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Opening Keynote:  Nick Ellis, University of Michigan

Nick Ellis is Professor of Psychology, Professor of Linguistics, and Research Scientist in the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan. His research interests include first and second language acquisition, cognition, emergentism, corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, applied linguistics, reading and spelling acquisition, and psycholinguistics. Relevant books include: Usage-based Approaches to Language Acquisition and Processing: Cognitive and Corpus Investigations of Construction Grammar (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016, with Römer & O’Donnell), Agendas for Language Learning Research (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, with Ortega & Cumming), Language as a Complex Adaptive System (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, with Larsen-Freeman), Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (Routledge, 2008, with Robinson), and Implicit and explicit learning of languages (Academic Press, 1994). He serves as General Editor of Language Learning.

Closing Keynote:  Deborah Crusan, Wright State University

Deborah Crusan is professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. At Wright State, she teaches introductory linguistics, assessment, and grammar in the MATESOL program, preparing teachers for the language classroom, and a course in writing assessment in the English graduate program. Additionally, she sometimes teaches an L2 writing section of the required composition course. Her work has appeared in academic publications including Across the DisciplinesAssessing WritingThe Companion to Language AssessmentThe Encyclopedia of Applied LinguisticsEnglish for Specific Purposes, International Journal of TESOL and Learning, Language TestingTESOL QuarterlyThe Norton Field Guide, and edited collections about second language writing. Her latest publication, a co-authored chapter with Todd Ruecker, Standardized testing pressures and the temptation of the five-paragraph essay, was published in Changing Practices for the L2 Writing Classroom: Moving Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay (2019, Michigan). Her research interests include writing assessment, writing teacher education, directed self-placement and its consequences for L2 writers, and the politics of assessment. With Todd Ruecker, she recently published The politics of English second language writing assessment in global contexts (Routledge). Her earlier book, Assessment in the Second Language Writing Classroom, was published by University of Michigan. She served as an elected member of the Board of Directors of TESOL International Association, 2016-2019.

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