Speaker profiles

Scott ThornburyScott Thornbury

Scott Thornbury is an associate professor on the MA TESOL program at The New School in New York. His writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology. He is currently series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers.

Valeria FrancaValéria França

Valéria França trained as a primary school teacher in the UK, but has worked in ELT for over 20 years in Brazil. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics and is the Head of Teacher Development at Cultura Inglesa SA. She is also the current President of BRAZ-TESOL.

Padmini Padmini Boruah

Padmini Boruah, PhD is Associate Professor in the Department of ELT, Gauhati University, Assam, India. Her academic and research interests lie in English language teacher development, methodology and materials development. She is particularly interested in the teaching of English at school level in India, especially in resource-challenged contexts.

Paul Seligson Paul Seligson

Paul Seligson has been ‘TEFLing’ worldwide since 1978 and is well-known for his lively, highly practical approach. He has authored/contributed to 20 different ELT series. His latest publication, English ID, a 6-level (young) adult course from Richmond, is the first specifically written for Latin American learners. He works freelance between Brighton and Rio de Janeiro.

David GraddolDr David Graddol

David Graddol is Director of The English Company (UK) Ltd which provides consultancy and publishing services in applied linguistics, with a special focus on English language and education policy. David worked for many years in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies at the UK Open University and during 2010-2011 was Visiting Associate Professor at City University of Hong Kong. He has been involved in ELT projects in China, India and Latin America since the early 1990s.

Chair - Julian Kenny

Julian has been in ELT for 25 years as a teacher, trainer and manager. He has worked in Europe, Africa, South America, the Middle East and Asia. He is now the Associate Director of the Institute of Languages and Culture at Regent's University London where he oversees the English language teaching and training programmes for the English language Centre and for the under-graduate and post-graduate programmes

Last updated: 03 May 2018