Dr. George M. Jacobs is a big fan of student centered education. That is why he has a long history of advocating for, using, and combining Extensive Reading and Cooperative Learning. Among his related books are Teachers Sourcebook for Extensive Reading, Read Aloud Asia, Successful Strategies for Extensive Reading (with Willy A Renandya), Simple, Powerful Strategies for Student Centered Learning (with Willy A Renandya), and Student Centered Cooperative Learning (with Willy A Renandya). George serves on the board of the Extensive Reading Foundation. He has lived in Singapore since 1993, and enjoys making new friends by Zooming around the world, courtesy of the internet.
Dr. Meng Huat Chau teaches and mentors undergraduate and postgraduate students conducting research in Applied Linguistics at Universiti Malaya (UM). Before joining UM to take up a fellowship in 2010, he spent over ten years working with students, teachers and teacher educators from primary and secondary schools as well as from other universities. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Modern Languages (see https://jml.um.edu.my/). He also holds adjunct and visiting appointments at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in China and De La Salle University-Dasmariñas in the Philippines. Meng Huat’s main areas of research are corpus linguistics and educational linguistics, spanning learner corpus research, Second Language Acquisition, Global Englishes, multilingualism, intercultural communication, and language education with a focus on agency, feedback and student engagement. His more recent research and writing consider how Applied Linguistics can contribute to a better, more sustainable world, including efforts to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.