Northern Marianas College English instructor Dr. Kimberly Bunts-Anderson was recently featured as one of the keynote speakers at the Second International Conference on English Language Teaching, Literature, and Translation in Semarang, Indonesia.
At the conference, Bunts-Anderson spoke about the main topic of her paper titled “What Students Say and What Teachers Think: Informal Talk in ESL Learning,” which explores the importance of interacting with others in language learning and related issues. It also discusses the perspectives of the teachers, as well as the students, during this exchange drawing on multiple perspectives illustrated with data collected from two studies done.
Bunts-Anderson’s speech and paper will be published in an academic journal that will include the conference’s other keynote speakers, as well as selected papers submitted by other participants. The theme of the conference was “Issues and Challenges in English Language Teaching, Literature and Translation.”
Bunts-Anderson has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from New Mexico State University, and a masters degree in Education in TESOL/LOTE (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages/Languages Other than English) from the University of Sydney. She also has a doctorate in Linguistics and Psychology from Macquarie University in Australia, and has been a teacher and researcher in TESOL for over 20 years.
The aim of the second International Conference on English Language Teaching, Literature, and Translation was to address issues related to the English language including teaching, literature and translation by facilitating discussions and presentations between teachers, students, researchers and those interested in this particular area.
The conference was organized by the English Department of the State University of Semarang (Unversitas Negeri Semarang, or UNNES) in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy’s Regional English Language Office in Jakarta and the Arab World English Journal. (NMC)