Keynote Speakers

Steve Walsh
Newcastle University
Keynote Title: To be announced

Steve Walsh is Professor and Head of Applied Linguistics and Communication in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University, UK. He has been involved in English Language Teaching and teacher education for more than 30 years in a range of overseas contexts. His research interests include classroom discourse, teacher development and second language teacher education.


Enrica Piccardo PhD
University of Toronto
Keynote Title: To be announced

Enrica Piccardo is Associate Professor at OISE – University of Toronto and at the Université Grenoble-Alpes France. She has extensive experience in language teaching, teacher training and second/foreign language education research. A CEFR specialist, she has been collaborating with European Institutions on international projects (the ECML in Graz –Austria – as project coordinator, and the Council of Europe as project member). Her monograph From Communicative to Action-oriented: a Research Pathways. (2014) available online is being used in teacher education in Canada and beyond. She is the principal investigator of two SSHRC funded research projects, QualiCEFR and Linguistic and Cultural Reinvented (LINCDIRE) and of a Council of Europe funded project QualiMatrix. Her research focuses on emotions and creativity in language education, assessment and its role in the curriculum, plurilingualism and teacher education. She has presented in many countries and published in different languages. Some recent articles include one in TESOL Quarterly (2013), a co-edited issue of The Canadian Modern Language Review (2015), and two book chapters “The impact of the CEFR on Canada's linguistic plurality: a space for heritage languages?”(2014) Cambridge University Press and Plurilingualism: vision, conceptualization and practices (2017) Springer  (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-38893-9_47-1). 


Esim Gursoy
Uludag University
Keynote Title: To be announced

Esim Gürsoy is currently an associate professor at the ELT Department of Uludağ University, Turkey. She holds an M.A. in teacher education from Ohio University, USA and a Ph.D in English Language Teaching from Anadolu University, Turkey. She has many published research articles in international journals. She has authored and edited books and also is the author of several book chapters. Her research interests include, teaching English to young learners, pre-service teacher education, teaching practice, and integrating socially responsible teaching to ELT.