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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Will Baker

Will Baker (ELF14 2024)

Will Baker is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the Centre for Global Englishes at the University of Southampton, UK. His research interests are Intercultural and Transcultural Communication, English as a Lingua Franca, English Medium Education, Intercultural Education and Citizenship, and Decolonial ELT. Recent publications include ‘Intercultural and Transcultural Awareness in Language Teaching’, ‘Transcultural Communication through Global Englishes’, ‘English-medium instruction translanguaging practices in Asia’, and co-editor of the ‘Routledge Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca’. He is also co-editor of the book series ‘Developments in English as a Lingua Franca’ and ‘Elements in Intercultural Communication’. His most recent research project is ‘Decolonising English in higher education: Empowerment, access, and global citizenship in ELT’ funded by a British Council Widening Participation Research Grant.

Dr. Elif Kemaloglu–Er

Elif Kemaloglu-Er (ELF14 2024)

Elif Kemaloglu–Er is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Translation and Interpreting at Adana Alparslan Türkeş Science and Technology University in Turkey. She has over 20 years teaching experience as an instructor of English for Academic Purposes at reputable Turkish universities. She received her BA in Translation and Interpreting at Bogazici University and completed her MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Bilkent University. She earned her PhD in English Language Education at Bogazici University, her dissertation was on English as a lingua franca (ELF)-aware pre-service teacher education. She has been an active participant in multifaceted ELF- and Global Englishes-related projects and has given ELF-related and Global Englishes-related seminars and workshops worldwide. Her research interests include English language teaching, English language teacher education, EMI, ELF, particularly ELF-aware pedagogy and ELF-aware teacher education, as well as Global Englishes.

Assoc. Prof. Inmaculada Pineda

Inmaculada Pineda Profile ELF14

Inmaculada Pineda is Assistant Professor at the University of Málaga (Spain). Applying ELF research implications into Teacher Training and ELT, she has published on multimedia resources in Teacher Education from an ELF perspective; pre-service teachers’ metalinguistic attitudes; ELF Pedagogy and CLIL/EMI training programs. Her current research interests focus on ELF Pedagogy and teacher training, VELF (Virtual English as a lingua franca), and Transmodality and Translanguaging.

Univ.-Prof. Barbara Seidlhofer

Barbara Seidlhofer (ELF14 2024)

Barbara Seidlhofer, Professor of English and Applied Linguistics at the University of Vienna, has published widely on the conceptualization, description, theoretical implications of English as a lingua franca, and on the nature of transcultural communication more generally. She founded the Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English (VOICE) and is founding and honorary editor of the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca.

Prof. Wenli Tsou

Wenli Tsou (ELF14 2024)

Wenli Tsou is a Full Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages & Literature, and currently Director of the Foreign Language Center at National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. She received her PhD in Foreign and Second Language Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo, U.S. She is a key promoter in Taiwan for bilingual education, ESP and EMI. Commissioned by the Taiwan MOE, she has set up in-service professional development programs for bilingual teachers from K-12 as well as ESP and EMI in higher education. Her most current research has focused on the links between disciplinary literacy and translanguaging of bilingual education and EMI. She is particularly interested in how these emerging theories and practices can be glocalized in Taiwan.

Hon. Prof. Henry Widdowson

Henry Widdowson (ELF14 2024)

Henry Widdowson, Professor Emeritus, University of London, Honorary Professor at the University of Vienna has written extensively on the applied linguistics of language education, latterly with particular reference to the conceptualization and educational significance of English as a lingua franca. His most recent book is On the Subject of English published by de Gruyter in 2020.   

Prof. Emer. Kurt Kohn


Kurt Kohn is Professor Emeritus of English and Applied Linguistics at the University of Tübingen (Germany). His current professional interests include Global Englishes language teaching and English as a lingua franca pedagogy, intercultural communicative competence development, pedagogical lingua franca immersion, virtual exchange, and language teacher education.

Dr. Stephanie Rudwick

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Stephanie Rudwick teaches African Studies at the University of Hradec Králové and is a senior researcher in Ethnology at the Czech Academy of Science, Czech Republic. Since 2018 she is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal Modern Africa: Politics, History and Society. As a linguistic anthropologist, she combines ethnographic and sociolinguistic techniques in her studies and she recently published the monograph The Ambiguity of English as a Lingua Franca; Politics of Language and Race in South Africa (Routledge).

Robin Walker

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Robin has been in ELT since 1981 as a teacher, teacher educator, materials writer, and consultant. A former editor of the journal of the IATEFL Pronunciation Special Interest Group, more recently, he was part of the Oxford University Press Expert Panel for the teaching of pronunciation to the 21st-century learner. Robin regularly collaborates with Oxford University Press, and is the author of Teaching the Pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca (OUP, 2010), of the OUP position paper English Pronunciation for a Global World (2022), and, together with Gemma Archer, of the teacher’s resource book Teaching English Pronunciation for a Global World (OUP, 2024).

Dr. Alice Gruber

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Alice Gruber (PhD, University of Reading, UK) is Professor of Business English at Augsburg Technical University of Applied Sciences, Germany. She teaches courses in English for Specific Purposes, AI and ethics. Dr. Gruber has experience teaching at both secondary and tertiary levels in the UK and Germany and is involved in teacher training. She serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Virtual Exchange. She has published in various international journals (e.g., ReCALL, Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, British Journal of Educational Technology, and TESOL Quarterly). Her research areas include technology-enhanced language learning (Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality), Global Englishes and virtual exchanges.

Dr. Andrew Blair


Andrew Blair is Director of the MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL, and doctoral research supervisor at the University of Sussex, U.K. He also has Faculty roles as Convenor of Postgraduate courses and Director of Student Wellbeing. His main research interests include language teacher education, Global Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca and intercultural communication, and he has written and reviewed publications in these areas, in addition to contributing to numerous academic conferences and seminars.

Dr. Alessia Cogo


Alessia Cogo is senior lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is also director of the MA in Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education. Her research focuses on the diversity of English and translanguaging practices, both in a pragmatics / sociolinguistic perspective and in teacher education. She has worked on a number of projects in ELF and multilingual aspects, where she has developed understandings of English diversity within a decolonizing perspective. Her current research concerns the interface between ELF, Critical Pedagogy and social justice. Her latest book is English for a Critical Mind: Language pedagogy for social justice (co-authored with Graham Crookes and Sávio Siqueira). She is Editor-in-Chief of ELT Journal.

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