Andrew Lian is Professor of Foreign Language Studies, School of Foreign Languages, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. He is also Professor of Postgraduate Studies in English Language Education at Ho Chi Minh City Open University, HCMC, Vietnam and Professor Emeritus of Languages and Second Language Education at the University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia. He is the current President of AsiaCALL, the Asia Association of Computer-Assisted Language-Learning, a research and professional association focusing on the uses of technology to enhance second/foreign language learning in Asian contexts.
Andrew Lian specialises in issues of knowledge and meaning-construction as well as postmodern approaches to learning and teaching (languages). He is one of the pioneers of Technology-Enhanced Language-Learning in Australia, beginning his work in the area in the early 1980s. Prior to coming to Thailand, he held five (full) professorial appointments and department headships in Australia (Bond University, James Cook University, University of Canberra) and the United States (Rice University, Western Illinois University). He is on the advisory or editorial boards of eight international peer-reviewed journals. Current research interests include the development of rhizomatic, technology-supported self-regulating language-learning environments (including personal learning environments), especially the uses of multimedia databases and the conceptualisation and construction of awareness-raising tools for language learners. His latest interests include the scanning of brain activity during the processes of listening in a foreign language and the enhancement of pronunciation.
Specialties: Pedagogy; verbotonalism; neuroscience; Foreign/Second Language Pedagogy; TESOL; Technology-Enhanced Language Learning, CALL.