Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Jesus Garcia Laborda 
University of Alcalá

Keynote Title: “Artificial Intelligent to improve academic performance!”

Abstract: This presentation addresses the benefits, applications and concerns of the use of AI for higher education students. In so doing, the paper looks at Artificial Intelligent (AI) tools and points out the strengths and weaknesses of the use of AI in university. The significant issue of ethics is also addressed.

Biodata: Dr García Laborda has a MA in ESL (University of Georgia), MA in English Language and Literature (University of Wisconsin), PhD in English Philology (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and European Doctorate in Didactics (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). He has been Visiting Scholar at Penn State University and the University of Antwerp, and he has taught postgraduate courses in Lithuania, Cyprus, Turkey, Colombia and Brazil. He has also been the main researcher in four R&D projects and participated in eight more. In 2017-2018 he was Acting Director of the TAEG Knowledge Center (Cyprus) where he currently holds different positions. He has more than 270 published works. Since 2019 he has been the Dean of the Faculty of Education of Universidad de Alcalá, and before that he was the Director of the Department of Modern Philology of the same university (2016-2019). He is currently president of the European Language Association for Specific Purposes. Additionally, he is Editor in Chief of Revitas Encuentro (ESCI / web of Science), Global Journal of Foreign Language Teaching (ESCI / SCOPUS requested), Internal Journal of Learning & Teaching (ESCI / SCOPUS requested) and co-editor of Computer Assisted Language Learning Electronic Journal (SCOPUS), as well as a member of the scientific committee or evaluator of 15 other impact journals (JCR / SCOPUS / ESCI). He is a specialist in language teaching, assessment, educational technology and bilingual education.

Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Uzunboylu 
Higher Education Planning, Supervision, Accreditation and Coordination Board, Nicosia, Cyprus

Keynote Title: “The adventure of publishing quality scientific articles”

Biodata: Huseyin Uzunboylu graduated from Anadolu University, completing a degree in BSc Educational Communicating and Planning in 1991. He graduated from Ankara University; completed a degree in MA Curriculum and Instruction in 1995 and completed PhD in area of Educational Technology in 2002. He became Assistant Professor in 2013, Associate Professor in 2015 and Professor of Educational Technology in 2010 at Cyprus Near East University.He was elected to member of “Higher Education Planning, Supervision, Accreditation and Coordination Board” by the Republican of Parliament in November in 2019.

Dr. Sonila Daiu 
Tirana Metropolitan University, Albania

Keynote Title: 

“Artificial Intelligence Influence in

Biodata: Sonila Daiu is the Dean of Students and a lecturer at University Metropolitan Tirana, where she lectures and conducts the management and coordination of academic and social activities, alumni relations, and student admissions in a higher education institution. This includes providing academic and social support, assisting alumni, defining admission policies, developing the campus environment, collaborating with student clubs, managing administrative tasks, and monitoring student performance. Graduated as an English Language Teacher in 2002 from the Department of English Language, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Aleksandër Xhuvani University, Elbasan and Postgraduate specialization in Methodology – Linguistics at the University of Tirana, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Department of English Language, in 2009. In 2013, she enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Linguistics at the Department of English Language, University of Tirana, and in September 2016, she earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics. Her work has focused on expertise in public communication, linguistics, ESP (English for Specific Purposes) focused on the specific and professional needs of the learners. It includes areas such as English for Business, English for Medical Purposes, English for Academic Purposes, and many other specialized field, self-confidence, and writing structure. In addition to her educational skills, she has several years of experience training students in ideation, structuring, and implementing their ideas in the startup world. She provides specialized assistance and guidance to help students develop successful ideas, organize their structure, and apply them in practice through personalized training. She has participated in and presented at various national and international conferences and has a considerable number of scholarly publications. She is also engaged in Erasmus+ projects. Her main research interests include corpus linguistics and the application of corpus methods in the study of language and writing, native and foreign language correctness from a practical and innovative perspective in interaction with today’s technological developments.

Prof. Dr. Ali Rahimi
TIAAME National Research University, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Keynote Title: “Language Teacher Education: Emotional Dimensions of Teacher Identity”

Abstract: A myriad of parameters may affect teachers’ professional practice and identity formation. Teacher identity development may be formed or reformed by a large number of norms and values. Macro-structural and micro -structural elements encompassing sociopolitical, cultural as well as emotional dimensions can shape or reshape teachers’ manner and praxis of teacher identity formation. There are three domains of learning which include cognitive (thinking), affective (emotions or feeling) and psychomotor (physical or kinesthetic). In this talk, I discuss the affective dimension of teacher identity development. The three perspectives which I will elucidate are (1) Ericksonian Identity Theory; (2) the Socio-cultural approach on identity formation based on Vygotsky’s socio-cultural approach and (3) a Post-structural view of identity by Foucault. Emotional dimensions of wellness pinpoint healthy manners of processing feelings, expressing feelings and self-care. Emotional wellness includes eight dimensions: emotional, physical, occupational, social, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, and financial. In addition, the four dimensions of emotions encompass: Valence (pleasant- unpleasant); Arousal (passive-active); Control/Dominance (in-control, without-control); Predictiveness (broadly/vaguely predictable; narrowly/ tightly predictable). This talk demonstrates the significance of teachers’ emotions in the construction of teacher identity by elaborating on the status of emotion in identity formation. Teacher identity is manifested in power structures, ideology, feelings, and culture. The construction of teacher identity is affective, and it is contingent upon power, interpersonal communications, and agency. Teachers’ emotions can become causes of resistance, empathy, autonomy, self-regulation, and self-transformation. Analyzing teacher identity through a discovery of emotions leads to a transformative pedagogy which assigns teachers’ agency, effectiveness and empowerment. It fosters teachers’ diverse dimensions of emotional styles such as resilience, outlook, social intuition, self-awareness, sensitivity to context, and attention.

Biodata: Ali Rahimi, Ph.D. teaches at TIAAME National Research University, Tashkent, Uzbekitan. He taught at School of Social Sciences and Languages, VIT University, India. He was previously an Associate Professor of Interculatural Studies at Bangkok University. He is the author of 14 books. Four recent titles are Critical Discourse Analysis, The Art of Communication, Roadmap to Meaning: Fine-tune Your Translation Skills, and Textbook Evaluation. He has translated 12 books on Critical Discourse Analysis, Creative Intelligence, , Sociolinguistics, and Pragmatics, etc. He has also published extensively in various reputable international journals and has presented his articles at national and international conferences. He has run workshops throughout Asia and Europe on Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication Skills, Intercultural Communication, Critical Discourse Analysis, Language and Culture and Research Designs. He has had major roles in international educational associations as well as curriculum development policies and has served on numerous editorial boards. He has worked with Croatian Public Relations Association (CPRA), Bulgarian ELT, South African Higher Education, Italian Higher Education, Indian Educational System, and teachers’ professional development and research at BAU in Istanbul, Turkey. He has also collaborated with the South Korean Educational Development Organization and KJEP. He is a guest editor of Elsevier, Social and Behavioral Sciences (2014 and 2015). He has been invited as a keynote speaker at a number of international conferences such as 2nd Global Conference on Contemporary Issues in Education ,  The University of Chicago, Chicago, USA (27-28 August, 2015) ; 6th World Conference on Psychology and Counseling,  and Guidance  :  (Turkey , 14-16 May, 2015, 2016), 2ndThammasat University International ELT Conference. “Redesigning the Ecology of Asian Englishes ( June 6-7, 2014, Bangkok); Research: A key to the Future European Cultural Space, (October 08-10, 2012, Romania); The 4th Annual ILAC International Conference ‘’ Language and Culture Education , Suan Dusit, Rajabhat University, Bangkok, (JULY 22-23, 2014), etc.

Prof. Dr. Mentor Hamiti
South East European University, Skopje, North Macedonia

Keynote Title: “Will be announced.”