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. He is currently Second Vice President and President-Elect of the American Association for Applied Linguistics.
  Prof Derin Atay is currently the head of  the Department of English Language Teaching at Marmara University, İstanbul. Her research interests are intercultural competence in pre- and in-service teacher education, teachers’ professional development and development of L2 vocabulary.   She has published internationally in various journals, including The Canadian Modern Language Review, the ELT Journal, English for Specific Purposes, Journal of Language, Identity and Education, Teacher Development,  Language and Intercultural Communication, Language Teaching Research, and Asian EFL Journal.  

Mark James is an Associate Professor of applied linguistics and director of undergraduate studies in the English department at Arizona State University, USA, where he teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses.  Dr. James' research deals with issues related to curriculum, teaching, and learning in second language education, in particular the practical and theoretical aspects of learning transfer.  His work has been published in a variety of international journals (e.g., ELT Journal, English for Specific Purposes, International Review of Applied Linguistics, Journal of Second Language Writing, TESOL Quarterly, The Modern Language Journal, Written Communication), and he has given numerous presentations on this work at international conferences (e.g., AAAL, AILA, TESOL).