Topic outline

  • Venue

  • Plenary Speakers

    Alan Schwartz is CEO & Founder of EnglishCentral

    Alan Schwartz is CEO & Founder of EnglishCentral.  He started his journey towards a career in EdTech as an English teacher in China over 25 years ago.   After that he spent over a decade in the speech recognition industry, including as head of Nuance’s Mobile & Consumer division where he worked with Sony to develop of one of the first mobile games using speech technology called "Talkman" Google Ventures, he founded EnglishCentral which has become one of the leading conversational platforms for learning English online. Alan has a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from Harvard University.


    Running wild: Strategies to Increase Student Engagement Online

    Wise teachers often say that “95% of good teaching is just getting students engaged.”  Online learning presents a new opportunity to both measure engagement and create learning methods that increase it.  Facebook sets the high bar for online engagement: 65% of its billion plus users are on the platform for an average of 40 minutes per day. For online learning, the current stats are much less impressive.  For example, the initial enthusiasm for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) dampened when data showed that on average, completion rates were below 10%.  The challenge for online platforms is to infuse themselves with some of the Facebook mojo to drive up engagement rates.  This Plenary will showcase 5 of the best online English learning platforms and the techniques each uses to drive student engagement.


    Dr. Thang Siew Ming

    Dr. Thang Siew Ming has retired as a Professor from the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, the National University of Malaysia since 1 January 2017.  However, she is still very active in the field of CALL, Language Studies and Language Education. She is President of PacCALL and Co-chair of GLoCALL series of conferences.  Her key areas of interest are Learner Autonomy, CALL, Learning Styles and Strategies and Motivation Studies.  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.


    Creating a technology-enhanced learning environment in the South-east Asian context: Sharing experiences and offering possible solutions

    Research studies have revealed that technologies can promote and enhance language learning in a variety of ways (such as promoting autonomy and engagement, cultivating problem-solving skills, building motivation and confidence, and developing language learning skills etc.). Technologies have also been described as having an impact on the development of pedagogy and promoting teacher professional development by enabling them to re-think their approaches to teaching. However, despite such promising results, technologies are still not used extensively in schools especially in the South-east Asia context. This paper will explore challenges faced in the implementation of technologies in various parts of Asia focusing primarily on Malaysia. It will also offer some possible solutions to address the issues raised. Finally it will describe some exciting new ways to create innovative language learning environments appropriate for the South-east Asian context.

    Dr. Marta González-Lloret

    Dr. Marta González-Lloret is a Full Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, United States, where she has been teaching for 25 years. She teaches courses on methodology for language teaching, pedagogy, pragmatics and uses of technology for language teaching. Her research focuses on the intersections between technology and task-based language teaching, technology and L2 pragmatic acquisition, Conversation Analysis, performance-based assessment and teacher education. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with students and teachers and has given talks and workshops all over the world, including Spain, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, New Zealand, Mexico, and the United States. Her most recent publication is “A Practical Guide to Integrating Technology into Task-based Language Teaching” published in 2015 by Georgetown University Press.

    Technology-mediated Task-based Language Teaching: Principles and Applications

    This presentation will explore the idea that the integration of Task-based Language Teaching (TBLT) and technological innovations is an excellent way to prepare our students to be citizens of a new global world in which digital and language skills are essential. The presentation will introduce main principles of TBLT and characteristics of tasks that have been demonstrated by Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research to be effective for language learning. It will then show examples of freely available technologies that can be used to bring those tasks to language classes with different levels of technology access, highlighting the reasons while they are effective for language learning and providing references to CALL research to support them. Finally, the presentation will point out some challenges of integrating tasks and technologies and will suggest how we can move forward to overcome them.

    Guest Plenary Speaker

    Gu, Yueguo, M.A., Ph.D., Dr. Lit. honoris causa (all from Lancaster University), is a research professor, the Head of the Corpus Linguistics Department, and Director of Corpus and Computational Linguistics Research Centre of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He is also the holder of Special Titled Professor, and Director of China Multilingual Multimodal Corpora and Big Data Research Centre, Founding Dean of the Institute of Beiwai Online Education, Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is the President of ChinaCALL. His research interests include pragmatics, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, rhetoric and online education. He was the winner of five national top research prizes, and was awarded a K. C. Wong Fellow of the British Academy in 1997.

    Pros and cons of platform and courseware design: Critical reflections on 24-year practice in BFS

    In 1993 BFSU, the top leading institution in foreign languages education in China, organized a computer-assisted language learning (CALL) workshop, perhaps the first of this kind in China. In 1999 BFSU launched the Institute of Beiwai Online Education under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, which presently by 2017 provides online learning for over 40,000 concurrent students. It has so happened that I have been the chief player, first as the School Dean, then as the Pro-VC of the University, who personally has been intricately involved in the overall design and first-hand management of the CALL programmes over the past 24 years.

    This paper presents a critical review, by no means comprehensive one, but with a focus on the platform and courseware designs that have continuously been evolving. There are two platforms, viz. Educational Management Platform (EMP) and Content Management Platform (CMP), both being home designed and developed. There are several hundred courseware programmes forming what is known as a rainbow tower structure. In retrospection, there are ups and downs, pros and cons, pleasure and misery. Academically are the platforms and courseware programmes “things that make us smart” (Norman’s words) or things that make us dummy”? Such critical reflections, it is so hoped, will be helpful and beneficial to myself as designer and director, and to the field at large.

    Guest Speaker

    Eric Hagley teaches at Muroran Institute of Technology. His research interests are in virtual exchange, telecollaboration and extensive reading. He is the chair of the Asia Pacific Virtual Exchange Association (APVEA) and head of the International Virtual Exchange (IVE) Project. The IVE Project has had over 7000 students from 8 countries participate in online language and culture exchanges over the last 2 years. He will co-present with Thom Rawson.

    Bringing the world to your classroom through online exchange

    Virtual Exchange (VE) is beneficial for foreign language teachers and their students but is still not easily accessible to the mainstream. Students in EFL classrooms often have few opportunities to physically interact with students in other countries in English. VE gives them virtual mobility, enabling them to participate in a global community. In this presentation, the authors introduce the International Virtual Exchange Project (IVE Project) which has had over 7000 students from 8 countries participate for free in VE. Students interact online in English as a lingua franca. Exchanges are carried out over 8 week periods. Outcomes from the project, sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, are outlined using questionnaire data, text analysis and student feedback. Details of how this VE can become a part of any English communication class throughout the world will be outlined, in addition to ideas for incorporating it into classroom practice.

    • Hotels and tourism


      Information on hotels and tourism

      There are numerous hotels in and around the area of Bandar Seri Begawan district. These include:

      4 star and above:

      Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam

      The Rizqun International Hotel

      The Empire Hotel & Country Club, Brunei isn't in the Bandar Seri Begawan district but is close to the venue. It is a 5-star resorts style accommodation.

      The Centerpoint

      3 star hotels include:

      Times Hotel

      Badi'ah Hotel (close to a 4-star hotel)

      The Brunei Hotel

      Kiulap Plaza Hotel

      GLoCALL takes no responsibility for your hotel reservations. These listed here are only listed for your convenience. You are welcome to choose other hotels if you wish.

      Brunei has many attractions. Please view the official tourism site here. Tripadviser also has information on things to do in Brunei. Points of interest include:
      A list of some of the tourist attractions in Brunei:

      1.    Kampong Ayer (Water Village)
      2.    Royal Regalia Building
      3.    Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
      4.    James ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
      5.    Ulu Temburong National Park
      6.    Istana Nurul Iman
      7.    The Empire Hotel and Country Club
      8.    Tasek Lama Recreational Park
      9.    Bukit Shahbandar
      10.    Tasek Merimbun
      11.    Brunei Museum
      12.    Arts & Handicrafts Centre
      13.    Oil and Gas Discovery Centre
      14.    Billionth Barrel Monument

      We are currently liaising with one of the local travel agents (Freme Travel) on the possibility of setting up a travel booth during the conference. They offer various Brunei tours which delegates might be interested.
      website ~

      Optional Tours: Based on -2 pax

      B01 Half Day City Tour   @ B$40 pp

      B02 Half Day City & Water Village Tour   @ B$60 pp

      B04 Full Day City & Water Village Tour   @ B$120 pp

      B05 Brunei By Night Tour  @ B$65 nett pp

      B06 Seria Oilfield Tour  @ B$120 nett pp

      B09 Mangrove River Safari Tour  B$75 nett pp

      B16 Best Of Temburong:  B$150 nett pp

      B18 Temburong Highlights:  :  B$240 nett pp

    • Organizing committee (international and local)


      International Committee members for GLoCALL 2017 & PCBET Joint Conference



      E-mail addresses

      Executive Committee

      Siew Ming Thang (Co-Chair)

      Jeong-Bae Son (Co-Chair)

      Anil Laxman Pathak (Local Chair)

      tsm.2001uk at

      jeong-bae.son at

      anil.pathak at


      Program Committee

      Thomas Robb (Head)

      Jonathan Harrison

      Siew Ming Thang

      Jeong-Bae Son

      trobb at

      jon.harrison at

      tsm.2001uk at

      jeong-bae.son at

      Proposal Review Committee

      Eric Hagley (Head)

      David Campbell

      Jonathan Harrison

      Jung Tae Kim

      Long V. Nguyen
      Makimi Kano

      Mitch Terhune

      Mohammed Mohsen

      Martin Meadows

      Penelope Coutas

      Tan Choon Keong

      Pramela Krishnasamy

      Noorizah Mohd. Noor


      hagley at

      campbell at

      jon.harrison at

      kim.jungtae at

      nvlong at

      Makimik at

      nmterhune at

      mmohsen1976 at

      meadows at

      p.coutas at

      cktanums at

      pramela at

      nmn at

      Publicity Committee

      Najihah Mahmud (Head)

      Baizura Aziz

      Warid Mihat


      Najihahmhmd at

      zura.aziz_155 at

      warid.mihat at

      Hospitality Committee

      Chau Meng Huat

      Chaumenghuat at




      Kean Wah Lee (Head)

      Siew Ming Thang

      Keanwah at

      tsm.2001uk at

      Registration Committee

      Toshiko Koyama (Head)

      Azianura Hani Shaari

      Liz Ng Lay Shi


      mtkoyama at

      Azianura at

      liz_lsng at


      Local Committee members for GLoCALL 2017 & PCBET

      Joint Conference

      Conference Committee Advisor
      Associate Professor Dr Hjh Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman

      Steering Committee
      Pg Dr Haji Md Esa Al-Islam bin Pg Haji Md Yunus
      Professor Dr. Nawaf Saeid
      Dr Hjh Noor Maya Hj Md Salleh
      Professor Dr Zuruzi Abu Samah
      Dr Au Thien Wan
      Dr Anil Laxman Pathak
      Hamdani Haji Ibrahim

      Organising Committee
      Chairperson : Dr Anil Laxman Pathak
      Deputy Chairperson : Muhammad Al-Qusyairi Hj Abd Kahar

      Secretariat & Finance
      Chairperson : Hjh Shanafizahwatty Hj Mat Salleh
      Deputy Chairperson : Hjh Mariam Hj Abd Rahman
      Deputy Chairperson (Finance) : Nurul Hafizah Hj Hassan

      Technical Committee
      Chairperson : Dr Lee Kok Yueh
      Deputy Chairperson I: Dr David Hassell
      Member: Dr Au Thien Wan

      External Reviewers
      Dr Chau Meng Huat (Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
      Dr Salmah Yaakub (University of Coventry, United Kingdom)
      Dr Manal Makoshi (University of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
      Dr Su Hang (Beihang University, China)
      Dr Shuangling Li (Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, China)
      Dr Lanfen Huang (Shih Chien University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
      Dr Baramee Kheovichai (Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)

      Member (Photography) :
      Dk Aida Pg Hj Ahmad
      Awg Hj Abdul Hafidz bin Hj Ali Hassan
      Logistics Committee
      Chairperson of Ceremony : Muhammad Al-Qusyairi Hj Abd Kahar
      Member :
      Dk Raden Tutimuliawati Pg Hj Mahmud
      Siti Hanisah Hj Md Salleh

      Ceremony Committee
      Chairperson of Logistics : Amat Hj Tinggal
      Suzainah Hj Abdul Halim
      Pg. Siti Awa Pg Hj Mahmud
      Mohammad Zulfikri Hj Md Ali
      Amirnuddin Hj Gilen
      Invitation & Protocol Committee
      Chairperson of Invitation & Protocol :
      Dk Susidzaimah Pg Sulaiman
      Member :
      Dk. Hjh Siti Nashrah Pg Hj Md Yusof
      Dk Siti Ariana Pg Hj yusof

      Welfare Committee
      Chairperson of Welfare :
      Siti Nuratika Sri Mu’minnah Md Hadi Muslim
      Member :
      Sia Abdullah
      Nurfarah Hannani Zafari

      Accommodation Committee
      Chairperson of Accommodation : Ibrahim Hj Mohd Tahir
      Member : Mohd Saripuddin Abdullah
      Zaiddin Sirul @ Muhammad Zaidin Abdul Qayyum Sirul

      Traffic Committee
      Chairperson of Traffic : Kamarudzaman Abu Bakar
      Hasri Ibrahim
      Kamarulzaman Abdullah
      Refreshments Committee
      Chairperson of Refreshments :
      Norhuraizah Hj Md Jafaar
      Member :
      Hjh Norazillah Hj Abdullah
      Mardiyah Hj Metussin

      Transportations Committee
      Chairperson of Transportation : Nizam Mahali
      Member :
      Rozaidi Hj Lamit
      Muslim Hj Lakim

      Health & Safety Committee
      Chairperson Health & Safety : Zuliana Nayan
      Member :
      Noor Naadhirah Awg Mahmud
      Ak. Rafiyuddin Pg Bakar
      Publicity, Promotions, Printing & Sponsorship Committee
      Chairperson :
      Thulasimani Munohsamy
      Deputy Chairperson (Promotion) :
      Ak. Muhammad Rahimi Pg Hj Zahari
      Deputy Chairperson (Publicity)
      Muhammad Norfauzi bin POKDPDP Hj Dani
      Deputy Chairperson (Sponsorship) :
      Rozeanna Juani

      • Workshops

        Workshop 1 : Using online platforms to assess vocabulary knowledge by Alan Schwartz

        The Workshop will focus on how teachers can use online English learning platforms to assess student’s vocabulary knowledge, recommend specific dynamic lists of vocabulary for them to study and use online vocabulary applications to build student’s vocabulary. The session will examine how the techniques of adaptive learning and time interval learning are deployed in various online vocabulary learning applications, the various sources of vocabulary lists and word corpora and how they are used in online learning applications. Specific data will be presented from case studies of online vocabulary learning in Japan & Turkey.

        Workshop 2: Formative Assessment through in Class Mobile Game Playing by Marta González-Lloret

        Formative assessment is essential for L2 learning because it provides teachers with the information necessary to make inferences about the students’ learning and areas of difficulty to help shape, guide and modify their teaching and their curriculum. This workshop will provide support for the importance that formative assessment has for L2 learning and will suggest best teaching practices to incorporate it in L2 lessons without taking too much time. A fast, free, easy-to-create mobile quiz game called Kahoot! will be presented since it is an excellent tool to bring formative assessment into the L2 classroom in a fun and engaging manner. The presenter will guide participants to create an account and explore the tool. Participants with Internet access and a computer or mobile tool will have the chance to create their own quiz game that they can take to their L2 classrooms as well as the possibility to consult with the presenter on best practices of how to implement it into their particular context.

        Workshop 3: Writing for publication in CALL journals: Getting it right from the start by Thang Siew Ming

        The objective of this workshop is to equip early-stage CALL researchers with key pointers to aid them in writing for publication in reputable CALL journal. The presenter will also share with participants common pitfalls in academic writing by illustrating through examples of anonymous submissions. This will include a discussion on how writers succeed or fail to get their papers published and how to handle reviewers' comments and feedback. Based on what have been discussed participants are given one sample papers and ask to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the paper. This will be done in groups so that they can support each other as they work towards improving the papers.  The presenter will be moving around to give feedback and support.