2018 Keynote Speaker

To be announced..

2017 Keynote Speaker 


Dr. Joy Kamakamaewailani Rodriguez


Professor, Beijing Forestry University

Director of ConversationsCamp

Introduction of Joy Kamakamaewailani Rodriguez

Joy is an “Oral English” Professor at Beijing Forestry University (until August 2017) and a Consultant to Peking University, Tsinghua University, Student Travel Schools (STS-China), Disney-Shanghai, and Jumeira University (Dubai, United Arab Emirates). She is the ESL Director of ConversationsCamp, and has taught The “Movies&Music” Class to more than 14,000 Students and Educators Worldwide.  Visit Website:  www.conversationscamp.com 

Joy is not only our Keynote Speaker, but is also a Natural Health Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Life Passion Coach, 3-time Marathon Finisher, and Author of these 4 books, with her 5th Book – “Pray Believing Not Begging” – publication date December 2017.

Research Interests:   Multi-Media Teaching; Oral English; Cultures, Customs & Traditions.

Topic: Are You (or Your Students) Foreigner-Phobic?

5 “ESL/EFL/ELL” Ways To Find Out and Address The Problem!


I am Dr. Joy K. Rodriguez, an English Language Educator, who travels worldwide, teaching Non-Native Speakers (NNS) “how to speak and practice English” with Native Speakers (NS or Foreigners). 

Because Technology is such an integral part of all of our lives these days, I, strategically, use multi-media tools (including: the Internet, movies, music, realia, etc) to REACH and TEACH.  I still teach all the required pedagogical components of Language Learning (grammar, vocabulary, TEST-PREP, etc), but with a “conversational” emphasis on (1) Phrasal Verbs, (2) Slang or Jargon, and (3) Idioms, for “natural” speaking, better pronunciation, and fluency!

If you’re a Non-Native Speaker (NNS) or Teacher, then you know, first-hand, how daunting it can be to not only learn a new language, but to speak it.  Foreign Language Anxiety (Xenoglossophobia) is one part of this communication problem, but, another, rarely discussed, part is what I’ve coined, “foreignerphobia”.  Foreignerphobia is “an extreme fear of speaking to or with Native Speakers (foreigners)” in their native language (L1).

This Keynote presentation reviews 3 types of NNS ANXIETY: Trait, Situation-Specific and State. I will also discuss (based on research results)  some reasons WHY NNS may feel foreigner-phobic. I will provide you with The “Movies&Music” Class examples to show you how to help your students MINIMIZE or OVER-COME this “conversation-crippling” problem (plus, introduce the ingredients of a ForeignerThon) … all easily implementable Teaching and Learning tools.


 ConversationsCamp is my professional contribution to “encouraging ESL/EFL/ELL conversations and reducing foreignerphobia”, which (based on my research) ranges from:


I have conducted (over the past year) an EXPERIENTIAL and SCIENTIFIC study of 250 University Students in Beijing and Dubai (at the beginning of the Semester) while tracking their “ForeignerThon” progress (at the end of the Semester), with these measurable results. Ninety-Two (92%), successfully, completed their ForeignerThon requirements, while the remaining 8% shared their own self-imposed reasons for not being able to do so.


If you’re a Non-Native Speaker (NNS) or Teacher, it’s critical to not just ‘learn or teach’ your new language but to overcome any obstacles to speaking it. This presentation offers measurable solutions. You will learn how to create your own “ForeignerThon” and some of The “Movies&Movies” Class ideas that are, easily, customizable for your existing curriculum.

Won’t you join me in this “exciting” ESL/EFL/ELL challenge? … Let’s create and connect a global “community of conversations” … by addressing “foreignerphobia” in Non-Native Speakers.

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