Keynote Speaker


University of New South Wales

Sydney, Australia



Gen Z students are said to be independent-minded, entrepreneurial and tech-savvy individuals who want their learning to be as engaging as possible. English language teachers must be prepared to reflect flexibly and creatively on their practices in teaching these students. Action research is an approach to practitioner inquiry and professional development that provides us with ways to investigate and innovate, and to identify what works and what doesn’t work to engage our students.  In this talk I will discuss the what, why and how of the emergence of action research and offer some examples to show how teachers I’ve worked with in different parts of the world have used action research as a way to increase student engagement. I will also reflect briefly on why school managers and principals need to see professional learning activities, such as action research, as fundamental to good quality teaching and to provide support for it. 


Professor Anne Burns is Professor of TESOL at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She is also an Emeritus Professor at Aston University in the UK, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney and The Education University of Hong Kong.  Her research interests include language teacher education, language teacher cognition, applications of genre theory to language teaching, curriculum development and change, literacy, and written and spoken discourse analysis. She is best known for her work in the theory and practice of action research.  She is series editor with Jill Hadfield of Research and Resources in Language Teaching (published by Routledge): Teacher Development Over Time, the latest book in the series, has just been shortlisted as a finalist for The British Council 2019 ELTons Awards. 



Plenary Speaker​


Universiti Sains Malaysia


Generation Z (or Gen Z) have used the Internet since a young age and are comfortable with various technologies. Hence, their learning and their thinking are quite different from the older generations, especially in terms of the use of learning tools and ways of learning. This paper describes how the researcher used social media to engage a group of pre-service teachers (PST) in an action research to improve their teaching practices. Framed in reflective learning that is supported and scaffolded by an online community of practice, the PST demonstrated positive development through the various stages of action research. The presentation will mainly focus on the procedures of implementation and rationale, main findings and, implications. The experiences gained and lessons learned from this action research could be applied by teachers, teacher educators and other stakeholders for teaching other subjects, as well as stakeholders from other fields of study.    


Professor Dr. Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan has been  teaching at the School of Educational Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang since 2004. His research interests include ICT and English Language Education and, professional development and critical practices of teachers. He has published widely in his area of research in reputable journals such as TESOL Quarterly, British Journal of Educational Technology, Computer and Education, The Internet and Higher Education, Professional Development in Education andTeaching and Teacher Education. Currently, he is an Editorial board member for the British Journal of Educational Technology (SSCI) and Malaysian Journal of Learning & Instruction (SCOPUS)He can be contacted via email: kabilan@usm.my



Plenary Speaker


University of Louisville, USA


Action research is grounded in the notion that research should create positive change in practice.  This presentation focuses on ways in which we can critically examine our work as action researchers to encourage us to think more deeply about the kinds of research questions we ask, the ways in which we gather and analyze data, and the strategies we use to implement change and disseminate knowledge based on our findings. Drawing upon examples from our research partnerships with colleagues here in the Philippines as well as a broad range of international projects, this presentation will provide concrete examples of research that makes a genuine difference in schools and communities along with recommendations for integrating these strategies into your own research projects.


Mary Brydon-Miller, Ph.D.is formerly the director of the University of Cincinnati’s Action Research Center and is Professor of Educational and Community-based Action Research in the Educational Studies Program in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. She is currently serving as Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol in the UK. She is a participatory action researcher who conducts work in both school and community settings. She recently completed work on the SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research with co-editor David Coghlan.  Other recent publications focus on the development of new frameworks for understanding research ethics in educational and community settings including chapters in the SAGE Handbook of Social Research Ethics and the SAGE Handbook of Action Research. She is a member of the editorial board of Action Research and has co-edited Special Issues of the journal on Ethics and Action Research and Arts-Based Action Research. She is also an active contributor to the new social media site, Action Research Plus, which is developing internet based strategies for disseminating research and building networks



Plenary Speaker 


De La Salle University, Manila


Raymund Sison is the Don Placido Mapa Professor of Computer Science at De La Salle University (DLSU), where he was conferred the title of University Fellow in 2010 and elected President of the Society of University Fellows in 2016. He obtained the PhD in Computer Science from the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan, and the PhD in Education, major in Educational Leadership and Management, from DLSU. He has undergone postgraduate training and research at the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence and at the United Nations University International Institute for Software Technology in China.


He is a recipient of two national awards: the Outstanding Young Scientist award given by the National Academy of Science and Technology for achievements in research, and the Outstanding Teacher award given by the Metrobank Foundation for excellence in education. He is now based in DLSU-Manila Laguna Campus, where he is building a community of researchers studying the design of digital games and other technologies to enhance the teaching and learning processes of Generation Z. He also leads youth ministries at his college and church. Currently, At the same time, he is the Dean of the Br Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education (BAGCED) at DLSU – Manila Taft Campus.







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