Conference Overview

Foreword from President of APSPBI Indonesia

Dear distinguished speakers and participants,

The Fifth APSPBI Conference hosted by the English Education Study Program, Universitas Muhammadiyah Makassar is truly special for at least two standpoints. First, upon its fourth year, APSPBI has registered a great number of members. The database has recorded 925 individual and 157 institutional members. Tracing back from the history of initiating APSPBI, we witness that the impetus was commenced by the greater needs to share aspirations of most English education study programs in Yogyakarta and Central Java in early 2012. Its aspiration is in fact quite simple, namely to casually share and communicate related issues, such as the national curriculum and the government policies. Nevertheless, those meetings were eventually developed into an agreement to prepare the so-called “Forkom Prodi PBI” into the English Language Education Study Program Association (ELESPA or APSPBI) on the 17th of April 2015, in Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta. After establishing the formal association under the Decree of the Minister of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia, Number AHU-0001553.AH.01.07.2015, APSPBI has carried out regular annual conferences as follows:

  • 1st APSPBI Conference, the English Language Education Study Program, Yogyakarta State University, (14 December 2015)
  • 2nd APSPBI Conference, the English Language Education Study Program, Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta, (24-25 May 2016)
  • 3rd APSPBI Conference, the English Language Education Study Program, Muhammadiyah University of Jakarta (28-29 July 2017)
  • 4th APSPBI Conference, the English Language Education Study Program, Lambung Mangkurat University (10-11 August 2018)
  • 5th APSPBI Conference, the English Language Education Study Program, Muhammadiyah University of Makasssar   (6-7 September 2019)

Various national-scale APSPBI meetings are further followed up by regional APSPBI meetings, especially to strengthen the study program curriculum, learning outcomes of the English Language Study Program, and various workshops for writing international journals. By strengthening this network, becoming an APSPBI member is a necessity for every English Education lecturer.

The second special standpoint is related to the change of APSPBI management because the current organization board has completed four years of service. I sincerely thank all the board members who have voluntarily contributed their insights and work for APSPBI. I would also thank and deeply give appreciation to the hard work of all the committee members of the Fifth APSPBI International Conference of the English Education Study Program, Universitas Muhammadiyah Makassar. I would also like to extend my deepest gratitude to all keynote speakers, presenters, and participants who have made this conference possible. I hope this conference will inspire all of us to excel in our prestigious profession.

Finally, to close it off, I would like you to be reminded of one of the most inspiring words from Jack Ma, the founder of who confidently argues: “We don’t need to be the best, but be the first”. I feel that this statement is the core message of our changing 4.0 industrial revolution. A lot of people may be able to do their absolute best, but only few people dare to be the first. In retrospect, as the English educators, we are so blessed to be frequently positioned as the frontier of those inevitable education changes.

May God bless us all,

Paulus Kuswandono, Ph.D.

APSPBI President


Transformation is unavoidable and needed by the English language environment as it comes together with the new era in this 21st century. Fourth Industrial Revolution challenges the teacher and the learners of English to adapt fast in order to be able to face the high wave of shifting from the two sides of localized and globalized to one side called “glocalized”. Teacher as the lifelong learner should shape the English teaching and learning process through the use of digital literacy, critical thinking, problem solving and collaborative abilities, autonomy, intercultural competence, and governmental a civic literacy. However, for the sustainability of the approach innovated, the transformation should come from both the policy and action. Hence, the 1st English Language Teaching International Conference (ELTIC)’s core goal is to help the teachers to create the competent users of English who is ready to face the future challenge.

This conference will be a joint effort of Asosiasi Program Study Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris (APSPBI) and Muhammadiyah University of Makassar. The conference is scheduled from September 6-8, 2019. Participants involved are local and international English practitioners including teachers and lecturers as well as English students.


Time & Activity

Day 1 (Friday, September 06, 2019)

07:30 – 08:00

08:00 – 09:40
Opening Ceremony:
– Welcoming traditional dance (Padduppa)
– Opening Speech (Master of Ceremony)
– Reciting Holy Qur’an
– Singing Indonesia Raya & Mars Muhammadiyah
– Report from Chief of Committee
(Ismail Sangkala, S.Pd., M.Pd.)
Speech by:
1. President of APSPBI (Paulus Kuswandono, PhD)
2. Rector of Universitas Muhammadiyah Makassar (Prof. Dr. Abd. Rahman Rahim, MM)

09:40 – 09:50
Coffee Break

09:50 – 11:00
Keynote Speech Session:
Topic: “The Missing Piece of the Puzzle” by Prof. Rob Waring (Notre Dame University, Japan)

11:00 – 12:00
Topic: “The Myth of the Critical Period Hypothesis” by Prof. John Evar Strid, PhD., (Northern Illinois University, USA)

12:00 – 14:00
Lunch and Jumat Prayer break

14:00 – 14:45 (Plenary Session I):
Topic 1: … by Dr. Ir. Paristiyanti Nurwardani, MP
(Direktur Pembelajaran dan Kemahasiswaan Kemenristekdikti)

Topic 2: “An Overview of the Changing Winds and Shifting Sands in ELT: Pedagogical Foundation for Professional Teachers”
by Prof. Endang Fauziati
(Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta, Indonesia)

15:15 –15:45
Topic 3: “Teaching Language in Context: Teacher Educators and Reflective Dialogue” by
Dr. Anne Keary, (Monash University, Australia)

15:45 –16:30 (Plenary Session II):
Topic 4: “IR 4.0 and the English Teacher: Implications for Pedagogy, Materials and Teacher Education” by Prof. Meera Srinivas
(English and Foreign Languages University, India)

16:30 – 17:00
Topic 5: “How to Push Listening and Reading” by
Todd Beuckens, MA, CELTA, UCLES, ECC
(Asia Pacific University, Japan)

17:00 – 17:30
Topic 6: …. by Erwin Akib, PhD
(Universitas Muhammadiyah Makassar, Indonesia)

17:30 – 18:00
Topic 7: “Popularity of Educational Technologies in Teaching English in Indonesia” by Dr. Shirin Ebrahimi (University Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia)

Time & Activity

Day 2 (Saturday, September 07, 2019)

08:00 – 10:00
Parallel session: Room 1, Room 2, Room 3 (it will be announced separately)

10:00 – 12:00
Workshop 1 & 2 (see the information of workshops!)

12:00 – 13:30
Coffee Break

13:30 – 15:30

18:30 – end
Gala Dinner (in confirmation)

Day 3 (Sunday, September 08, 2019)

City Tour (Some options available – please check our website)