Keynote Speakers


Dewaele, Jean-Marc

University of London

Jean-Marc Dewaele is a Professor in Applied Lingusitics and Multilingualism. Jean-Marc’s teaching and research interests cover a wide range of topics including multilingualism, multiculturalism,and psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics and psychological aspects of second/foreign language acquistion and production. He is specifically interested in individual differences in foreign language acquistion and multilingualism.He has focused on sociolinguistic competence and on the communication of emotions in a variety of languages and contexts.


MacIntyre, Peter

Cape Breton University

Peter MacIntyre is a professor of Psychology at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada. Peter teaches courses in motivation, human sexuality, research methods, personality, and other areas of psychology. He was the first recipient of the UCCB Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence in 1999. His primary research focus lies in the psychology of communication processes in both native and second languages. Along with colleagues Richard Clement, Kim Noels and Zoltan Dornyei, he received the Mildenberger Prize from the Modem Language Association. His first book, Capitalizing on Language Learners` Individuality co-written with Tammy Gregersen was published in 2014.


Mercer, Sarah

University of Graz

Sarah Mercer holds Phd in Applied Linguistics. She is interested in all aspects of language learning psychology, in particular self-related constructs, motivation, affect, agency attributions, mindsets and belief systems. She is a member of several organizations: AAAL, AAUTE, BAAL, IATEFL, ÖGSD and TESOL. She currently serves as a committee member for the IATEFL Research SIG and the AILA Research Network on Learner Autonomy. She is a regular reviewer for several international journals. She has teaching experienece in private and public sectors in secondary, tertiary and further education contexts in UK, Germany and Austria. She has presented papers and workshops at various conferences.


Tütüniş, Birsen

Istanbul Kultur University

Prof. Dr. Birsen Tütüniş has received her PhD from University of Sussex. She has been working as English lecturer and administrator for years. She has written many articles and books on different issues. Her recent interest lies on Learner Autnomy. She is the coordinator of Teacher Training and Education Committee (TTEd SIG) of IATEFL. Also, she has been the key note speaker and given presentations at different international ELT Conferences. She is the Honorary Member of AzETA in Azerbeijan.


Humiston, Kim Raymond

Cag University

Kim Raymond Humiston is an actor, writer, musician, and cultural historian who is an instructor in the Cag University English Language Teaching program. He is particularly interested in the use of multimedia and drama to support the development of language skills. Kim Raymond is a member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG- AFTRA). His performance background includes roles in films, a television series, and a variety of stage roles in the Studio 24 project in New York. The primary focus of his scholarship is the writing of film scripts and stage plays based on literary themes. He is the author of the stage play Exile based on the life of the nineteenth century Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. He has also taught English language and literature courses at the Center for World Cultural Studies in New York City and as a lecturer for the New York State Humanities Council. Kim Raymond divides his time between teaching duties at Cag and his ongoing involvement in the New York theater community.


Reinders, Hayo

Unitec Institute of Technology

Hayo Reinders is Professor of Education and Head of Department at Unitec in New Zealand and Dean of the Graduate School at Anaheim University in the United States. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal ‘Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching.’ His interests are in educational technology, learner autonomy, and out-of-class learning and his most recent books are on teaching methodologies, digital games, and second language acquisition.