Keynote Speakers

Philip Glover
Suleyman Demirel University
Keynote Title: Thrill of language, fear of speaking
The affective side of learning languages

Philip Glover teaches in the English Language and Literature Department at Suleyman Demirel University in Isparta. He previously taught English and French and trained teachers in Turkey, UK and Hungary. He has worked as a teacher and as a manager and his research interests include language awareness, methodology, language testing and classroom discourse.


Ciler Hatipoglu
Middle East Technical University
Tentative Keynote Title: Language Teaching and Assessment Policies in the Ottoman-Turkish Society:
A diachronic and sociocultural analysis

Çiler HATIPOĞLU is Associate Professor at the Department of Foreign Language Education, METU, Ankara, where she teaches various Linguistics and FLE courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. Her main research areas are foreign language teaching and assessment, corpus linguistics, cross-cultural communication, pragmatics, and politeness. She has published more than 50 articles in various national and international journals and books, and has edited books and special issues focusing on research in these fields. Some of examples of her research published in 2017 are the special issue entitled “New Trends in Foreign Language Teaching Research in Turkey”, the book “Metadiscourse in Written Genres: Uncovering Textual and Interacitonal Aspects of Text” (co-edited with Erdem Akbas and Yasemin Bayyurt), and the articles entitled “History of Language Teacher Training and English Language Testing and Evaluation (ELTE) Education in Turkey”, “Assessing speaking skills” and “Status and apologising in L2: A problem?”
Dr. Hatipoğlu has either been a member of the research team or led national and international research projects on corpus linguistics (e.g., she is a member of the first Spoken Turkish Corpus development team), language assessment (EU project), language learning and material production (COST EU project), address forms in foreign language education and cross cultural politeness.
With a research team (MEB-UNICEF funded project), she is currently investigating how and where formative assessment can best be integrated into the primary and middle school English as a foreign language education in Turkey. The team aims to train primary and middle school English language teachers in Turkey so that their students facilitate the most from utilizing formative assessment into their everyday classes.  


Cise Cavusoglu
Near East University
Keynote Title: Soon

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çise Çavuşoğlu completed her BA in English Language Teaching and MEd in Educational Sciences at Eastern Mediterranean University. After working at the Department of ELT at Near East University between 2004-2006, she received the Fulbright FLTA scholarship and worked at Binghamton University, State University of New York for one academic year as a Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) for Turkish language. Following this experience, she completed her PhD, which was funded by the ESRC Quota Award, at King’s College London in 2010 on ethnicities and language learning among young people from Turkish Cypriot backgrounds, and returned to Near East University as a faculty member and the Vice Chair of the Department of ELT. She is currently also the Director of the Education Unit at NEU. She has supervised various MA theses focusing on different aspects of English language teaching in different contexts. Her research interests include the relationship between ethnicity, culture, everyday language use and the way language is utilised for different sociological and educational purposes within multicultural and multilingual settings.


Valerie S. Jakar
Shaanan Academic Religious College for Teachers
Keynote Title: Soon

Valerie S. Jakar is currently a lecturer and an academic consultant in Applied Linguistics in Education at Shaanan Academic Religious College for Teachers in Jerusalem. She received her MA degree in TESOL and the Ph.D. degree in Language Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She was an elected member of Board of Directors for TESOL International and she also had other memberships for national and international professional associations. Her main research interests are language planning and policy, literacy in foreign language issues and classroom discourse. 


Veríssimo Toste
Cambridge University Press
Keynote Title: Empowering the Teacher to Learn: One Educator’s Journey

Veríssimo Toste has been a language teacher and an international teacher trainer for over 35 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the University of Edinburgh. He is also a qualified Primary teacher for the Department for Education in the UK and is currently teaching Primary education in Oxfordshire. He has taught students from 3 to 93 years old, from beginner to advanced levels in a variety of educational institutions. Although his training sessions have focussed on a wide variety of topics, he is most passionate about how people learn naturally and encouraging students to enjoy reading independently.  Believing that being a teacher is the most exhilarating job in the world, he enjoys talking to teachers about their experiences in the classroom.  


JT Rehill
US Embassy Regional English Language Office
Keynote Title: Measuring the Impact of Professional Learning on Student Achievementand Applied Motivational Psychology in Promoting Oracy in the ELT Classroom

JT Rehill, M.S.E.D., is the founder of Learning Advanced, an education consulting firm based in Istanbul that has been providing professional development support to teachers and capacity building services to schools since 2011. He is an experienced English teacher, trainer, consultant and instructional coach who works to inspire educators through his work with Learning Advanced and as an adjunct professor of Educational Psychology with Wilkes University's Graduate School of Education, where he is also pursuing his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Instructional Leadership