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SPEAKERS

  • Maria Estela Brisk​
  • Marklen E. Konurbaev
  • Svetlana G. Ter-Minasova
  • Martha Sidury Christiansen
  • Youngjoo Yi
  • Dr.Giedrė Vasiliauskaitė
  • Shiyan Jiang
  • Ester J. de Jong
  • Jasmin Cowin
  • Merja Bauters

Maria Estela Brisk​

Emeritus Professor of Education, Boston College.
Her research and teaching interests include writing instruction, genre pedagogy, bilingual education, bilingual language and literacy acquisition, and preparation of mainstream teachers to work with bilingual learners.  


She is the author of numerous articles and seven books:
Bilingual Education:  From Compensatory to Quality Schooling; Literacy and Bilingualism:  A Handbook for ALL Teachers; Situational Context of Education:  A Window into the World of Bilingual Learners; Language Development and Education: Children with Varying Language Experiences (with P. Menyuk); Language, culture, and community in teacher education; Engaging Students in Academic Literacies: Genre-based Pedagogy for K-5 Classrooms; and Language in Writing Instruction:  Enhancing Literacy in Grades 3-8. Professor Brisk is a native of Argentina.

Marklen E. Konurbaev

Research Director at the Department of Foreign Languages and Intercultural Communication at the Financial University under the Government of the RF, Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor at the MSU, author of international publications on interpersonal interaction efficiency, language philosophy, translation theory and business rhetoric principles.

Svetlana Ter-Minasova


Professor Svetlana Grigor’evna Ter-Minasova is one of the leading foreign language specialists and teachers, who has built up a formidable international reputation. She has made a great contribution to the development of international understanding through her indefatigable and enthusiastic promotion of the teaching of foreign languages in both its practical and scholarly aspects.

At present professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova is President of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, and Professor Emeritus in the University. She holds a Doctorate of Philology from the University, and has published more than 200 books and papers on Foreign Language Teaching, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, and has lectured widely throughout the world.She is chairperson of the FLT Council (Ministry of Education, Russia) since 1987. She has been the founding President of both National Association of Applied Linguistics (NAAL, Russia) an affiliate of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA) since 1989 and the founding President of National Association of Teachers of English (NATE, Russia), a collective member of the International Associations TESOL (the USA) and IATEFL (the UK); since 1995 the chairperson of the FLT Council (Ministry of Education and Science, Russia). She holds the Lomonosov Award, Fulbright’s 50th Anniversary Award, and was named Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Birmingham in the UK, the State University of New York in the USA, the Russian-Armenian University, in Armenia and the Visiting Professor by the National Research Tomsk State University. She is a member of IAFOR International Advisory Board.

Martha Sidury Christiansen

Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics and Coordinator of the MA-TESL Program in the Bicultural Bilingual Studies department at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a Fulbright Scholar and a Department of State English Language Specialist.  She specializes in the research and teaching of sociolinguistics and digital literacies among transnational bilinguals and English language learners. Her research explores the intersection between digital literacy and language ideologies, identities, and culture in offline and online social network environments. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Sociolinguistics, Written Communication, and System.

Youngjoo Yi

Associate Professor in Foreign, Second, and Multilingual Language Education in the College of Education and Human Ecology at the Ohio State University. She is co-editor of TESOL Journal (2019–2022), guest-edited a special issue on multimodal composing for the Journal of Second Language Writing (2020), and co-edited a volume on multimodal writing from multilingual perspectives (Springer, 2021). Her research has been published in various journals, including Applied Linguistics, CALICO Journal, Canadian Modern Language Review, Foreign Language Annals, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Journal of Second Language Writing, TESOL Journal, TESOL Quarterly, and others.

Dr.Giedrė Vasiliauskaite

Dr. Giedrė Vasiliauskaitė is a lecturer, trainer and coach specialized in critical thinking and cross-cultural communication skill development for academia and business. She holds a doctorate in Philosophy from Erasmus University Rotterdam (2011) and possesses almost two decades of international research experience. Giedrė also holds International Coach Federation coaching certification and is passionate to work with career and life transitions. Since 2008 Dr. Giedrė Vasiliauskaite is teaching Critical Thinking and Argument Analysis courses at Master’s and MBA-executive programs at the Rotterdam Business School as delivering trainings and coaching for businesses.

Being an expat for almost two decades and working with culturally diverse audiences on daily basis, Giedre has acquired first-hand knowledge of assets and challenges of working in multicultural environments and a passion to facilitate mutual understanding, stimulate personal growth and achieve greater results together. During 2004-2006 parallel to academic pursuits Dr.Vasiliauskaite was running cross-cultural training courses for executives in Expathouse, Helsinki, Finland.

Her academic background and personal insights provide a solid basis for the design of the courses and coaching sessions she conducts. Dr.Vasiliauskaitė is passionate about the need to promote critical thinking for better performance, be it in a corporate setting, public institution or an educational establishment.

Shiyan Jiang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University with expertise in integrating digital literacy in STEM learning, which includes empowering K-12 AI (Artificial Intelligence) education with narrative modeling, integrating multimodal composition in science learning, and integrating storytelling with data visualizations in math learning. In addition, she designs and studies technology-enhanced learning environments to facilitate the development of disciplinary identities and engage early adolescents in career exploration. Furthermore, her work focuses on exploring instructional and technology design for broadening participation in disciplinary practices and associated careers. 

Ester J. de Jong

Professor in ESOL/Bilingual Education, and the Director of the School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Florida. Her research focuses on two-way bilingual education, language-in-education policy, and mainstream and ESL K-12 teacher preparation.  Her book “Foundations for Multilingualism in Education: From Principles to Practice” (Caslon Publishing, 2011) addresses policies and practices of responding to increasing linguistic diversities in schools. She was President of TESOL International Association in 2017-2018.Doctorate of Education,University of Florida. Director, School of Teaching and Learning & Professor, ESOL/Bilingual Education.
  1. Jasmin Cowin

Prof. Cowin serves as full-time faculty at the Graduate School of Education, Touro College in New York and lectures at NUST MISIS on technology integration in education. In addition, she holds the Conference Chair position for the New York State Teaching English as a Second Language 51st conference, Fall 2021. Prof. Cowin’s interests are on programs and processes preparing today’s generation of educational institutions, educators and learners for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and beyond. Planning for the profound shifts for the pedagogical skills essential to the educational needs of the 21st Century is critical for relevant and educated populations and future workforces.

Merja Bauters

Research professor in the digital transformation School of Digital Technologies and a docent of semiotics at the University of Helsinki. Bauters has been involved and executed research, planned and guided co-design, participatory and design thinking processes in multiple EU- and national projects, on learning and technology-enhanced learning. Bauters has been lecturing in over 30 different courses on design, design methods, semiotics and project communication. She received her PhD from the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki 2007, discussing Charles Peirce thoughts on interpretation. She has directed PhDs, over 100 bachelor thesis and acted as an opponent to PhD on teachers learning in Socio-Technical System. 

  • Alexander Kravchenko
  • Robert Klassen
  • Edward Evans
  • Blaine Smith
  • Maria V. Verbitskaya
  • Svetlana Titova
  • Peter Watkins
  • Simon Brooks
  • Hugh Dellar

Alexander Kravchenko

Professor Kravchenko’s research focus is on language (theoretical and applied issues) and constructivist epistemology. He is the author of 8 books, 8 edited volumes, and an original self-study guide, The English Verb: A new grammar for everyone (3rd ed. 2010) based on the Cognitive Theory of Tense and Aspect he developed in the 1990s. He has taught in Russia, the USA, and China, and presented as a keynote speaker at many international conferences in different countries. His latest book (published in Russian) is Rediscovering Language: A New Agenda for Linguistics (2021).
Credentials: Distinguished Professor of Baikal State University

Member of the Editorial Board of Language Sciences

Name Surname: Alexander Kravchenko

Affiliation: Baikal State University, Irkutsk

Job title: Professor and Chair, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

 

Robert Klassen

Professor and Chair at the University of York, UK, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta in Canada. Klassen currently focuses on understanding the factors that lead to teacher effectiveness. His current work on the Teacher Selection Project (TSP) is funded by the European Research Council (2015-2021) and is conducted in eight countries. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the topics of motivation, teacher selection and teacher development. He is a Chartered Psychologist in the UK and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. 

Edward Evans

Director of Studies at BKC International House Moscow. He is a CELTA trainer, with Delta qualifications, and has been teaching for 15 years. His interests lie in teacher development and blended learning.

Blaine Smith

Dr. Blaine Smith is an Associate Professor of New Literacies and Bi/Multilingual Immigrant Learners in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies at the University of Arizona. She is also the Co-Director of the Digital Innovation and Learning Lab in the College of Education. Dr. Smith’s research examines bi/multilingual adolescents' digital literacies, with special attention to their multimodal composing processes. The main goals of her work are to understand how collaborative multimodal composing can foster literacy and content learning. Her research also focuses on developing instructional strategies for supporting teachers’ integration of technology in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms.  

Maria V. Verbitskaya


Doctor of Philology, Head of the Federal Commission for the Development of Test and Measurement Materials for the Unified State Examination in Foreign Languages, NATE Honourable Vice-President.

Svetlana Titova


Vice Dean, Honorary Professor at the School of Foreign Languages and Area Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University, has more than thirty years’ experience in EFL teaching, training and publishing in foreign language education. She is a teacher trainer, international conference speaker, material writer and tutor of online professional development courses for EFL teachers. Her research areas are blended, mobile and distance learning. She is a coordinator of the online project Learning and Teaching with the Web (LTW) http://learnteachweb.ru/ aims at facilitating the process of implementing digital and mobile technologies into language classroom. She has co-authored the EFL coursebook as well as the teachers’ methodology handbooks. Svetlana’s research into teacher education practices won the award The Golden names of Higher education in Russian Federation in 2020.

Peter Watkins

Dr Peter Watkins is a Principal Lecturer at the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics, University of Portsmouth.

Peter Watkins has been involved in teacher education for many years and currently works at the University of Portsmouth, UK. His main research interests relate to teacher education and ELT materials writing. His publications include Teaching and Developing Reading Skills (Cambridge University Press, 2017), Extensive Reading in ELT: Why and How? and Extensive Reading for Primary in ELT (both Cambridge University Press, 2018), Learning to Teach English (Delta Publishing, second edition 2014, first edition 2005), and The CELTA Course (co-authored with Scott Thornbury, Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Simon Brooks

Simon Brooks has been teaching for 25 years and a teacher trainer since 2008. As well as being a Trinity CertTESOL and Cambridge CELTA trainer, he has also run courses on teaching methodology such as TKT, IH CAM and IH Language Awareness. Simon has worked in Spain, England, Russia and is now based in Strasbourg in France. Simon regularly delivered seminars and lectures on teaching methodology and ran exam preparation workshops at a number of Russian universities during the time he lived in Russia, and has also done so online since he has lived in France. He holds the Trinity Diploma in TESOL and an MSC with Aston University in Birmingham in Educational Management in TESOL.

Hugh Dellar

Hugh Dellar has over twenty-five years’ experience in the field and is the co-founder of the online school and training company Lexical Lab. He has co-authored two multi-level General English series, ‘Outcomes’ and ‘Innovations’, both published by National Geographic Learning, as well as one level of the high-school series ‘Perspectives'. His first methodology book, Teaching Lexically, came out via Delta Publishing in 2016. He has given talks, seminars, workshops and training sessions in over 30 countries around the world.

  • Irina Tverdokhlebova
  • Maria Anikina
  • Kelley Calvert
  • Julia Khukalenko
  • Tatyana Golechkova
  • Susana Anton
  • Mikhail Sverdlov
  • Alexey Konobeiev

Irina Tverdokhlebova

Graduate of Moscow State Teacher Training University (1982), Scientific Degree in Methodology of Teaching Foreign Languages (1991), Scientific Title of Associate Professor in English Philology (1998), teacher, university lecturer, methodologist & teacher-trainer with an extensive experience of working in secondary & higher educational institutions, British Council Scholar  & Lecturer (1990-1996) at the University of Surrey (UK), founder and Head of English Phonetics & Business Communication Chair at MCU (1998-2016), author & co-author of ELT textbooks with RF Ministry of  Education approval, member of NATE (Russia), currently Head of  Russian & Foreign Languages Chair at Moscow State Academy for Geology & Prospecting, Chief Editor of "Foreign Languages at School"- an all-Russia scientific & methodological journal.


Maria Anikina

Education/specialization: theory and practice of intercultural communications (with the right to teach). Work experience - 7 years, main methodical projects were in Uchi.ru and Uchi.doma (creating a series of English courses, methodologist team development and management, mentoring mathematics course and automated homework project development at Uchi.ru).

Kelley Calvert

English Language Specialist Kelley Calvert has over 15 years of professional experience working in international education. She currently works as the Instruction and Curriculum Coordinator at Chiang Mai International School in Thailand. She previously was an English Language Fellow and Specialist in Thailand with the US Department of State and an English Language Specialist with teachers in Brazil. Kelley holds a Bachelor’s degree from Emerson College, Boston, and a Master of Arts in TESOL from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey.

Julia Khukalenko

 

Research fellow at the Centre of National Technology Initiative, Associate professor at Far Eastern Federal University, Ph. D., translator, author of more than 14 publications, founder of the Spanish Language School, TEDx speaker, writer and traveler, among other activities and interests. I graduated from the University of Sydney and Lomonosov Moscow State University. At the moment I work as a research fellow at Far Eastern Federal University where I create online courses and educational applications in virtual reality. Also, I teach Spanish, English and Russian as a second language.

Tatiana Golechkova

Tatiana Golechkova is an EFL teacher and teacher trainer. She is Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities and Languages, New Economic School, Moscow. She holds a PhD in Cognitive Linguistics and full Cambridge Delta. She has broad experience in teaching English for Academic Purposes, Business English, Soft Skills in English to a range of students and academics. Her areas of special interest include strategies for effective communication,

Susana Anton

As an Instructional Designer at Cambridge University Press, Susana Anton develops teacher training courses which are delivered via Cambridge One. Previously, she worked as a Spanish, English and German teacher and then became a teacher trainer and university professor. She holds two MAs in Education and in Information and Communication Technologies for Language Teaching. Currently, Susana is a PhD Candidate at the Upna University in Navarra, researching the use of student-generated video in English for Specific Purposes for developing key competences for lifelong learning.

Mikhail Sverdlov

Graduated the Nizhegorodsky State Technical University in 2010. In 2012 got his Masters on International Business Management in a business school in Austria.
His interests include management psychology, he is a digital transformation and product development business trainer, founder of a series of successful federal e-commerce and B2B internet projects.

His work experience includes major fintech and telecom companies in the positions of CRO and IT Strategy Director.

For the last two years M.Sverdlov has been living in Innopolis and teaching at the Innopolis University for corporate clients such as MTS, AK Bars, AUCHAN, X5, Magnit, Megafon, BeeLine. There he launched the office of RTK Soft Labs, managed partner relations platforms with MTS and several product development teams.

At SkyEng Mikhail is head of Educational Content, manages metrics, customer engagement, business metrics and EdTech innovations.

Alexey Konobeiev

Works as Academic director for Skyeng online school, the editor-in-chief of both Titul Publishers and the "English at school" journal, as well as an expert at Moscow Center of Quality of Education (MCKO). Author and editor of several textbooks and professional development courses for EFL teachers.