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2021 Annual Conference Speakers

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Özgen Bagci currently works as an educational consultant and teacher trainer for TOEFL Young Students Series at Goal Testing, the European Network Office for ETS in the Netherlands and Switzerland. Before joining ETS, she worked as an English teacher at various levels for several years in Italy and Turkey. (Workshop 3E)

David Booth is the Director of Test Development for Pearson English Assessment. He is responsible for the development of specific Pearson tests ensuring that all tests are developed to the highest standards. He is an experienced teacher, teacher trainer and assessment professional. (Workshop 1A)

Teresa Doğuelli has been a teacher and trainer for nearly 40 years teaching adults, undergraduates, teenagers and children. She has trained teachers, teacher trainers and ELT inspectors for the Turkish Ministry of National Education and at the British Council, to name but a few. She has an MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Reading, 1985) and a Dip. RSA TEFLA. (Workshop 1B)

Jo Gakonga runs a popular website (currently over 11,000 users) at with courses for trainee and novice English language teachers and her YouTube channel of teacher training videos (elttraining)  has had over 1.7 million hits. She works on BA and MA in TESOL courses at Warwick University as well as being a CELTA trainer, assessor and JCA. She is the co-author of IELTS Foundation and is studying for a PhD in the field of mentor skills development. She likes baking when she has a spare minute or two. (Workshop 2E)

Sylvia Goetze Wake is someone like you, juggling work, family, studies and existential questions about the world we live in. She currently teaches English in an academic context. (Workshop 1C)

Jon Hird is based in Oxford, UK, where he divides his time between teaching English at the University of Oxford, teacher training and writing ELT materials. Jon has written and contributed to a number of grammar, resource and course books, most recently including Macmillan’s new course book series Language Hub. (Workshop 3D)

Dr. Olaf Lenders has been teaching English at universities in Germany and the Netherlands for more than twenty years. For the past ten years, he's been teaching English and Intercultural Communication to students of engineering and technology journalism at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University in the Romantic Rhine Valley. (Workshop 3A)

Andrea Magee Is a primary school teacher and co-founder of the non-profit, Embrace Joy in Education (emJoy education). Andrea organizes events for teachers, including local teach clubs, workshops and annual conferences. With teaching experience in Northern Ireland, Finland, Austria and Switzerland, Andrea focuses on finding joy for her learners and as a teacher herself. (Workshop 2D)

Ian McMaster has been editor-in-chief of the business communication magazine Business Spotlight since its launch in March 2001 ( He is also a former co-ordinator of IATEFL BESIG. (Workshop 2A)

John Potts has been an ELT professional, and teacher for Cambridge exams since 1979, and CELTA and Delta course tutor since 1983 and 1991 respectively. He has been a workshop presenter in Switzerland and abroad since 1982 and an authorised Cambridge English presenter since 1990. Also working on school projects and training programmes in India since 2002, and Tanzania from 2019. (Workshop 2C)

Lee Shutler is Principal at Hilderstone College and has been in EFL for 29 years. Students and teachers all over the world have come out of Lee's lessons wondering "what was he talking about?!" In his free time, Lee enjoys cycling and running. While doing these sports, Lee often asks himself "What was I talking about?" (Workshop 1E)

Sam Tinkler has over 20 years’ experience in the education sector working in roles spanning curriculum and qualification development, sales and training. Currently, Sam works as the Business Development Manager for ELT, looking after OUP's Assessment Portfolio across Western Europe. (Workshop 1D)

Geoff Tranter is a regular speaker at ETAS and other international conferences. He has been involved in teaching/teacher-training for many years, and presently offers B2, C1 and C2 courses in various areas of ESP at Dortmund Technical University. One of his particular interests is the use of humour in ELT. (Workshop 3B)

Carol Waites teaches online writing skills and blended courses of advanced English to international civil servants at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. She holds a CELTA and DELTA, several Masters and a PhD, and she recently took a module in the Open University Masters in Online and Distance Education. (Workshop 3C)

Lynn Williams is an experienced teacher of upper-secondary English in Baselland and also lectures on initial teacher education courses. Lynn holds qualifications in modern languages, English literature, translation, and testing, and has special interests in literature teaching, assessment, and differentiation and individualisation as a practitioner, writer, and workshop presenter. (Workshop 2B)

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