Plenary Speech


Andy Curtis, Dr.

TESOL International Association

Dr. Andy Curtis served as the 50th President of the TESOL International Association, and in 2016, received one of the Association’s 50at-50 Awards, when he was voted one of the Fifty Most Influential Figures in the Field, over the last 50 years. Dr. Curtis has published more than 100 articles, book chapters and books, and has presented to around 25,000 teachers in 50 countries, in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as North, South and Central America. He is based in Ontario, Canada, from where he works as an independent consultant for language education organizations worldwide.


Peace Linguistics in a Divided World (PS002), Plenary Speech

Although the history of Humanity is the History of Conflict, we may be living in a time when more nations are more deeply divided than at any period during our lifetimes. Therefore, the key question that will be addressed in this plenary presentation is: What can this new field of Peace Linguistics do to help the world to be less deeply divided, and to prevent an escalation of hostilities that is threatening to destroy our planet and all life on Earth? Can Applied Linguistics really help to save the world?!