RACHANEE DERSINGH (KING MONGKUT'S UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY THONBURI)
ASLAM KHAN (MELTA/ERICAN Education Group )
ITJE CHODIDJAH (TEFLIN)
CECILIA SUAREZ (Ateneo de Manila University)
DAO NGUYEN (Hanoi University of Science and Technology)
CHERRY THATUN (AEC English Centre)
GANAKUMARAN SUBRAMANIAN (MELTA)

ENGLISH TEACHER ASSOCIATION FOR ASEAN: A BOON OR A BANE? : ELT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

With the support of British Council and Hornby Trust UK, thirty representatives from Teacher Associations in seven Southeast Asian countries gathered after ThaiTESOL Conference in January 2019. The gathering allowed members to look at the existing teacher associations in each country and to investigate what they could do for each other and for the region. What came out of this gathering was a need to setup ASEAN English Language Teacher Association, or ASEANELTA, to provide support to English teachers throughout ASEAN, where the common language is English. This non-profit association also aims to promote international collaboration among associations, to assist English language teachers in research, to provide online materials to members and guidelines regarding fund raising and to measure the impact of the workshops or activities carried out by the associations. You are invited to discuss ideas regarding the usefulness or the redundancy of the set-up, to suggest activities to enhance existing professional development, and so on.

Rachanee Dersingh is a lecturer at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business French from Assumption University (Thailand), a Masters of Commerce from Wollongong University (Australia) and a PhD in Linguistics from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand). Her interests include Sociolinguistics, Linguistic Landscape and English Language Teaching.

Aslam Khan obtained his academic qualifications in the UK and Malaysia. He has been a Senior Lecturer, Master Trainer, Head of Department and Project Director in numerous international teacher education programmes. Currently, he is the Executive Vice Chairman of Erican Education Group and also the Vice President 1 of the Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (MELTA).

Itje has the experience in managing language centres and school, as director. Her professional background also includes project design, implementation and monitoring in a range of settings. She has extensive experience working with government agencies and schools. Her training experience includes some countries in Asia. She is active in giving consultancy for school development and professional development.

Cecilia A. Suarez teaches at the English Department, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. She is a National Trainer (Commission on Higher Education), Master Trainer (British Council), and Senior Trainer (ACELT). She has co-authored books for basic and higher education. She has done research on teacher education, MTB-MLE and ELT.

Dao Hanh Nguyen is a senior TESOL lecturer at Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam. She has also coordinated community educational projects on teacher development across Vietnam. She is a founding member and key board member of VietTESOL Association (viettesolassociation.org). Contact at dao.nguyenhanh@hust.edu.vn or https://www.linkedin.com/in/dao-nguyen-hanh-43a54268.

Kyi-Kyi Thatun MEd by research (La Trobe University), Postgraduate DipTEFL (Sydney University), BA English (Institute of Education, Rangoon) Kyi-Kyi is the Director of Studies at Australian English Centre in Yangon. Kyi-Kyi had taught at Swinburne Institute of Technology, La Trobe University, and Bangkok University before returning to Myanmar. Her interest areas are curriculum development and teacher training.

Ganakumaran Subramniam is Head of School of Education, University of Nottingham, Malaysia. He hold Bachelor of Education from Universiti Putra Malaysia, and a Masters and PhD from the University of Nottingham, UK. He is President of the Malaysian English Language Teaching Association and Vice President of Asia TEFL