John Swales delivered the keynote address on October 22, 2013 at the International Conference on Languages, Linguistics and Society in Kota Kinabulau, Sabah, Malaysia. he spoke on selected features of American Academic Speech in a lecture entitled, "Features of American Academic Speech and Their Implications for English for Academic Purposes."

Later that week he gave a colloquium at the University of Malaya, Sabah on the citation practices of U-M biology students.