Plenary Speakers

Libor Štěpánek is Assistant Professor in English and Director of the Masaryk University Language Centre, Brno, Czech Republic. He is also an EAP/ESP teacher, researcher and teacher trainer in the Creative Approach to Language Teaching (CALT). Libor focuses on experiential and authenticity-enhancing methods, encourages global perspectives in language teaching, complex professional development of language teachers and teacher autonomy, he eagerly and enthusiastically advocates research driven education. He is an author and co-author of articles, book chapters such as A creative approach to language teaching: a way to recognise, encourage and appreciate students' contributions to language classes (British Council, 2015) and books such as Academic English (Grada, 2018) and Videoconferencing in University Language Education (Munipress, 2018). Libor is the President of the Czech university language centres' CASALC association and an active member of the Coordinating Committee of the European Confederation of University Language Centres (CERCLES).

Libor Štěpánek

Scott Thornbury

Scott Thornbury has taught and trained in Egypt, UK, Spain, and in his native New Zealand. Until recently, he taught on an online MA TESOL program for The New School in New York. His writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology, including About Language (Cambridge) and The New A-Z of ELT (Macmillan). His latest two books are 30 Language Teaching Methods and 101 Grammar Questions (both Cambridge). He is also the series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers and a trustee of the Hands Up Project, which promotes drama activities in English for children in under-resourced regions of the Arab world.

Sandie Mourão is a researcher at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, with over 30 years’ experience as a teacher, teacher educator, materials developer, researcher and reader of stories. Her work revolves around early language learning, but she is passionate about children’s literature and has researched how language learners respond to picturebooks, as well as the potential picturebooks have for taking learners, of all ages, beyond their classroom walls and into the real world as active citizens. Picturebook-related projects Sandie is involved in include: A blog - www.picturebooksinelt.blogspot.com PEPELT - www.pepelt21.com and ICEPELL - www.icepell.eu She has published widely in the field of ELT and children’s literature and is the author, with Gail Ellis, of the award-winning Teaching English to Pre-primary Children (Delta Publishing, 2020).

Sandie Mourão