plenary speakers

TESOL-SPAIN 44th Annual National Convention 6-7 & 13-14 March, 2021


Dr Anne O’Keeffe


Dr Anne O’Keeffe is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, in Ireland. Her teaching career started in the 1990s in Barcelona when she taught English in Manresa. Over the years, she has published numerous books and research articles. These range across English Language Teaching, English discourse and corpus linguistics and include  From Corpus to Classroom (2007, Cambridge University Press, with Michael McCarthy and Ronald Carter), English Grammar Today (2011, Cambridge University Press, with Ronald Carter, Michael McCarthy and Geraldine Mark), Introducing Pragmatics in Use 2edn (2020, Routledge, with Brian Clancy and Svenja Adolphs).  She also co-edited the Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics (with Michael McCarthy). She also developed the online resource: English Grammar Profile (Cambridge University Press), with Geraldine Mark. Dr O’Keeffe is co-editor of two Routledge book series, Routledge Corpus Linguistic Guides and Routledge Applied Corpus Series. 
Harry Kuchah Kuchah

Harry Kuchah Kuchah is a Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy and Lecturer in Language Education at the University of Leeds, UK, where he also serves as Leader of the MA TESOL, Young Learners programme. He has also been involved in a range of teacher education and materials development initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and Europe. More recently, he has served as a Consultant with the Council of Europe in Albania, with Windle Trust International and ELT Consultants in South Sudan and with the British Council in Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Afghanistan where he has set up English language teacher communities. In 2016 Harry was recognised by TESOL International Association as one of ‘30 upcoming leaders’ in ELT globally. He is currently President of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) and member of the British Council English Language Advisory Group. His research interests include Teaching English to Young Learners, English Medium Education, Language teacher education and continuous professional development as well as Language education in challenging contexts and he has published extensively in these areas. His is co-edited (with Fauzia Shamim), of International Perspectives on Teaching English in Difficult Circumstances (Palgrave Macmillan) and of a forthcoming book (with Annamaria Pinter) Ethical and methodological issues in researching young language learners in school contexts (Multilingual Matters).

Varinder Unlu has worked in ELT for over 28 years in all contexts from private language schools to FE and HE, teaching students of all ages.  She has been a DOS/Academic Manager since 2002.  Varinder is currently the school Principal at Speak Up London, as well as a teacher trainer for both Cambridge CELTA and Trinity TESOL. 
Varinder is the co-founder of Inclusive Practices and SENs IATEFL SIG and was the coordinator for three years.  She has written articles and blog posts for various publishers and websites, and is currently the joint coordinator for the Global Issues IATEFL SIG. Varinder has spoken at many conferences on many different topics including CPD for teachers, Helping Learners with Learning Differences (SENs), Inclusion, Self Organised Learning Environments (SOLEs), NNESTs v NESTs, CLIL, Teaching Young Learners, Early Childhood Cognitive Development and Motivating Learners and Teachers.

Sophia Mavridi is a digital learning specialist and a lecturer in English Language Teaching at De Montfort University in the UK. She also works with educational institutions around the world providing in-service training and consultation. Her latest publications are ‘English for 21st Century Skills’ (Express Publishing, 2020) and ‘Digital Innovations and Research in Language Learning’ (IATEFL, 2020) both of which reflect her keen interest in innovative pedagogies in language education.