The 2nd International Perspectives on Assessing World Languages (IPAWL) Conference

From: 1/27/2020   To: 1/28/2020


Paul Mei Matsuda

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Paul Mei Matsuda is Professor of English and the Director of Second Language Writing at Arizona State University. His research centers around second language writing, a transdisciplinary field of inquiry that integrate theoretical and methodological insights from both language studies and writing studies. He is a former president of the American Association for Applied Linguistics and founding chair of the Symposium on Second Language Writing. He has also chaired the CCCC Committee on Second Language Writing and the Nonnative English Speakers in TESOL Caucus. He has edited numerous books and special journal issues on second language writing. He is also the series editor of Parlor Press Series on Second Language Writing. 

Matsuda has received several awards for his research and publications, including 2012 Outstanding Book Award (Conference on College Composition and Communication), 2009 Emerging Voice Award (College of Liberal Arts, Purdue University), 2006 Richard Ohmann Award for the Outstanding Refereed Article published in College English (National Council of Teachers of English) and 2004 TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award (Educational Testing Service). His article has also received honorable mention for the 2001 Journal of Second Language Writing Award for the Best Article. Matsuda's work appears in journals such as Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, College Composition and Communication, College English, Composition Studies, Computers and Composition, English for Specific Purposes, International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Journal of Basic Writing, Journal of Second Language Writing, PMLA, TESOL Quarterly, and Written Communication. He has also published chapters in various edited collections in both Applied Linguistics and Rhetoric/Composition.


Atta Gebril 

Atta Gebril is an associate professor and director of the TESOL program in the Department of Applied Linguistics, the American University in Cairo (AUC). He also serves as chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at AUC. He obtained his PhD in Foreign Language and ESL Education with a minor in language testing from the University of Iowa (USA). He previously worked for American College Testing (ACT, Inc.) where he was part of the Workkeys team. In addition, he has been working as an assessment and evaluation consultant and has participated in a number of test development projects in many parts of the world. His research interests include writing assessment, reading-writing connections, assessment literacy, and test validation. He serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, Assessing Writing and TESOL Journal. In January 2018, he joined the Language Assessment Quarterly editorial team as an associate editor. His book entitled Assessment myths, coauthored with Lia Plakans, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2015.  His edited volume ‘Applied linguistics in the Middle East and North Africa’ was published by John Benjamins in 2017. In 2018, he won the ‘best article in the field of language testing’ award from the International Language Testing Association (ILTA). In 2019, he won a Scopus award for the impact of his research in the field of education on Egyptian society from Elsevier and Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB).