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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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Viv Edwards

Viv Edwards is Professor of Language and Education at the University of Reading. Her research and publications range across several areas, including language policy, community languages, indigenous languages and language maintenance in the context of both school and family. These interests were brought together most notably in her book on Multilingualism in the English-Speaking world, which won a British Association for Applied Linguistics Association Book of the Year award. She is co-editor of the international journal, Language and Education, and the New Perspectives on Language and Education series for Multilingual Matters.


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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.