International Keynote Speakers

Prof. Noam Chomsky

(Expected Online Talk)

Professor Noam Chomsky is considered the founder of modern linguistics, and one of the most cited scholars in modern history. Among his groundbreaking books are “Syntactic Structures”, “Language and Mind”, “Aspects of the Theory of Syntax” and “The Minimalist Program” each of which has made distinct contributions to the development of the field. He has received numerous awards, including the Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences, the Helmholtz Medal and the Ben Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science.

Chomsky introduced, the Chomsky hierarchy, generative grammar and the concept of a universal grammar, which underlies all human speech and is based in the innate structure of the mind/brain. He has not only transformed the field of linguistics, his work has influenced fields such as cognitive science, philosophy, psychology, computer science, mathematics, childhood education, and anthropology.

He is also one of the most influential public intellectuals in the world. He has written more than 100 books, his most recent being “Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power.”

Chomsky joined the UA in fall 2017, coming from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked since 1955 as professor of linguistics, then professor of linguistics, emeritus.  Research Interest: LInguistic Theory, Syntax, Semantics, Philosophy of Language.


Prof. Dr. Madhu Sharma

Professor Dr. Madhu Sharma has Ph.D. in teaching ESL and Spanish from the Ohio State University, USA. Currently, she is teaching Academic ESL and Spanish at the Mt. Wachusett Community College (MWCC), Massachusetts. She also serves as the Coordinator of the ESL Program and an active member of the Community Colleges.

Her areas of interest include: pedagogy and second language learning, classroom related research, curriculum, resources and support for ESL students, student-retention and success, and learning language through culture and culture through language.

Dr. Madhu has presented at the MATSOL, TESOL, USA, Thai TESOL, the NELLE (Networking English Language Learning in Europe), in Austria, Greece and Germany, and SPELT. A Fulbright alumnus, Madhu has participated in the teacher exchange program of the Massachusetts Council for the International Education (MaCIE) with Netherlands.

Prof. Charlene Polio

She is a Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian, & African Languages at Michigan State University, where she teaches in the MA Program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and the Second Language Studies Program. Her main area of research is second language (L2) writing. She is particularly interested in the various research methods and measures used in studying L2 writing as well as the interface between the fields of L2 writing and second language acquisition. She has also published and done research in the areas of second language acquisition, foreign language classroom discourse, and behavior differences in novice vs. experienced teachers.

She has conducted workshops for foreign language teachers through MSU’s Center for Language Education and Research, a federally funded Title VI Language Resource Center of which she is a co-director.  She has been a visiting instructor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto and Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught ESL at MSU, UCLA, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Graduate School in Beijing, and Philadelphia Community College.

She is the co-editor of TESOL Quarterly and was also the former associate editor of the Modern Language Journal.

Professor Francisco A. Marcos-Marin

Francisco A. Marcos-Marin, is Professor of Linguistics and Translation at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has worked as visiting Honorary Professor in various universities of the world. Presently, he is expert in European Research council. He is the author of more than fifty books. He has also translated books and papers from English and Portuguese into Spanish and published more than three hundred contributions in scientific journals, collective volumes in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, P.R. of China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Spain, Thailand, Switzerland, and the United States of America. He has delivered more than one hundred and fifty papers, read at national and international scientific meetings, and has taught in more than one hundred and twenty workshops of specialization in different countries.

Current areas of Research and Teaching: Linguistics and Typology, Cultural History of Medieval Spain, History of the Spanish Language and the Romance languages of Roman Africa and Hispania, the Linguistic History of Texas, Historic Rock Art and Semiotics of Rock Art.

Dr. Daniel Xerri

Dr.Xerri chairs the ELT Council within the Ministry of Education and Employment in Malta and organizes the annual ELT Malta Conference. He sits in TESOL International Association's Research Professional Council and in IATEFL's Conference Committee. He was the joint coordinator of the IATEFL Research SIG during 2015 and 2017.

Dr. Daniel Xerri has written papers in international academic journals, book chapters, and articles in professional journals and magazines. He has also co-edited books on English Language Teaching and assessment. Currently, he serves at the Centre for English Language Proficiency.


Dr. Elizabeth M. Anthony

She serves as Dean at the Center for language studies, University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.Her primary research interests lie at the interface of two major research areas - Second Language Learning and Problem-Based Learning. She is particularly interested in investigating opportunities for language use & development and support as well as opportunities for ongoing language learning in the higher education contexts.

She has extensive experience in teaching across various contexts (University level teaching as well as teaching primary and adult matured students) and in research methods (classroom discourse analysis, qualitative data analysis using Transana, and quantitative data analysis using SPSS). She also reviews manuscripts for academic journals such as [i] The International Journal of Problem-Based Learning; [ii] The International Journal of Social Sciences; [iii] Journal of Language for Specific Purposes; and [iv] Jurnal Sains Humanika in addition to being Article Editor for SAGE Open Publication.

Dr. Noreen Noordin

Dr. Nooreen Noordin holds a doctoral degree from University Putra Malaysia in the field of Teaching English as a Second Language. She is a senior lecturer at the Department of Language and Humanities Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia. Her research interests are on language learning technology, content-based instruction and learning styles. She has authored and co-authored several book chapters and journal papers.