Forum on English for ASEAN Integration 2013

The 2013 Forum on English for ASEAN Integration Journal  is now available online.  

Poster designed by Charles Nguyen

Some pictures from the 2013 Forum are now available here.

The Forum Programme and Opening Dinner Programme are now available.

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A Forum on English for ASEAN Integration will be held at Universiti Brunei Darussalam in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, 11-14 November 2013.

It will bring together twenty prominent English language specialists from the ten ASEAN countries to examine language policies and initiatives that promote English language teaching and learning in their countries, and how these policies are being implemented in institutions across the region.  These policies and practices will be discussed within the context of efforts to strengthen English as a lingua franca across the ASEAN region, as ASEAN strives to meet targets it has set for regional integration by 2015.

The Forum is an initiative under the Brunei-US English Language Enrichment Project for ASEAN, jointly administered by Universiti Brunei Darussalam and the East-West Center (EWC).

Presenters for this 3-day event include:

  • Tuan Haji Suhaila Haji Abd Karim, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Core Education), Ministry of Education, Brunei;
  • Dr. Jainatul Halida binti Hj Jaidin, Dean, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Education, Universiti Brunei Darussalam;
  • Prof. Fuad Abdul Hamied, former Deputy Minister of Education, Indonesia and currently Professor of Indonesia University of Education;
  • Ms. Itje Chodidjah, Coordinator of Jakarta TEFLIN, Universitas HAMKA, Indonesia;
  • Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Hung, Executive Manager, National Foreign Languages 2020 Project, MOET, Vietnam;
  • Dr. Le Huoung Dung, Vice Director, Center for Foreign Languages, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam;
  • Prof. Christine M. Goh, Associate Dean, Higher Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore;
  • Ms. Wai Yin Pryke, Principal, English Language Institute of Singapore;
  • Mr. Tith Mab, Head of English Department, Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia;
  • Mr. Saroeun Mao, Deputy Head of Education Department, National Institute of Education, Cambodia;
  • Dr. Razianna Abdul Rahman, Head of English Language Department, Department of English Language Teaching Centre, Malaysia;
  • Dr. Moses Samuel, Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of Malaya, Malaysia;
  • Prof. Unchalee Sermsongswad, President, Thailand TESOL, Chiang Mai University, Thailand;
  • Ms. Chantra Tantipongsanuruk, Senior Curriculum Developer, Bureau of Academic Affairs and Education Standards, Ministry of Education, Thailand.
  • Dr. Bousanavanh Keovilay, Dean, Faculty of Letters, National University of Laos;
  • Prof. Somphone Kounnavoungsa, Deputy Director of Post Graduate Office, National University of Laos;
  • Prof. Marilu Madrunio, Dean, Faculty of Graduate School, University of Santo Tomas, the Philippines;
  • Prof. Isabel Pefianco Martin, Department of English, School of Humanities, Atteneo De Manila University, the Philippines.


If you are interested in attending this Forum as an observer, please complete the Forum Application Form and submit it with your registration fee by October 20th, 2013.

Queries on the Forum should be directed to:


Background on the Forum

Given the integral role English plays as the regional lingua franca of ASEAN, there are compelling reasons to convene a different kind of gathering, a forum addressing the entire region. ASEAN has set ambitious goals for achieving the political-security, economic, and socio-cultural Community by 2015.  Effective communication will be an integral part of achieving that community.  A forum that examines what language policies and initiatives exist to strengthen English as a lingua franca across the countries of the ASEAN region, and how this is being achieved in institutions on the ground, would offer valuable insights into the scope of the challenges that lie ahead, and how best to meet them.  The launching of the Brunei-US English Language Enrichment Project for ASEAN and ascendance of Brunei to the ASEAN chairmanship in September and November, 2012 respectively, create a singular opportunity to gain an all-encompassing regional view, and employ the insights gained toward accelerating regional integration.

The Forum will convene 20 prominent English language specialists from the 10 ASEAN countries along with a select group of others who have been closely involved in the planning and implementation of the Brunei-US English Language Enrichment Project for ASEAN.  From each ASEAN country we will seek to identify and invite one specialist knowledgeable about national English language policy and initiatives to develop English nationally, and one who can provide a national perspective on the state of English teaching and learning in the country. Their presentations, rounded out by two or three from additional resource people, will provide the basis for discussions that will inform the Brunei-US Project planners and implementers of perceived needs, complementary initiatives, and potential partners who might invest in extending the scope and impact of the Project.

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