Keynote Speakers

Confluence VI will see globally renowned stalwarts in ESL / EFL sharing the dais. We at Confluence are proud to have them as an integral part of our program and are sure that their expertise will benefit teachers and learners of English alike.

Dr. Peter B. McLaren

(Ed.D) currently teaches at the United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain

He has previously taught in England, Egypt, Japan, China and Saudi Arabia but never in his native Scotland. His research interests are critical issues within the profession – hence an interest in EMI (English as the Medium of Instruction); the NEST (Native English Speaking Teacher)/ NNEST (Non-Native) debate and the use of L1 to enhance L2 learning – extensive reading, and the use and abuse of technology in EFL pedagogy. He has presented and published in these areas. He is currently Publications Coordinator for TESOL Arabia and a board member of the MENA Extensive reading Foundation.

Mick King

Teaching Fellow, Middlesex University, Dubai. Executive Council Member, TESOL Arabia

Mick King is a Teaching Fellow at Middlesex University Dubai where he lectures in Education and Academic Skills. He has worked in TESOL environments for 25 years in both academic and managerial functions in the UK, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Qatar and the UAE.  He also holds  an M.Sc. in Educational Management from Aston University, UK as well as PG Certificates in Higher Education from Middlesex University, UK and the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He is an Executive Council member of TESOL Arabia.

Racquel Warner

Programme Coordinator for the Academic Enrichment and the International Foundation Programmes at Middlesex University in Dubai

Racquel Warner holds a Masters degree in TESOL from the University of Wollongong in Australia and at present she is a doctoral student on the Exeter University EdD programme. Her research interests include Learner Autonomy and Educational Leadership. Racquel has been an educator for over 20 years and now works as the Programme Coordinator for the Academic Enrichment and the International Foundation Programmes at Middlesex University in Dubai. She is a member of TESOL Arabia, serves on the TESOL Arabia conference committee and is Chair of the TESOL Arabia teacher training and development (TTD) special interest group .

Dr. Tara Ratnam

National Representative (India), International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching

Dr. Tara Ratnam received her PhD in ELT from the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad.  She is an independent teacher educator based in Karnataka, India. She fosters teacher learning and change in reflective communities of inquiry by focusing on the sociocultural forces that mediate their thinking and practice.

She is the national representative for India of the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching (ISATT).  She guided a research study funded by ISATT on reframing teaching using the Montessori approach at the elementary level.  She is the research advisor for the Indian Institute of Montessori Studies (IIMS), Bangalore.

*Our speakers scheduled earlier – Dr. Songsri Soranastaporn, Prof. Mustapha Ahmad Isa and Dr. Raul Mora – have unfortunately had to cancel for various personal reasons.