Plenary Speakers (in alphabetical order)


DEENA BORAIE Biodata:Dr. Deena Boraie is the Dean and Professor of Practice at the School of Continuing Education at the American University in Cairo and she currently serves as Past President of the TESOL International Association. She leads a school that offers a wide range of continuing education and training programs in the areas of English language, IT and business studies, Arabic language, translation and teacher training. She is also a language testing expert and an assessment and evaluation consultant and trainer. She is a visiting professor of practice in the MA / PhD Applied Linguistics program at the Faculty of Arts, English Department of Cairo University where she teaches research.

Title of the talk: “High Quality Classroom Assessment for All”
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SURESH CANAGARAJAH Biodata:Suresh Canagarajah is the Erle Sparks Professor at Pennsylvania State University. He teaches World Englishes, Second Language Writing, and Postcolonial Studies in the departments of English and Applied Linguistics. He has taught before in the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and the City University of New York. His book Resisting Linguistic Imperialism in English Teaching (OUP, 1999) won Modern Language Association’s Mina Shaughnessy Award for the best research publication on the teaching of language and literacy. His most recent publication is Translingual Practice: Global Englishes and Cosmopolitan Relations (Routledge, 2013), which won the best book award of the British Association of Applied Linguistics and the Mina Shaughnessy Award. He was formerly the editor of TESOL Quarterly and the President of the American Association of Applied Linguistics.

Title of the talk: “Globalization of English and Changing Pedagogical Priorities”
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LINDSAY CLANDFIELD Biodata:Lindsay Clandfield is an award-winning writer, teacher, teacher trainer and international speaker in the field of English language teaching. He has written more than ten coursebooks for language learners and is the co-author of various methodology books for teachers. You can find out more about him at his website

Title of the talk: “Teaching with Screens”
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BETİL ERÖZ - TUĞA Biodata:Betil Eröz-Tuğa holds a BA degree in English Language Teaching from Middle East Technical University (METU). She received an MA degree in English Language and Linguistics/TEFL and a PhD degree in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) from the University of Arizona where she taught English composition to American and international students. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Language Education at METU, training prospective English teachers and supervising students pursuing MA or PhD degrees in ELT. Her main teaching and research interests are sociolinguistics, teacher education, qualitative classroom research, teaching writing, and language teaching methodology. Currently, she is a visiting professor at METU, Northern Cyprus Campus.

Title of the talk: “Diversity from within: Focusing on the Classroom Teacher”
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DAVID GIBSON Biodata:David Gibson became a teacher in 1964 and taught for 15 years in elementary and secondary schools in England. His five diplomas were awarded by the universities of Nottingham, Bristol, and Cambridge. Moving to Greece in 1979, he taught in private language schools before joining the British Council, Thessaloniki, as a Teacher of English Language and Literature, Teacher-Trainer, and Coordinator of Student Cultural and Social Activities. In 1995, he joined Pinewood International Schools of Thessaloniki, becoming chairman of the English department in 1999 – also coaching three football teams and running guitar clubs and school bands. He has worked for ESOL examinations for many years as Supervisor, Oral Examiner, Team Leader, Seminar Presenter, and Inspector. David is an active member of TESOL Greece and a founder and three-time board member of TESOL Macedonia-Thrace, Northern Greece, giving regular presentations at conventions and conferences. He retired from teaching in 2008 in order to concentrate on other, mostly education-related projects. David is one half of the English Language Theatre Group, “Dave’n’Luke” –


LUKE PRODROMOU Biodata: Dr. Luke Prodromou is a teacher, teacher-trainer and materials writer. He has been a speaker at many international conferences. Luke graduated from Bristol University in English and has an MA in Shakespeare Studies (Birmingham University) a Diploma in TEFL (Leeds University) and a Ph.D (Nottingham University). He has conducted teacher training courses for the British Council, Pilgrims (Canterbury) NILE (Norwich) the University of Edinburgh, ESADE (Barcelona), LEND (Italy) et al. He is the author of numerous textbooks and is also the co-author of Dealing with Difficulties (with Lindsay Clandfield), Mixed Abiilty Classes (Macmillan) and English as a Lingua Franca. Luke is one half of the Dave’n’Luke English Language Theatre group. He is a founder member of the Disabled Access-Friendly campaign. He also gives dramatized talks on Shakespeare and Dickens, their life, work and relevance to modern issues (education, gender equality etc).

Title of the talk: “Making the Most of Diversity in Mixed Level Classes”
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