Keynote Speakers


Prof. Rong Zhang, Nishinippon institute of Technology, Japan

Rong Zhang is currently a professor at Faculty of Design, Nishinippon Institute of Technology, Japan. She holds a master degree in education from University of Teacher Education Fukuoka, and a doctor degree in educational engineering from Waseda University, Japan. Rong Zhang has been teaching both English and Chinese for more than twenty years in about ten universities. Her research field includes intercultural communication, foreign language acquisition and e-learning. She has been focusing on the various social issues in Japan and made suggestions from the perspective of globalization and development.

Assoc. Prof. Robert Long, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

Robert Long has published various EFL textbooks, and written articles on fluency, dysfluency, pragmatics, gendered interactions, and discourse analysis. His recent papers have focused on L2 writing, students’ views of globalization, the use of authentic languge vs. scripted language, intralingual and interlingual errors in L2 speech, and Japanese attitudes towards gendered interactions. He has written various EFL textbooks for developing oral communicative skills and fluency, “Explain It: Discussing Japanese Culture in English,” “Stepping Out into Cross-Cultural Interactions,” “Crossing Over: Exploring Japanese Culture and Life through English,” as well as for technical English and children’s books, “New Aesop Fables for Childrens Volumes 1-10,” “Inside the Chrysanthemum: New Japanese Fables,” “The Buddha’s Journey Home: New Buddhist Fables,” and “The Arcadian Dragon: An Aesopian Novel.” He is a professor at the Kyushu Institute of Technology, for the Institute of Liberal Art’s Foreign Language Department.