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Donald Freeman
Donald Freeman is Professor of Education, University of Michigan. His current work focuses on designing and understanding language teacher learning at scale. His major projects include the Learning4Teaching Project, a series of national research studies in Chile, Turkey, and Qatar, and ELTeach, an on-line professional development program (National Geographic Learning), both of which focus on ELT public-sector teachers’ professional development. He is author most recently of Educating Second Language Teachers, (Oxford, 2016), and co-author with Tessa Woodward and Kathleen Graves, of Teacher Development Over Time (Routledge, in press).
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David Read
David Read is Director of Technology-Enhanced Learning at the English Language Teaching Centre, University of Sheffield. He has been working in EFL for over twenty years and has worked in eleven different countries, including Greece, Morocco, Serbia, Korea and Kyrgyzstan. He is a Cambridge CELTA tutor and a certified Google Teacher and has years of experience running online and blended teaching and training programmes. Nik's topic and focus - tools for creative writing.
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Nik Peachey
Nik Peachey has been working in ELT since 1992, as a teacher, CELTA, DELTA and learning technology trainer. He was manager of the British Council | BBC Teaching English website from 2003 - 2007 and has been working as a freelance trainer, materials writer and course developer since then. In 2016 he co-founded PeacheyPublications.com to publish his own range of ebooks and digital classroom materials. He is a 2 time Innovations Awards winner and is editor of ‘Educational Technology and ELT’ https://tinyletter.com/technogogy/ and QuickShout http://quickshout.blogspot.co.uk
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Shelly Sanchez Terrell
Shelly Sanchez Terrell is an international speaker, the author of 3 books, and an award winning digital innovator of several online professional development projects for teachers, including one of the earliest online education conferences and Twitter chats for educators. Her greatest joy is being the mother of her newborn, Savannah, and Rosco the pug. Follow her updates by visiting TeacherRebootCamp.com and on Twitter, @ShellTerrell.
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Adam Simpson
Adam has been living and teaching in Turkey for more than fifteen years, all of that time spent in the tertiary education sector in universities in Istanbul. His interests include descriptive rather than prescriptive curriculum planning, developing flexibility in lesson planning and the considered integration of technology in the language classroom.
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Carol Read
Carol Read has over 30 years’ experience in ELT as a teacher, teacher trainer, academic manager, materials writer and educational consultant. Carol’s main specialisation is in primary language teaching and she has published extensively in this area including the award-winning titles 500 Activities in the Primary Classroom, Bugs and Tiger Time, all published by Macmillan Education. Carol was President & Vice President of IATEFL from 2012-2016. You can find out more about Carol by visiting her website www.carolread.com
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Bruno Andrade
Bruno Andrade holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and has been teaching English for over 15 years. He is a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and is a primary and secondary English teacher at a private school. He is the founder and current moderator of the virtual community BrELT that provides professional development for teachers in Brazil. Bruno is experienced in teacher training, course development, materials editing, event organizing and pedagogical consultancy.
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Leni Dam
Dr. Leni Dam has been involved in the development of learner autonomy ever since 1973 – especially in her role as a teacher at secondary level in Denmark and in her role as educational adviser at the University College of Copenhagen. Together with Lienhard Legenhausen, Germany, she has researched the linguistic development of learners in autonomous language learning settings. She has written extensively on matters related to learner autonomy, such as differentiation, evaluation, teacher roles and learner roles. Her book from 1995 (reprinted in 1998, 2004, 2014) “Learner autonomy: From Theory to Classroom Practice” is still used by many teachers as well as teacher-educators around the world. As a free-lance, she continues being actively involved in spreading the word about learner autonomy via workshops, talks, and publications.
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Anja Burkert
Anja Burkert is a teacher of English (and French) at the University of Graz, Austria. She holds a Ph.D. in language teaching methodology and is especially interested in the promotion of learner autonomy among her students and the use of English for academic purposes. She obtained a teaching award from her university in 2010. In 2008, she joined the committee of the LASIG (Learner Autonomy Special Interest Group) of IATEFL and is currently serving as LASIG day organiser and local events organiser.
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Margarita Kosior
As an advocate for social justice, Margarita Kosior believes in spreading awareness of global issues through ELT. Margarita has incorporated social issues into her teaching since the beginning of her career when, as a novice teacher, she still didn’t know much about Global Education. She simply believed that what she was doing was the right thing to do. Since then, she has participated in relevant projects, presented at conferences and written ELT materials based on social issues ranging from modern day slavery, disabilities, the Holocaust, to kindness, as an underlying value necessary to make a big change in the world. Margarita shares her insights and teaching tips on her blog: ELTforaBetterWorld.blogspot.co.uk
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Ania Kolbuszewska
Ania Kolbuszewska has been involved in ELT for nearly 30 years in a variety of roles: language coach, trainer, academic manager and school director. She has been training trainers and academic managers as well as providing business and academic consultancy for private and public educational institutions in various countries. Her current position is Director of Training at inlingua Basel, Switzerland. A former Eaquals Board member and Director of Eaquals Accreditation and Consultancy Services, she continues to work as an inspector for Eaquals. Ania is a founder member of IATEFL Poland and a member of Leadership and Management SIG of IATEFL.
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Judith Mader
Judith Mader is Joint Coordinator of TEASIG, the Testing Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group of IATEFL. She has many years of teaching and testing experience and worked as a full-time test developer before returning to teaching. As Head of Languages at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, she is responsible for the content and assessment of all language courses. She has authored and co-authored course books for English and is the author of Testing and Assessment in Business English (Cornelsen 2011) as well as the co-author (with Rudi Camerer) of Intercultural Competence in Business English (Cornelsen 2012).
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Piers Messum
Piers Messum has taught in the UK, France and Japan. He is the Treasurer of PronSIG and regularly presents at conferences for both teachers and researchers. He teaches English and trains teachers through Pronunciation Science Ltd (www.pronsci.com). His PhD thesis from University College London dealt with how children learn the pronunciation of their first language.
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