Plenary Speakers




Rod Ellis is currently a Research Professor in the School of Education, Curtin University in Perth Australia. He is also a professor at Anaheim University, a visiting professor at Shanghai International Studies University as part of China’s Chang Jiang Scholars Program and an Emeritus Professor of the University of Auckland.  He has recently been elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. His published work includes articles and books on second language acquisition, language teaching and teacher education. His latest book is Becoming and Being an Applied Linguist (John Benjamins).  Other recent publications include are Language Teaching Research and Language Pedagogy in 2012, (Wiley-Blackwell), (with Natsuko Shintani) Exploring Language Pedagogy and Second Language Acquisition Research In 2014 (Routledge) and Understanding Second Language Acquisition 2nd Edition in 2015 (Oxford University Press). He has also published several English language textbooks, including Impact Grammar (Pearson: Longman).  He has held university positions in six different countries and has also conducted numerous consultancies and seminars throughout the world.







Sadiq Midraj is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in language education in the College of Education at Zayed University.  He has taught literacy, assessment, curriculum, pedagogy, and leadership courses in the teacher-education graduate and undergraduate programs.  His outreach community service has included being a consultant to the UNESCO Office in Beirut on quality assurance standards for education units, reviewer of the UAE Ministry of Education K-12 language standards, consultant to Bidaya Media/Sesame Street on the research of media for young learners, and judge and consultant to Khalifa Award for Education in UAE.  Recently, he has served as an Accreditation Panel Member for the National Authority for Qualifications & Quality Assurance of Education and Training in Bahrain.  He has published on the role of accreditation, outcomes-based education, assessing bilingual literacy, and the language-learner variables. His research interests include teacher education, assessment of language learning and mobile applications for assessment and learning.

4Th Intenrnational Conference on New Trends in English Language Teaching and Testing

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