Paul Kei Matsuda, Arizona State University

Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing at Arizona State University. He is also Concurrent Professor of Applied Linguistics at Nanjing University and Zhengzhou University. Paul is Founding Chair of the Symposium on Second Language Writing and Editor of the Parlor Press Series on Second Language Writing. He is also the immediate past president of the American Association for Applied Linguistics. Paul has published widely on various topics on language, writing and professional development, and has received a number of prestigious awards for his publications. He has been invited to present keynote and plenary talks as well as lectures and workshops in various countries and regions, including: Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Denmark, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and throughout the United States. His presentation is named as “Less is More: How to Minimize Workload and Maximize Student Learning”.


Dwight Atkinson, University of Arizona

Dwight Atkinson is an applied linguist and second language educator who currently works at the University of Arizona. His research and teaching have ranged widely, including in the following areas: non-mainstream approaches to second language learning and teaching; second language writing; the history of medical and scientific research writing in English; theories of culture in applied linguistics; key concepts in the teaching of writing such as "critical thinking" and "voice," and qualitative research methods.Recent publications have appeared in Language Teaching, Modern Language Journal, Journal of Second Language Writing, Handbook of Second & Foreign Language Writing, and Routledge Handbook of Language and Culture. Dwight's edited volume, Alternative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition, appeared in 2011.

Current projects focus on the notion of natural pedagogy in second language teaching and learning; second language teachers' knowledge of second language acquisition; and the future of second language writing studies in relation to two current trends in the field: written corrective feedback and translingualism. His presentation topic is "Teaching in the World: Are Teachers Born to be (Language) Teachers?"

Flávia Vieira, University of Minho

Flávia Vieira (Ph.D. in Language Education, University of Minho, 1997) is full professor in the Institute of Education at the University of Minho (Portugal). She works as a teacher educator and has been involved in research projects and publications in the areas of pedagogy for autonomy in foreign language education, reflective teacher education, and pedagogy at university. She coordinates the practicum in Teaching Masters and has been engaged in teacher education through action research since 1995. She coordinates a community of teacher educators at the Institute of Education, seeking to build a scholarship of teacher education. She also coordinates a learning community of academic researchers/ teacher educators and schoolteachers since 1997 – the Working Group-Pedagogy for Autonomy – where a transformative view of school pedagogy is explored and investigated.


Filomena Capucho, Catholic University, Portugal

Filomena Capucho is a Professor at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Viseu, and a researcher at the Centre for Studies in Communication and Culture (CECC) of the same university. She presently teaches Portuguese Foreign Language to international students, Communication in Health Surroundings and Communication for Managers. She is the Head of the International Relations Office and has a more than 35 years’ experience in the field of Teacher Education. She has also worked in EU cooperation Projects since 1989, and coordinated several large projects throughout the years. She is now involved in 3 different Erasmus+ projects. Doctor in Contrastive Interactional Sociolinguistics, Filomena Capucho is an expert in Applied Linguistics, Discourse Analysis and Plurilingualism.