- Diane Larsen-Freeman | Professor Emerita, University of Michigan
Diane Larsen-Freeman, Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Michigan, is Professor Emerita of Education, Professor Emerita of Linguistics, and Research Scientist Emerita at the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is also a Professor Emerita at the SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, Vermont. Currently she is a Visiting Senior Fellow in the Division of Educational Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania.
Diane has been a conference speaker in over 60 countries around the world She has published over 100 articles in her areas of interest. Her books include An Introduction to Second Language Acquisition Research, with Michael Long, 1991, The Grammar Book: An ESL/EFL Teacher’s Course, with Marianne Celce-Murcia, 3rd ed., 2015, Techniques and Principles of Language Teaching, 3rd ed. with Marti Anderson, 2011, and Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics, with Lynne Cameron, 2008. She has also written about teaching grammar (Teaching Language: From Grammar to Grammaring, 2003), and she has directed a grammar series (Grammar Dimensions: Form, Meaning, and Use, 4th ed., 2007).
In 1999, Diane was named one of 30 ESL pioneers in the 20th century by ESL Magazine. The following year she received the Heinle/Cengage Lifetime Achievement Award. The complex systems book received the 2009 Kenneth W. Mildenberger prize from the Modern Language Association. Also in 2009, the Hellenic American University conferred on Diane an honorary Doctoral Degree in Humanities. Diane was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the University of Innsbruck in 2010 and the American Association for Applied Linguistics’ Distinguished Scholarship and Service Award in 2011, the highest award the association bestows. Diane is a former Editor of Language Learning and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the journal.
- Stephen Dinham OAM PhD | Professor and Chair of Teacher Education and Director of Learning and Teaching in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne
Stephen Dinham is a former secondary teacher and since entering universities has conducted a wide range of research projects (over 75 funded) in the areas of educational leadership and change, effective pedagogy/quality teaching, student achievement, postgraduate supervision, professional teaching standards, teachers’ professional development, middle-level leaders in schools, and teacher satisfaction, motivation and health. He has a publication record (more than 330 publications) of books, book chapters, refereed journal articles, and articles in professional journals. He is a frequent presenter at international, national and state conferences (over 500 presentations) and has conducted consultancies with a wide range of educational bodies nationally and internationally. He is national president of the Australian College of Educators and a member of the Council of the Victorian Institute of Teaching.
Conference Dinner Guest Speaker
- Stefano de Pieri was born in Treviso, near Venice. He migrated to Australia in 1974. Stefano attended Sydney Road Community School in Brunswick and went on to Melbourne University. He graduated in Politics and Italian Studies.
Stefano became actively involved in many community causes from the moment he came to Australia. He edited an Italian fortnightly newspaper called ‘Nuovo Paese’ through which he came into contact with many political and cultural identities.
He dabbled with food – always his passion – in the early eighties, training for a little while in a professional environment, but finally chose a job in the Victorian Public Service.
He became a private secretary to Minister Peter Spyker and then an advisor to a number of Ethnic Affairs Ministers.
He married Donata Carrazza in 1991 and settled in Mildura at the same time. Together they have two children, Domenico and Claudia.
Stefano set about to assist in the refurbishments of the Grand Hotel and to provide some leadership in the area of beverage and food preparation.He was impressed with local produce – and local wine – but was frustrated by the lack of recognition of the district. He begun imagining a book that would include his food memories from his native Veneto and the produce of Mildura. The book took the title of ‘A Gondola on the Murray’ and after a few rejections from publishers it was accepted by ABC Enterprises, the publishing branch of the ABC. It was then turned into the television series of the same name.Stefano’s restaurant in the Grand became the recipient of many prestigious awards and continues to attract the support of many patrons.Stefano and Donata continue a family tradition in hospitality with the hope of providing variety and interest for residents and the many visitors who come to Mildura.
- John Hajek | Professor of Italian Studies, Director of RUMACCC (Research Unit for Multilingualism and Cross-cultural Communication) at the University of Melbourne and President of LCNAU (Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities)
As well as teaching and researching language in a range of contexts, John Hajek has also been active in the promotion of multilingualism and of the importance of language education in Australia for many years. In 2015 he co-edited the volume ‘Challenging the monolingual mindset’.
- Joseph Lo Bianco | Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, and serves as Immediate Past President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
Joe Lo Bianco is UNICEF Research Director, Language, Education and Social Cohesion, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma and Thailand; and Preparation of Peace Building National Language Policy, Myanmar. He is Academic advisor, National Research Centre for Foreign Language Education at Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is Research advisor for LUCIDE, an EC project on Languages in Urban Communities, completing in 2014 a 4 year research project on multilingualism at the municipal level in 12 European cities. Joe is the Immediate Past and Inaugural President of the Tsinghua, Asia Pacific Forum on Translation and Intercultural Studies. He has 130 publications on language, policy and planning, language education, literacy, culture and identity. Current projects in press include Aldo and the Meridian Line, a novel in the Mountain of Su Dongpo series, (with T. Hay and Y. Wang) and a volume on Language and Identity in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia (with Fethi Hilal).
- Jane Orton | Director of the Chinese Teacher Training Centre in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne
Jane Orton’s first degree was a BA in French and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, where she later returned and undertook an honours degree in Chinese language and literature. She was a pioneer user of The Silent Way and worked with Caleb Gattegno in the US for 3 years. She also taught two years at the Ecole Active Bilingue in Paris and at Capital Normal University in Beijing. She has been a frequent guest lecturer, conference speaker, and researcher in China over the ensuing 30 years, including giving Master’s seminars in Chinese to students at Fudan University and Beijing Normal University and in English at Beijing Languages and Culture University and Peking University. Jane’s research interests are the learning demands of Chinese as a Second Language, especially oral skill development, and Chinese teacher education. Jane is a Board member of the international Chinese as a Second Language Research Association (CASLAR) and a member of the Editorial Board of the CASLAR Journal. In Australia she has recently been a member of the Australian Curriculum for Languages Advisory Panel. Her recent publications include Comparing teachers’ judgments of learners’ speech in Chinese as a foreign language, in Foreign Language Annals, and the Teacher Education chapter for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Culture to be published this September.