Steering committee

Richard Smith (Chair)

Richard in ValparaisoRichard Smith (University of Warwick, UK) is founder of the International Festival of Teacher-research in ELT and chair of its steering committee. He has played a leading role in several recent initiatives connected with teacher-research, including the Teachers Research! series of conferences in Turkey and Latin America;  the British Council/Ministry of Education Champion Teachers project in Chile; the CAMELTA Teacher Association Research project in Cameroon; and the British Council Aptis ARAS and AARMS teacher-research mentoring projects in India and Latin America, respectively. His publications in this field include Teachers Research!, Champion Teachers: Stories of Exploratory Action Research and Children and Teachers as Co-researchers in Indian Primary Classrooms. At Warwick he leads the ‘Teacher-research for difficult circumstances’ initiative.

Darío Luis Banegas

darioDarío is a teacher educator and curriculum developer in the province of Chubut, Argentina. He coordinates a initial English language teacher education (IELTE) programme and works with teachers in secondary and higher education on materials development and CLIL through action research projects. He has recently published a book on IELTE with Bloomsbury. 


Deborah Bullock

debDeborah  is a freelance educational consultant and writer, specialising in primary and secondary English language teaching. She has lived and worked as a teacher and teacher educator in the UK, India, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Portugal and Spain, and she currently lives in Slovenia. She is especially interested in learner-centred approaches to assessment, and practitioner research and development. She is publications manager for the IATEFL Research SIG and has co-edited several teacher-research publications including: ‘Teaching in Low-resource Classrooms: Voices of Experience’ (upcoming), ‘By teachers for teachers’: innovative, teacher-friendly publishing of practitioner research, Teachers Engaging in Research, Champion Teachers: stories of exploratory action research , and Teachers Research!

Yasmin Dar

Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 09.55.19Yasmin works as an EAP Tutor at the ELTU, University of Leicester. She is particularly interested in teacher research and the role of ethics.





Ellen Darling

ellenEllen Darling has been an English teacher since 1992 and a teacher trainer since 1998. She has worked in Spain, Colombia, Italy, Egypt, Morocco and Qatar. She currently works at the British Council in Naples and is the Website Manager for EnglishAgenda, the British Council website for teacher educators. She is particularly interested in teaching young learners, using authentic literature, CLIL, continuing professional development, teacher and teacher educator research, teacher training and materials writing. She is co-author of ‘Teaching Speaking‘ published by the British Council and has published several articles on using digital resources for continuing professional development.

Kenan Dikilitaş

kenanKenan Dikilitaş is a lecturer at the department of English Language Teaching at Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul. He has been a teacher educator and ELT researcher for more than 15 years; he is particularly interested in teacher research for professional development. He has organized international conferences for the IATEFL Research SIG and conducted teacher research projects in Turkey; he has published several edited books and articles on action research, teacher research, and research mentoring. His latest co-authored book, Developing Language Teacher Autonomy through Action Research, has been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Eric Enongene Ekembe

ERICEric Enongene Ekembe is an English language teacher and teacher trainer. He has been teaching English in secondary school and Business English, English for Academic Purposes in universities in Cameroon for the past ten years. His interest is context-appropriate English Language pedagogy. He has published research articles in peered-reviewed journals and book chapters. He recently co-edited Interdisciplinarity in the 21st Century Global Dispensation: Research in Language, Literature, and Education in Africa published by Nova, New York. He teaches in secondary school; is teacher trainer at the Higher Teachers Training College (ENS) Yaounde; and runs the CAMELTA Research Group.

Harry Kuchah Kuchah

HarryHarry Kuchah Kuchah is a Lecturer in TESOL and Applied Linguistics at The University of Bath, UK. Previously, he worked in the field of English language education for 16 years as a teacher, teacher trainer, and policy maker in Cameroon and later, as a teaching fellow at the Universities of Warwick and Sheffield in the UK. His research interests include teaching English to young learners, English Medium Instruction, Teaching and teacher education in Difficult Circumstances. He is co-editor of International Perspectives on Teaching English in Difficult Circumstances (forthcoming, Palgrave Macmillan) and has published in Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, Issues in Educational Research, ELT Journal, Comparative Education and System, amongst other outlets.

Sinéad Laffan

TDSIGSinéad Laffan is a freelance teacher educator, based in Budapest. She specialises in performance development for English Language teachers, helping language schools retain staff and students by creating and delivering tailored teacher development programs, as well as working within assessed programmes such as the Trinity Certificate and Diploma in TESOL. Her process focuses on helping each teacher find their own best selves as practitioners and professionals.


David Nunan (Honorary President)

Nunan pic 2016David Nunan is Professor Emeritus of Applied Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong and Distinguished Research Professor at Anaheim University. He has lived and worked in many countries including Australia, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Japan, Oman, the United States, Singapore and Hong Kong, where he has lived for 25 years. He has published over 100 books and articles on curriculum development, research methods, language and culture, young learners, teacher education and technology in language teaching. Current research interests include blended learning in the young learners’ classroom, language learning beyond the classroom, and project based learning. His latest book, Other Voices, Other Eyes, an autoethnographic exploration of expat lives will shortly be published by Blacksmith Books.

Amol Padwad

AmolDr. Amol Padwad has been a teacher of English since 1984 and a trainer and consultant since 2000. He teaches in a private college in central India and is also the Secretary, All India Network of English Teachers (AINET). His current interests include teacher education, CPD and teacher research. He has published extensively and also managed innovative ELT projects.



Asli Saglam

Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 09.51.46Asli, from Turkey, has been an English teacher in EAP settings for 15 years. She is an educational technologies enthusiast. Her research interests include; teacher education, educational technology and testing and assessment. She shares her reflections about teaching in her blog at and on Twitter (@aslilidice)

Sarah Sahr

Sarah Sahr

Sarah Sahr, EdD, serves as Director for Professional Learning and Research (PLR) at TESOL International Association (TESOL). Her professional career includes extensive experience as a teacher and administrator in various nontraditional settings, most notably as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, traveling school teacher/administrator with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, and English Language Specialist with the US Department of State. At TESOL, she leads the amazing PLR department by overseeing a variety of online and blended professional learning programs, global face-to-face academies, symposiums, and conferences, and government/non-government grants all designed to advance English language teaching expertise worldwide.

Babita Sharma Chapagain

Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 09.51.58Babita completed MA in ELT from the University of Warwick in 2015. She works as a teacher trainer at Rato Bangala Foundation, Nepal. She has also been teaching at Kathmandu University where she assists M Ed (ELT) students in carrying out a classroom-based research.




Mark Wyatt

Mark WyattMark Wyatt has worked as a teacher, teacher educator and research mentor in Thailand, Nepal, Oman, the UK and the UAE, where he is currently based. He is particularly interested in how engagement in practitioner research empowers teachers, helping them to develop more positive self-efficacy beliefs, and in the teacher-research-mentoring processes that contribute to this. His articles have appeared in Educational Action Research, Educational Review, ELT Journal, Language Teaching Research, System, TESL-EJ, and elsewhere. He co-edits ELT Research and moderates the IATEFL ReSIG discussion board. He has also participated in IATEFL ReSIG conferences in Turkey, and has co-edited ensuing publications.

Daniel Xerri

Daniel XerriDaniel Xerri is a lecturer in TESOL at the University of Malta and the Joint Coordinator of the IATEFL Research SIG. He holds postgraduate degrees in English and Applied Linguistics, as well as a PhD in Education from the University of York. He has been awarded a number of international grants in order to conduct research in the United Kingdom, Australia, and the USA. He is the author of many publications on different areas of education and TESOL, including articles published in ELT Journal, English in Education, and International Journal of Research and Method in Education. His main research interests are creativity and teacher education. Further details about his talks and publications can be found at: