Plenary Speakers (in alphabetical order)

Michael Byram

Michael Byram Bio: Michael Byram is Professor Emeritus at Durham University (UK) and Guest Professor at Luxembourg University. He 'read' Languages at King's College, Cambridge (UK), completed a PhD in Danish literature, and taught French and German in secondary education. At Durham since 1980, he has been engaged in teacher training and research on languages and education. His monographs include From Foreign Language Education to Education for Intercultural Citizenship (2008) and he has edited Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning. He has been Adviser to the Council of Europe Language Policy Division and is now working on 'Competences for Democratic Culture' at the Council of Europe.

Title of the talk: “Foreign Language Teaching in ‘Interesting Times’”
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Paul Kei Matsuda (Sponsored by US Embassy-RELO)

Paul Kei Matsuda Bio: Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing at Arizona State University, and Concurrent Professor of Applied Linguistics at Nanjing University. Paul is Founding Chair of the Symposium on Second Language Writing and Series Editor of the Parlor Press Series on Second Language Writing. He is also Past President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics. Paul has published widely on various topics on language, writing and professional development, and has received a number of prestigious awards for his publications. He has presented keynote and plenary talks as well as lectures and workshops in more than 25 countries.

Title of the talk: “Teaching beyond: Developing transferable writing proficiency”
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Ali Fuad Selvi

Ali Fuad Selvi Bio: Ali Fuad Selvi is an Assistant Professor of TESOL and Applied Linguistics in, and the Chair of the Teaching English as a Foreign Language Program at Middle East Technical University, Northern Cyprus Campus. His research interests include the sociolinguistics of English as an International Language and its implications for language learning, teaching, teacher education and language policy/planning; issues related to (in)equity, professionalism, marginalization and discrimination in TESOL; and second language teacher education. In addition to his scholarship in these areas, he was recently recognized as one of TESOL International Association’s 30 Up and Coming Leaders in recognition of his potential to “shape the future of both the association and the profession for years to come.”

Title of the talk: “Being an English Language Teacher: Beyond Labels and Boundaries?”
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JJ Wilson (Sponsored by Pearson)

JJ Wilson Bio: JJ Wilson has taught in Egypt, Lesotho, Colombia, England, Italy, and the United States, and trained teachers in 30 countries. He is the writer-in-residence at Western New Mexico University, where he teaches ESL Methods, Linguistics, Publication, and Creative Writing. He has co-authored several ELT courses, including Total English and Speakout, which won the English Speaking Union prize for the Best Book of 2011. His methodology book, How to Teach Listening, won the same award in 2008. JJ writes fiction under the name JJ Amaworo Wilson. He is widely published in the U.S. and the U.K, and his award-winning novel, Damnificados, came out in January 2016. JJ blogs at and

Title of the talk: “ELT And Social Justice: Opportunities in a Time of Chaos”
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