PLENARY SPEAKER: ELKA TODEVA

Elka Todeva is a language educator with a doctorate in English applied linguistics. Her teaching and research are in the areas of second language acquisition, applied linguistics, pedagogical grammar, teacher cognition, and ecological approaches to teaching. Among her publications is the co-edited book “The Multiple Realities of Multilingualism: Personal Narratives and Researchers’ Perspectives” (Mouton de Gruyter, 2009).

She views the students and the teacher as co-explorers and promotes socially embedded brain-friendly teaching.  Her graduate courses encourage teachers to become public intellectuals who initiate or participate in discussions around language planning, language and power, multilingualism, and the role of English in the era of globalization.

PLENARY SESSION:

From Roman to Möbius Bridges and Back: where are we taking ELT next?

Following the theme of the conference, the presenter will look at the role of English in today’s globalized world and how we both build new types of bridges to the future and enhance old frameworks and structures which have withstood the test of time. She will also explore the center-periphery dynamics in ELT, offering examples of how greater inclusivity leads to more plausible theory and practice.

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