It is our pleasure to invite you to our panel on Teacher Development! It aims to push our boundaries as teachers, and to help us leave our comfort zone by adding some variety to our classrooms with some practical ideas to maximize student involvement.

10-minute slots are allocated for each speaker to make their speech, and the last 30 minutes will be allocated to the questions raised by the moderator and the audience.

If you have any questions about these issues, you are more than welcome to pick our speakers’ brain!

Isil Boy Ergul

Işıl Boy Ergül Bio: Işıl Boy Ergül works as a lecturer in the Department of Foreign Languages Education at Yıldız Technical University and as a teacher trainer for Pilgrims Teacher Training in the UK. She has conducted various ICT training courses across Turkey, Europe, and the Middle East since 2010. She holds a BA in TEFL from Istanbul University and an MA in Educational Technology and TESOL from the University of Manchester. Currently she is doing a PhD in Educational Technology at Bahçeşehir University. In 2015, she was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator. She is also the coordinator of the EdTech Summit (ETZ) and ETZ Academy (

Title of the talk: “"AR"e you using technology in the right way, at the right time?”
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Tom Godfrey (Sponsored by ITI)

Tom Godfrey Bio: Dr. Tom Godfrey has worked as an EFL teacher, teacher trainer and theatre Director in a variety of countries. He is Director of International Training Institute (ITI) which is a centre for teacher training and development and an ELT consultancy. He currently runs teacher-training courses leading to the Cambridge TKT, CELTA, ICELT and DELTA qualifications. He is an ELT consultant specialising in Curriculum Design and Teacher Education. He completed his Ed.D at Exeter University, UK. He is the founder of Speech Bubbles Theatre and Director of the Speech Bubbles School of Performing Arts. Speech Bubbles perform musicals to raise money for charities that support education and children in Turkey. He is currently directing the play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”.

Title of the talk: “Drama in ELT: Developing language skills with a focus on creativity and ‘whole person learning’”
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Emma Walton (Sponsored by EF-Education First)

Emma Walton Bio: Emma Walton has worked in education in the UK and overseas for over twenty years. Emma's focus has been on raising standards for the student experience at both operational and strategic levels. She has worked as a teacher, lecturer, teacher-trainer, Director of Studies, School Director, Director of Academic Development and currently Director of Academic Affairs. She also opened a successful Language school in London. In all these roles Emma has been driven by passion for language and the way in which students learn and experience different cultures alongside a drive to motivate and inspire staff to always give their best. Emma studied Humanities at the University of Brighton and has the Cambridge CELTA, the Cambridge Diploma of English Language teaching (DELTA) and the Trinity College Diploma in English Teaching Management (DELTM).

Title of the talk: “Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century”
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Tony Gurr

Tony Gurr Bio: Tony Gurr is a seasoned teacher, trainer, consultant - and LEARNer. He draws on his wide range of ‘hands-on’ experience in schools, colleges and higher education institutions in the UK, Middle East, the US, Australia, and Türkiye. A popular workshop facilitator / keynote presenter, Tony is well-known for his creative and thought-provoking sessions with educators and trainee teachers. He has worked on a series of major learning and teaching transformation initiatives, managed innovative curriculum and assessment renewal projects, and led a range of quality and institutional effectiveness programmes over his 30+ years in ELT and education. He is also a published writer and an avid blogger - visit his blog at


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