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Hawaiʻi International Conference on English Language and Literature Studies (HICELLS 2022)

“Trends in Research and Pedagogical Innovations in English Language and Literature”

Aerial photo of the UH Hilo campus down to Hilo Bay
Aerial photo of the UH Hilo campus down to Hilo Bay

The Department of English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo organizes the Hawaiʻi International Conference on English Language and Literature Studies (HICELLS 2022) with its theme “Trends in Research and Pedagogical Innovations in English Language and Literature” at UH Hilo main campus on March 12-13, 2022. The conference aims to provide an avenue for research scholars in the fields of English language and literature Studies to share their expertise with other scholars, researchers, and students from various international backgrounds, and to discuss among scholars and educators the new trends in research and pedagogy in English language and Literature.


The conference will cover the following topics:

English Language Studies

  • Applied Linguistics and English Language Education
  • English Language Curriculum and Teaching Materials
  • Cross-cultural communication and ELT
  • Discourse and Society
  • English Language Policy
  • Language and globalization
  • Language and Media
  • Language Learning and Acquisition
  • Language Testing and Evaluation
  • Multilingualism and Translation
  • Psychology of Language Learning
  • Technology and E-learning
  • Theoretical Linguistics
  • Translation and Media


  • English and American Literature
  • Literature and Media
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Postcolonial literature
  • Stylistics
  • World Literature
  • Pacific Island Literature
  • Multicultural Literature
  • Gender and Literature

Conference Registration

Note: Non-US participants and presenters, please register only when your US visa is approved. Registration fee is non-refundable. For more information, email Francis Dumanig at fdumanig@hawaii.edu. -->

Note: The conference dinner will be at UH Hilo's University Classroom Building (UCB) 127 on March 13, 2020.

HICELLS 2020 Guidelines for Oral Presentation (20 minutes)

  • The time allocated for each presenter is 20 minutes (15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for question and answer). Please take note that the session chair will be strict in the timekeeping, so please stick to the time allotted in each presentation.
  • Below are some of the specific guidelines that presenters must be familiar:
  • If you are using the PowerPoint, make sure that you save it on a thumb drive.
  • If you are using videos or audio on your presentation, test them first before the presentation starts.
  • If you are using your own computer, please ask for assistance to connect before your presentation.

HICELLS 2020 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Prof. William O'Grady Prof. William O’Grady is a Professor at the Department of Linguistics, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, a full member at the Center for Korean Studies, UH Mānoa Island Studies Program, and an Adjunct Professor and Graduate Faculty Member at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Prof. O’Grady has published a number of scholarly research papers and books, such as, Contemporary Linguistic Analysis, Contemporary Linguistics, Syntactic Development, How Children Learn Language, Principles of Grammar and Learning, Syntactic Carpentry, and Crime in Canadian Context.

His major interest within the field of second language studies involves the elaboration of an emergentist approach to language acquisition that relies on processing considerations to explain why and how language unfolds in the particular way that it does in the course of development.

Dr. Peter I. De Costa Dr. Peter I. De Costa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages at Michigan State University (MSU). He is part of the core faculty within the Second Language Studies Ph.D. Program and the Master of Arts in TESOL Program. Through a joint appointment with the College of Education, Peter is also a member of the MSU Department of Teacher Education.

Before joining MSU, Peter taught at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. Peter’s primary area of research is the role of identity and ideology in second language acquisition (SLA). He researches other issues in educational linguistics, including English as a lingua franca, critical classroom discourse analysis, and culturally relevant pedagogy for immigrant ESL learners. Much of his current work focuses on conducting ethical applied linguistic research as well as language teacher and learner emotions. His areas of expertise are Second Language Acquisition, Language Policy and Planning, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Maya Khemlani David Prof. Maya Khemlani David is an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, United Kingdom. As a sociolinguist, Prof. David has a special interest in discourse analysis, languages in Malaysian minority communities, and the role of language in establishing and maintaining national unity. Maya David is the Linguapax Prize Winner for 2007. Her publications include The Sindhis of Malaysia: A Sociolinguistic Account (2001, London, ASEAN) and co-written Writing a Research Paper (2006, Serdang: UPM). Her co-edited and edited publications are Politeness in Malaysian Family Talk (2008, Serdang: UPM), Language and Human Rights: Focus on Malaysia (2007, Serdang: UPM), Language and the Power of the Media (2006, Frankfurt, Peter Lang), Language Choices and Discourse of Malaysian Families: Case Studies of Families in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2006, Petaling Jaya, Strategic International and Research Development Centre), Teaching of English in Second and Foreign Language Settings: Focus on Malaysia (2004, Frankfurt, Peter Lang) and Developing Reading Skills (2002, Kuala Lumpur: Melta/Sasbadi).

Dr. Kirsten Møllegaard Prof. Kirsten Møllegaard is Professor of English at the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. She received her Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and has been teaching at UH Hilo since 2005. She specializes in oral tradition and folklore. Her research reflects a broad range of interests in literature and film, specifically the intersectionality of places, people, and stories past and present. She is co-editor of Narratives of Place in Literature and Film (Routledge 2019). She has contributed numerous book chapters on fairy tales, film, literature, and comics and graphic novels. Her research articles and book reviews have appeared in International Journal of Comic Art, Journal of American Culture, Journal of Popular Culture, Supernatural Studies, Western American Literature, and Folklore.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Leah Gustilo Dr. Leah Gustilo, an Associate Professor and a Research Fellow in the Department of English and Applied Linguistics in De La Salle University, is the current Vice President of the Linguistic Society of the Philippines, an Article Editor of Sage Open Publications, and the Chief Editor of Modern Journal of Studies in English Language Teaching and Literature. Formerly, she was the Director of De La Salle University’s Center for English and Lifelong Learning, Chief Editor of Philippine ESL Journal, and Associate Editor of Philippine Journal of Linguistics. She was involved in several research projects funded by the British Council, Fund to Assistance for Private Education, Philippines; Japan International Cooperation Agency Philippines; Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc.; and University Research Coordination Office of De La Salle University. She has published articles on Philippine English, internet talk, use of technology in the classroom, language and gender, and ESL writing and assessment.

Dr. Junifer Abatayo Dr. Junifer Abatayo is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Language Studies and Chairman at the Centre for Educational Development (CED), Sohar University, Oman. He is a trained Site Reviewer for the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), USA and Regional Representative of the Association of Language Assessment in Asia. He is the founder of KSAALT (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Association of Language Teachers) Yanbu Chapter in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He used to be the Chairman of the Language Testing and Assessment Unit at the English Language Center at Yanbu Royal Commission. Dr. Abatayo presented his research works in various conferences and published some of his studies in international peer-reviewed journals. He also has conducted several seminars and workshops in Language Testing and Assessment.

Dr. Jayson Parba Dr. Jayson Parba holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Second Language Studies from the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. His primary focus in both research and teaching is social justice in education. He specializes in second and heritage language teaching of Filipino in the U.S. context, particularly in Hawaiʻi. His research interests include critical pedagogy, language policy, planning, and practices, critical literacy in heritage and ESL contexts, and teacher/learner identities. He has published his research in Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, International Journal of Multilingualism, and Linguistics and Education, among others.

HICELLS 2020 Publication

Selected papers will be published at MJSELT - Modern Journal of Studies in English Language Teaching and Literature


Conference Organizing Committee

Get to Know the UH Hilo Campus

For more information

Contact the Conference Chair, Francis Dumanig
Assistant Professor, English; Program Coordinator, TESOL Certificate, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), English Department
(808) 932-7936
(808) 932-7214
Kanakaʻole Hall (K), Room 216