Keynote Speakers

Brian North
Council of Europe
Keynote Title: To be announced

Brian North has spent his career at the interface between research, practical implementation of innovation in language teaching, and quality management. As a result he combines developmental, investigative and statistical skills with management and coordination expertise. He has extensively collaborated with the Council of Europe as a project coordinator and consultant. He spent most of his long career at Eurocentres, an official NGO to the Council of Europe since 1968, which teaches languages where they are spoken. There he developed an integrated approach to curriculum, assessment and certification and implemented it across languages. In his PhD thesis he developed the levels and descriptors for the CEFR. After coordinating the 1991 intergovernmental Symposium that recommended the CEFR, he co-authored the CEFR itself, the prototype European Language Portfolio, the Manual for relating examinations to the CEFR, Eaquals’ Core Inventories for English and French, and the European Profiling Grid for language teacher competences (EPG). He was Chair of Eaquals from 2005 to 2010. His most recent publications are The CEFR in Practice, CUP, 2014 and “Putting the Common European Framework of Reference to good use,” Language Teaching, 2014. Currently he is coordinating the Council of Europe project to extend the CEFR descriptors.


Hacer Hande Uysal
Gazi University - Turkey
Keynote Title: To be announced

Hacer Hande Uysal is currently an associate professor and the director of the Academic Writing and Research Center at Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey. She received her master’s degree on English Education and her Ph.D. in Foreign Language/ESL Education from The University of Iowa. Her research interests are second language writing, intercultural rhetoric, academic discourse, early language teaching, and language planning and policy.


Alastair Henry
University West, Sweden
Keynote Title: To be announced

Alastair Henry is an associate professor in language education at University West, Sweden, and has a PhD from the University of Gothenburg. His research focuses on motivation in second language learning and he has a particular interest in complex dynamic systems and multilingual motivation. With Zoltán Dörnyei and Peter MacIntrye he is the co-editor of “Motivational Dynamics in Language Learning” (Multilingual Matters, 2015), and with Zoltán Dörnyei and Christine Muir he is the co-author of “Motivational Currents in Language Learning: Frameworks for Focused Interventions” (Routledge, 2016). He is currently working on a large-scale ethnographic study of motivation in L2 English classrooms.


Steve Mann 
University of Warwick, UK
Keynote Title: To be announced

Steve Mann (Associate Professor) currently works at the Centre for Applied Linguistics at University of Warwick. He previously lectured at both Aston University and University of Birmingham. He has experience in Hong Kong, Japan and Europe in both English language teaching and teacher development. He has published various books including ‘Innovations in Pre-service Teacher Education’ (British Council). His most recent book is titled ‘The Research Interview: Reflexivity and Reflective Practice in Research’ Processes. He can be contacted at steve.mann@warwick.ac.uk