Speakers' and Facilitators' Bionote

Mr. Bernardo Luis R. Alejandro Jr. is a graduate of AB English Major in Literature from the Ateneo de Davao University. From the same university, he also graduated with a Master in Business Administration, Master in Public Administration and Master in Government Administration. He is also a graduate of Master of Science in Food Science from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. He worked for 18 years in the private sector specifically in the marketing field before joining the Commission on Higher Education Regional Office XI as an Education Supervisor II. He has conducted studies, written cases and has been a resource person for different subjects related to business, entrepreneurship, marketing and food sciences.
 
Dr. James McLellan is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei. He has previously taught at secondary and tertiary levels in Brunei, the UK, France, Malaysia, Australia and Aotearoa (New Zealand). His research interests include language alternation online, Southeast Asian Englishes, Borneo indigenous languages, and classroom discourse in multilingual contexts. He is co-editor, with Roger Barnard, of Codeswitching in University English-Medium Classes: Asian Perspectives (Bristol, England: Multilingual Matters, 2014), and has recently been conducting research that challenges traditional notions of languages as fixed and separate systems.  website:  http://www.ubd.edu.bn/academic/faculty/FASS/staff/profiles/jamesmclellan.html
 
Dr. Isabel Pefianco Martin is Associate Professor and incoming Chair of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.  She has published in various internationally recognized publications on topics ranging from World Englishes, Philippine English, English language education, language policy, to language and law.  She also serves in the editorial board of Asian Englishes (Routledge), as well as Multilingual Education (Springer). 
 
Facilitators’ Bionote
 
Jhoanna Michelle G. Paterno has been an instructor and teacher-trainer at the Ateneo de Manila University where she teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. She has an MA in English from the Ateneo de Manila and has a certificate in Communicative Language Teaching from Lancaster University. Her publication and research areas include written feedback to student writing, critical reading and writing, integrating language and literature teaching and critical literacy.
Shiela Java-Guinal is teaching English and Literature at Ateneo de Davao University. She earned her Masters of English in Applied Linguistics (MEAL) at the University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City. She currently pursues her PhD in English Language and Literature at Ateneo de Manila University.
 
Maria Luz Elena N. Canilao is an Assistant Professor at the Ateneo de Manila University where she teaches English communication skills to undergraduate students and ELT and ELL courses to graduate students. She is also a senior teacher trainer of the Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching (ACELT).
 
Robin A. De Los Reyes is a faculty of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University where he teaches English communication skills to undergraduate students and academic writing to graduate students. Presently, he is pursuing his degree in Doctor in English Language and Literature at the Ateneo de Manila University.
 
Priscilla Angela T. Cruz is a faculty member of the English Department, Ateneo de Manila University, who has been teaching for 15 years now. Her professional interests include educational linguistics, appliable linguistics, language variation and teacher training. She has published research on multilingualism and language education in the Philippines and abroad.
 
May Lynn Abella-Tabar obtained her M.A. in English Language and Literature Teaching degree from the Ateneo de Manila University, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature in the same university.  She is also currently a member of the English Language Department in Ateneo de Davao University.
 
Elineth Elizabeth Suarez is a mentor and teacher-trainer in the fields of language teaching and testing, public speaking, oral communication, curriculum design, materials/ module preparation, faculty evaluation, supervision and evaluation of language programs and instruction, and assessment of learning in both the public and private sectors. She finished her Master of Education and Doctorate (Highly Satisfactory) in Educational Administration from the University of the Philippines and PLM, respectively. She is currently pursuing her second doctorate (PH.D. in English Studies) at the University of the Philippines and is Assistant Professor at the Ateneo de Manila University. She is also a project-based consultant of the Centre for Educational Measurement and a Consulting Editor of the Phoenix Publishing House.
 
Jennifer Joy Chiongson is a Language and Literature instructor at the Ateneo de Davao University. She currently teaches core subjects and some professional subjects for AB English and BS Education major in English students. Aside from teaching, Prof. Chiongson also handles Business and Oral Communication Skills Trainings for professionals under the auspices of the Ateneo de Davao University Language Center. She co-authored a book entitled Oral Communication in Context: A Worktext for K-12 Learners. Prof. Chiongson obtained her AB English degree from the Ateneo de Davao University and her Masters of Education major in Teaching English from the same university.
 
Danilo Francisco Reyes is a notable poet as well as teacher of writing and literature at the Ateneo de Manila. For many years, he has guided students toward finding their writing voices. A teacher of literature who shares his expertise and knowledge on poetry, the short story, and drama, he has helped many a budding literature lover and writer find his/her voice. As a poet, his collection, Promising lights, published here in the Ateneo was a masterful display of the craft. Mr. Reyes has also served as a leader in the Ateneo community, having served in key administrative positions in the university over the last several years. He is currently Associate Chair of the English Department and has, in the past, also worked with research organizations in Southeast Asia. He has been a recipient of research grants which has allowed him to further hone his craft as a creative writer and develop his research on poetry, fiction, and Southeast Asian writing.
 
 
Lilia Abregana Cotejar teaches language and literature in the tertiary level. She is Assistant Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature (DELL), Xavier University--Ateneo de Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro City where she obtained her MA English degree. Currently, she is doing her paper on Southeast Asian women's writings to complete her PhDELL degree at Ateneo de Manila University.