English Language and Literature

The English Language and Literature (ELL) Academic Group focuses on research and teacher education in the areas of English Language, Linguistics and Literature. We pride ourselves in having a research culture that embraces diversity and multidisciplinary perspectives.

  • New Book Publication: Advances and Current Trends in Language Teacher Identity Research. Edited by Yin Ling Cheung
  • The 2015 issue of enl*ght, a publication by Literature preservice teachers from NIE is available online
  • New Book Publication by Asst/P Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen and Asst/P Csilla Weninger : Language, Ideology and Education
  • New Book Publication by Asst/P. Suzanne Choo : Cross-Worlds: Short Stories on Global Themes
  • New book publication by Asst/P Ruanni Tupas: Language, Education and Nation-building: Assimilation and shift in Southeast Asia
  • Asst/P. Suzanne Choo's book wins the 2014 American Educational Studies Association's (AESA) Critics Choice Book Award

English in Southeast Asia Conference

The “English in Southeast Asia” conference series is the result of collaboration between the National Institute of Education (Singapore), the University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), the University of Brunei Darussalam, Curtin University (Perth, Australia), Ateneo de Manila University (Quezon City, the Philippines), Hong Kong Baptist University, Sanata Dharma University (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and King Mongkut’s University of Technology (Thonburi, Thailand), Waikato University (New Zealand), Macao University (Macao) and Hangzhou Normal University (Hangzhou, China).

Official ESEA 2013 Website: http://umconference.um.edu.my/ESEA2013

The 18th ESEA Conference will be held at Universiti Brunei Darussalam from 16 to 17 November 2015.
For more details, see here.

ESEA representatives from the collaborating institutions are:

  • National Institute of Education, Singapore: eeling [dot] low [at] nie [dot] edu [dot] sg (Low Ee Ling)
  • University of Malaya, Malaysia: azirahh [at] um [dot] edu [dot] my (Azirah Hashim)
  • University of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei: dhdeter [at] gmail [dot] com (David Deterding)
  • Curtin University, Australia: T [dot] DOBINSON [at] curtin [dot] edu [dot] au (Toni Dobinson)
  • Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines: mgutierrez [at] ateneo [dot] edu (Dr. Marianne Perfecto)
  • Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong: akirkpat [at] ied [dot] edu [dot] hk (Andy Kirkpatrick)
  • Sanata Dharma University, Indonesia: alip [at] staff [dot] usd [dot] ac [dot] id (Francis Alip)
  • King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thailand: iporwang [at] kmutt [dot] ac [dot] th (Pornapit Darasawang)
  • Waikato University, New Zealand: mclellan [at] waikato [dot] ac [dot] nz (James McLellan )
  • University of Macau, Macau: amoody [at] umac [dot] mo (Andrew Moody)
  • Hangzhou Normal University, China: xshi [at] zju [dot] edu [dot] cn (Shi-Xu)

Information for ESEA Representatives


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1996: National Institute of Education, Singapore {To Timeline}

In November 1996, the Division of English Language & Applied Linguistics, NIE, hosted the first ESEA conference. A total of 120 participants – from Singapore, Southeast Asia, and as far away as Australia, Taiwan, and Canada – attended the conference. Keynote speakers were Asmah Haji Omar (University of Malaya), Gary M Jones (Universiti Brunei Darussalam), and Susan Butler (Macquarie Dictionary). The proceedings, edited by Adam Brown, were published in 1977.

1997: University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur {To Timeline}

The second ESEA conference was hosted by the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, in May 1997. Participants came mainly from Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Proceedings were not published.

1998: Universiti Brunei Darussalam {To Timeline}

The third ESEA conference was hosted by Universiti Brunei Darussalam in November 1998. A total of 140 participants, mostly from Brunei, attended. Overseas participants came from Southeast Asia, Europe, and Australia. Invited and prominent speakers included William Littlewood (Hong Kong Baptist University), Chris Kennedy (University of Birmingham), Phyllis Chew (NIE), Tan Sri Dato’ Awang Had Salleh (formerly of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), Azirah Hashim (University of Malaya), and James Bourke (Universiti Brunei Darussalam). Proceedings were distributed on disk.

1999: National Institute of Education, Singapore {To Timeline}

NIE again hosted the ESEA conference entitled “Developing Multiliteracies n Southeast Asia” in November 1999. A total of 250 participants, mostly from Singapore, attended. Keynote and prominent speakers included Frances Christie (University of Melbourne), Sandra McKay (San Francisco State University), Ron Carter (University of Nottingham), Jack Richards (RELC), Ted Rodgers (University of Hawaii), Beverly Derewianka (University of Wollongong), Ian Malcolm (Edith Cowan University), William Littlewood (City University of Hong Kong), and Hajah Rosnah Haji Ramly and James McLellan (Universiti Brunei Darussalam). The proceedings, edited by Adam Brown, were published in 2000.

2000: Curtin University of Technology, Australia {To Timeline}

A total of 120 participants attended the fifth ESEA conference in December 2000. Keynote speakers were Robert Phillipson (University of Copenhagen), David C S Li (City University of Hong Kong), and Susan Butler (Macquarie Dictionary). Selected proceedings, entitled “Englishes in Asia: Communication, Power, Identity and Education” and edited by Andy Kirkpatrick, were published by Language Australia.


2001: Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines {To Timeline}

Entitled “Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn: Issues, Options, and Directions in Language and Literature Education”, the conference comprised 76 papers and workshops. Keynote speakers were Christopher Brumfit (University of Southampton), Edna Z Malagaz (Ateneo de Manila University), and Malachi Edwin Vethamani (Universiti Putra Malaysia). Country speakers were Andy Kirkpatrick (Curtin University of Technology), Rita Skuja-Steele (NIE), Maya Khemlani David (University of Malaya), James McLellan and Pearl Chua-Wong Swee Hui (Universiti Brunei Darussalam), and Tony Hung (Hong Kong Baptist University).

2002: Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong {To Timeline}

Entitled “Changing Responses to Challenging Times”, the conference was held from 6 to 8 December 2002. Keynote speakers were Guy Cook (University of Reading), B Kumaravadivelu (San Jose State University), and Shirley Geok-Lin Lim (University of Hong Kong and University of California Santa Barbara).

2003: University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur {To Timeline}

With the theme “Adapting to New Realities: Prospects, Perspectives and Possibilities”, the 2003 conference was held from 8 to 10 December 2003 at the PJ Hilton. Plenary speakers were Tan Sri Dato’ Awang Had Salleh (Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris), Alastair Pennycook (Sydney University of Technology), Janet Holmes (Victoria University of Wellington), Joan C Kosta (Mercy College, New York), Gerald Knowles (Lancaster University), and Vijay Bhatia (City University of Hong Kong). The proceedings, edited by Azirah Hashim and Norizah Hassan, were published by University of Malaya press with the title “Varieties of English in Southeast Asia and Beyond”.

2004: Santa Dharma University, Indonesia {To Timeline}

The 2004 conference was hosted by Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, from 13 to 15 December 2004. The theme was “Texts and Contexts of English Language Studies in Southeast Asia”. Plenary speakers were Suwarsih Madya (Office of Public Relations and Foreign Cooperation, Indonesian Ministry of National Education), Willy Reynandya (RELC), Michael Silverman (USC and RELO Senior Fellow), Simon Colledge (British Council).

2005: Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam {To Timeline}

The 2005 conference hosted by Universiti Brunei Darussalam was held from 12 to 14 December. The conference was opened by the Brunei Minister of Education Pehin Haji Abdul Rahman bin Dato Setia Haji Mohamed Taib and included invited speakers Dr David C. S. Li (City University, Hong Kong) and Anthea Fraser Gupta (Leeds University). The conference themes were literature in English in Southeast Asia, Southeast Asian varieties of English, multilingualism, roles and contexts of English in Southeast Asian societies, using language in new technologies, and English in the media in Southeast Asia. Principal sponsors were The British Council and Royal Brunei Airlines. Selected papers are to be published in October 2006 in a special issue of South-East Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal, edited by David Prescott and Alistair Wood published by The Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam.

2006: Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia {To Timeline}

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2007: King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi, Thailand {To Timeline}

In 2007, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi hosted the ESEA conference for the first time. The 12th ESEA conference: Trends and Directions was held from 12th to 14th December with 129 participants from 22 countries. The conference included 84 papers and poster presentations. Keynote speakers were Teun van Dijk (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain), Vijay Bhatia (City University of Hong Kong), Edwin Thumboo (Emeritus Professor at National University of Singapore and former SEA Write Award Winner) and Patricia Duff (University of British Columbia). The proceedings, comprised of selected paper in traditional format plus a CD-ROM, are ready for distribution. To order the proceedings, go to http://arts.kmutt.ac.th/sola/esea

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2008: National Institute of Education, Singapore {To Timeline}

The 13th International Conference on English in Southest Asia was held at NIE from 4 - 6 December 2008.

Theme: Englishes and Literatures-in-English in a Globalised World

The phenomenon that we have come to understand as globalisation has led to a marked increase in cultural connections, affiliations and networks around the world. This has led, in turn, to the development and spread of varieties of English Language and Literatures-in-English around the world. The conference explored issues pertaining generally to the problems and possibilities of living in a globalised world.

2009: Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines {To Timeline}

The 14th International Conference on English in Southest Asia was held at Ateneo de Manila University from 26 to 28 November 2009.

Theme: English Changing: Implications for policy, teaching, and research

Educators today face the challenge of teaching learners who need different Englishes for diverse purposes all while English and its uses are themselves also changing. These changes raise new questions for policy, teaching, and research. How should governments and educational systems respond? In what ways should classrooms change? What kinds of research are needed given these new realities? The 14th ESEA conference aims to provide a venue for the discussion of these issues from a variety of perspectives and for stimulating new work in these areas.

2010: University of Macau, Macau {To Timeline}

The 15th International Conference on English in Southest Asia will be held at University of Macau from 9 to 11 December 2010.


2011: Santa Dharma University, Indonesia {To Timeline}

Entitled “English for People Empowerment”, the 16th ESEA Conference was held at Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia from December 8 to December 10, 2011. In this conference, 62 parallel presentations, 6 country presentations, and 3 plenary presentations were scheduled. 

The plenary speakers were Dr. J. Bismoko (Sanata Dharma University, Indonesia) with his paper entitled Postmodern English System: Making it Work,  Dr. Huw Jarvis (University of Salford, England) with his presentation entitled Asian Learners Empowering Themselves with and through the Internet, and Dr. Louie Jon Sanchez (Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines) with his paper entitled Politics and the English Department: Toward a Postcolonial Engagement of Language and Literature Teaching in the Philippines. 

In addition to the 71 presenters, this conference was attended also by 100 non-presenting participants. A proceedings was published for papers accepted prior to the conference. A post-conference proceedings, for papers not included in the first proceedings, is to be published in February 2012. The Business Meeting could not determine the host for the ESEA Conference in 2012 yet, but in 2013 the Conference will be hosted by University of Malaya.

2012: {To Timeline}

Please note that there will be no ESEA conference in 2012. The next ESEA conference will be in 2013 and is to be organised by the University of Malaya. When details become available, we will host them.

2013: University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia {To Timeline}

Entitled “English in the National, Regional and Global Context”, the 17th ESEA Conference will be held at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 5th  December to 7th December 2013. 

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2015: Universiti Brunei Darussalam {To Timeline}

The 18th ESEA Conference will be held at Universiti Brunei Darussalam from 16 to 17 November 2015.

For more details, see here.