Language Learning

  • Professor Kay Irie
    Professor Kay Irie
    Gakushuin University, Japan
  • Dr Shamim Ali
    Dr Shamim Ali
    Allama Iqbal Open University, Pakistan
  • Dr Christine Coombe
    Dr Christine Coombe
    Dubai Men's College, UAE
  • Professor Steve Cornwell
    Professor Steve Cornwell
    The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) & Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan
  • Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele
    Birkbeck, University of London, UK
  • Professor Stephen J. Hall
    Professor Stephen J. Hall
    Sunway University, Malaysia
  • Professor José McClanahan
    Professor José McClanahan
    Creighton University, USA
  • Dr Sufian Abu-Rmaileh
    Dr Sufian Abu-Rmaileh
    UAE University, UAE
  • Professor Michiko Nakano
    Professor Michiko Nakano
    Waseda University, Japan
  • Professor David McLoughlin*
    Professor David McLoughlin*
    Meiji University, Japan
  • Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova*
    Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova*
    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

* attached to more than one section
** journal editor

The role of the International Academic Advisory Board is to provide advice and expertise in support of IAFOR’s mission and activities. Members are appointed by the President of IAFOR to one or more academic sections, depending on their individual area(s) of expertise.

Membership of the IAAB is for three years, renewable once, and is by invitation only. Journal Editors are ex-officio members of the Board for the length in which they serve.

The IAAB is organised into three academic divisions, and then further into sections, each of which has a Chair responsible for academic programmes and publications, and who serves as a representative on the Academic Governing Board.


I – Education & Language Learning


II – Social Sciences & Sustainability


III – Arts, Humanities, Media & Culture

Professor Kay Irie
Gakushuin University, Japan

Biography

Kay Irie is a professor at the Faculty of International Social Sciences, Gakushuin University, Tokyo where she develops and coordinates a CLIL-based English program. She also teaches in the TESOL program at Graduate College of Education, Temple University Japan. Her current research interests include CLIL pedagogy, language learning psychology, learner autonomy, and research methods used in these areas including Q-methodology. She is co-editor of Realizing Autonomy: Practice and Reflection in Language Education Contexts (Palgrave 2012). Professor Irie serves on the board member of Education Research Foundation and the organizing committee for the Psychology in Language Learning 3 Conference to be held in 2018 at Waseda University.

Dr Shamim Ali
Allama Iqbal Open University, Pakistan

Biography

Shamim Ali is Assistant Professor in the Department of English language and Applied Linguistics in Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad, Pakistan, having previously taught at the National University of Modern Languages. She received her Ph.D. in English Linguistics from National University of Modern Languages Islamabad, and has a long and distinguished academic career as an English language teacher. She is also an internationally published poet.

Dr Ali teaches English courses through communicative methods of teaching at Diploma, Certificate and Foundation Levels, and has planned, prepared and delivered lessons that cater to individual learning needs and styles. She has a considerable number of publications in the field of English language teaching.

Her research deals primarily with computer-mediated communication, intercultural communication, English as a lingua franca, and second language acquisition. Other research expertise includes epistemological and methodological issues in applied linguistics research. She is an editorial board member of several leading international journals, and serves as an external examiner and research supervisor at a number of universities in Pakistan and abroad. She has delivered invited lectures in many national and international conferences.

Dr Christine Coombe
Dubai Men's College, UAE

Biography

Christine Coombe has a Ph.D. in Foreign/Second Language Education from The Ohio State University. She is currently on the English faculty of Dubai Men's College. She is the former Testing and Measurements Supervisor at UAE University and Assessment Coordinator of Zayed University. Christine is co-editor of Assessment Practices (2003, TESOL Publications); co-author, A Practical Guide to Assessing English Language Learners (2007, University of Michigan Press); co-editor, Evaluating Teacher Effectiveness in EF/SL Contexts (2007, UMP); co-editor, Language Teacher Research in the Middle East (2007, TESOL Publications), Leadership in English Language Teaching and Learning (2008, UMP) Applications of Task-based Learning in TESOL (2010, TESOL Publications), The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Assessment (2012, Cambridge University Press) and Reigniting, Retooling and Retiring in English Language Teaching (2012, University of Michigan Press). Christine’s forthcoming books are on research methods in EF/SL and life skills education.

Christine has lived and worked in the Arabian Gulf for the past 21 years. In this capacity, she has served as the President and past President of TESOL Arabia and as the Founder and Co-chair of the TESOL Arabia Testing Special Interest Group who organise the Current Trends in English Language Testing (CTELT) Conference. Christine is also the Founder and Chair of the TESOL Arabia Leadership & Management SIG.

During her tenure in the Middle East, she has won many awards including: 2002 Spaan Fellowship for Research in Second/Foreign Language Assessment; 2002-03 TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award; TOEFL Board Grant for 2003-04, 2005-06, 2007-08 and 2009-10 for her work in delivering assessment training assessment in developing countries. Most recently she served on the TESOL Board of Directors as Convention Chair for Tampa 2006 and was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Teacher of the Year for 2003-04. She served as TESOL President (2011-2012) and was a member of the TESOL Board of Directors (2010-2013). Christine received the British Council’s International Assessment Award for 2013.

Professor Steve Cornwell
The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) & Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan

Biography

Steve Cornwell is the President of IAFOR, and President of the Academic Governing Board. He coordinates and oversees the International Academic Advisory Board, and also serves on the organisation's Board of Directors. He is Chair of the Language Learning section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Dr Cornwell is Vice President of Osaka Jogakuin University, Japan, where he is also a Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies. He helped write and design several of the courses at the New School in New York, and currently teaches on the online portion of the MA TESOL Programme, having been involved with the programme since its inception.

He has also been involved with the Japan Association for Language Teaching (JALT), an affiliate of IAFOR, serving on its National Board of Directors as Director of Programme from 2012 to 2016; where his duties involved working with a volunteer team of over 50 people to organise JALT’s annual, international conference each autumn.

Since 2012 he has been the Committee Chair of Osaka Jogakuin University’s Lifelong Learning Committee and is responsible for their evening extension programme geared towards alumni and community members. He is also the Vice-Chair of Osaka Jogakuin University’s English Education Committee, which is responsible for suggesting policy regarding English education and for developing material for the integrated curriculum.

Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele
Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Biography

Jean-Marc Dewaele is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at Birkbeck, University of London. He does research on individual differences in psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, pragmatic, psychological and emotional aspects of Second Language Acquisition and Multilingualism. He has published over 180 papers and chapters, co-edited five books and five special issues. He is the author of a monograph Emotions in Multiple Languages in 2010 (2nd ed in 2013). He is Vice-President of the International Association of Multilingualism, Convenor of the AILA Research Network Multilingualism, and former president of the European Second Language Association. He is General Editor of the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. He won the Equality and Diversity Research Award from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (2013) and the Robert C. Gardner Award for Outstanding Research in Bilingualism (2016) from the International Association of Language and Social Psychology. He is father of a trilingual daughter and holds a black belt (Shodan) in Go Kan Ryu karate.

Professor Stephen J. Hall
Sunway University, Malaysia

Biography

Professor Stephen J. Hall is Director, Centre for English Language Studies, Sunway University, Malaysia. He oversees twenty different English language programmes in a university with one third international students. Dr Hall was an INSETT nation-wide Project Manager for four years in Malaysia, working with the Ministry of Education and Centre for British Teachers. Cross cultural communication and English for Specific Purposes was an earlier focus for Singapore based corporate training. Clients included Changi airport, SIA counter staff, VISA Asia Pacific and HBO Asia. In the mid-nineties, Stephen J. Hall managed Language and Communication, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore for four years where he introduced the international student programme.

Dr. Hall trained teachers ASEAN wide for SEAMEO Regional Language Centre and has consulted for English for Banking in an Indonesia-wide project. He was involved in the early 90s ASEAN New Zealand government English for Business and Technology project.

Publications include over 40 articles and the authoring or co-authoring of several books, including two English for Tourism books co-published in China. The latest article in a Bloomsbury publication examines the challenges of task-based pedagogy in the Malaysian setting. A recent book chapter links a macro analysis of Malaysian challenges and teacher education research to the challenges of ASEAN integrating through English language.

Presentations in over fifteen countries, and individual or panel presentations as an invited, featured or keynote speaker in five countries usually blend theory and situated practices. Earlier teaching at tertiary, secondary and primary levels, included TESOL work in his native New Zealand and the south west Pacific and post graduate study and work at School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington. Dr. Hall’s Doctorate research with University of Leicester analyses the introductory phases of interaction, during in-service teacher education in rural Malaysia.

Professor Stephen J. Hall is passionate about teaching and learning in this digital time, by being an ongoing learner.

Professor José McClanahan
Creighton University, USA

Biography

Dr Joseph (José) McClanahan is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Associate Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. There, he teaches at all levels of the curriculum, including language and culture courses abroad. He has taught in both Latin America and in Spain. Recently, his research interests have focused on the area of teaching courses related to Languages for Special Purposes, in particular courses related to teaching Spanish to future Healthcare professionals. He also has a strong interest in curricular development and design that centers on new students entering the university. He has also led student educational trips to almost every continent on the globe.

Dr Sufian Abu-Rmaileh
UAE University, UAE

Biography

Dr Sufian Abu-Rmaileh is an English Lecturer at UAE University, UAE. He was the External Projects Coordinator for four years and was also the Professional Development Coordinator for The University General Requirements Unit. For the past 32 years he has been teaching English at various levels, skills and institutions in the USA and the Middle East. He has been an administrator and a team leader for over 10 years in the USA and the UAE. He has an MA in Linguistics, and received both his TESL Certificate and his PhD in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University, USA. Dr Abu-Rmaileh has also won many awards for his work as a leader, researcher and classroom teacher, including Toastmasters International Advanced Communicator Bronze and Advanced Leader Bronze. He is a frequent presenter, invited speaker and plenary speaker at local, national and international conferences. Dr Abu-Rmaileh has written on culture, classroom technology, motivation, burnout, communication, business writing, critical and creative thinking, emotional and social intelligences, team building, problem solving and leadership. Dr Abu-Rmaileh is also a Toastmasters International member and President of TA Toastmasters. He is TESOL Arabia past president, past conference co-chair, 25 years as TA conference planner and other local, regional and international conference planner, and 2017 TA conference co-chair.

Professor Michiko Nakano
Waseda University, Japan

Biography

Michiko Nakano is a Full Professor in the School of Education at Waseda University in Tokyo. She is currently Director of the Digital Campus Promotion Office, Director of the Distance Learning Center, and Director of Cross-Cultural Distance Learning. A former Deputy Dean of Student Affairs, School of Education at Waseda University and a former Chairman of the Department of English Language and Literature. Dr Nakano’s research concentrates on the practical applications of Computer Technology as it relates to Language Teaching and Assessment. She is the co-founder of the Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics (PAAL), and co-editor-in-chief of its journal, and a former secretary general of the Japan Association of College English Teachers (JACET). Dr Nakano has edited and published more than 220 papers and books.

Professor David McLoughlin*
Meiji University, Japan

Biography

David McLoughlin is an Associate Professor at Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan. His areas of professional interest are learner development, motivation and attribution theory as applied to language learning. He has an MPhil in applied linguistics from Trinity College, Dublin and EdD in TEFL from the University of Exeter in the UK.

*Professor David McLoughlin is attached to more than one section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova*
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Biography

Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova is President of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, and Professor Emeritus in the University. She holds a Doctorate of Philology from the University, and has published more than 200 books and papers on Foreign Language Teaching, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, and has lectured widely throughout the world.

She is Chair of the Russian Ministry of Education’s Foreign Language Research and Methodology Council, President and founder of both the National Association of Teachers of English in Russia, and the National Association of Applied Linguistics. She holds the Lomonosov Award, Fulbright’s 50th Anniversary Award, and was named Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Birmingham in the UK, the State University of New York in the USA, and the Russian-Armenian University in Armenia.

*Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova is attached to more than one section of the International Academic Advisory Board.