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Opening Plenary

Hector Ramirez
Tuesday, 22 March 2022
5:30-7:00 pm US ET

Mini-Lessons Motivate Your Learners to Assemble the Language Puzzle

Today you will walk away with perspectives to help you tweak your daily routine, inspiring you to develop mini-lessons—lessons delivered in manageable chunks—to allow your learners to feel safe. Increments will add up, leading to the successful transfer of language standards. It’s a challenge to keep mini-lessons “mini,” but your students will thank you for it.

Hector Ramirez brings a unique perspective to English language acquisition since, as a native of Mexico, he transitioned into English as a teenager. He completed his undergraduate degree in international relations from the United States International University in San Diego, California and the International University of Europe in London. His postgraduate studies were in elementary education and multicultural studies at San Diego State University. Hector has trained teachers throughout Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East, guiding schools through the effective implementation of content in English.


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Presidential Plenary

Gabriela Kleckova
Wednesday, 23 March 2022
8:00-9:00 am US ET

Embracing the Balancing Act: ELT Professionals Empowering Themselves

The lives of ELT professionals involve a constant act of balancing. We face the daunting yet heroic task of creating equilibrium inside and outside classrooms. In this keynote, we explore together the topic of balance and consider ways to strengthen our “core” to support our overall sense of balance.

Gabriela Kleckova, PhD, is TESOL International Association president for 2021–2022. She started her professional career as a lower secondary school English teacher. She currently chairs the Department of English at the Faculty of Education, University of West Bohemia in Plzen, the Czech Republic where she also teaches second language teacher education courses to preservice and in-service teachers. Her professional interests include the effectiveness and utility of visual design of ELT materials, teacher education, innovation in education, and leadership. For TESOL’s 50th anniversary, she was named one of 30 emerging leaders shaping the future of the profession.

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Thursday Keynote

Antony John Kunnan
Thursday, 24 March 2022
8:00-9:00 am US ET



Antony John Kunnan is principal assessment scientist at Duolingo, Inc. and senior research fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. He has held university professorships in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Macau and a Fulbright professorship at Tunghai University, Taiwan. His research interests are in the areas of fairness, validation, and ethics. Kunnan is the author and editor of more than 90 publications; his most recently authored book is Evaluating Language Assessments (Routledge, 2018). He has given 120 invited talks and workshops in 35 countries. He was the president of the International Language Testing Association and founding president of the Asian Association for Language Assessment. He is also the founding editor of Language Assessment Quarterly.


James Lang

James E. Alatis Plenary

James M. Lang
Friday, 25 March 2022
8:00-9:00 am US ET

Teaching Distracted Minds: Old Challenges, New Contexts

How do we create courses and classrooms in which students are able to use their attention for learning? In this keynote, James M. Lang argues that we first have to recognize that attention is an achievement, one that requires effort from both student and teacher. Once we acknowledge the challenge of achieving attention, we can be deliberate about creating learning environments that cultivate, support, and sustain student attention. Following a brief overview of the history and biology of distraction, this keynote will offer several pathways toward the cultivation of attention in our classes.

James M. Lang, PhD, is a Presidential Fellow at Eckerd College for the 2021–2022 academic year. Recipient of a Fulbright Specialist grant, he is the author of six books and a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education. His writings on higher education have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, he has conducted workshops on teaching for faculty at more than 100 colleges or universities, and he has consulted for the United Nations on the development of teaching materials in ethics and integrity for college faculty. He has a BA in English and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in English from St. Louis University, and a PhD in English from Northwestern University.