Editor: Dr Melinda Cowart
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.