Practitioner Plenary Panels

The purpose of this plenary practitioner slot is to invite a range of practitioners to reflect on the conference themes and the trends and ideas that emerged from the papers they witnessed with the aim to raise questions, identify issues and comment. We feel the field is mature enough (and it is in fact long overdue) to give practitioners a plenary slot and a powerful voice at the conference.

Jennifer J. MacDonald is Head Teacher of ESL Programs at Dalhousie University, Canada, where she leads a variety of courses and programs in English for Academic Purposes and teacher professional development. She is also a doctoral candidate at the UCL Institute of Education. Her research interests lie at the intersection of EAP, internationalization of higher education, and critical applied linguistics, with a focus on the Canadian context. She has recently co-authored an EAP writing textbook with Oxford University Press entitled Academic Inquiry 1, Sentences and Paragraphs. Find Jennifer online at @Jen_Mac_Donald or

David Camorani is an EAP practitioner at University College London, where he teaches on and designs materials for in-sessional courses. He recently completed his Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics (Distinction) at the Institute of Education and is now working towards his Fellowship for the Higher Education Academy. David has over 15 years of teaching experience in the UK and abroad. He was also a teacher educator at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan before transitioning into EAP in 2012. Born in Switzerland to Italian parents, he moved to London in 2000 as an English language student. His younger self was a professional dancer.

Jenny Kemp SFHEA is a lecturer in English for Academic Purposes at Leicester University, where she is currently Director of the Insessional Support Programme. She is a corpus linguist and an advocate of data-driven learning; her teaching, research and publications are mainly in the areas of vocabulary and English for Law. Her belief in scholarship and research-informed teaching have led her to engage in activities at institutional, national and international levels. Jenny is a BALEAP Senior Fellow, TEAP Mentor and Assessor, and was TEAP Officer 2015-8. She was also editor of the BALEAP 2015 Conference Proceedings (Garnet 2017).

Milada Walková is an EAP Tutor at the University of Leeds. She previously taught ESP and EAP at the Technical University of Košice in Slovakia. Milada is DELTA-qualified and holds a PhD in Theoretical Linguistics from the University of P. J. Šafárik, Slovakia, and the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Her research interests include interfaces of semantics, pragmatics and syntax, as well as academic writing from a cross-cultural rhetoric perspective. She has published in various journals including Linguistics and English for Specific Purposes.

Dr. Bin Zou received his PhD in TESOL from the University of Bristol (UK). He has taught EAP at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China since 2008. He is a fellow of UK Higher Education Academy and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Computer-Assisted Language Learning and Teaching (IJCALLT) published by IGI Global, USA. His research interests include EAP, Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and ELT. He has published a number of papers in journals and chapter books. He is currently an executive committee member of China EAP Association and an executive committee member of China Computer-Assisted Language Learning Association.