Keynote

Introduction of Keynote Speaker


Dr. Malcolm Sim

Akita International University (AIU), Japan


Dr. Malcolm Sim is currently an Associate Professor in the faculty of international liberal arts at Akita International University (AIU), Japan. Dr. Sim has been involved in language education for over 20 years and has worked both in Australia and Japan; the majority of this time employed at the university level. His interests lie in applied linguistics and psychology and how they interact in TESOL and EMI contexts.  More recently, Dr. Sim has been involved in the development of a liberal arts-based corporate training program at AIU that is engaged in assisting Japanese business professionals to further enhance their cross-cultural engagement and communication skills. In the years ahead, Dr. Sim plans to continue teaching and developing a selection of skills and content-based courses that will deliver applied instruction to a diverse range of students studying in an EMI environment here in Japan. He is inspired by research that holds the potential for the eventual development of refined methods and practices that may be utilized in higher education classrooms and beyond; efforts that may ultimately assist with practical theory, tools and exercises that teachers, students and everyday workers can employ to further their professional and personal goals. As someone involved in education, Dr. Sim believes helping others to achieve their full potential is truly the ultimate reward.

Keynote Title:

Back to Basics: Engagement and Affinity into 2020

Keynote Abstract:

Most of us would agree that life these days, be it professional or social, does not appear to be slowing down and there always seems to be more on our to-do list that requires our attention and effort. The speed and volume of messaging and information sharing, no matter the mode or platform, has increased and it is becoming popular for people to talk about becoming ‘unplugged. This need to escape is being driven by technological advancements and sociological developments that have ultimately resulted in us being able to send, receive and browse increasing amounts of information like never before. However, does this mean we are now better connected to each other, or have we also lost something in this whirlwind of digital interaction and content?

This presentation will suggest that many of us could benefit from a renewed exploration of a few tried and tested basics of person-to-person communication. It will highlight some of the main principles of Dale Carnegie (2011) coupled with lessons from the world of health and sports psychology that illustrate some concrete methods for enhancing our levels of engagement with those around us. 

Together we will explore some practical and instantly applicable ways that you, individually, can not only assess your pragmatic skills but build upon them to carve out new levels of inner communicative confidence.  We all know that our behavior reflects who we are - but that’s not all - our behavior also influences who we are and who we become! By actively assisting our communication skills to evolve in certain ways we are also developing the most essential building blocks of our psychological well-being. In this vein, it is intended that this small talk will introduce some achievable methods and strategies to allow us to become more emotionally intelligent; hopefully leading to greater self-awareness, better self-management, increased empathy, and enhanced relationship skills.

Keywords: Engagement, international business, communication, pragmatics, anxiety & stress, self-development, relationship building, listening

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Important Dates

Submission Deadline

August 27, 2019

Notification of Acceptance

from September 17, 2019

Special Session

Submission Deadline
September 25, 2019


Early Bird Registration
September 27, 2019

Conference Date
December 17-19, 2019