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Plenary Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yavuz Samur

Game Friendly School and Game Friendly Teacher

Dr. Samur, graduated from Instructional Design and Technology, Department of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Virginia Tech with the Fulbright Scholarship, works as an Associate Professor at Bahçeşehir University, Faculty of Educational Sciences in the department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology (CEIT) (@bauceit), and also leaded the CEIT department. He was the coordinator of Educational Technology (TR/EN, Thesis/Project) master’s and doctoral programme (@bauegitek). He is also the president of YEGAM (@yegam_egitim). Dr. Samur is also rewarded as the “Academician of the Year of 2022” (@hempacocuk).


His research interests are on using educational games for learning and instruction (@oyuntasarimi), gamification in education, educational game design, digital game design, multimedia design, technology/social media/game addiction and (digital) game based learning (@EgitimveOyun). He is also the founder of GameFriendlySchool, GameFriendlyTeacher, GameFriendlyParent, GameFriendlyMunicipal projects (@OyunDostuOkul).


His books, of which he has more than 20 authors in the mentioned fields, have been published more than 100 thousand, and more than 15 indexed publications in international refereed journals have received more than 500 citations. Dr. Samur has supervised more than 70 master and doctoral dissertations in the field of Educational Technologies.


He also designs physical, board and digital educational games for students and he is the co-owber of a company producing digital educational games titled as Ugur Games ( and also serves as an advisor to many other educational game companies (@buckedgames ve @mentalup).


He teaches courses such as “Educational Technology”, “Instructional Design” (@OgretimTasarimi), “Multimedia Design and Production in Education”, “(Digital) Game-based Learning”, “Gamification in Education”, “Child and Media” (@childandmedia), at undergraduate, master and doctoral level. 


Dr. Samur also leads in government and company funded educational game projects, educational digital content and software/game design and development projects. He has been giving consultancy to many government and private companies and institutions.


He loves to give lectures, seminars and trainings to students, teachers, and parents in aforementioned topics.

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Embodied Approaches to Teacher Development

Dr Tom Godfrey is a teacher trainer and the Director of International Training Institute (ITI) which is a teacher training centre offering internationally recognized teaching qualifications such as CELTA. He completed an MA TEFL at Reading and Ed.D at Exeter University, UK. Tom has always had a passion for the theatre having directed and acted in many shows while working as an EFL teacher and teacher trainer around the world. These two interests recently aligned as he completed an MA in Applied Theatre at Exeter University focusing on how Applied Theatre can inform Teacher Education. He is founder of Speech Bubbles Theatre Group which performs to raise money to support education and children in Turkey. Additionally, Tom is making a documentary film about the experiences of training to be an ELT teacher.

Dr. Tom Godfrey

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Dr. Samantha Curle (DPhil, FHEA, FRSA) is a Reader in Education (Applied Linguistics), Director of the MRes programme in Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (University of Bath), and Associate Member of the English Medium Instruction Oxford Research Group (University of Oxford). Her main research interest lies in factors affecting academic achievement in English Medium Instruction (EMI) in higher education. She has published four edited books on EMI. Her EMI-related research has been published in journals such as Language Teaching, Applied Linguistics Review, Studies in Higher Education, Journal of Engineering Education, Journal for the Psychology of Language Learning, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Language Teaching Research, and International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.

Dr. Samantha Curle

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Recent Trends in ELT: Embracing Change Through Professional Development 


This talk will focus on changes in ELT, and trends toward branching into related areas. Drawing from experience, both personal and that of colleagues, the speaker will discuss content development,  English as a Medium of Instruction, and technology,  among other areas of interest to language teachers. Included will be a discussion about how Professional Development and Networking help us embrace recent shifts in ELT.

Linda Marie Chu

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