Hear us speak

Members of the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics can be seen and heard around the UK and internationally. Here is a selection of events where you can catch us. Scroll to the bottom for links to videos of past events.


Jim McKinley will be a keynote speaker for the Chinese Educational Research Association (CERA) UK conference at UCL Institute of Education, 4-5 June 2020.


Dina Mehmedbegovic was an invited speaker for the International Day of Mother Tongue conference on 21 February, organised by the BiH (Bosnia & Herzegovina) Association of mother tongue teachers in Denmark, BiH Embassy and BiH Language Institute.

Talia Isaacs gave a plenary on speaking assessment, washback effects and policy implications and contributing to a symposium on assessment and technology at the “New Directions in Language Assessment, East Asia” conference in Yokohama, Japan, December 8–9, 2019.

On 27 November 2019, Zsófia Demjén spoke at the Survey of English Usage seminar series at UCL.

On 8th November, Zsófia Demjén co-hosted a café session at the Friends Meeting House in London, as part of the ESRC Festival or Social Science. The topic of discussion was a ‘metaphor menu for cancer’.

Jim McKinley gave an invited talk at the University of Bath for their Language and Educational Practices seminar series on 11 October entitled ‘EMI implementation in emerging contexts’. He then delivered a keynote with Nicola Galloway (Edinburgh) at The Role of English in Higher Education conference in Tashkent, Uzbekistan 16-17 October 2019, sponsored by the British Council. The title of the talk was ‘EMI in higher education: a complex global phenomenon’. From 22-24 October, Jim gave talks in Tokyo, Japan, at International Christian University (22nd), Sophia University (23rd), and Ochanomizu University (24th). On 31 October Jim gave a seminar at the University of Essex, and on 7-8 November, he gave two seminars at Ibn Zohr University, in Agadir, Morocco.

On 8 October, Zsófia Demjén gave a free public lecture in the UCL Minds Lunch Hour Lecture series, entitled ‘Why are voices that others cannot hear so powerful?’. This talk was live-streamed and available to watch on YouTube. 

On 17 September, Amos Paran delivered a free open webinar entitled ‘Everyone enjoys a story: Integrating literature into EFL classrooms’. Click here to read Amos’s blog and register for the webinar.

On 19 September, Amos delivered a plenary via video link to the FAAPI Conference in Salta, Argentina entitled ‘Talking about methodology: Appropriate Activities for Literary Texts’. 

23-27 September, Amos taught at the University of Szeged (Hungary), giving the first part of a course on ‘Teaching Reading in EFL: Research into Practice’. He returned to Szeged 18-22 November to deliver the second part of the course.

Talia Isaacs spoke about “Assessment and testing” at the Language Learning Roundtable, Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) conference, Flagstaff, AZ, US, 14 September 2019.

11-14 September 2019, John O’Regan gave a talk on Fetishism and the Language Commodity: A Materialist Critique at the 3rd DisourseNet Congress at Paris Seine. ‘Knowledge and power in a polycentric world. Discourses across languages, cultures and Space’, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France.

Andrea Revesz gave two plenaries in August 2019. The first was at the Biennial International Task-based Language Teaching Conference (TBLT 2019) at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, 18-21 August; the title of the talk was “Exploring task-based cognitive processes: Methodological advances and challenges”. The second was at the European Association for Computer-assisted Language Learning conference (EuroCALL 2019) at Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, 28-31 August; the title was: “Task complexity and technology-mediated language learning: Issues and possibilities”.

Siân Preece and Li Wei spoke at the inaugural event of the BAAL Multilingualism SIG on 8 July 2019 at the University of Westminster. They were on a panel along with Elisabeth Barakos (Aston), Vally Lytra (Goldsmiths), and Ludovica Serratrice (Reading) discussing the current state-of-the-art in the study of multilingualism from a range of different perspectives.

On 5 July 2019, Amos Paran was a plenary speaker and also led a workshop at the 2nd Swiss Teacher Training Day at Pädagogischen Hochschulen (PH) Zürich [Pedagogical University of Zürich].

John O’Regan gave a talk on Capital and the Hegemony of English in a Capitalist World-System at the 24th Conference of the International Association for World Englishes, ‘World Englishes: Peripheries and Centres’, University of Limerick, Ireland, 20-22 June 2019.

Zsófia Demjen gave two talks at the International Pragmatics Association conference (IPrA) in Hong Kong in 9-14 June 2019; the first was on humour entitled ‘Humorous scenarios in the context of cancer online: forms, functions, emergence’ and the second was on impoliteness called ‘Control via (im)politeness in interactions with hallucinatory voices’.

Talia Isaacs was a keynote speaker at the 16th European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) conference held at University College Dublin 31 May – 2 June 2019.

In April 2019, John Gray was a keynote speaker at IATFL 2019 in Liverpool.

Amos Paran presented his paper “CPD through MOOCs: what teachers implement in their classrooms” on 4 April 2019 at the IATEFL conference. The paper was chosen by the Research SIG as part of their ‘Showcase’ day.

On the 19th of February 2019, Li Wei presented ‘Language and Culture Learning as embodied Resemiotization: A Translanguaging viewcoming‘ at the University of Westminster.

John O’Regan gave a talk on English as a global language, Part II; or ‘Congratulation! You sudah jago speak in Englonesian’ at Universitas Negeri Jakarta. March 5, 2019. He also gave a talk on He whole day talk so cheem; I really catch no ball’. On using English in a world of Englishes at a UCL IOE Alumni Event, Hilton Singapore. March 6, 2019.

Ana Pellicer-Sánchez was a featured speaker at the 54th RELC Conference held in Singapore, 11-13 March 2019.

Jim McKinley gave an invited presentation with Dr Heath Rose (Oxford) & Dr Nicola Galloway (Edinburgh) on ‘Language related challenges of English medium instruction and content and language integrated learning’ at the TESOL Convention in Atlanta 12-14 March 2019.

Miguel Perez-Milans was a Plenary Speaker at the 3rd International Conference on Multilingualism and Multilingual Education, held in FH Bielefeld – University of Applied Sciences – Germany, 21-22 March 2019. The title of his talk was ‘Multilingual Education as a Terrain of Struggle: Language, Ethnicity and Activism’

In early May 2019, John Gray speoke at the 26th Lavender Languages and Linguistics conference in Gothenburg, Sweden.


Talia Isaacs is among the “talking heads” on Glenn Fulcher’s site. Talia’s video is the last thumbnail in the multiplex (#21) on the topic of pronunciation assessment   http://languagetesting.info/video/main.html

Andrea Revesz spoke first at two invited colloquia at AAAL in Chicago on 25 and 27 March 2018 (Titles: ‘Investigating the effects of task type on L2 writing processes using eye-tracking, keystroke-logging and stimulated recall’, with Marije Michel, and ‘The relationship between pausing and communicative adequacy in oral task performance’, with Eivind Torgersen and Monika Ekiert). This was followed by her featured talk at TESOL Chicago on 28 March on ‘What makes a task difficult: Teacher and researcher perspectives’ (with Laura Gurzynski-Weiss).

Dina Mehmedbegovic gave a keynote talk at the CIS Symposium on Intercultural Learning in Hong Kong, 8-9 March 2018. Title: Developing intercultural skills through an autobiographical approach. She also spoke in Gothenburg on 20 April, at Skola för alla, on ‘What every educator needs to know about cognitive benefits of bilingualism’.

Andrea Revesz spoke at the BAAL Assessment SIG in Nottingham on 13 April 2018. Title: Investigating L2 writing processes using eye-tracking, keystroke-logging and stimulated recall (with Marije Michel) and on 1 May in Oxford.

In early May 2018 (5-6th) Alfonso Del Percio spoke in Paris at the EHESS and Paris Sorbonne. He gave two invited talks on language and governmentality.

In June 2018 Andrea Revesz went on a Japanese tour (June 15-17 Tokyo and 22-23 Osaka) as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at Temple University. Her talks were on Task-based Language Teaching.

Li Wei was a plenary speaker at the Sociolinguistics Symposium 27-30 June 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.

In the Summer term 2018, from April to the end of July, Amos Paran was a visiting professor at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, in Germany, where he gave courses on reading in a foreign language, researching literature in foreign language teaching, and on using film, music and art in the teaching of literature in a foreign language.

Siân Preece spoke at the seminar on linguistic diversity and intercultural competence at UCL Institute of Education, 25 June 2018.

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In October 2018, Andrea Revesz was a plenary speaker at the 40th anniversary conference of the Applied Linguistics Association of Korea (ALAK) in Seoul.

Links to videos of past events

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See Jim McKinley’s joint keynote, with Dr Nicola Galloway, at the British Council Uzbekistan‘s conference ‘The Role of English in Higher Education and its Impact on Graduate Employability’ (October 2019) in Tashkent.

See John Gray’s keynote at IATEFL “Gender and sexuality in ELT – inclusive education vs. queer pedagogy” (April 2019) in Liverpool.

See Andrea Revesz at Cambridge English Teaching “An Introduction to Task-Based Language Learning” (February 2019) live streamed on Facebook.

See David Mallows speaking at the following events: