20th INGED International ELT Conference

Engaging Students, Empowering Teachers

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Dr. Helen Watt, The University of Sydney

"What Motivates Teachers, and How Does it Matter for their Professional Pathways of Engagement, Instruction and Wellbeing?"

Helen M. G. Watt is Professor of Educational Psychology at The University of Sydney, and Australian Research Council Future Fellow. Her interests include teacher motivation and development, STEM motivation and participation, and gendered educational and occupational choices. Her longitudinal programs have implications for supporting career development of beginning teachers, and redressing gender imbalances in STEM fields. Helen has edited seven books and special issues including Teacher motivation (Routledge 2014); Global perspectives on teacher motivation (CUP 2017); Gender and occupational outcomes (APA 2008) and is founder of Network Gender & STEM.


Prof. Dr. Hamit Coskun, Bolu Abant Izzet Baysal University

"İyi Olma Hali veya İyi Olus: Tarihçe, Bireysel ve Grup Etkenleri ve Egitime Yansımaları"

Hamit Coşkun graduated from Hacettepe University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Psychology in 1991. He completed his master's degree in 1996 at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in the USA and his doctorate in 2000. Hamit Coşkun, who started his academic life in 1993 as a Research Assistant at Abant İzzet Baysal University, Department of Psychology, received his Associate Professor title in 2006 and started working as a full-time Professor in 2011. He was the Founding Department Chairperson in 2001-2009, Department Chairperson between 2011-2020, acted as the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 2014-2018, and was appointed as BAIBU Rector in 2016. In 2006, he received the "Outstanding Young Scientist Award" from the Turkish Academy of Sciences. Some of his research interests are "Brainstorming", "Creativity", "Cognitive Arousal", "Team/Teamwork", "Mood/Affective Behaviors", "Psychosocial Behaviors" and "Behavioral/Affective/Epigenetic Processes". He has conducted and authored several national and international studies.


Prof. Dr. Aysegül Amanda Yesilbursa, Bursa Uludag University

"Empowering English Language Teachers to Engage Teenage Learners: Challenges and Opportunities"

Originally from the UK, Dr Amanda Yeşilbursa has been involved in ELT and teacher education for 30 years. She has taught students of all ages and levels, from kindergarten to postgraduate in contexts as varied as Taiwan, the UK, and Turkey. She gained her postgraduate degrees in ELT from Gazi University, and currently holds the position of full professor at Bursa Uludağ University. Her research interests include reflective practice, English Language teacher education, and Hogwarts School of Magic and Wizardry as a context for teaching practice.


Prof. Dr. Kimberly Ann Noels, University of Alberta

"Self-Determination for Engaged Students and Empowered Teachers"

Kimberly A. Noels (PhD U Ottawa, Canada) was trained in psychology, linguistics, and communication, and she is currently a Professor in the Social and Cultural Psychology area of the Department of Psychology at the University of Alberta in Canada.  Her research interests focus on the interconnections between language learning and use, ethnic identity, and psychological well-being; the interpersonal and sociocultural ecologies within which these psychological processes unfold; and the temporal dynamics by which language development and acculturation occur.  Her studies have received awards across several disciplines, including the Modern Language Association, the International Association of Language and Social Psychology, National Communication Association, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.


Assist. Prof. Dr. Nigel Mantou Lou, University of Victoria

"Mindsets about Language Learning: Applying Mindset Theory to Language Education and Intercultural Communication"

Dr. Nigel Mantou Lou is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Victoria. His research focuses on the psychology of language learning, immigration, and intercultural communication. Current projects include examining socio-cultural factors that shape mindsets and goal pursuits related to the success of language learning and intercultural communication.

Invited Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dorota Werbińska, Pomeranian University

"Teachers as People: Professional Pathways of Four Third-Age Language Teachers from Poland"

Dorota Werbińska is Associate Professor in the Institute of Modern Languages at Pomeranian University in Slupsk, Poland. A former teacher, a teacher trainer, and an in-service teacher educator, she is author of 4 books on modern language teachers and over 80 articles, book chapters, and reviews published nationally and internationally. Her main academic interests are within the field of language teacher education, both pre-service and in-service, in particular language teacher identity, teacher professional development, and qualitative research in applied linguistics.


Prof. Dr. Luís Guerra, University of Evora

"Revisiting English Language Teaching through the ELF and ICC Paradigms"

Luis Guerra holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics/English Language Teaching from Warwick University, UK, and has taught English and Applied Linguistics in Brazil, US, UK, Spain and Portugal. He is a Professor of English Language and Linguistics/Applied Linguistics at the Department of Linguistics and Literatures, Director of the Language Centre of the School of Social Sciences, at the University of Evora, Portugal and researcher at ULICES – University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies. His research interests are ELF/EIL, World Englishes, ELF-based teaching methodology, and the development of intercultural communicative competence.