RENANDYA Willy Ardian

Principal Lecturer

English Language & Literature (ELL)

Office Location

PhD (Educational Psychology), Univesity of Wisconsin-Madison, USA


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Research Interests
Second Language Pedagogy, Teaching Reading, Teaching Listening

  • Dr. Willy A Renandya is a Principal Lecturer at the ELL Department, National Institute of Education, Singapore. Prior to his current position, he taught at SEAMEO RELC, Singapore, where he also served as Head of the Department of Language Education and Research. He has taught in many parts of Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. He is a frequent speaker at language conferences in the Asian region.

    He holds an MA in TESL and a PhD in Educational Psychology. His teaching and research interests include second and foreign language pedagogy, extensive reading, language testing and curriculum development. He has published research articles in various journals, authored an ESL textbook, and edited numerous books and anthologies. His latest publications include Motivation in the language classroom (2014, TESOL International), Simple, powerful strategies for Student Centered Learning with George Jacobs and Michael Power (2016, Springer International), and English language teaching today: Linking theory and practice with Handoyo P Widodo (2016, Springer International).

  • Ph.D. (Educational Psychology), University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

    MA (Teaching English as a Second Language), University of Hawaii-Manoa, USA

    MA (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), IKIP Sanata Dharma, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    B.A. (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), IKIP Sanata Dharma, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    1. Featured speaker (with Donna Lim), "Effective strategies for building L2 literacy: The Singapore experience", 2015 PKETA/GETA Joint International Conference, Pusan National University, Korea, 17 October 2015.
    2. Plenary speaker, "Teaching L2 reading: Theory into practice", 62nd Teflin International Conference, Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia, 14-16 September 2015. 
    3. Plenary speaker, "­How useful are reading strategies for lower proficiency L2 learners?". English for Specific Academic Purposes Symposium, Sunway College, Malaysia, 15 August 2015.
    4. Plenary speaker, "Can simple technology enhance L2 learning?", LIA International Conference on English Language Learning and Teaching, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, April 29-May 1, 2015.
    5. Plenary speaker, "Building English language skills for international cooperation and mobility", 11th CamTESOL Conference, Institute of Technology Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 28 Feb - 01 March 2015.
    6. Plenary speaker, "Current L2 research and its impact of  teaching and learning". CamTESOL Regional Research symposium, Intitute Technology Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 27 Feb 2015.
    7. Plenary speaker, "How can we make CLT work better in EFL contexts", ETAK International Conference, Kongju National University, Gongju, South Korea, 14 June, 2014.
    8. Keynote speaker, "Learning from ELT best practices in Asia", 1st I-TELL Conference, Manado State University, Manado, Indonesia, 24-25 April 2014. 
    9. Featured speaker, "Effective strategies for motivating L2 learner", KAPEE International Conference, Chuncheon National University of Education, Chuncheon, South Korea, January 18, 2014.
    10. Plenary speaker, "8 elements of a successful foreign language programme", CULI International Seminar, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, November 21-22, 2013.
    11. Featured speaker, "Strategies that really work in the L2 classroom: From practice to theory", Kotesol international conference, Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, South Korea, October 12-13, 2013.
    12. Plenary speaker, "The Myths We Live By: Challenging Common Beliefs of Language Learning in EFL Contexts", The 60th Teflin International Conference, University of Indonesia Jakarta, August 27-29, 2013.
    13. Plenary speaker, “Current Belief in ELT and Its Implication in English Classrooms”, The English Education-UNS TEFL International conference, UNS, Solo, Indonesia, 18 May 2013.
    14. Plenary speaker, "Is there a place for extensive listening in the L2 classroom", 22nd MELTA International Conference "Innovation in English Language Education", 28-30 May 2013, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
    15. Plenary speaker, "Materials and methods for Extensive Listening", 59th TEFLIN International Conference, 6-8 November 2012, Surabaya, Indonesia.
    16. Featured speaker, "Teacher, I can't catch the words: Listening problems in L2 classrooms", KATE International Conference, 5-6 July 2012, Seoul, Korea.
    17. Plenary speaker, "Global English: Implications for ELT in Indonesia", Language in the Online and Offline World: The Transformation, 29-30 May 2012, Petra Christian University, Surabaya, Indonesia.
    18. Plenary speaker, "What have we learned from 30 years of research into LLS?", The 4the CONAPLIN Conference, 19-20 September 2011, Universitas Pendididkan Indonesia-Bandung, Indonesia.
    19. Plenary speaker, "Professional development and EIL", the 8th JETA Conference, 29-30 June 2011, Ahmad Dahlan University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
    20. Plenary speaker, “Input-based practice in ELT: A critical examination”, The 6th AKU-CEL International Seminar, 29-30 January 2011, Karachi, Pakistan.
    21. Plenary speaker, “A critical examination of the role of practice in EFL”, PKETA (Pan Korea English Teachers Association) International Conference, 9 October 2010, Jinju, South Korea.
    22. Plenary speaker, “Does practice make perfect”, International Conference on TESOL: Innovations in Language Teaching and Learning", 23-24 September 2010, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam.
    23. Featured speaker, “Understanding the sources of the listening problems of lower proficiency learners of English”, PAC 2010/18th  KOTESOL International Conference, 16-17 October 2010, Seoul, Korea.
    24. Featured speaker, “Do teachers need to speak standard English”, LIA International Conference on World Englishes Across Cultures, 28-30 April 2010, Bali, Indonesia.
    25. Plenary speaker, “Input-based practice in ELT: Research and applications”, TEFLIN International Conference 2010: ELT in a globalized world: methods, their transferability and appropriacy in the classroom, 1-3 November 2010, Bandung, Indonesia.
    26. Plenary speaker, “Practice that makes a difference in language learning”, The 7th JETA Conference, 28-29 June 2010, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
    27. Plenary speaker, “Assessment in CLIL”,  English Across the Curriculum National Conference, 4-5 May 2010, Surabaya, Indonesia.
    28. Keynote speaker, “Language Teacher Professional Development: Models and Best Practices”, ELTIS (English Language Training Program for Islamic Schools) Symposium, 11-12 March 2010, Bali, Indonesia.
    29. Plenary speaker, “The ten commandments in TESOL”, Suncheon International Conference on English Education, 29 September 2006, Suncheon City, South Korea.
    30. Plenary speaker, “The power of extensive reading”, The 9th ESEA Conference, Universitas Sanata Dharma, Dec. 13 – 15, 2004, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

  • A.  Book

    1. Renandya, W.A. (2014). Motivation in the language classroom. TESOL International Association, USA.
    2. Renandya, W.A., & Widodo, H.P. (in prep). (Eds.). English Language Teaching Today: Building A Closer Link Between Theory and Practice. Springer International.
    3. Renandya, W.A., & Hu, G.W. (in prep). Teaching Listening: The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Wiley Blackwell, USA.

    B.  Book Chapter

    1. Renandya, W.A. (in prep). Extensive reading and listening in L2 classrooms.
    2. Renandya, W.A. (in prep). Current issues in language, language learning and language teaching.
    3. Renandya, W.A., Hu, GW., Yu, X. (forthcoming). Extensive reading coursebooks in China. In B. Tomlinson (ed.), SLA and materials development for language learning. Routledge, UK.

    C. Journal Article

    1. Dabarera, C., Renandya, W.A., & Zhang, L.J.,  (in press). The impact of metacognitive scaffolding and monitoring on reading comprehension. System.
    2. Renandya, W.A. (in press). Factors affecting EFL learning outcomes. English Teaching.

    D.  Funded Research/Project

    1. Principal Investigator – Understanding the nature and sources of listening difficulty of lower proficiency learners of English (NIE HREC Number: R103/09; $ 27,132)
    2. Project Leader – REEPT (Revised English Entrance Proficiency Test) Redevelopment Project (MOE000ECO10000287)