The Profession as a Change Agent

Speaker Bios

4c.CLeung_photo_smSpeaking on Inquiry: Constant Leung is professor of educational linguistics in the Department of Education and Professional Studies, King’s College London, and professorial fellow of PLuS Alliance – King’s College London, State University of Arizona (Phoenix), and University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia. He is also a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). Before taking up teaching positions in higher education he taught in schools and worked as advisory teacher and manager in local government. He was the founding chair of the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (UK). His research interests include education in ethnically and linguistically diverse societies, additional/second language curriculum and assessment, language policy and teacher professional development. He serves as editor of the Research Issues section in TESOL Quarterly, senior associate editor of Language Assessment Quarterly, and as a member of the editorial boards of Assessment in Education, Journal of Language, Identity & Education, and the Modern Language Journal.

4a.FTellez_photo_smSpeaking on Equity: Franklin Téllez studied his career as an English language teacher at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, Managua. He has participated in different trainings in the United States and Latin America. He has been working as a teacher of English for more than 25 years. He has taught all levels: children, teens, adults and ESP. He was the former academic director of the BNC in Nicaragua. He was recently re-elected president of the Nicaraguan Association of Teachers of English (NATE) and he is the president of the Teachers Associations of Central America and the Caribbean TESOL Affiliates. He has been training teachers around Nicaragua and Central America for more than 15 years. As president of the National Association, he has involved different institutions to invest in teacher’s professional development for a better labor force in the country. He has increased the number of members and empowers teachers to work on their professional development.

4b.MAdoniou_photo_smSpeaking on Professionalism: Misty Adoniou is an associate professor in language, literacy, and TESL at the University of Canberra, Australia. She is a past-president of the Australian Council of TESOL Associations, past-president of TESOL Greece, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors of TESOL International Association. She is the lead writer for the Australian national curriculum’s English as an additional language document and support materials, and she is an advisor on equity and eiversity in the Australian national curriculum. In 2015 she completed an evaluation of the off-shore orientation for refugees for the International Organisation for Migration and is currently undertaking a review and rewrite of the on-shore orientation programs for refugees in Australia for the Federal Department of Social Services. She has received several teaching awards including a national citation for her outstanding contribution to student learning, and the Vice-Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence. She has presented on working with culturally and linguistically diverse learners to teachers around the globe, including Alaska, Hong Kong, China, Turkey, Greece , Australia, and the United Kingdom.