Confirmed keynote speakers:

1. Prof. Dr. Marianne Nikolov, University of Pécs

Marianne Nikolov is Professor Emerita of English Applied Linguistics at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Early in her career, she taught English as a foreign language to young learners for a decade.

Her research interests include: the age factor; early learning and teaching of modern languages: assessment of processes and outcomes in language education; individual differences such as aptitude, attitudes, and motivation contributing to language development; teacher education, teacher's beliefs and practices, and language policy.

Her publications include longitudinal classroom research and large-scale national assessment projects. For her full CV see her website.

2. Prof. Dr. Piotr Cap, University of Lodz

Piotr Cap is Professor of Linguistics and head of the Department of Pragmatics at the University of Łódź, Poland. His interests are in pragmatics, critical discourse studies, political linguistics and genre theory.

His book publications include Perspectives in Politics and Discourse (Benjamins, 2010), Proximization: The Pragmatics of Symbolic Distance Crossing (Benjamins, 2013), Analyzing Genres in Political Communication (Benjamins, 2013), Contemporary Critical Discourse Studies (Bloomsbury, 2014) and The Language of Fear: Communicating Threat in Public Discourse.

He is Managing Editor of International Review of Pragmatics and a regular contributor to Journal of Pragmatics, Discourse & Society, and Critical Discourse Studies.

3. Prof. Dr. Azirah Binti Hashim, University of Malaya

Azirah Hashim is Professor of Linguistics and, currently, the Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya.

Her research interests include Language Contact in the Region, English as a Lingua Franca in ASEAN, Language and Law, and Higher Education in ASEAN.

Her publications include co-edited volumes, Communicating with Asia: the Future of English as a Global Language by Cambridge University Press with Leitner, G. and Wolf, HG and International Arbitration Discourse and Practices in Asia by Routledge, London with Bhatia, V.K. et. al..

She has also published articles in World Englishes, Text and Talk, Multilingua, Discourse Studies, English for Academic Purposes and others.

Azirah is Founding President of the Malaysian Association of Applied Linguistics and Vice-President of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA).

She has been involved in ASEAN projects on narrowing the development gap and internationalization of higher education and currently leads the University of Malaya Erasmus+ ASEAN-EU multi-partnered joint project on research capacity building in higher education, and the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Asia-Europe Institute from 2017 to 2020.