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Plenary Speakers

Helena Curtain
Keynote Title: To be announced

Helena Curtain, Ph.D. is an internationally known expert on second language methodology, curriculum development, and bilingual immersion education who has worked as a language educator at all levels. She is the co-author of Languages and Learners: Making the Match which has been translated into Chinese. She has received several national and regional awards and has authored numerous articles dealing with second language instruction. She served as Foreign Language Curriculum Specialist for the Milwaukee Public Schools for many years and in that capacity coordinated and supervised K-12 foreign language, immersion and ESOL programs. She has broad experience working with schools and school districts, teaching and conducting workshops throughout the United States and internationally in thirty-six countries.


Belma Haznedar
Keynote Title: To be announced

Belma Haznedar is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul.  She completed her MA and PhD studies at the University of Durham, UK, specializing on childhood bilingualism. Her research focuses on simultaneous and successive bilingual children; for her investigation of mother-tongue development, bilingual language acquisition in early childhood and reading acquisition. She has served as an MC member in two EU projects, COST Action ISO804 (bilingualism and specific language impairment), ISCH COST Action IS1401 (European literacy network). In addition to her contributions in internationally well-known journals, her recent edited books are: Haznedar, B. & Gavruseva, E. (2008). Current Trends in Child Second Language Acquisition: A Generative Perspective. Amsterdam. John Benjamins; Haznedar, B. & Uysal, H.H. (2010). Handbook for Teaching Foreign Languages to Young Learners in Primary Schools. Ankara: Anı Publications; Haznedar, B. & Ketrez, N. (2016). The Acquisition of Turkish in Childhood. Amsterdam. John Benjamins.


Yasemin Kırkgöz
Keynote Title: To be announced

Yasemin Kırkgöz is Professor of TESOL in Çukurova University, Turkey. She completed her Master and Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at Aston University, England. During her academic career, she worked as a vice director and a director of the Centre for Foreign Languages, curriculum development coordinator and a teacher trainer. Her published book chapters and articles focus on teaching English to young language  learners, university-school collaborative action research with teachers of young learners, language policy implementation, curriculum renewal and innovation management. She received many awards including the IATEFL award for her work on Initiating and Managing the Process of Curriculum Innovation in 2013.


Graham Hall
Keynote Title: To be announced

Graham Hall is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics/TESOL at Northumbria University, UK. He is editor of ELT Journal, and also edited the Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching (Routledge, 2016). He is the author of Exploring English Language Teaching: Language in action (Routledge, 2011; 2nd edition forthcoming, 2017), which was the winner of the 2012 British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) book prize.


Fiona Copland
Keynote Title: To be announced

Fiona Copland is Professor of TESOL at the University of Stirling, Scotland. She has taught English and trained English language teachers in Nigeria, Hong Kong, Japan and the UK and has extensive experience of leading Master’s levels programmes in TESOL. Fiona has a strong interest in teaching English to young learners. She is co-writer of the British Council Report ‘investigating global practices in teaching English to young learners’,
( http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/global-practices-teaching-english-young learners) and of ‘Crazy animals and other activities for teaching English to young learners’ (http:www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/crazy-animals-other-activities-teaching-young learners). She is co-editor of the ELT Journal’s Special issue on this subject and is currently co-editing the Routledge Handbook of Teaching English to Young Learners.