TESOL KUWAIT ANNUAL CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Professor Michael McCarthy (Recorded Keynote Speech)

Michael McCarthy is Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, UK. Well known as an expert on the teaching and learning of grammar and vocabulary, he is a co-author of Cambridge Grammar of English and the elementary, upper-intermediate and advanced levels of English Vocabulary in Use. He is also the author of many titles of interest to teachers, including From Corpus to Classroom and Spoken Language and Applied Linguistics.



Dr. Christine Sabieh

Dr. Christine Sabieh, full Professor at Notre Dame University, Lebanon, teaches and does teacher-training on teaching, learning, assessment, and/or technology partnership. An advocate of CALL, she is a Certified On-Line Instructor/Trainer. She consults, tutors, conducts workshops, and publishes nationally and internationally. Active in TESOL and its affiliates, Christine is the former TESOL CALL-IS Chair 2019-20.


Peter Lucantoni



Peter Lucantoni has had a long career in English language teaching, teacher training and management, in Europe and the Middle East, and is now based in Cyprus. He is the author and co-author of a range of popular coursebooks for students, including Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language, and Introduction to English as a Second Language, both published by Cambridge University Press.  Peter is Professional Learning and Development Manager for Cambridge University Press in the MENA region, and regularly speaks at ELT conferences and trains teachers internationally in both the public and private sectors. Peter’s interests are in teacher learning and development, and in the transition from teacher to teacher educator.


Dr. Justin Shewell


Justin Shewell has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from Arizona State University and an M.A. in TESOL from Brigham Young University. He is the co-designer of the award-winning Teach English Now! (https://teachenglish.asu.edu/), the world’s largest online TESOL certificate program, and co-designer of the popular Learning How to Learn a Language MOOC (https://language-warriors.com). He is the author of several books and book chapters, including 50 Ways to Teach Online (https://jshewell.com) and 50 Ways to Learn a Language (https://jshewell.com). He is the creator of the Perception of Spoken English (POSE) Test (https://posetest.com) and ESL Activities (https://eslactivities.com). He is a member of the Board of Directors for the TESOL International Association (https://tesol.org), the premiere international association for teachers of English to speakers of other languages. He has lived and worked in the UAE, Korea, and Utah, and Hawaii in the United States. He currently lives in Arizona with his wife and their 5 children.


Dr. Katie Welch


An active contributor in the ESL community, Dr. Katie Welch currently serves as Past-President of TexTESOLV, an affiliate of TESOL International that serves the Dallas-Fort Worth region of Texas. She led the Board of Directors as conference chair of the 2018 state conference and has presented at numerous conferences nationwide. Katie has amassed a lengthy dossier in preparing ESL teachers for both adult and K-12 classrooms, most recently completing seven years at the Emerging Teacher Institute at UNT-Dallas. Katie holds a B.A. in Spanish from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington.



Nathan Waller

Nathan Waller is the lead teacher trainer for Macmillan Education in the MENA region. With a background in child development and social and cultural anthropology, he has 15 years of experience in education, starting in early years education and special educational needs support in the UK before teaching English in Oman, Egypt, Qatar and Vietnam. He also worked as a teacher trainer in Malaysia and IELTS examiner in China, finally moving to Dubai in 2016 to work in educational publishing

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