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Plenary Speakers

International Conference: Telecollaboration in University Foreign Language Education

Plenary Speakers

The conference will have three plenary speakers coming from different areas related to university telecollaboration and its role in university education. The academic committee will ensure that the plenary speakers attend to the needs and interests of telecollaborative practitioners and researchers, but also of university management and student mobility coordinators.

MICHAEL BYRAM is Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at Durham University, England and Guest Professor at the University of Luxembourg.

His books and articles include Teaching and Assessing Intercultural Communicative Competence; Language Teachers, Politics and Cultures (with Karen Risager); His latest monograph is From Foreign Language Education to Education for Intercultural Citizenship. He is the joint editor with Adelheid Hu of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning, and was until recently a Special Adviser to the Language Policy Division of the Council of Europe.

MARIE-NOËLLE LAMY is Professor of Distance Language Learning at the UK Open University. She has many years of experience in designing and implementing language courses for online study, involving extensive use of synchronous voice-enabled e-tutorials. She has researched extensively in the field of computer-mediated communication for language learning, with a particular interest in real-time group conversations in multimodal settings. She has run training workshops for language educators and for research students and researchers on four continents. Current interests include methodologies for the description of online learning conversations, researching co-construction of group cultures by language learners in various online and social networking environments, and cultural hegemonies in computer-assisted language learning.


SHAMIL IDRISS is Chief Executive Officer of Soliya. Mr. Idriss served as the Executive Director of the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund which merged with Soliya in 2009. In 2005 he was appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as Deputy Director of the Alliance of Civilizations. He has served on the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Council of 100 Leaders and as Chief Operating Officer of Search for Common Ground, a global conflict resolution organization. Over the past two decades he has worked in multiple conflict settings using a variety of media formats to foster respect and understanding at the popular level while developing and facilitating discrete dialogue processes involving political and opposition leaders. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and has been named multiple times in the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Jordan’s annual publication 500 Most Influential Muslims.

This conference is funded with support from the European Commission. The related project reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.