Keynote Speakers

Craig Thaine 

Craig Thaine has been involved in ELT for 35 years. He is Cambridge DTEFLA qualified and also has an MA (Hons.) in Applied Linguistics. He has worked as a teacher and teacher trainer in many different countries including Canada, England, Italy, Egypt, Sweden and his native New Zealand. During that time, he has taught general and academic English to all levels and been involved in pre-service and in-service teacher education and professional development to both native speaker and non-native speaker teachers. He is currently Director of Teacher Training at Languages International, Auckland. He is a Cambridge English Teaching Awards assessor for both the CELTA and Delta schemes as well as being a CELTA Joint Chief Assessor.

Craig has published articles for The Teacher Trainer, English Language Teaching Journal  and most recently Modern English Teacher. He is author and co-author of the following Cambridge University Press publications:  Real Listening and Speaking Level 2 (2008), Teacher Training Essentials (2010), Cambridge Academic English Intermediate and Advanced (2012) and Cambridge English Empower Beginner to Advanced (2015).



Ken Hyland

 Ken Hyland is Professor of Applied Linguistics in education at the University of East Anglia, UK, where he has recently moved following 9 years as a professor at Hong Kong university. He has published over 220 articles and 27 books on language education and academic writing and collected nearly 32,000 citations on Google scholar. A collected volume of his work, the Essential Hyland, has recently been published by Bloomsbury. He is an honorary professor at the university of Warwick and founding member of the Hong Kong academy of the Humanities. He was founding co-editor of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes and was co-editor of Applied Linguistics.

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