Plenary and Featured Speakers

Cindy Brantmeier

Washington University, St. Louis, U.S.A.

Cindy Brantmeier (Ph.D. Indiana University) is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Education at Washington University in St. Louis. She is Director of Applied Linguistics, which includes the PhD strand in Applied Linguistics in Education and the undergraduate major/minor. She is also Co-Director of the Graduate Certificate of Language Instruction, an interdisciplinary PhD certificate for students in literature. Appointed in Fall 2015 to the present, Professor Brantmeier serves as Co-editor of Reading in a Foreign Language, a leading journal housed at the University of Hawaii. Professor Brantmeier is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Applied Linguistics at the School of Foreign Languages, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China (2016-2021), where she conducts experiments on language acquisition.

Syying Lee

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei

Sy-Ying Lee (Ph. D. Southern University of California) is currently professor of the Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Her research interests include issues related to second language acquisition, extensive reading, storytelling in teaching EFL children, material analysis and comparison using corpus analysis, reading-writing connection in critical literacy practices, and blogging. In addition to her published papers in influential national and international scholarly journals, equally important contributions have been her frequent presentations in international conferences and workshops for researchers and practioners. Prof. Lee received the Outstanding Achievement Award for Special Contributions in Research (Taiwan Ministry of Science & Technology) and the Teaching Excellence Award (National Taipei University) in 2010. In her service at NTUST since 2012, she has organized two international conferences (on Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching, ALLT), each involving more than 300 presenters, attendees, and world renowned invited scholars in the field.

John Macalister

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

John Macalister’s research interests include second language reading and writing, issues in language learning and New Zealand English. He teaches courses in language teaching methodology (reading and writing), and curriculum design. Listen to John speak about his current research. He is the President of ALANZ, the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand.