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Phil Benson

Phil Benson is Professor of Applied Linguistics and coordinator of the Multilingualism Research Group at Macquarie University. His main research interests are in the area of multilingualism and include informal language learning beyond the classroom, language learning environments and the language experiences of migrants and international students. His preferred research methods are qualitative and he is especially interested in narrative inquiry as an approach to language learning research. He is the author of Teaching and Researching Autonomy in Language Learning (Pearson, 2011), co-author of Narrative Inquiry in Language teaching and Learning Research (Routledge. 2013), and co-editor of Beyond the Language Classroom (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and a forthcoming volume, The Multilingual City: Sydney Case Studies. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling and walking around Sydney’s many multicultural neighbourhoods.

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Shanton Chang

Associate Professor Shanton Chang is a research and teaching academic at The Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. He is also Assistant Dean (International) at the Melbourne School of Engineering. His current primary areas of research include the Online Behaviour, Information Seeking Behaviour and Needs, and Information Security Culture. His latest research is on the information seeking behaviour and social networking patterns of international students.

He was also Conference Convenor of the ISANA International Education Association from 2004 - 2015, and Co-Convenor of the IEAA's Internationalisation of Curriculum Special Interest Group. He has been involved in the Australian international education sector since 1992 (as a student leader) and subsequently as an education agent, coordinator and academic, receiving the IDP award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian International Education in 2000. In 2012, he also received an ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning Across Cultures. He is an ISANA Life Member.

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Angel Lin

Angel Lin is Professor of English Language and Literacy Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong. She received her Ph.D. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada in 1996. Since then her research and teaching have focused on classroom discourse analysis, bilingual and multilingual education, academic literacies, language across the curriculum, Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), and language policy and planning in postcolonial contexts. She has published six research books and over ninety research articles, and serves on the editorial boards of leading international research journals including Applied Linguistics, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, Language and Education, and Pragmatics and Society. In 2018 Angel Lin is moving to Simon Fraser University to take up the position of Canada Research Chair in Plurilingual and Intercultural Education.

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Steven Thorne

Steven holds faculty appointments in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University (USA), and secondarily, in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands). In 2014, he was selected to receive the inaugural Faculty Research Excellence Award for Assistant and Associate Professors at Portland State University. He received an M.A. (in Hindi and Urdu) and Ph.D. (in Language, Literacy, and Culture) from the University of California at Berkeley. His interests include cultural-historical and usage-based approaches to language development, language use and learning in social media and online gaming environments, and research that examines human activity at the nexus of technologies-cultures. Steven is currently working on a variety of projects that examine technology-mediated language learning occurring within and outside of formal educational settings, indigenous language maintenance and revitalization, and exploring the conceptual and social-material consequences of divergent theories of second language development. In a prior incarnation, he taught Hindi and Urdu (at UC Berkeley and in Pakistan). Over the years he has presented talks, plenaries, workshops and seminars on a variety of language-related topics including new media communication and information technologies, gaming and game-based learning, intercultural communication, Vygotskian and cultural-historical activity theory, corpus linguistics, second language development and pedagogy, and ancestral/indigenous language revitalization.