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Assistant Professor Dr Antoon Gewijde H. De Rycker

Assistant Professor

Academic Qualifications

Doctorate in Literature, Language and Philosophy
MA Linguistic
Licentiate in Germanic Philology
Candidate in Germanic Philology (Dutch and English)

Areas of Interest
Praxeology
media and communication studies
Media and communication studies
Discourse analysis and (applied) linguistics
Research

Media, communication and society; discourse studies; linguistics; applied linguistics

Publications

MEDIA, COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY

  • Ponnan, R., De Rycker, A., Lim, M.-K., & Thinley, J. (2020). ‘Fake news’ and its impact on public-service broadcasting: Practices, needs and a way forward. Kuala Lumpur: Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD).
  • Loganathan, K., Puvaneswaran, K., Ponnan, R., Salman, A., & De Rycker, A. (2020). Transformations in News Reporting Practices: An In-Depth Qualitative Study of Social Media Usage Among Malaysian Newspaper Journalists. Psychosocial: International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation 24(2): 1251–1263.
  • Yang, L. F., Ponnan, R., & De Rycker, A. (2020): Different countries, different perspectives: A comparative analysis of the South China Sea disputes coverage by Malaysian and Chinese newspapers. China Report 56(1): 39–59.
  • Yang, L. F., Ponnan, R., & De Rycker, A. G. H. (2018). The South China Sea Disputes and Malaysia-China Bilateral Relations: A Comparative Analysis of Malaysian and Chinese Newspapers. In Examining the Socio-Political Economy of Communication, 27–29 October 2018, National Chengchi University Taiwan (pp. 257–267). Taipei: The Asian Congress for Media and Communication.
  • Ponnan, R., De Rycker, A., Yang L. F., & Syed, M. A. (2018). Shared causal theories about movie violence and audiences’ behaviour: A case study of young Indian moviegoers in suburban Malaysia. SEARCH: The Journal of the South East Asian Research Centre for Communication and Humanities, 10(1): 25–52.
  • De Rycker, A., Ponnan, R., Yang L. F., & Syed, M. A. (2017). The role of broadcasting media in communication for development. Kuala Lumpur: Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD).
  • De Rycker, A., Yang, L. F., Lee, C. E., & Ponnan, R. (2017). Internet use and social participation among urban Malaysians: Network diversity effects. In B. Mohamad & H. Abu Bakar (eds.), Proceedings of i-COME’16: International Conference on Communication and Media, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, September 18–20, 2016 (SHS Web of Conferences, Vol. 33). London, UK: EDP Sciences, 00066.
  • Lokasundari, V., Neo, D., & De Rycker, A. (2016). Chinese culture and customs in Peranakan funerals in Malaysia and Singapore. SEARCH – The Journal of the South East Asian Research Centre for Communication and Humanities, 8(1): 17–36.
  • De Rycker, A., Yang, L. F., Lee, C. E., Ponnan, R., & Lokasundari, V. S. (2015). The people we know: Social network diversity among urban Malaysians. International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, 11(2): 61–92.

DISCOURSE STUDIES AND LINGUISTICS

  • Rajaratnam, U. D., & De Rycker, A. (2018). From gender stereotyping to co-constructing political identity: Changes in Malaysiakini’s portrayal of women candidates during Malaysia’s 2008 and 2013 general elections. Malaysian Journal of Communication (Jurnal Komunikasi), 34(1): 218–237.
  • De Rycker, A. (2018). Reconceptualizing crisis: ‘Doing crisis’ as a (recontextualized) social practice. In M. Patrona (ed.), Crisis and the media: Narratives of crisis across cultural settings and media genres. (DAPSAC Series No. 76). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 33–56.
  • De Rycker, A. (2018). The crisis-discourse dialectic: Current findings and relevance for the service industry. BERJAYA Journal of Services & Management, 9(1): 73–83.
  • Yang, L. F., & De Rycker, A. (2017). From theft to racist brawl: The framing of Low Yat incident by Malaysian newspapers. Asian Journal of Communication, 27(3): 1–17.
  • De Rycker, A. (2014). Conceptualizing crisis: Balancing (un)structured complexity with (un)intended creativity. In Unity in diversity: Challenges in the new millennium, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (ICHISS) 2014, 6–7 June 2014 (Paper No P18). Sungai Besi, Malaysia: National Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM), Faculty of Defence Studies & Management.
  • De Rycker, A. (2014). Turning down business proposals across cultures: The case for pragmatic competence instruction. 3L: Language, Linguistics, Literature – The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies, 20(1): 87–100.
  • De Rycker, A. (2014). How do postgraduate students recontextualise “doing research” as a social practice? A critical analysis using Van Leeuwen’s socio-semantic model. Journal of Academic Language and Learning, 8(1), A48–A61
  • Matus-Mendoza, M., & De Rycker, A. (2013). The H1N1 health crisis in Mexico: The discursive interconnectedness of viruses, murders, policy fiascos and tumbling pesos. In A. De Rycker & Zuraidah Mohd Don (eds.), Discourse and Crisis. (DAPSAC Series No. 52). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamin. pp. 395–433.
  • Sandaran, S., & De Rycker, A. (2013). The political use of a national crisis: Bush’s legitimation of the USA Freedom Corps in the wake of September 11. In A. De Rycker & Zuraidah Mohd Don (eds.), Discourse and Crisis. (DAPSAC Series No. 52). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 187–214.
  • Vaajala, T., Arminen, I., & De Rycker, A. (2013). Misalignments in Finnish emergency call openings: Legitimacy, asymmetries and multi-tasking. In A. De Rycker & Zuraidah Mohd Don (eds.), Discourse and Crisis. (DAPSAC Series No. 52). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 131–157.
  • De Rycker, A., & Zuraidah Modh Don (2013). Discourse in crisis, crisis in discourse. In A. De Rycker & Zuraidah Mohd Don (eds.), Discourse and Crisis. (DAPSAC Series No. 52). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 3–65.
  • De Rycker, A., & Zuraidah Modh Don (Eds.) (2013). Discourse and Crisis: Critical Perspectives. (DAPSAC Series No. 52). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Buyse, K., De Rycker, A., & Vangehuchten, L. (Eds.) (2011). LSP research today: General approaches for specific purposes. [5 articles in special issue on Languages for Specific Purposes of ITL – International Journal of Applied Linguistics (Belgium), 162, 20–133.
  • De Rycker, A., Buyse, K., & Vangehuchten, L. (2011). LSP research today: A general approach for specific purposes? [Introduction to the Special Issue on Languages for Specific Purposes]. ITL – International Journal of Applied Linguistics (Belgium), 162, 1–19.
  • Boers, F., & De Rycker, A., & De Knop, S. (2010): Introduction. In S. De Knop, F. Boers, & A. De Rycker (Eds.), Fostering language teaching efficiency through cognitive linguistics (pp. 1–26). (Applications of Cognitive Linguistics 17). Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • De Knop, S., Boers, F., & De Rycker, A. (Eds.) (2010): Fostering language teaching efficiency through cognitive linguistics. (Applications of Cognitive Linguistics 17). Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • De Rycker, A., & De Knop, S. (2009). Integrating cognitive linguistics and foreign language teaching: Historical background and new developments. Journal of Modern Languages/Jurnal Bahasa Moden, 19, 29–49.
  • De Knop, S., & De Rycker, T. (2008). By way of introduction. In S. De Knop & T. De Rycker (Eds.), Cognitive approaches to pedagogical grammar: A volume in honour of René Dirven. (Applications of Cognitive Linguistics 9). Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 1–4.
  • De Knop, S., & De Rycker, T. (Eds.) (2008). Cognitive approaches to pedagogical grammar: A volume in honour of René Dirven. (Applications of Cognitive Linguistics 9). Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • De Rycker, T. (2003): "Measuring pragmatic meaning: How vast is a vast majority?" In: A. Remail and K. Pelsmaeker (Eds.), Configurations of Culture: Essays in Honour of Michael Windross. Antwerpen: Garant, 127–136.
  • De Rycker, T. (1993): "Stop me if anybody has said this before: The sequential implicativeness of imperatives functioning as pragmatic formatives". In: H. Löffler (Ed.), Dialoganalyse IV: Referate der 4. Arbeitstagung Basel 1992. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer, 323–338.
  • De Rycker, T. (1993): "A corpus-based analysis of ’elliptical’ imperatives in conversational discourse". Linguistica Antverpiensia XXVII.109–130.
  • De Rycker, T. (1990): "Morphological productivity: Unpredictable word-formations as inputs to compounding, derivation and conversion". Linguistica Antverpiensia XXIV.71–83.
  • De Rycker, T. (1990): "Pragmatic clarity and non-coerciveness in imperative utterance types". Interface: Journal of Applied Linguistics 5:1.1–23. [now ITL – International Journal of Applied Linguistics (Belgium)]
  • De Rycker, T. (1989): "Classificatiesystemen van de Engelse imperatiefzin" [Classifying English imperatives]. Handelingen van de Koninklijke Zuidnederlandse Maatschappij voor Taal- en Letterkunde en Geschiedenis XLIII (1989), 33–64. [NA]
  • De Rycker, T. (1989): "The Conversational Distribution of Negative Imperative Utterances in English". In: E. Weigand and F. Hundsnurscher (Eds.), Dialoganalyse II, Band 2: Referate der 2. Arbeitstagung Bochum 1988. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer, 409–422.
  • De Rycker, T. (1987): "Turns at writing: The organization of correspondence". In: J. Verschueren and M. Bertuccelli-Papi (Eds.), The Pragmatic Perspective: Selected Papers from the 1985 International Pragmatics Conference. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 613–647.
  • De Rycker, T. (1984): Imperative Structures: Form and Function in Conversational English. (= Antwerp Papers in Linguistics 38). Antwerp: Department of Germanic Philology, University of Antwerp, UIA, vi + 147p.
  • De Rycker, T. (1982): The Expanded Form: A Dynamic Synchronic Approach. (= Antwerp Papers in Linguistics 27). Antwerp: Department of Germanic Philology, University of Antwerp, UIA, iix + 138p.

APPLIED LINGUISTICS

  • De Rycker, A. (2019): On talking less and doing more: Why you should volunteer in someone else’s community. In Morais, E. (Ed.), Academic Writing for Beginners: Explorations of the Mind, pp. 93–95. Kuala Lumpur: The Beacon Press.
  • De Rycker, A. (2014). Encouraging collocational and colligational fluency: Pedagogical chunking, word and verb mapping, pause reading and other strategies. Journal of Interdisciplinary Research in Education (JIRE), 4(1): 11–26.
  • Ponnudurai, P., & De Rycker, A. (2012). Malaysian Gen Y’s usage of vocabulary in academic essay-writing: A comparison of the effectiveness of online versus print reading-to-write tasks. SEARCH The Journal of the South East Asian Research Centre for Communication and Humanities, 4(1): 63–76.
  • De Rycker, A., & Ponnudurai, P. (2011). The effect of online reading on argumentative essay writing quality. GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies, 11(3), 147–162.
  • De Rycker, T. (2007). A task-based approach to improving students' data-reporting skills in writing for academic or business purposes. In K. Pelsmaekers & C. Rollo (Eds.), Economically speaking: Essays in honour of Chris Braecke (pp. 13–29). Antwerpen/Apeldoorn: Garant.
  • De Rycker, T. (2006). The impact of international business games on improving cultural awareness and writing proficiency: An evaluation of the 'Course in International Business Writing' (1994–2004). Scripta Manent, 2(2), 3–13.
  • De Rycker, T. (2006). A multi-skill strategy for helping students communicate numerical information. In Online proceedings of the International Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching K.U.Leuven, 21–23 September 2005, Leuven, www.tblt.org/publication_pro-ceedings.htm.
  • Davis, K.W., De Rycker, T., & Verckens, J.P. (2005). Manage your global writing: the case of the Belgian French fries. In K.W. Davis (Ed.), The McGraw-Hill 36-hour course in business writing and communication: Manage your writing (pp. 271–276). (J. Chen, Trans.). Singapore: McGraw-Hill Education (Asia).
  • Davis, K.W., De Rycker, T., and Verckens, J.P. (2005): “Manage Your Global Writing: The Case of the Belgian French Fries.” In K.W. Davis (Ed.), The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course in Business Writing and Communication: Manage Your Writing. [reprint] New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 185–188.
  • De Rycker, T. (2005): "What works for me: Sash windows". Business Issues: IATEFL "Business English Special Interest Group" Newsletter, 2, 14–15.
  • De Rycker, T. (2004). Lists, boxes or maps? Recording and retrieving collocations in an ELT/ESP context". Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures New Series, 2, 315–328. [now English Text Construction, ANVUR Riviste scientifiche]
  • De Rycker, T. (2001). My favorite assignment  Analyzing tables, graphs, and charts: A four-step approach. Business Communication Quarterly, 64(4), 72–82.
  • De Rycker, T. (1999): "Gap-fill practice: Sentence grammar, classroom discipline and the lexical approach". In: B. Devriendt, S. Geukens and G. Tops (Eds.), Thinking English Grammar: To Honour Xavier Dekeyser, Professor Emeritus. Leuven: Uitgeverij Peeters, 359–368.
  • De Rycker, T. (1998): "Designing lexical exercises on the theme of public finance for advanced-level students of economics". In: J. Van der Auwera, F. Durieux and L. Lejeune (Eds.), English as a Human Language: To Honour Louis Goossens. Munich: Lincom Europa, 132–143.
  • De Rycker, T. (1998): "Teaching business lexis through PIX, ABC and 123". In: Ildikó Polyák (Ed.), IATEFL "Business English Special Interest Group" Conference Report, Budapest, Hungary, November 1998. BESIG (IATEFL) 25–26.
  • Verckens, J. P., T. De Rycker and K. Davis (1998): "The experience of sameness in differences: A course in international business writing". In: S. Niemeier, Ch. Campbell and R. Dirven (Eds.), The Cultural Context in Business Communication. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 247–261.
  • Connor, U., K. Davis, T. De Rycker, E. M. Phillips and J. P. Verckens (1997): "An international course in international business writing: Belgium, Finland, the United States". Business Communication Quarterly 60:4.63–74.
  • De Rycker, T. (1997): "Business English = Business + English". IATEFL "Business English Special Interest Group" Newsletter 1:7–8.
  • De Rycker, T. (1996). "Improving non-native students’ business writing skills through internationalization". In: Judith Fortey (Ed.), IATEFL "Business English Special Interest Group" Conference Report, Potsdam, November 1996. BESIG (IATEFL), 25–27.
  • Connor, U., K. Davis and T. De Rycker (1995): "Correctness and clarity in applying for overseas jobs: A cross-cultural analysis of US and Flemish applications". Text 15:4.457–475. [now Text & Talk]
  • Davis, K., T. De Rycker and J. P. Verckens (1994): "Dear Personnel Manager: Some ELT/ESP aspects of developing cross-cultural awareness through interactive writing". In: H. Pürschel (Ed.), Intercultural Communication: Proceedings of the 17th International L.A.U.D. Symposium Duisburg, 23–27 March 1992. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 233–259.
  • De Rycker, A. and J. P. Verckens (1993): "The Antwerp-Indianapolis Project: Motiverende authenticiteit en authentieke motivatie" [The Antwerp-Indianapolis Project: Motivational authenticity and authentic motivation]. In: G. Van Rompuy (Ed.), Liber Amicorum Aline Van Melkebeke. Antwerp: Handelshogeschool Antwerpen/CEVO, 359–390.

OTHER

  • Wessa, P., De Rycker, A., & Holliday, I.E. (2011). Content-based VLE designs improve learning efficiency in constructivist statistics education. PLoS ONE, 6(10): e25363.
  • Wessa, P., Poelmans, S., De Rycker, A., & Holliday, I. (2010): Design and implementation of a web-based system for formative peer review in statistics education. ICERI 2010 Proceedings, pp. 3692–3702.
  • Wessa, P., & De Rycker, A. (2010): Reviewing peer reviews: A rule-based approach. In I. Issham (Ed.), Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on eLearning, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia, 12–13 July 2010 (pp. 408–418). Reading, UK: Academic Publishing Ltd.
  • Cnops, J. and T. De Rycker (1994): Het economisch beleid van Margaret Thatcher: Een ‘public choice’ benadering aan de hand van de verkiezingsprogramma's [Margaret Thatcher’s economic policies: A ‘public choice’ approach on the basis of the election manifestos]. (= CEVO Onderzoeksrapport, 6). Antwerp: Centrum voor Economische Vorming en Onderzoek, 28p.

Conference

MEDIA, COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY

  • AIBD Angkor Anti-Fake News Research: Preliminary Findings, Media Dialogue on Disinformation, Legislation and Freedom of Expression, Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD), zoom meeting, 2 July 2020 [with Ramachandran Ponnan]
  • 6th International SEARCH Conference, Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 27–28 June 2019. Title: Public Service Broadcasting and the 4th Industrial Revolution: Changes, Challenges and Choices for the Asia-Pacific Region [with Ramachandran Ponnan & Nicole Yang L. F.]
  • 16th Asia Media Summit: Media Digitisation – Focusing on Developing Markets, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia, 12-14 June 2019. Title: ‘Fake News’ and Its Impact on Public-Service Broadcasting [with Ramachandran Ponnan]
  • 5th International SEARCH Conference, Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 18–19 May 2017. Title: Variables Moderating the Perceived Effect of Movie Violence Cognitions on Audiences’ Behavior: A Case Study of Young Indian Moviegoers in Suburban Malaysia [with Ramachandran Ponnan, Nicole Yang L. F. and Mohamed Abeer Syed].

DISCOURSE STUDIES AND LINGUISTICS

  • 3rd International Conference on Multidisciplinary Filipino Studies, University of Hawaii at Hilo Hawaii, USA & University of Southern Philippines Foundation, Cebu City, Philippines, 22–24 November 2019. Title: Analysing Discourse: Theories, Tools, Topics and the Next New Thing [invited keynote]
  • 7th University of Malaya Conference on Discourse and Society: Discourse, society and interacton, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1–2 August 2019. Title: “Doing Research” as a Social Practice: How do Master’s and PhD Students Talk about Their Theses [with Zoe Dupree Fine and Masoumeh Mahdizadegan Attar]
  • 5th International SEARCH Conference, Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 18–19 May 2017. Title: From Gender Stereotyping to Co-Constructing Political Identity: Changes in Malaysiakini’s Portrayal of Women Politicians during Malaysia’s 2008 and 2013 General Elections [with Usha Devi Rajaratnam].
  • Sociolinguistics of Globalization: (De)Centring and (De)Standardization, The University of Hong Kong, 5 June 2015. Title: Reconceptualising Crisis: ‘Doing Crisis’ as a Recontextualised Social Practice [contribution to the Specialist Panel Crisis, What Crisis? Organisers: Nuria Lorenzo-Dus and Philippa Smith, Other presenters: Jen Cope and Andrew Hoskins, Discussant: Stuart Allan]
  • 4th International SEARCH Conference, Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 29 May 2015. Title: A Social-Practice Approach to Understanding the Crisis Phenomenon: Possibilities and Limitations.
  • 6th International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (ICHISS) 2014, National Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM), Faculty of Defence Studies & Management, 7 June 2014. Title: Conceptualizing Crisis: Balancing (Un)structured Complexity with (Un)intended Creativity.
  • 3rd International Conference of the Association of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice (ALAPP) 2013, University of Malaya (FBL/HERC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 12–14 December 2013. Title of Thematic Symposium: Analysing the Crisis-Discourse Dialectic: Current Findings and Relevance for Professional Practice [Co-participants: Zuraidah Mod Don, Shanti C. Sandaran, Olga Denti, Luisanna Fodde and Prasana Rosaline Fernandez | Discussant: Surinderpal Kaur]
  • 3rd SEARCH Conference, Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 30–31 May 2013. Title: Deception and Disempowerment in the Recontextualisation of Research Activities: A Corpus-Based Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Key Thinkers, Key Theories: The Contribution of Theory to Academic Language and Learning (ALL) Practice, 22–23 November 2012, Swinburne University of Technology, Lilydale Campus, Australia. Title: The Research Article as a Recontextualising Social Practice.
  • 8th International Language for Specific Purposes Seminar: LSP: Aligning Theoretical Knowledge with Theoretical Practice, UTM, Malaysia, 4–5 September 2012. Title: Recreational Sports, Professional Discourse? New Directions in LSP Research [invited plenary talk]
  • 3rd University of Malaya Conference on Discourse and Society: Transforming Scholarship, Discourse and Academic Practice, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28 June 2012. Title: Recontextualizing the Academic Practice of ‘Doing a PhD Thesis’: Analysing Master’s/Doctoral Students’ Narratives of ‘How They are Getting on’ with a View to Improving Thesis Completion Rates
  • Taylor's University, School of Communication, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 23 March 2012. Title: Focus on ‘Doing’ Rather Than ‘Writing’: Efficiency Tips for MA and PhD Candidates [invited SEARCH in-house sharing session]
  • 3rd FLL Postgraduate Conference Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 9 December 2011. Title: Creating Things with Words: Recontextualising Research and Communication [invited plenary talk]
  • Symposium on Cultural Communication & Intercultural Contact, University of Malaya, Malaysia, 1 April 2011. Title: Balancing Social Identities and Discursive Goals in Radio Prank Calls: The Case of Hitz.fm’s Gotcha! Programme [invited talk, with Faridah Noor Mohd Noor]
  • 2nd University of Malaya Conference on Discourse and Society, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16–17 June 2010. Title: Effectiveness of Instructions in Make-Up Application [with Yuen Jan Li].
  • 2nd University of Malaya Conference on Discourse and Society, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 16–17 June 2010. Title: Closing Sequences in Radio Prank Calls: An Analysis of Hitz.fm’s Gotcha! Programme [with Faridah Noor Mohd. Noor].
  • Faculty of Languages and Linguistics Research Seminar, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 6 November 2009. Title: Grammar as a Cognitive Achievement: A Bird’s Eye View of Thirty Years of Cognitive Linguistics [with Toshiko Yamaguchi].
  • International Conference on Cross-Cultural Communication, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 19–20 August 2009. Title: Turning Down Business Proposals: A Comparison of Rejection Letters Written by US and Belgian Students.
  • 15th World Congress of Applied Linguistics "Multilingualism: Challenges and Opportunities", University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, 24–29 August 2008. Title: Deep Definitions and Their Role in Foreign Language Vocabulary Development: An Analysis of Students' Perceptions and Defining Skills.
  • 32nd International L.A.U.D. Symposium "Cognitive Approaches to Second/Foreign Language Processing: Theory and Pedagogy", University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany, 10–15 March 2008. Title: 'A Cognitive Linguistic Approach to Pedagogical Grammar: Current Results and Future Directions [with Sabine De Knop].
  • ABLA Conference, KULeuven, 23–24 March 2007. Title: Should Business Students be Taught How to Say "No"? A Comparison of Flemish and US Rejection Letters in English.
  • IATEFL "Business English Special Interest Group" Annual International Conference, British Council, Milan, Italy, 8–10 December 2006. Title: Turning Down Business-to-Business Proposals Diplomatically.
  • Guest lecture. Hogeschool Gent, Departement Vertaalkunde en Departement Handelsweten-schappen en Bestuurskunde, 6 December 2006. Title: Sollicitatie- en afwijzingsbrieven: Een genre-analytische benadering [Application and Rejection Letters: A Genre-Analytical Approach] [by invitation]
  • SIG Writing, 10th International Conference of the EARLI Special Interest Group on Writing, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium, 20–22 September 2006. Title: Choice and Convention in US and Flemish Rejection Letters. [Poster presentation together with J. Piet Verckens]
  • Multilingualism & Applied Comparative Linguistics Conference, VUB, Brussels, Belgium, 8–10 February 2006. Title: Increased Reading Comprehension through Deep Definitions? The Case of Business English Texts and Visuals.
  • IATEFL "Business English Special Interest Group" Annual International Conference, University of Monaco, Monaco, 11–13 November 2005. Title: Improving Definitional Skills in Business Learners: Useful Strategy or Waste of Time?
  • 1995 Annual Conference of the Belgian Linguistic Association on “Political Linguistics”, University of Antwerp, UFSIA, Belgium, 8 December 1995. Title: Political Promises and the UK Economy under Mrs Thatcher: A World-to-Word Analysis of the Conservative Party's General Election Manifestos of 1979, 1983 and 1987.
  • 21st International Systemic Functional Congress, University of Ghent, Belgium, 2 August 1994. Title: Shortlisting as a Function of Performance Errors in Written Job Applications.
  • 4. Arbeitstagung “Dialoganalyse”, Deutsches Seminar der Univer¬sität Basel, Switzerland, March 1992. Title: Stop Me if Anybody Has Said This Before: Degrees of Sequential Implicativeness in Imperatives Functioning as Pragmatic Formatives.
  • Wonen in Taal (adult education course in the philosophy of language), Katholieke Vlaamse Volkshogeschool [Catholic Flemish Community Colle¬ge], Antwerp, Belgium, 12 March 1991. Title: De Boom die Terug¬klimt: De Conversatie-Analytische Beschrijving van Gesprekken [The Tree that Climbs Back: The Conversation-Analytical Descrip¬tion of Conversational Interaction].
  • 2. Arbeitstagung “Dialoganalyse”, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, March 1988. Title: The Conversational Distribution of Negative Imperative Utterances in English.
  • Imperatives, Requests and Conversational Interaction (graduate course), University of Antwerp, UIA, Belgium, 26 February 1990. Title: The Conversational Distribution of Imperative Utterances.
  • Spring meeting of the Koninklijke Zuidnederlandse Maatschappij voor Taal- en Letterkunde en Geschiedenis [The Royal Flemish Society for Language, Literature and History], Brussels, 18 March 1989. Title: Classificatiesystemen van de Engelse Imperatiefzin [Classifying English Imperatives].
  • Imperatives and Requests for Action (graduate course), University of Antwerp, UIA, Belgium, 22 February 1988. Title: Imperative Utterance Patterns in Conversational English.
  • 1987 International Pragmatics Conference, University of Antwerp, UIA, Belgium, August 1987. Title: Imperative Utterance Pat¬terns and the Accomplishment of Conversational Coherence.
  • Sociolinguistics Symposium 6, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, April 1986. Title: Talk, Calls and Letters: Aspects of Contrastive Discourse Analysis.
  • International Pragmatics Conference, Viareggio, Italy, September 1985. Title: Turns at Writing: The Organization of Correspon¬dence.

APPLIED LINGUISTICS

  • Taylor’s 8th Teaching and Learning Conference (TTLC2015), Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 28-29 November 2015. Title: Source Text Presentation Mode in Reading-To-Write Tasks: Effects on Academic Vocabulary Use in Student Essays [poster presentation with Prema Ponnudurai]
  • 9th CamTESOL Conference, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 24 February 2013. Title: Improving and Assess-ing L2 Collocational Knowledge through Deep Definitions.
  • 1st International Conference on Tertiary Language Education (ICTLE), Taylor's University, Language Centre, Malaysia, 11–12 October 2012. Title: Encouraging Collocational and Colligational Fluency through Pedagogical Chunking, Word and Verb Mapping, Pause Reading and Other Strategies [invited workshop]
  • 1st International Conference on Tertiary Language Education (ICTLE), Taylor's University, Language Centre, Malaysia, 11–12 October 2012. Title: Collocational Fluency in Domain-Specific Vocabulary: A New Approach to Improving Students’ Definitional Skills [invited talk]
  • Taylor's University, School of Communication, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 5 September 2012. The Impact of Onscreen Reading on Vocabulary Usage in Academic Writing [with Prema Ponnudurai] – modified post-conference version for sharing session
  • 2nd SEARCH Conference, Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 28–29 May 2011. Title: Does Interactive Online Reading Promote Topic-Specific Vocabulary Usage? A Study of ‘Gen Y’ Students’ Lexical Proficiency in Essay Writing [with Prema Ponnudurai]
  • Taylor’s University College, American Transfer Degree Program, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 17 September 2010. Title: Writing and Arguing Well: Power and Privilege [invited talk].
  • 2nd Conference of the Asia-Pacific Rim LSP and Professional Communication Association “Collaboration and Engagement”, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia, 15–17 July 2010. Title: Measuring the Acquisition of Specialist Academic Vocabulary through Deep Definitions: A Cognitive Approach.
  • International Conference on Task-Based Language Teaching, Leuven, Belgium, 21–23 September 2005. Title: A Multi-Skill Strategy for Helping Students Communicate Numerical Information.
  • 2003 BAAHE (Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education) Annual Conference, Universiteit Gent, Belgium, 22 November 2003. Title: Lists, Boxes or Maps: Recording and Retrieving Collocations in an ELT/ESP Context.
  • IATEFL "Business English Special Interest Group" Annual International Conference, Hogeschool Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 14–16 November 2003. Title: Word Mapping.
  • Teacher Training & Development Seminar, Didactische werkgroep Engels DINAC, Limburgse Universitaire Campus, Diepenbeek, Belgium, 23 November 2002. Title: Grammar Teaching and the Lexical Approach.
  • IATEFL "Business English Special Interest Group" Annual International Conference, International House London, UK, 15–17 November 2002. Title: A Worksheet-Based Approach to Improving Quantitative Business Analysis.
  • 2001 Annual Meeting of the Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kortrijk, Belgium, 1 December 2001. Title: From Numbers to Words and Back: Data Analysis for Students of Business English.
  • Language Day [Taaldag], Centrum voor Didactiek, University of Antwerp, UFSIA, Belgium, 27 January 2001. Title: “The Lexical Approach: Key Principles and Basic Exercise Types”.
  • IATEFL “Business English Special Interest Group” Annual International Conference, Siemens AG Technik Akademie, Munich, Germany, 17–19 November 2000. Title: Small Talk: A 50-Minute Confidence-Building Workshop.
  • Fourth Flemish Week of Science [Vierde Vlaamse Wetenschapsweek], Lessius Hogeschool, Antwerp, Belgium, 24 October 2000. Title: “Meetkundige Figuren en Lichamen: Over Cirkelzagen, Dennenappels en Kubisme” [Geometric Figures and Solids: On Circular Saws, Fir Cones and Cubism].
  • 2000 Association for Business Communication Europe & ENCoDe Conference, Handelshogeschool Antwerpen and Katholieke Vlaamse Hogeschool, Antwerp, Belgium, 25 May 2000. Title: Shop Talk and Small Talk: Teaching Social English to Non-Native Businesspeople.
  • Teacher Training & Development Seminar, Didactische werkgroep Engels DINAC, Limburgse Universitaire Campus, Diepenbeek, Belgium, 18 March 2000. Title: The Lexical Approach: An Experience.
  • 1999 Annual Meeting of the Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, 13 November 1999. Title: Getting Long-Lasting Benefits from Short Texts.
  • 1999–2000 Teacher Training & Development Programme, Centrum voor Didactiek, University of Antwerp, UFSIA, Belgium, 2 October 1999. Title: The Lexical Approach: Een Kennismaking [The Lexical Approach: An Introduction].
  • IATEFL “Business English Special Interest Group” Annual International Conference, College of Management and Business Studies, Budapest, Hungary, 15 November 1998. Title: Teaching Business Lexis through PIX, ABC and 123.
  • 1997 Annual Meeting of the Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education, Institut Supérieur de Traducteurs et Interprètes [School for Translators and Interpreters], Brussels, Belgium, 22 November 1997. Title: A Lexical Approach to Teaching Public Finance Vocabulary.
  • IATEFL “Business English Special Interest Group” Annual International Conference, Universität Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany, 16 November 1996. Title: Business English Writing Skills: Improving Students’ Performance through Internationalization.
  • Guest lecture, Department of English, Institut für Anglistik, Rhein.-Westf. Technische Hochschule Aachen, Aachen, Germany, 24 June 1993. Title: Will the Real McCoy Please Stand Up? Providing Advanced Students of Business English with Authen¬tic Job Application Tasks.
  • Staff seminar, Department of English, IUPUI, Indianapolis, USA, 6 April 1993. Title: To Be Cautious on the Side of Errors: The Writing Performance of US and Flemish Job Applicants as a Shortlisting Criterion.
  • 17th International L.A.U.D. Symposium on “Intercultural Communication”, Universität Duisburg, Germany, March 1992. Title: Dear Personnel Manager: Some ELT/ESP Aspects of Developing Cross-Cultural Awareness through Interactive Writing [with K. Davis, IUPUI, Indianapolis, USA and J. P. Verckens, Antwerp Business School].

 

OTHER

  • I-COME’16: International Conference on Communication and Media, Kuala Lumpur, 18–20 September 2016. Title: Internet use and social participation among urban Malaysians: Network diversity effects [with Nicole Yang L. F., Catherine Lee C. E., & Ramachandran Ponnan].
  • 4th International SEARCH Conference, Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 29 May 2015. Title: Network Diversity and Social Capital Gains of Malaysian Internet Users through Participation in Traditional Settings [with Nicole Yang and Catherine Lee].
  • 4th International SEARCH Conference, Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 28 May 2015. Title: Peranakan funerals in Malaysia and Singapore: A social identity approach [Vijaya Lokasundari and David Neo].
  • 2014 Global Conference on Business and the Social Sciences, Global Academy of Training & Research in collaboration with Universiti Sains Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, 15 December 2014. Title: The People We Know: Social Network Diversity among Urban Malaysians in the Klang Valley.
  • Taylor's University, School of Biosciences, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 29 March 2014. Title: Introduction to Creative Thinking: Tools and Techniques [invited workshop]
  • Taylor's University Research Fair 2013, Taylor's University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 3–4 December 2013. Title: Modeling the Network Diversity and Social Capital Gains of Malaysian Internet Users Through Participation in Traditional Settings.
  • International Education Conference on Innovations in Learning and Teaching, Taylor’s University (and Jabatan Pelajaran Selangor), Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 28–29 June 2013. Title: Connecting and connections: How useful are virtual roundtable discussions?
  • Taylor's University, Division of Social Sciences and Education, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 28 November 2012. Title: Blended Learning, Critical Thinking and Roundtable Discussions [invited sharing session for divisional Blended Learning workshop]
  • Faculty of Languages and Linguistics Research Seminar, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 13 August 2010. Title: Computer-Aided Peer Assessment and Its Impact on Learning Outcomes.
  • 5th International Conference on eLearning, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia, 12–13 July 2010. Title: Reviewing Peer Reviews: A Rule-Based Approach [with Patrick Wessa]

Professional Engagement

  • Reviewer for Asian Journal of Communication (SSCI), SEARCH – The Journal of the South East Asian Research Centre for Communication and Humanities (SCOPUS), Kajian Malaysia/Journal of Malaysian Studies (SCOPUS) and Journal of Academic Language & Learning (ERA)
     
  • 3rd International Conference on Multidisciplinary Filipino Studies, University of Hawaii at Hilo Hawaii, USA & University of Southern Philippines Foundation, Cebu City, Philippines, 22–24 November 2019. Title: Analysing Discourse: Theories, Tools, Topics and the Next New Thing [invited keynote]
     
  • 8th International Language for Specific Purposes Seminar: LSP: Aligning Theoretical Knowledge with Theoretical Practice, UTM, Malaysia, 4–5 September 2012. Title: Recreational Sports, Professional Discourse? New Directions in LSP Research [invited plenary talk]