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Opening Keynote

Hector Ramirez
Tuesday, 22 March 2022
5:30-7:00 pm US ET

Mini-Lessons Motivate Your Learners to Assemble the Language Puzzle

Today you will walk away with perspectives to help you tweak your daily routine, inspiring you to develop mini-lessons—lessons delivered in manageable chunks—to allow your learners to feel safe. Increments will add up, leading to the successful transfer of language standards. It’s a challenge to keep mini-lessons “mini,” but your students will thank you for it.


Hector Ramirez brings a unique perspective to English language acquisition since, as a native of Mexico, he transitioned into English as a teenager. He completed his undergraduate degree in international relations from the United States International University in San Diego, California and the International University of Europe in London. His postgraduate studies were in elementary education and multicultural studies at San Diego State University. Hector has trained teachers throughout Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East, guiding schools through the effective implementation of content in English.


Presidential Keynote

Gabriela Kleckova
Wednesday, 23 March 2022
8:00-9:00 am US ET

Embracing the Balancing Act: ELT Professionals Empowering Themselves

The lives of ELT professionals involve a constant act of balancing. We face the daunting yet heroic task of creating equilibrium inside and outside classrooms. In this keynote, we explore together the topic of balance and consider ways to strengthen our “core” to support our overall sense of balance.

Gabriela Kleckova, PhD, is TESOL International Association president for 2021–2022. She started her professional career as a lower secondary school English teacher. She currently chairs the Department of English at the Faculty of Education, University of West Bohemia in Plzen, the Czech Republic where she also teaches second language teacher education courses to preservice and in-service teachers. Her professional interests include the effectiveness and utility of visual design of ELT materials, teacher education, innovation in education, and leadership. For TESOL’s 50th anniversary, she was named one of 30 emerging leaders shaping the future of the profession.

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Presidential Keynote Performer

Mai Khoi
Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Mai Khoi will perform excerpts from her biographical song cycle entitled Bad Activist.

Mai Khoi is a Vietnamese musician, artist, and activist. She rose to stardom in 2010 after winning the Vietnam Television song and album of the year awards. Several years later she became increasingly uncomfortable having to submit her work to government censors and, thinking she could reform the system from within, nominated herself to run in the National Assembly elections on a pro-democracy platform. Working at the interface of art and activism Mai Khoi has developed her most unique art form to date. Her new sound is an emotionally-charged fusion of free jazz and ethnic Vietnamese music. Today, she leads efforts to promote freedom of artistic expression in Vietnam for which she was awarded the Vaclav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent. She is an exiled-artist-in-residence at City of Asylum Pittsburgh.

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Thursday Keynote

Gisele Barreto Fetterman
Thursday, 24 March 2022
8:30-9:30 am US ET

Invisible Immigrant to Advocate

Inclusion, equity, and kindness. That’s what Barreto Fetterman (a self-proclaimed “hugger”) brings to the table in this uplifting address. Learn about her drive to reduce waste and eliminate hunger in diverse communities, and the work she’s done through her numerous charitable organizations.

Gisele Barreto Fetterman is an access and equity advocate, a hugger, and the Second Lady of Pennsylvania. She is the founder of Freestore 15104, where surplus and donated goods are distributed to neighbors in need; cofounder of 412 Food Rescue, a community-wide effort to end hunger and reduce food waste; and cofounder of For Good PGH, a nonprofit that works to advocate inclusion and inspire kindness. Gisele was born in Brazil and emigrated as a child to the United States, living as an undocumented immigrant for over a decade. Her work has been featured in the TODAY Show, CNN, NPR and more. Gisele is a Forty under 40 honoree, a Tedx Speaker, and a Jefferson Awards recipient.

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James E. Alatis Plenary

Helaine W. Marshall
Friday, 25 March 2022
8:00-9:00 am US ET

Creating Fertile Spaces for Instructional Innovation in a Digital Age

The affordances of digital-age pedagogy open new pathways for teaching and learning and global collaboration.  We take a whirlwind tour to meet teachers who have embraced both the opportunities and the challenges of their present educational contexts, responding to change with patience, persistence, reflection, and renewal.

Helaine W. Marshall, PhD, is Professor of Education and Director of Language Education Programs at Long Island University – Hudson Graduate Campus. She teaches courses in multicultural education, linguistics, and TESOL, in face-to-face, blended, and online formats. Her professional interests include culturally responsive-sustaining education, nontraditional approaches to the teaching of grammar, and instructional technology, especially online flipped learning.  Her most recent book is Meeting the Needs of SLIFE: A Guide for Educators, co-authored with Andrea DeCapua and Frank Lixing Tang, published with University of Michigan Press.