Language Learning Issue | Editorial Board & Reviewers

Editor/Editorial Board and Reviews for the IAFOR Journal of Education: Language Learning Issue.


Dr Melinda Cowart
Texas Woman’s University (TWU), USA

Dr Melinda Cowart is Professor of Bilingual/ESL Teacher Education at the College of Professional Education, Texas Woman’s University (TWU).

Dr Cowart has considerable teaching, mentoring, and editorial experience, and her past professional career in education has been dedicated to exploring how to provide excellence and equity for all, including those who are linguistically, ethnically, or academically diverse. Prior to entering academia on a full-time basis, Dr Cowart taught in bilingual and ESL classrooms. She has far-reaching experience with university school partnerships, having coordinated the University of North Texas Professional Development Schools within the Dallas Independent School District for 13 years.

In her capacity as Professor of Bilingual/ESL Education at TWU, Dr Cowart has worked with faculty and students from universities and schools around the world, and championed research and writing regarding the best approaches for educating and providing leadership when addressing the unique needs of second language learners.

Since 2005, Dr Cowart has served as Managing Editor and then Series Editor of the monographic series, Critical Issues in the Education of English Language Learners. In 12 years, while mentoring faculty and guiding international students, she has edited nine completed monographs with the tenth monograph being assembled at this time.

She and her husband, Mr Ron Cowart, have worked extensively with refugee youth and adults, having been recognised for their service by former Texas Governor George W. Bush, and Presidents George Herbert Walker Bush and Bill Clinton. In 2015, Dr Cowart was selected to participate in the nationally recognised OpEd Project as a Public Voices Fellow.


Editorial Board

Members of the Editorial Board provide input on editorial needs and review manuscripts. They may also offer feedback on past issues and discuss future directions for the journal.

The IAFOR Journal of Education: Language Learning Issue is grateful for the valuable contributions of time and expertise generously donated by all Editorial Board members.

Dr Hasan M. Al-Wadi
University of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain

Dr Hasan M. Al-Wadi holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education from York St. John University, UK, 2012. He obtained his Doctor of Education (EdD) degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Exeter, UK, in 2009. The title of his dissertation is Bahraini English Language Teachers’ Perceptions of the Native-Speaker English Teachers in the Kingdom of Bahrain: How are they different? He also received his Masters’ of Education (MEd) in Instruction & Curriculum Development titled: The Effects of Using Creative Thinking Activities in Learning English on Third Secondary Commercial School Students’ Creative Skills from the University of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain in 2003. His BA is in English Language and Literature – Minoring in Education, which he received from the University of Bahrain, Kingdom of Bahrain, in 1999.

Since joining the academic field, Dr Hasan has published several articles in different indexed international journals. He also managed to receive two research grants (each for 1,500 BHD, around 4,000 USD). Dr Hasan’s areas of research interest are (but not limited to) Critical issues in TESOL, Teacher Education, Teachers’ Professional Knowledge and Cognition, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Theory, Continual Professional Development, Language Testing, English as a medium of instruction, and Interferences of Educational Policy on Language Education Policy. Recently, Dr Hasan has been a visiting scholar at the School of Languages at York St. John University, UK, where he is collaborating on a study investigating EFL teachers’ beliefs of the impact of applying national examination policy on their teaching practices.


Dr Didem Koban Koç
Hacettepe University, Turkey

Associate Professor Didem Koban Koç is currently working in the English Language Teaching Department at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. She received a a PhD in Linguistics from the City University of New York, USA, in 2009, an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) from New York University, USA, in 2002 and a BA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) from Middle East Technical University, Turkey, in 2000. Her current interests include sociolinguistics and second language acquisition.

Her initial research focused on Language Contact and Change. Much of this work has focused on the effect of linguistic and social variables on the use of a minority language in a language contact setting. Some of her research focused on the influence of social variables such as gender and socioeconomic status on student achievement. Her research also involved second/foreign language acquisition. In her recent research, she analysed the acquisition and use of formulaic sequences by learners of English as a foreign language and learner autonomy. Currently, she is working on a study that analyzes the language used in the media from a Genre Analysis approach and aims to offer recommendations regarding the improvement of critical thinking skills in the school curriculum in Turkey. She has led funded projects on the development of writing skills of English language learners in Turkey and on oral code-switching in Turkish-English Bilingual Speakers in New York City, New York, USA.


Dr Elena Mishieva
Moscow State University, Russia

Dr Mishieva is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Moscow State University, Russia. She has a number of publications on discourse analysis, online youth communication, and ELT, among which is a state approved EFL textbook for Russian schools. She is a member of the National Association of Applied Linguistics (Russia), and the National Association of Teachers of English (Russia).

Her current academic research interests concentrate on cultural and national identity and related state educational policy, including ways of developing cultural identity by means of ELT.


Dr Akihiro Saito
Hakuoh University, Japan.

Dr Akihiro Saito is an associate professor at the Faculty of Education at Hakuoh University, Oyama, Japan. He received his PhD from the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia. He is currently Principal Investigator of a Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KEKENHI) project investigating the discursive framing of language policy drawing on social theories of late-modernity. His articles have appeared in the International Journal of Applied Linguistics (Wiley-Blackwell), System (Elsevier), and the International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning (Taylor & Francis). He is the recipient of the 2016 Japanese Association of Qualitative Psychology International Research and Collaboration Promotion Award.


Dr Claudia Sánchez
Texas Woman’s University, USA

Dr Sánchez holds an MA in Curriculum and Instruction and a PhD in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in English as a Second Language (ESL) and Bilingual education. She earned both degrees at Texas A&M University-College Station, USA. The focus of Dr Sánchez’s scholarly work is best practices for second language teaching and learning, Spanish language literacy and development, and bilingual/ESL teacher preparation.

From 2004 to 2009, Dr Sánchez pioneered the TWU bilingual program’s grant-writing efforts and secured over four million dollars in federal funds to prepare ESL and bilingual teachers for the two largest districts in the North Texas area – Dallas Independent School District and Fort Worth Independent School District.


Dr Ruben A. Sanchez
Philippine Christian University, the Philippines
University of Makati, the Philippines
Northern Quezon College Inc., the Philippines

Dr Sanchez started with a humble beginning. He worked his way through college and earned a BS in Mathematics from Silliman University, Dumaguete City, the Philippines. He is a holder of a Master in Business Administration and a Doctor of Public Administration from Foundation University, also in Dumaguete City. He is also a holder of Master of Arts in Education Major in Educational Management from Northern Quezon College Inc. Just recently, he finished his second doctorate degree in Education major in Educational Management at the Philippine Christian University, Taft, Metro Manila on December 2017. Further, he is also currently enrolling in a crash online program on Statistics at the University of Amsterdam and Management at the University of California. Further, he got his National Certification (NCIII-Bookkeeping) from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

He has extensive training in Business Analytics, Business Statistics and Statistics with Computer Application. Dr Sanchez is currently the Senior Consultant of RAS Research & Training Consultancy, a consultancy firm specializing in educational research, business research, marketing research, statistical analysis, business strategy, strategic management, leadership, community organizing, project planning and entrepreneurship, likewise, serving as Department Head of the Business Administration Department and Research Director of Northern Quezon College Inc. His research activities highlight on learning pedagogy, curriculum development and statistical analysis. He served as Senior Reviewer on The Asian Conference on Education & International Development (ACEID2018), held at The Art Center Kobe, Kobe, Japan, organized by The International Academic Forum.

He has been teaching Mathematics and Statistics for 21 years now. He used to be a university statistician and statistics consultant of students and private/public agencies. He has advised MA and PhD students. He sits on the panel of examiners at the graduate school. He joined the academic community in 1996 as a Teaching Fellow and had served in various capacities: as Department Head, as College Dean and as Business Development Officer of the Business Assistance Center (BAC), a project funded by the Development Bank of the Philippines. His greatest happiness is seeing his former students excelling in their chosen fields. His philosophy in life is to help and continuously inspire people especially students. In his stint as former Dean of the College of Business Administration, he was given an appointment by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) – RO-7 as a member of the Regional Quality Assurance Team for RO VII: BAPA Programs (RQAT-CHED RO7). He became a Filipino Youth Ambassador during the 1997 Asia Connects Youth Conference held simultaneously in Vancouver, Canada. Likewise, a Philippine Youth delegate during the 1998 Youth Festival on Global Concern held in Melbourne, Australia. Further, he was awarded as 1997 Most Outstanding SK Chairman in Dumaguete City.

Now that Dr Sanchez is based in Luzon, he is engaged as part-time graduate school professor of Philippine Christian University (PCU) MBA Program-Manila, PCU-NQCI Extension MBA Program, NQCI MAED Program, University of Makati School of Continuing Professional Education (SCOPE) Executive MBA Program and a Thesis Adviser of the Collegio de San Juan de Letran MBA program.


Dr Rekha Sapra
University of Delhi, India.

Dr Rekha Sapra is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development & Family Empowerment at Delhi University College. She received her PhD from Delhi University and also her M Phil and MSc from the same university. Her teaching responsibilities include imparting skills to students at the graduate level, mainly focusing on children with challenges, human development and child development. In addition, she also partners with NGOs to share her research and provide services to children from difficult and challenging backgrounds.

In the past, Dr Sapra has been actively associated with research in the areas of cognition, conceptual development, and social and emotional competence in children. She is a recipient of the prestigious “Meritorious Teacher Award 2013-14” from the Government of Delhi in recognition of her contribution to college life and enhancing research in the fields of child development. She has been actively engaged with children at the grass roots and was honoured with the “Balkanji Bari International Award” for her contribution to Early Childhood Education. Dr Sapra also developed a major research project, supported by the University Grants Commission, looking into intervention strategies for the social and emotional wellbeing of children, she was the principal investigator. Dr Sapra has actively contributed to a project on stress and Youth which was funded by the university of Delhi.

Dr Sapra’s research on language as a facilitator of conceptual development has been published and widely accepted. She works with children at the Early Education Stage in order to enhance their development in various domains. Most recently, her research on social and emotional skills as important determinants of academic success and adjustment related challenges in children with ADHD has been published. In addition, the focus on bibliotherapy and storytelling to deal with children having behavioural and adjustment problems was rigorously researched and documented. Her work on language Model for science teaching in primary grades has been found to be very effective in conceptual development in children.

Dr Rekha Sapra has authored and edited several books and published in many national and international journals of repute. She is a Reviewer for Sociology Study, a professional journal published across the United States by David Publishing Company and a Referee for a national Journal of Education, MERI Journal of Education.


Dr Meliha R. Simsek
Department of Foreign Languages
University of Health Sciences,Turkey

Meliha R. Simsek is currently an assistant professor of foreign languages at the University of Health Sciences, Istanbul, Turkey, and was previously a teacher trainer at the Faculty of Education, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. She was educated at Buca Faculty of Education in İzmir, and graduated with a BA in ELT from Dokuz Eylul University in 2004. She completed her MA (2006) and PhD (2009) in ELT at the Institute of Educational Sciences, Dokuz Eylul University, İzmir, Turkey. Her research interests include applied linguistics, ELT methodology, materials evaluation and development, and teacher education.


Dr Li-Chih Wang
The Education University of Hong Kong

Dr Wang, Li-Chih is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Counselling at The Education University of Hong Kong. He has practical experience in teaching students with special needs at the preschool, elementary, and secondary levels in both public and private settings. Before he joined the Education University of Hong Kong, he served as a visiting scholar at the University of Texas, Austin. His primary area of professional activity is the heterogeneity of Chinese children with dyslexia which is classifying the different subtypes of them by their cognitive-linguistic abilities. Also, his research recently has focused on the temporal processing deficits of Chinese dyslexia and whether it is possible to enhance their reading by improving their temporal processing.

Dr Wang’s other research interests also include the comorbidity of Chinese children with reading disabilities and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders. The quantity and quality of his research outputs in the recently years have been recognised by receiving couple faculty awards.



Reviewers evaluate articles in their specialist areas, and provide an opinion that is weighed against the opinion of one or more additional reviewers.

The IAFOR Journal of Education Language Learning Issue is grateful for the valuable contributions of time and expertise generously donated by all reviewers.

Najwa Saba ’Ayon
Rafik Hariri University, Lebanon

Dr Najwa Saba ’Ayon is a full-time associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Rafik Hariri University, Lebanon. She is the Chairperson of the Languages and Humanities Department, the advisor of the English Language Program and the coordinator of all academic English, communication, and Intensive English courses in the college. Dr Saba ’Ayon has a BA in English Language, a teaching diploma in TEFL, as well as an MA in TEFL from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and a Doctorate of Education (EdD) from the University of Sussex, UK. She has considerable experience teaching English as a foreign language (EFL). Besides teaching English courses, she has taught elective courses, namely Fundamentals of Education, Intercultural Communication, and Public Speaking.

Dr Saba ’Ayon has published and presented in national and international conferences on plagiarism, flipped learning, intercultural communication, student motivation, collaborative learning in ESP courses, as well as EFL teachers’ conceptions of teaching and their practice. She is interested in teacher training and development, ESP, intercultural communication, and preparation of professional communicators. Recently, Saba ’Ayon served as an editor for Sage Open and a senior reviewer of abstracts in The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Dubai 2017 and 2018. She is a reviewer for IAFOR Journal of Education and for Scientific Publishing Research. Dr Saba ‘Ayon was recognised for her teaching strategies and received the university’s Teaching Effectiveness Award in 2016.


Mayamin Altae
University of Leicester, United Kingdom


QTS (Qualified Teaching Status) – University of Bradford, UK
MA (Educational Technology & TESOL) – University of Manchester, UK
PhD (Education, Teachers’ Training) –University of Leicester, UK

Research Interests & Publications domains

  • Educational Technology
  • Teachers’ Training
  • Embedding Technology into Teaching Practices
  • Developing Countries Education Systems
  • Educational Change
  • Educational Leadership
  • Curriculum Assessment & Development

Current Research Project

EFL Teachers’ Perceptions and Attitudes on Embedding Technology in Teaching in Relation to the Education Policy in Iraq

Grants & Awards

  • British Council – English for Iraq Award
  • University of Leicester: Conferences Scheme Grants
  • Ministry of Education, Iraq: Curriculum Development & Assessment Award
  • IATEFL: Conference Award (Liverpool)
  • IATEFL: Conference Award (Brighton)


Dr Eugenia Charoni
Flagler College, USA

Dr Charoni is Assistant Professor of French and Spanish language, culture and literature at Flagler College, in St. Augustine, Florida. She holds a Master in History and Archaeology, a Master in Education with focus on foreign language teaching methodology, a Master in French and a PhD in Romance Languages. She has presented papers in national and international conferences, published about pedagogical issues and contemporary literature, been a reviewer of organisational conference committees and has led study abroad programmes.

Eugenia Charoni’s research focuses on contemporary European theatre and cinema (immigration, displacement, acculturation, political oppression, educational issues and Otherness), Digital Humanities and foreign language teaching methodology.


Dr Joanie Crandall
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Joanie Crandall is Coordinator of the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. She teaches for the College of Education. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Saskatchewan in Interdisciplinary Studies, during which time she was a principal at a K-6 school in the Arctic and served a Limited Term Appointment. She taught grades 7 to 12 on a remote rural Cree reservation in northern Canada and has a background in Instructional Design and Educational Media. She is a facilitator of Instructional Skills workshops.

She was previously the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies and she brings experience reviewing manuscripts for the Canadian Journal of Education. She has worked with non-profits and government agencies and has published her research in a variety of contexts. Her research interests include Indigenous writing, interdisciplinary learning models, multimodal emergent and early literacies, social justice approaches in teaching and writing, and qualitative methods.


Dr Ayça Dinçer
Çukurova University, Turkey

Ayça Dinçer has been teaching English as a foreign language since 1999 and has had the opportunity to teach in several contexts, from primary schools to universities. She graduated from the English Linguistics Department at Hacettepe University, Ankara-Turkey (1994-1999), and completed an MA on Discourse (Teacher Talk) at Cukurova University, Adana (2005-2008) before undertaking her Phd (Texts+Conceptual Metaphor).

Since 2010, Dr Dincer has been teaching English to university preparatory students. In other faculties of the university, she lectures in Applied Linguistics, Semantics, Introduction to Linguistics and Semiotics. Dr Dincer has acted as a proof reader for the journal PEGEGOG, which publishes quantitative and qualitative research.


Dr Saadia Elamin
Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia

Saadia Elamin is Associate Professor of Translation at the section of English and Translation, Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Holder of a Doctorate of Translation Studies (Arabic, English and French) from the Higher School of Interpreters and Translators (ESIT) of the Sorbonne in 1984, and a Bachelor of Education (English and French) from the University of Khartoum, Sudan, she has taught translation and interpreting in a number of universities in Sudan, Libya and Saudi Arabia.

Her research interests cover areas such as translation theory and practice, teaching translation and interpreting, translation of university programs, and language competence as part of translation competence. Her papers are published in local peer-reviewed university journals, such as King Saud University Journal; Journal of the University of Khartoum and JJMLL of Jordan, as well as international journals, namely the Turjuman Journal of Translation Studies; and Forum: International Journal for Interpretation and Translation, John Benjamins.


Dr Florentina Halimi
Gulf University for Science and Technology, Kuwait

Florentina Halimi, PhD, an assistant professor of Educational Psychology at the College of Arts and Science, Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait. She earned her PhD degree in Applied Linguistics from Vienna University before spending one year of teaching and research as a Fulbright post-doctoral scholar at the Graduate School of Education, Fordham University, USA, which has both embraced teaching postgraduate students and researchers. Her professional and teaching experience includes teaching and research in cooperation with the Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, the George Washington University, Washington D.C., and the Oxford Brooks University, Oxford, UK.

Dr Halimi is a member of the NYS TESOL association. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Education, Psychology and Social Sciences and Scientific Committee Member of the International Conferences on Advanced Research in Teaching and Learning. Dr. Florentina’s research has embraced active learning in higher education and teaching for leadership, innovation, and creativity with the special emphasis on achievement motivation, emotional intelligence, attitude, and anxiety influencing the learning process.


Dr Habsah Hussin
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia

Habsah Hussin obtained her doctorate (Applied Linguistics and ELT) from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom; Master by research (English Language Studies) from the National University, Malaysia (UKM); and Bachelor of Education (TESL) from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). She had worked as a TESL teacher affiliated to the Ministry of Education, and senior lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) for many years before moving to Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 2011. Currently, she is a senior lecturer at the Department of Language Education and Humanities, Faculty of Educational Studies, UPM. Her teaching, publication and research interest are in the areas of ESL Methodology, English Literature, Thinking Skills, Academic Writing, Learner Autonomy and policies related to English Language Teaching in Malaysia.

Dr Hussin’s current research project is on helping disadvantaged primary school learners aged 7 to 12 years old in three different contexts namely in remote areas, in the squatter or urban poor category and those living in orphanage to have greater access to Bahasa Melayu (the national language), the English language and Science subjects via the Modules of Learning for the three subjects developed based on the findings of her research.


Dr Lucas Kohnke
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

Lucas Kohnke is currently a Teaching Fellow in the English Language Centre at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is the Subject Leader for ELC’s Discipline Specific Courses for the School of Design and Co-Subject Leader of “English for University Studies”, an EAP course delivered to the majority of 1st year students. He received his Doctor of Education degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Exeter.

Dr Kohnke’s has published articles in TESOL Journal; Journal of Education for Teaching; RELC Journal; the ASIAN EFL Journal as well as other leading journals. His research interests include technology-supported teaching and learning, professional development using information communication technologies (ICT), and EAP/ESP course design. Dr Kohnke currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Linguistic Journal, and he is on the board of reviewers for the Journal of Teaching English with Technology and the Asian ESP Journal. He has previously reviewed articles for the CALL-EJ.


Dr Regina Kaplan-Rakowski
University of North Texas, USA

Dr Kaplan-Rakowski received her doctorate in Instructional Technology and Design from Southern Illinois University (SIU), Carbondale. Her previous degrees include an MA in Foreign Languages and Literatures from SIU and an MEd in European Studies from the Pedagogical University in Cracow, Poland. Dr Kaplan-Rakowski’s background and passion for foreign language pedagogy and instructional technology inspire her to pursue research in technology-enhanced language learning. Her focus is on exploring immersive virtual reality environments for language learning, as well as investigating multimodalities for language learning. Her most current studies test high-immersion virtual reality as a setting for practicing public speaking with the intention of reducing foreign language anxiety.


Dr Andrew Leichsenring
Tamagawa University, Japan

Andrew Leichsenring is an associate professor at Tamagawa University, Japan. He has been an educator for twenty-three years, working in Australia, Japan, and South Korea during that time. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Teacher Education from Queensland University of Technology and an Australian primary school teaching licence. He also obtained a Master of Education from Queensland University of Technology, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning from Charles Darwin University, a Bachelor of International Business from Griffith University, and a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Queensland.

In addition to his editorial work with several publishers, he has widely published his research on various aspects of teaching and learning. His research interests include: L2 English language education, learner identity development, professional teacher identity development, and speaking and listening assessment.


Dr Katherine Li
North South University, Bangladesh

Katherine Li, PhD, is Director of External Affairs and Assistant Professor at the Department of English & Modern Languages, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. As a global nomad with an intellectual bent, with travel as her teacher it took 10 years for Katherine to complete her BA in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Subsequently, having experienced first-hand the role that education plays in development, she decided to pursue an MA in International Educational Development at the Teachers College, Columbia University. While in NYC, she became more familiar with the work of the United Nations which helped focus her attention on Global Citizenship Education and Peace Education. After living through 9/11, she decided to return to Honolulu to complete her PhD in Educational Foundations at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa while simultaneously earning a Certificate in Conflict Resolution.

Dr Li is a trained and practicing mediator and facilitator. Living for the past five years in Bangladesh, she has been privileged to apply everything learned from her formal academic training. Her research interests include conflict transformation; trauma & resilience; and how the Sustainable Development Goals (4 & 16) feature in the curriculum.


Dr Elena Mishieva
Moscow State University, Russia

Dr Mishieva is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Moscow State University, Russia. She has a number of publications on discourse analysis, online youth communication, and ELT, among which is a state approved EFL textbook for Russian schools. She is a member of the National Association of Applied Linguistics (Russia), and the National Association of Teachers of English (Russia).

Her current academic research interests concentrate on cultural and national identity and related state educational policy, including ways of developing cultural identity by means of ELT.


Dr Anes Mohamed
Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Anes Mohamed holda an MA and a PhD in the same field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He completed his MA at Tarbiat Modares University and his PhD at the University of Tehran in Tehran, Iran. The thrust of his research interest and agenda focuses on investigating ways through which the immediate stakeholders in English language teaching and learning can be empowered and can have a meaningful say in what gets taught and how it is taught. Critical perspectives on language education animate his research and pedagogical practices. Given this, almost all his published research turns a critical lens on issues related to language learning and teaching.

Dr Mohamed’s PhD thesis, which was fully funded by the University of Tehran, was a cross-cultural study, a critical inquiry into the culture of teaching and practices both in Iran and Sudan. Anes Mohamed has been a senior reviewer for IAFOR since 2017.


Dr Hema Rosheny Mustafa
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

Hema Mustafa is a senior lecturer at the Language Academy at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Currently she is holding the post as Manager of MyLine, an online English learning resource. She has taught general English courses and the TESL (Teaching English as Second Language) program for more than 10 years. She completed her PhD at the University of Tasmania, Australia, in Education.

She was previously the Article Reviewer for the 4th International Education Postgraduate Seminar 2017 (4th IEPS 2017), and the 5th International Education Postgraduate Seminar in 2018 and their proceedings papers, organised by the Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. She also became a reviewer for the Sains Humanika Journal (2017). Her research interests include online communication, autism, teacher education, ESL teaching and learning and social support.


Dr Oleksandra Romaniuk
National University ''Odessa Maritime Academy'', Ukraine

Oleksandra Romaniuk is Associate Professor at the English Language Department, the National University “Odessa Maritime Academy”, Ukraine. Her PhD in Education focussed on “Theory and Methods of Teaching (Germanic Languages)” and she defended the dissertation titled “Teaching Spoken English to Arts and Humanities Students on the Basis of Authentic Works of Literature”. Dr Romaniuk’s professional development focus is on contemporary linguistic issues such as Interpersonal Communication Competence; Interactional Sociolinguistics; Interpersonal Pragmatics; Discourse Analysis Corpus Linguistics; and Gender Studies. Within the scope of her academic research she has published in peer-reviewed journals as well as working with academic members of the research team to deliver scientific project outcomes.

Currently, Dr Romaniuk’s research project is devoted to the study of interpersonal communication competence within romantic communication (men vs. women) at different stages of the relationship development based on dating behaviours (media vs. naturally occurring) in various dating cultures (American vs. Ukrainian). She has authored over 50 research papers and has participated in more than 20 international conferences and projects.


Dr K. Sanmuganathan
University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Dr Sanmuganathan is Senior Lecturer in ELT attached to the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Previously he served as a teacher of English Language at primary and secondary schools for 17 years. He has a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Kelaniya and SOAS, University of London. Before this, he completed both an MPhil and MA (English Medium) at the University of Kelaniya, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (distinction) and a BA from the University of Jaffna (English, Linguistics and Sociology).

In the past, Dr Sanmuganathan has widely published. His most recent book, Teaching Morphosyntactic Features of English is published by LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (2017). In addition, he has also published two books on English Communication, and many peer reviewed journal articles and conference papers, on topics such as Language Learning, Second Language Teaching, EFL and Error Analysis, Learning Difficult L2 Grammatical Forms, CALL, Pedagogy, Linguistics, and Impediments Encountered in Developing Writing Skills.


Dr Bethe Schoenfeld
Western Galilee College, Israel

Dr Bethe Schoenfeld was born in Yokosuka in 1958, but lived in the USA before moving to Israel in 1981. She has been teaching English in Israel at both the secondary and tertiary levels since 1985. She is former Head of English Studies at the Western Galilee College and the current Coordinator for Exam Writing.

She has published two books Dysfunctional Families in the Wessex Novels of Thomas Hardy, and The Routine of War: How One Northern Israeli Community Coped During the Second Lebanon War. She has collaborated on 3 EAP textbooks: A.C.E.S. 1– Advanced College English Skills, A.C.E.S. 2– Advanced College English Skills, The Big Picture – Strategies for College English at the Intermediate Level, and The Latest and the Greatest (edited texts and questions for reading comprehension at the Advanced Level).


Dr Samuel Song
Nazareth College of Rochester, USA

Dr Samuel Song is currently serving as Executive Director of the English Language Institute at Nazareth College of Rochester, New York. For the past two decades, Dr Song has been working as an educator in the higher education setting. His primary academic interests include second language acquisition and educational administration as well as curriculum development. In addition to his administrative roles, Dr Song is also part of the TESOL faculty team at Nazareth College, teaching and providing advice to graduate students.


Dr Michinobu Watanabe
Toin Gakuen High School, Japan

Michinobu Watanabe teaches English as a foreign language at Toin Gakuen High School, Yokohama, and Komazawa University, Tokyo. He has been teaching secondary school for more than two decades. His research interests include Japanese high school students’ motivation to study English, English as a second/foreign language writing, and foreign language education policies in Japan.

Dr Watanabe’s articles have appeared in TESOL Quarterly, JALT Journal, and The Asian Conference on Language Learning Official Conference Proceedings. He earned his EdD at Temple University, Tokyo; MA in Linguistics at California State University, Long Beach; and BA in Commerce at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. He holds life membership in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.


Dr Mai Zaki
American University of Sharjah, UAE

Dr Mai Zaki is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Arabic and Translation Studies, American University of Sharjah. She has a PhD in Linguistics from Middlesex University, London and a degree in teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL) from SOAS, University of London. She has taught courses in linguistics, translation, and Arabic as a Foreign Language in universities in Egypt, the UK and the UAE. Her research interests include pragmatics, corpus linguistics, translation, corpus-based teaching and foreign language teaching. She presented her research in many international conferences and is published in the fields of linguistics and Arabic teaching.