Prof. Murali Krishnamurthi

Northern Illinois University, USA

Murali Krishnamurthi received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1978 from University of Madras, a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering in 1982 from Ohio University, and a doctorate in industrial engineering in 1988 from Texas A&M University.

He is Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Permanent Provost for Faculty Affairs at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, U.S.A. His teaching and research interests include project management, information systems, system simulation, optimization techniques, faculty development, and distance learning.

Dr. Krishnamurthi is a member of the American Association for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network. In 2011, he received the Presidential Teaching Professor Award and the Deacon Davis Diversity Award at Northern Illinos University.

Speech Title: Emerging Trends in Higher Education Research and Innovation

Abstract: While higher education is generally slow to change, there have been significant shifts in recent years in the development and delivery of, and accessibility to higher education. These shifts are motivated by changing student demographics, declining financial support, evolving student demands, and increasing opportunities for innovations in instructional technologies, to name a few. Emerging research and innovations in higher education have made teaching and learning more engaging and accessible to a global audience. In this keynote presentation, a number of emerging research and innovations, ranging from infusion of artificial intelligence to integration of block chain concepts, will be discussed and their positive impact on higher education will be addressed.

Prof. Budsaba Kanoksilapatham

Silpakorn University, Thailand

Budsaba Kanoksilapatham is currently a professor 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.

Speech Title: Local Context-Based Lessons and Global English Education: Southern Thailand
Abstract: Due to the existing trend of English as a global language, coupled with the emerging trend of regionalization, individual national culture and identity have become attenuated. Concern regarding the increasing influx of foreign influences through a multitude of channels has been exacerbated by the augmented popularity of social media that permeates most aspects of people’s lives. As a consequence, Thai culture and identity remains vulnerable. This presentation represents an attempt to preserve the national identity of Thai learners through the English language and to avoid imminent subjugation. Specifically, this study focuses on cultural features pertaining to southern Thailand, maninfested through a set of English lessons, and subsequently implemented to elementary students in southern Thailand. Based on the tests devised to measure the students’ knowledge of the southern Thai knowledge and associated English vocabulary, the integration of southern Thai context based-lessons into the English lessons yields positive impacts on English language learning. This study provides insights into how English language education in Thailand can be utilized to pass on information about the learners’ local Thai culture. Pedagogical practices and implications are offered to ameliorate and strengthen English language education in Thailand.

Prof. Tomokazu Nakayama

Jissen Women's University, Japan

T. Nakayama A. was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Nakayama earned a bachelor degree in English Literature and Linguistics from Obirin University in 1991, and MA in TESOL at Teachers’ College Columbia University in 2001 and Ph.D. at Hiroshima University in 2013. He is specialized in learning science. His current research interests are English as an International Language (EIL) and development of new learning methods to promote proficiency of EIL learners. He developed VA shadowing method to improve Japanese EIL learners’ listening skills and the book on its mechanism will be released this year. Now he and his colleagues are developing the new method called Instant Translation method to promote proficiency of Japanese EIL learners. He is currently an associate professor at Jissen Women’s University in Tokyo and teaches English and English teacher training courses.

Speech Title: Does VA shadowing method really facilitate learning pronunciation of Kanji?
Abstract: This study investigates whether visual-auditory shadowing method (VA shadowing method) can better facilitate vocabulary learning of JSL (Japanese as a Second Language) learners than visual-visual shadowing method (VV shadowing method). Learning vocabulary has three aspects; meaning, orthography and pronunciation. Japanese language is complex in orthography and pronunciation. Since Japanese uses a combination of ideographs and phonetic characters, learners of Japanese need to learn three kinds of orthographic characters: ideograph (kanji) and two kinds of phonetic characters (hiragana and katakana). In addition, pronunciation of kanji changes in context, learners have to learn various kinds of pronunciation for one kanji. This study tries to search for a reasonable way to learn pronunciations of kanji and compared the following two conditions: visual-auditory shadowing (N=48), visual-visual shadowing (N=47) to investigate which condition better facilitates learning of pronunciation of Japanese ideographs. The analysis suggests visual-auditory shadowing condition is effective to advanced learners, but not to intermediate or novice learners, compared to visual-visual shadowing condition (p<.05).

Assoc. Prof. Korakoch Attaviriyanupap

Silpakorn University, Thailand

Korakoch Attaviriyanupap is currently an associate professor at the Department of German, Faculty of Arts, Silpakorn University. She completed the Bachelor of Arts in German (1st. class Honours) and the master’s degree in Higher Education at Chulalongkorn University. She also got the Bachelor of Communication Arts from Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University and Graduate Diploma in Thai-English Translation from Thammasat University. She received both her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in German Linguistics from the University of Berne. Her research interests include German-Thai contrastive linguistics, translation, German as a foreign language and project-oriented learning. Her expertise and experience also include creative writing, song lyrics translation and the integration of German language and Thai culture.

Speech Title: Creative Integration of Thai Language and Culture in Teaching German as a Foreign Language
Abstract: This presentation shows 3 ways to integrate Thai language and culture in teaching and learning process of German as a Foreign Language (GFL) for Thai university students. They can be considered as trial of innovation to preserve Thai art and culture, one of the four missions of Thai universities which seems irrelevant to foreign language teaching at first glance. The three forms of integration are creative translation, creative writing and creative musical setting. All of them not only prove themselves as possible methods in the teaching and learning process of a foreign language in Thai context, but they have also shown positive results in increasing learners’ motivation and awareness of linguistic elements in both L1 and L2. With this kind of creative integration in classroom or as extracurricular activities, the intercultural concept of “the self and the other” and “contrastive linguistics” can be reflected at the same time.

Keynote Speakers in ICDTE 2017

ICDTE 2017 was held in Ming Chuan University, Taiwan during August 06-08, 2017 successfully.

But for its first year, it already attracts around 75 papers, and we selected around 40 participants among them. The authors of submitted papers come from about 25 countries and regions. Authors of accepted papers are from 15 countries.

We want to express our gratitude to all the technical committee members, and some of the external reviewers for their hard work in reviewing submissions. Conference Chairs, Prof. Hui-Wen Vivian Tang from Ming Chuan University, Taiwan and Prof. Wenbing Zhao from Cleveland State University, USA, has also helped us in many ways, for which we are grateful. We also thank the keynote speaker Prof. Tomokazu Nakayama from Jissen Women's University, Tokyo, Japan and Prof. Ananda Kumar Palaniappan from University of Malaya, Malaysia for sharing their insights with us. The paper submission and reviewing process was managed using the EasyChair system. Finally, the conference would not be possible without the excellent papers contributed by authors. We thank all the authors for their contributions and their participation in ICDTE 2017!

Prof. Hui-Wen Vivian Tang

Ming Chuan University, Taiwan

Prof. Tomokazu Nakayama

Jissen Women's University, Japan

Prof. Wenbing Zhao

Cleveland State University, USA

Prof. Ananda Kumar Palaniappan

University of Malaya, Malaysia