Invited Speakers


Please note that there might be some changes in the presence of invited speakers. However, we can ensure that academic quality, research expertise, and high-degree experiences of alternative speakers will be of similar exceptional standard.

Confirmed plenary speakers

Professor Alison Cook-Sather

Mary Katharine Woodworth Professor of Education and Coordinator,
The Andrew W.Mellon Teaching and Learning Institute Bryn Mawr College, USA
Jean Rudduck Visiting Scholar, Homerton College, University of Cambridge, UK

Alison Cook-Sather is the Mary Katharine Woodworth Professor of Education and Coordinator of The Andrew W. Mellon Teaching and Learning Institute at Bryn Mawr College. Supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dr. Cook-Sather has developed internationally recognized programs that position students as pedagogical consultants to prospective secondary teachers and to practicing college faculty members. She has given more than 65 keynote addresses, other invited presentations, and papers at refereed conferences in Brazil, Canada, Spain, the United Kingdom, and throughout the United States, and she has published over 40 articles, 14 book chapters, and five books on how students can become partners with teachers and scholars to make education a mutually engaging and empowering process. Her books include Learning from the Student’s Perspective: A Sourcebook for Effective Teaching (Paradigm Publishers, 2009), International Handbook of Student Experience in Elementary and Secondary School (co-edited with Dennis Thiessen, Springer Publishers, 2007), Education Is Translation: A Metaphor for Change in Learning and Teaching (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006), and In Our Own Words: Students’ Perspectives on School (co-edited with Jeffrey Shultz, Rowman& Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2001). Engaging Students as Partners in Teaching & Learning: A Guide for Faculty, a book focused on developing faculty-student partnerships in higher education and co-authored with Catherine Bovill and Peter Felten, is forthcoming from Jossey-Bass. In 2010, Dr. Cook-Sather was named the Jean Rudduck Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge in England.

Professor Charles Browne

Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL, Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan

Charles Browne, Professor of Applied Linguistics and TESOL at Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo Japan is a specialist in second language vocabulary acquisition, extensive reading, and online learning, co-author of the NGSL New General Service List, ( and NAWL New Academic Word List ( and has created a wide variety of research-based, language learning and analysis software such as the OGTE (Online Graded Text Editor), ER-Central, EnglishCentral, WordEngine, and V-Check, working hard to share this knowledge with teachers, researchers and software developers through presentations, seminars and hand-on workshops around the world. Most recently, Charles Brown has co-authored the new In-Focus course for Cambridge University Press

Professor MR Jisnuson Svasti, PhD

Mahidol University, Thailand

Professor M.R. Jisnuson Svasti was educated at Rugby School and Cambridge University, obtaining his B.A. (Hons.) in Biochemistry in 1968 and his Molecular Biology in 1972. Presently, he is Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry at Mahidol University and Head of the Laboratory of Biochemistry at the Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok. He has held various administrative appointments at Mahidol University, including Vice-President for International Relations (1997-1999), Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies (2005-2007), and Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry (1980-1984). M.R. Jisnuson Svasti has received numerous awards and honors, including the Outstanding Scientist of Thailand Award (2002), the Outstanding Researcher Award in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences (2003), the Outstanding Lecturer Award (2005), and the prestigious Dushdi Mala Medal awarded by H.M. the King (2005). He was President of the Federation of Asian &Oceanian Biochemists (1990-1992) and President of the Science Society of Thailand under Royal Patronage (2008-2011). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Science for the Developing World (TWAS), and is also President of the Protein Society of Thailand and Chairman of the Marsi Foundation. He has published145 Research Articles in International Journals and 28 Educational and Other Articles at International Level, as well as 4 textbooks.

Associate Professor Budsaba Kanoksilapatham

Silpakorn University, Thailand

Budsaba Kanoksilapatham is currently with the English Department, Faculty of Arts, Silpakorn University. She completed the bachelor’s degree in English (Hons.) at the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University. She received the master’s degree in linguistics and EFL from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the Ph.D. degree in linguistics with a concentration in applied linguistics from Georgetown University, USA. Her research interests include discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, phonetics, and language teaching. Her most recent books are Pronunciation in Action and English Sociolinguistics at Work. Her research articles were published in international journals including English for Specific Purposes and The IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.

Special session (virtual presentation)

Associate Professor Robert Kleinsasser

Associate Professor of Literacy and BiLiteracy
Fulbright Specialist
Distinguished Major Professor, Association of Teacher Educators

Associate Professor Robert Kleinsasser's research and teaching interests include the social organization of (second language) teaching and learning, the development of second language professionals’ assessment and testing acumen, and the understanding of (second) language acquisition and development among elementary and secondary teachers with varying disciplinary content backgrounds. More recently he is attempting narrative inquiry and mixed-methods research along with inquiries into online course discourse analysis and teacher educators dealing with evolving and/or changing landscapes of accountability, testing, and evaluation.

Panel discussion session

Associate Professor Supong Tangkiengsirisin

Director of the Language Institute, Thammasat University
Director of the PhD Program in English Language Teaching (International Program),
Language Institute, Thammasat University, Thailand

Supong Tangkiengsirisin, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at the Language Institute of Thammasat University, where he currently serves as Director. With over 25 years of teaching experience at the tertiary level, he has covered as wide range of areas in his teaching including academic writing, written business communication, English for Specific Purposes, and career-related English skills, both in the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also specializes in teacher training in Thai contexts with a focus on English teachers' language skills and professional development for primary and secondary education. His research interests involve second language writing, written discourse analysis, and interlanguage pragmatics.

Assistant Professor Linchong Chorrojprasert

Dean, Institute for English Language Education, Assumption University of Thailand
Fellow, the University of Wollongong, Australia

Assistant Professor Linchong Chorrojprasert, Ph.D. is currently serving as the Dean of the Institute for English Language Education at Assumption University of Thailand, where she has lectured in various English courses for over 20 years. Her educational credentials comprise of degrees in Arts (English), American Literature, Higher Education and Community College and Education, from Thailand, USA, Belgium and Australia. She has given lectures as the visiting and invited lecturer in MA (TESOL) and Ph.D in ELT for universities in Thailand, England and Australia. She has recently been awarded the Fellowship of the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. Her areas of interest include research methodology, teacher training, curriculum design and educational assessment.

Assistant Professor Edward B. Geerson

Assistant Professor and Academic Expert, Language Institute, Thammasat University
Member-at-large (Executive Committee), Thailand TESOL Organization
Member, Board of Directors, Thailand-US Educational Foundation (Fulbright Commission)

Edward Geerson is Special Assistant Professor at the Language Institute of Thammasat University, where he teaches undergraduate ESP classes and graduate courses in Second Language Acquisition, Psycholinguistics, and the Teaching Practicum in the MA-TEFL Program. During an ELT career spanning three decades in global classrooms, he has been a teacher educator, a frequently invited speaker at national and international conferences, a published author, and serves as a Board Director of the Thailand Fulbright Commission and Executive Committee member of Thailand TESOL. The oldest post-it on his desk reads: “Those who dare to teach must never cease to learn”. Walking the talk, he is currently working on his Ph.D. in English language teaching.

Dr Chirasiri Kasemsin

Deputy Dean for Liberal Arts Curriculum Development, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Mahidol University, Thailand

Dr Chirasiri Kasemsin is currently Acting Deputy Dean for Liberal Arts Curriculum Development at the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Mahidol University, Thailand. She obtained her BA in English from ChulalongkornUnviersity, MPhil in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a PhD in TESOL from the University of Leeds, UK. Her research interests are in applied linguistics, arts, English, English studies, language learning, speech communication, pragmatics, training, and translation.

Dr. Teresita Juan Bunyakarte

Institute for English Language Education, Assumption University of Thailand

Dr. Teresita Juan Bunyakarte has been a lecturer in the Institute for English Language Education at Assumption University of Thailand since 1985. She holds a B.S.E. in English (Cum Laude) from the Philippine Normal University, an M.A. in English Literature from Chulalongkorn University and a Ph.D. in English as an International Language from the same university. Her research interests include ESP, course development, reading instruction, and team-based learning.

David Willem van Ofwegen

Institute for English Language Education, Assumption University of Thailand

David Willem van Ofwegen is currently a lecturer at the Institute for English Language Education (IELE) at Assumption University in Thailand. Born in The Netherlands, he has lived abroad extensively and graduated with an MA in philosophy from the University of Hawaii, USA. Besides studying philosophy, David obtained the CELTA teaching certificate from Cambridge University, and minored in Thai language during his graduate studies. He has been teaching English to students and adults in several countries for the past seven years. When teaching English, he likes to employ his knowledge of the students' first language in order to detect and avoid common mistakes and help students overcome major conceptual differences. He lives in SamutPrakan, and enjoys playing football and exploring the Thai countryside by motorcycle in his free time.

Elisabeth Grace West

Institute for English Language Education, Assumption University of Thailand

Elisabeth“Beth” West grew up in St. Augustine, Florida. She studied environmental engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received a scholarship to study abroad for six months at Thammasat University in Rangsit, Thailand. Upon completion of her bachelor’s degree in May 2010, Beth moved to Thailand to work for an NGO and study the Thai language. She has been a lecturer with the IELE at Assumption University for one year and continues to study Thai in her free time.