Invited speakers 2020


Dr. Somali Gupta, Professor of English, has been working within the system of Higher Education in India for 35 years and is currently posted in Govt. V.Y.T.P.G. Autonomous College, Durg, India. She is the recipient of Research Award by University Grants Commission. She has various publications in literary and management journals. She is a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes, University of Niš, Serbia. Apart from teaching English Literature and Language, she is actively engaged in conducting training programs for teachers, students NGOs, and corporate professionals. 

Benoît Guilbaud is a Teaching Fellow at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. His primary area of interest is Languages for Specific Purposes, and he has taught French for medicine, law and business, as well as translation courses. Together with David Tual (University of Cambridge) he co-organises the annual UK conference Languages for Specific Purposes in Higher Education ( and has recently co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes focussing on LSP. He jointly runs the LSP Focus Group for European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education (CercleS). He has also presented and published about digital literacy and networked learning and he was awarded two teaching awards in 2014 and 2016. He tweets as @BenGuilbaud.



David Tual is Director of the Centre for Languages & Inter-Communication (CLIC) at the University of Cambridge Engineering Department. Prior to that, he taught and coordinated the French provision at the University of Durham Language Centre for 10 years. He has developed an interest in 21st century technologies and pedagogies, as well as Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP). Alongside Benoît Guilbaud, he coordinates the LSP Special Interest Group for the Association of University Language Communities (AULC) in the UK and Ireland as well as a similar Focus Group for the European Confederation of Language Centres in Higher Education (CercleS). He is also one of the founders of the GELS network, which brings together language teachers from engineering schools and technical universities across Europe and beyond.