Speakers

Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


  • Andy Curtis
    Andy Curtis
    University of Anaheim, United States
  • Gloria Montero
    Gloria Montero
    Novelist, Playwright & Poet, Spain
  • Stuart Rees
    Stuart Rees
    University of Sydney & Sydney Peace Foundation, Australia
  • Dexter Da Silva
    Dexter Da Silva
    Keisen University, Japan
  • Svetlana Ter-Minasova
    Svetlana Ter-Minasova
    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Previous Speakers

View details of speakers at past ACL conferences via the links below.

Andy Curtis
University of Anaheim, United States

Biography

After some years of working in UK hospitals, as a clinical, medical biochemist, Dr Andy Curtis finally found his true passions: teaching and learning; languages and cultures. Having no background of any kind in language studies or linguistics, in his 20s, he started over, from the beginning. First, with mail-in distance learning education courses, then a science teaching degree, then a Master’s in Applied Linguistics and Language Education, and eventually a PhD in International Education. That journey has enabled him to take an interdisciplinary approach to language education, that breaks down barriers and builds bridges between hitherto disconnected domains of knowledge. His recent work, at the forefront of the field of the New Peace Linguistics, is an example of that scholarly and academic interdisciplinary bridge-building.

Dr Curtis was the Director of the English Language Teaching Unit at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the Executive Director of the School of English at Queen’s University, Canada. In 2015, Dr Curtis was elected to serve as the 50th President of the world’s largest professional body of language educators, the TESOL International Association, representing 11,000 language teaching professionals in 150 countries. He has published more than 150 articles, book chapters and books, and presented to more than 50,000 language educators in nearly 100 countries. He is currently a professor in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Anaheim, and he is based in Ontario, Canada, from where he works with language teaching and learning organizations all over the world.

Keynote Presentation (2021) | The New Peace Linguistics – Because Nice Is Not Enough
Panel Presentation (2021) | A Language for Humanity
Gloria Montero
Novelist, Playwright & Poet, Spain

Biography

Novelist, playwright and poet Gloria Montero grew up in a family of Spanish immigrants in Australia’s North Queensland. After studies in theatre and music, she began to work in radio and theatre, and then moved to Canada where she continued her career as an actress, singer, writer, broadcaster, scriptwriter and TV interviewer.

Co-founder of the Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples in Toronto (1972), she served as its Director until 1976. Following the success of her oral history The Immigrants (1973) she was invited to act as Consultant on Immigrant Women to the Multicultural Department of the Secretary of State, Government of Canada.

She organised the international conferences "Amnistia" (1970) and "Solidaridad" (1974) in Toronto to support and make known the democratic Spain that was developing in the last years of the Franco dictatorship, and in 1976 at Bethune College, York University, "Spain 1936-76: The Social and Cultural Aftermath of the Spanish Civil War".

With her husband, filmmaker David Fulton, she set up Montero-Fulton Productions to produce documentary films on social, cultural and ecological themes. Their film, Crisis in the Rain, on the effects of acid rain, won the Gold Camera Award American Film Festival 1982. Montero was consultant-interviewer on Dreams and Nightmares (A-O Productions, California) about Spain under Franco, a film that won international awards in Florence, Moscow, Leipzig and at the American Film Festival 1975.

Among her many radio documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation are: The Music of Spain – a series of 18 hours which presented Spanish music within a social and historical framework; Segovia: the man and his music — a 2-hour special (Signature); Women and the Law (Ideas); Foreign Aid: Hand-out or Rip-Off (Ideas).

Since 1978 Montero has been living in Barcelona, where she has continued to write and publish novels such as The Villa Marini, All Those Wars and Punto de Fuga. Her poem Les Cambres was printed with a portfolio of prints by artist Kouji Ochiai (Contratalla 1983). A cycle of prose poems, Letters to Janez Somewhere in Ex-Yugoslavia, provided the basis for collaboration with painter Pere Salinas in a highly successful exhibition at Barcelona's Galería Eude (1995).

She won the 2003 NH Premio de Relato for Ménage à Trois, the first time the Prize was awarded for a short story in English.

Well known among her theatre work is the award-winning Frida K., which has toured Canada, played New York and Mexico and has been mounted in productions in Spain, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Poland, Sweden and Latvia.

Photo by Pilar Aymerich.

Panel Presentation (2021) | Life and Language
Stuart Rees
University of Sydney & Sydney Peace Foundation, Australia

Biography

Stuart Rees is Professor Emeritus, University of Sydney, founder of the Sydney Peace Foundation and a human rights activist in several countries, in particular in Palestine. He has taught at major universities In the US and the UK and was Professor of Social Work at the University of Sydney. He is the author of books on social justice, on evaluations of economic policies, on health care, on empowerment in social policy and social welfare and on links between the arts, poetry, music, personal biography and courage in public life. He holds the Order of Australia for service to international relations and an honorary doctorate from Soka University, Japan. His most recent book, Cruelty or Humanity, Challenges, Opportunities, Responsibilities Bristol:Policy Press, addresses ways to promote social justice in post COVID-19 societies.

Panel Presentation (2021) | A Language for Humanity
Dexter Da Silva
Keisen University, Japan

Biography

Dr Dexter Da Silva is currently Professor of Educational Psychology at Keisen University in Tokyo. He has taught EFL at junior high school, language schools, and universities in Sydney, Australia, and for more than two decades has been living, and teaching at the tertiary level, in Japan. Professor Da Silva was educated at the University of Sydney (BA, Dip. Ed., MA), and the University of Western Sydney (PhD). He has presented and co-presented at conferences in Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States, co-edited two books on Motivation in Foreign Language Learning, and written or co-written articles and book chapters on education-related topics, such as trust, student motivation, autonomy, and content-based language teaching. He is a past editor of On CUE Journal, past president of the Asian Psychological Association, regular reviewer for conferences, proceedings, journal articles and book chapters, and regularly co-chairs and participates in the Organising Committee of conferences on Motivation, Language Learning and Teaching, and Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences.

Professor Dexter Da Silva is a member of IAFOR’s Academic Governing Board. He is Chair of the Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences section of the International Academic Advisory Board.

Panel Presentation (2021) | A Language for Humanity
Svetlana Ter-Minasova
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

Biography

Professor Svetlana Ter-Minasova is President of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, and Professor Emeritus in the University. She holds a Doctorate of Philology from the University, and has published more than 200 books and papers on Foreign Language Teaching, Linguistics and Cultural Studies, and has lectured widely throughout the world.

She is Chair of the Russian Ministry of Education’s Foreign Language Research and Methodology Council, President and founder of both the National Association of Teachers of English in Russia, and the National Association of Applied Linguistics. She holds the Lomonosov Award, Fulbright’s 50th Anniversary Award, and was named Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Birmingham in the UK, the State University of New York in the USA, and the Russian-Armenian University in Armenia.

Panel Presentation (2021) | Life and Language
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