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Conference programme

23 November

Bronagh Rolf

About the speaker: Assessment Group Manager for Cambridge English. 10 years working in Assessment. Previously 20 years ELT teaching, training (CELTA & DELTA trainer and assessor) and ELT management experience for private and public education.

Topic of the presentation: Integrating technology with language assessment: developing Writing automated assessment

 Time: 10.00 - 11.00 a.m.



Jeffrey Kuhn

About the speaker: Jeff Kuhn is an instructor and instructional designer in the Patton College of Education at Ohio University where he received his PhD in Educational Studies. His PhD work focused on instructional design and the use of classroom technology across educational contexts. He has over ten years experience in the English as a Second/Foreign Language classroom including teaching in Japan and Mongolia. He is a frequent keynote speaker on the use of technology in the foreign language classroom and has worked with educators on instructional design challenges in Brazil, Czech Republic, Peru, and Bolivia. He also publishes and presents on the use of video games for learning, computer assisted language learning (CALL) and second language writing.

 Topic of the presentation: A Case Study in Online Design: Lessons Learned in Blackboard Course Development

 Time: 11.00 - 11.30 a.m.



Akiva Weiss, ITMO, St. Petersburg

About the speaker : Akiva Weiss has a decade of experience teaching ESL/EFL, training teachers, and developing curriculum. He has worked in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe at the tertiary level, as well as in U.S. public schools. His current interests include Intercultural Communication, Competency-Based Learning, International Law, American Culture, Academic Writing, Alternative Assessments, and Public Speaking. Akiva holds graduate degrees in Special Education from Western Governor’s University, International Law from Oxford University, and is preparing to defend his doctoral thesis at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Most recently, Akiva has presented his research at Cambridge University, King’s College London, and the APSA conference in San Francisco.

 Topic of the presentation : Writing for publication

Time : 11.30 - 12.00 a.m.


 24 November


Wayne Rimmer

About the speaker : Wayne Rimmer is a freelance teacher, trainer and materials writer with experience of working in the UK and abroad. He has recently contributed to the Empower coursebook series (Cambridge University Press).

 Topic of the presentation : EMPOWERing students with grammar

 Time : 10.00 - 11.00 a.m.


 Ludmila Minaeva (Lomonosov Moscow State University)

 Topic of the presentation: Interaction of Corporate and National Cultures in Business Communication

 Time : 11.00 - 11.30 a.m.

Pre-conference programme (Please note: only for pre-registered for 22 November participants!)

Ben Knight

Topic of the presentation:
How can research help improve our teaching of English?

Time 13.00 - 14.00 

Craig Thaine

Topic of the presentation:  EAP learners and pronunciation: Dealing with comprehensibility

Time 14.00 - 15.00 

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