Keynote Speaker from UK (British Council)

Dr Richard Smith has done pioneering work in the fields of teacher-research (involving development of the approach he terms 'exploratory action research'); teaching in difficult circumstances; language teaching history; and learner and 'teacher-learner' autonomy. He has worked as an educator with teachers and researchers from around the world and as coordinator of networks like the Teaching English in Large Classes network ( and IATEFL Research SIG. His publications in the field of teacher-research include Champion Teachers: Stories of Exploratory Action ResearchTeaching in Low-resource Classrooms: Voices of Experience; and A Handbook for Exploratory Action Research, all published by the British Council. He is currently the editor of the ‘Key Concepts’ section of ELT Journal, chair of the Editorial Board of English Language Teacher Education and Development Journal ( and an academic adviser to teacher-research mentoring schemes in  Latin America, India and Nepal, as well as founder and chair of the International Festival of Teacher-Research (2017–18) ( Fo r further information and links to publications, see: