The first Classroom-based research for professional development EVO was held in January-February 2016 under the leadership of Kenan Dikilitas and Asli Saglam. The second and third EVOs, in January-February 2017 and 2018, were coordinated by Richard Smith, with Paula Rebolledo also in a leading role.
Kenan Dikilitaş Kenan is an Assistant Professor at Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul. His academic and research interests include language teacher education and professional development through research engagement. His recent book publications include Developing Teacher autonomy through Action Research co-authored with C. Griffiths (2017), and Developing insights into teacher research edited with A. Burns, R. Smith, and M. Wyatt, (2017). He has also published academic articles in ELT Journal,Educational Action Research and Teacher Development. Prior to experience in higher education, he taught EFL in primary and secondary school settings with intensive teaching loads, for several years.
Asli Lidice Gokturk Saglam Asli, 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 http://aslisaglam.edublogs.org/ and on Twitter (@aslilidice)
Abdullah Al-Rawahi Abdullah is a language teacher working in the Centre for Preparatory Studies at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Warwick, and is mainly interested in teacher research engagement.
Jason Anderson Jason is a teacher educator, consultant, researcher and award-winning author of books and materials for language teachers. He has worked extensively in Africa, Europe and Asia, supporting teachers in primary, secondary and adult education in more than 20 countries. His interests including teaching methodology, multilingualism and teacher education.
Chris Banister Chris, from the UK, has taught widely in the field of English language teaching over the last 20 years in both Turkey and the UK. He currently teaches academic and business English at Regent’s University London. He completed his MA in TESOL at the UCL Institute of Education in 2015 and his current research interests include: Exploratory Practice, vocabulary lists for ESP and EAP, and obtaining learner feedback and evaluations. He is a member of the Organising Committee for the Annual Istanbul Teachers Research! Conference.
Melike Bulut Melike is an EFL teacher, teacher educator and researcher. She has taught English in various EFL and ESL settings and lectured at university-based English language teacher education programmes in Turkey and the UK. Her research interests include teacher learning and language teacher education.
Babita Sharma Chapagain Babita 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.
Phil Chappell Phil is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Macquarie University. He conducts research in a variety of areas of TESOL, and supervises research students at Masters and PhD levels. Phil has taught and managed in Southeast Asia and Australia in a variety of language programs. He is currently the Executive Editor of the English Australia Journal.
Sal Consoli Sal, from the UK, is an ESRC-PhD Researcher at the Centre for Applied Linguistics and Associate Teaching Fellow in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Warwick. He has taught EFL, EAP, French and Spanish in the UK and abroad. His research interests include EAP; L2 Motivation, Teacher Education, and Teacher-Research. He is co-founder of FOLLM.
Seden Eraldemir Tuyan Seden worked as a language instructor, syllabus coordinator, staff developer at Çukurova University, the School of Foreign Languages between 1993-2017. She is currently working as a faculty member in ELT Department at Çağ University, Mersin. Her major interests are classroom management, action research, personal and professional development.
Michelle Evans Michelle, from the UK, has ESOL and EAP teaching experience in the UK and Vietnam and is currently a research assistant within the Teacher-research for Difficult Circumstances project at the University of Warwick.
Sadeqa Ghazal Sadeqa, from India, is a senior research fellow pursuing PhD(ELT) from the school of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indian Institute of Technology Patna. Her research interests include learner autonomy, teaching speaking, critical pedagogy and classroom-based action research in ELT. She has taught ESL at school level for more than five years in low-resource classrooms. Twitter: @sadeqaghazal
Sonika Gupta Sonika, from New Delhi, India currently teaches English to young learners in a Private school. She has eight years of teaching experience in English as Second Language to young learners. She has done M.Ed. with specialisation in "Mental Health" and "Reading: Pedagogy and processes" from University of Delhi in 2011. Her interest area includes: English as Second Language, pedagogy of reading and writing and exploratory action research.
Ruben Mazzei Ruben is a university EFL and literature teacher. He teaches at primary, secondary and university levels and at Teacher Training College. He coordinates and designs courses for the CPD department for English in the Ministry of Education (Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina). He also facilitates workshops for the British Council. His research interests are genre-based pedagogy, SFL and EASP.
Elizabeth Muñoz Elizabeth is a school English language teacher in Chile. Head of the English Department for 11 years, she coordinates and supervises the work of the teachers of English in the school where she works. She is a mentor in the British Council / PIAP Champion Teachers Action Research scheme cohort IV, 2017. She holds a MA TESOL from the University of Manchester, where she specialised in Teacher Education.
Ana Ines Salvi Ana is completing a PhD and has obtained an MA both in ELT and Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick (UK). Previously she did her undergraduate studies in ELT at UNLP (Argentina). She has taught English, academic English and in TEFL programmes in the UK, China and Argentina.
Ferah Senaydin Ferah is a PhD student at Bahçeşehir University Graduate School of Educational Sciences. Having completed her B.A. and M.A. at Ege University English Language and Literature, Senaydın began her career as a full time instructor at Ege University School of Foreign Languages in 2000, and since then she has assumed various academic roles including project centre coordinator and testing consultant.
Mariana Serra Mariana is an Argentinian teacher and a licentiate in English. She holds a diploma in E-learning and distance learning and she is attending an MA Program. For professional development purposes, she has studied in the USA and Spain. She was one of the winners of Aptis for Teachers Action Research Awards (British Council) in 2015 and was selected again, for a different project, in 2016-2017. For over ten years she has worked in universities and secondary schools teaching English as a FL and she has worked as a Head of Department mentoring teachers for several years. Her interests are in Applied Linguistics and Materials Development.
Rhian Webb Rhian works as a senior lecturer in TESOL at The University of South Wales, UK. She has worked overseas in Thailand, Australia and Japan and has undertaken a variety of teaching and management roles within her career. Her current research interest looks a UK native speakers’ knowledge about grammar. http://staff.southwales.ac.uk/users/2562-rwebb
Mark Wyatt Mark, currently in the UAE, has worked in teacher education in contexts including Thailand, Nepal, Oman (with in-service teachers on a University of Leeds BA TESOL) and the UK (with Malaysian pre-service B.Ed TESL students at the University of Portsmouth). He moderates the discussion board of the IATEFL Research SIG and co-edits ELT Research.
Beril Yücel Beril has been involved in English language teaching for 26 years as an instructor, textbook writer, assistant director and teacher educator. She holds an MSc in Curriculum Design & Evaluation from METU. Currently, she works as the Coordinator of the Professional Development Unit at TOBB ETU (University of Economics & Technology) Department of Foreign Languages, Ankara, Turkey.. She previously worked as the IATEFL TTED SIG coordinator.