Keynote Speakers

Anna Mauranen

ANNA MAURANEN is Professor and Research Director, and a former Vice-President at the University of Helsinki. Her research and publications include ELF, academic discourses, corpus linguistics, translation studies, and most recently modelling spoken language. She is co-editor of Applied Linguistics and formerly a founding co-editor of the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca. She has led several funded research projects, currently the largest being “Chunking in language: units of meaning and processing”. Many others have been concerned with corpora, changing English, and spoken and written ELF: above all the ELFA project and corpus (English as a Lingua Franca in Academic Settings), and the written WrELFA corpus. Recent books: Changing English. Global and local perspectives (2017, co-ed. with Filppula, Klemola &Vetchinnikova); Exploring ELF: Academic English shaped by non-native speakers (2012); English as a Lingua Franca – Studies and Findings (2009, co-ed. with Ranta); Linear Unit Grammar (with Sinclair 2006)

Will Baker

WILL BAKER    is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Deputy Director of the Centre for Global Englishes in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton where he convenes the MA programme in Global Englishes. His research interests include English as a lingua franca (ELF), intercultural and transcultural communication, English language teaching and English medium instruction education. He has published and presented internationally in all these fields including as: co-editor of the ‘Routledge Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca’ (2018); author of the monograph ‘Culture and Identity through English as a Lingua Franca’ (De GruyterMouton, 2015); co-editor of the book series ‘Developments in English as Lingua Franca’ (De Gruyter Mouton); as well asnumerous articles in leading journals (e.g. TESOL Quarterly, Language and Intercultural Communication, Language Teaching, ELT Journal, Language Teaching Research and Journal of English as a Lingua Franca). His current research projects involve examinations of transcultural communication in social network communities, and exploring the relationship between English language learning and use and the development of Global/Intercultural Citizenship among international students (

Lourdes Ortega

LOURDES ORTEGA is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University. She investigates second language development by adults through the lenses of usage-based linguistics, bilingualism research, and social justice. Originally from Spain, before moving to the USA in 1993 she was a teacher of Spanish at the Cervantes Institute in Athens, Greece. She has also taught English as a second language in the United States. Her recent articles have appeared in CALICO Journal, System, and in a forthcoming special issue in World Englishes. Her books include Understanding second language acquisition (2009, translated into Mandarin in 2016), and recent co-edited collections on The usage-based study of language learning and multilingualism (Georgetown University Press, 2016), Complexity Theory and language development: In celebration of Diane Larsen-Freeman (John Benjamins, 2017), and Usage-inspired L2 instruction: Researched pedagogy (John Benjamins, 2018). She is currently busy co-editing (with Annick De Houwer) The Handbook of Bilingualism for Cambridge University Press.

Constant Leung

CONSTANT LEUNG is Professor of Educational Linguistics in the School of Education, Communication & Society, King’s College London.   He is also a member of the Centre for Language Discourse and Communication within the College.  Before taking up teaching positions in higher education he taught in schools and worked as advisory teacher and manager in local government.   He was the founding Chair of the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (UK).  He served as Treasurer of British Applied Linguistics Association (2001/3) and Chair of Research Committee, TESOL (2005/7).  His research interests include education in ethnically and linguistically diverse societies, additional/second language curriculum and assessment, language policy and teacher professional development.  Currently he serves as Joint Editor for Language Assessment Quarterly, Editor of Research Issues for TESOL Quarterly, and as a member of the Editorial Boards of Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, Language and Education, and the Modern Language Journal.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK).