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Speakers at the 2019 Neurolanguage Learning Conference
Rachel Marie Paling

Rachel Marie Paling

Director of Efficient Language Coaching Ltd. Certified & Accredited Neurolanguage Coach and ACC (ICF) – Creator of Neurolanguage Coaching®

Rachel Marie Paling founded Efficient Language Coaching Ltd. in 2008 and created the Neurolanguage Coaching® method owning the registered trademark. Rachel started teaching English as a Foreign Language to adults over 30 years ago.

After obtaining a BA Honours in Law and Spanish (with distinction in spoken Spanish) at the University of Sheffield (UK) she did a Masters in Human Rights and Democratization (EMA) at the University of Padua, Italy and Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.

She continued with her studies and qualified as a UK Lawyer in 2003, but instead of pursuing a career as a lawyer, she combined her teaching experience, her specialisation in business English and her legal knowledge to coach top executives across Europe.

She has created the new method and approach called Neurolanguage Coaching® and has trained about 300 language teachers worldwide certifying them as Neurolanguage Coaches with her training course, one of the only language coaching certification courses in the world accredited by International Coach Federation USA.

She now delivers this course to teachers of ANY discipline, to transform the educational process and in addition, she works with corporates worldwide to enhance communication and cross-cultural performance within International Teams.

George Kokolas

George Kokolas

Academic Director and Senior Teacher Trainer for Express Publishing

George Kokolas has been working as the Academic Director and Senior Teacher Trainer for Express Publishing for the last 18 years. He is also a certified Neurolanguage Coach®.

Right after his graduation he branched out from his major in English Literature and devoted himself fully to ELT. He likes to be considered as a frontline teacher spending many hours inside the classroom teaching and learning at the same time.

He loves blending together ELT methods with techniques/theories from other fields and practices (f.e. social and cognitive psychology, leadership, coaching, NLP etc). His vast experience has been of considerable help in developing helpful and practical views about different topics of ELT Methodology, like gamification, motivation, effective learning, technology in the classroom, critical thinking, differentiated instruction and much more.

He has delivered several successful seminars in international conferences all over the world.

Irene Viglia Atton

Irene Viglia Atton

HeartMath® Trainer

Irene Viglia Atton has been teaching groups and coaching individuals since 2010. With a degree in International Business with languages and corporate experience in Multinational companies.

Believing in the importance of a clear and coherent communication, she has been delivering information and teaching the science of the heart as well as the impact of leading a life from our very centre.

Irene is a HeartMath® Trainer who presents all over the world information about the physiological activity of the Heart and its impact on personal performance, communication and in the decision making process in business and in personal lives as well as Director for the School of Images ® UK and Italy.

Her work is the one to introduce and support individuals and groups to the concept of decision making and moving forward in life from a coherent, centred and aware focused point, clear of any stress, emotional tension and agitation with the objective to be successful.

Thomas F. Feiner

Thomas F. Feiner

BCIA CNInstitute for EEG-Neurofeedback

Thomas Feiner is the founder and owner of the Institute for EEG-Neurofeedback since 2008. He has more than 25 years of experience in the treatment of brain-related disorders like Trauma, ADD, Stress, and Depression.

Thomas has created scientifically based training programs and software for children with learning disorders and hundreds of therapists and trainers have become successful with his methods.  In his clinical work, he combines Neurofeedback pEMF, Photobiomodulation, NLP and tDCS. 

Besides his clinical education programs for Neurofeedback therapists, he also gave numerous seminars and talked about Quantitative EEG, Peak Performance, Biofeedback, and effective Neurocognitive testing and training.  Also, he is well known for his successful organizing of great international workshops with some of the best clinicians in the Neurofeedback field.

He has successfully trained numerous athletes, executives, and artists in his institute. Thomas is also a pioneer in transcranial Photobiomodulation in the research and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, but he also promotes and teaches transcranial stimulation for Peak Performance and accelerated learning. 

In his Institute for EEG-Neurofeedback, he also supports neuroscientific studies and development of advanced Neurofeedback protocols together with his professional team. During the last years, he developed CAPITO, a software which allows testing of cognitive performance and Event-Related Potentials (ERPs). In 2015 he was asked to contribute with his program for the Gamma Asymmetry work of Dr. Bonnstetter and Dr. Thomas F. Collura.   Dr. Estate Sokhadze (Clemson University), Prof. Chiarenza and Dr. Carlos Zalaquett (Pennstate University) started using CAPITO in their research projects since 2017. 

Thomas holds several patents for the products he developed and his software is also used in many clinics all over the world for the quick neuropsychological testing of attention and impulse control. 

He is the author and co-author of numerous scientifically publications and speaks on many international conferences like ISNR and AAPB. He is often invited as an expert on EEG-Brain imaging, Neurofeedback, ADD, Biomarkers and learning in general.

Since 2016 he is also involved in a colossal research project on human brain mapping, where he measured with his group more than 3000 EEGs from meditators in several retreats since the last 3 years.

Richard Bentley

Richard Bentley

Professional Certified Coach. Leadership Catalyst at Q595

Richard Bentley started working life as a journalist, followed by several years in public relations before establishing his own corporate communications consultancy.

He first trained as a coach in 2000 and started his own coaching business, which included acquiring and holding the UK license for a global coaching skills training programme for nearly a decade.

Over the past 15 years Richard has worked as an executive coach with a wide range of leaders in several different sectors – professional services, financial services, hotels, IT, manufacturing and not-for-profit.
Perhaps because of his background in corporate communications and relationship counselling, his work as a coach is often focused on supporting those with leadership responsibilities to enhance their communications and relationship building impact.

His accreditations as a coach include ICF Professional Certified Coach, Marshal Goldsmith Stakeholder Centred Coach, Results Certified Coach, and in Nancy Kline’s Thinking Partnerships.

He is currently undertaking an MA Coaching at Warwick University in the UK, and has served on the International Coach Federation’s global board of directors.

Rob Howard

Rob Howard

Joint Coordinator for the IATEFL BESIG Web & Online Team

Rob Howard is online as an active EFL Teacher, training teachers to build their own freelance businesses as well as teaching Business English and studying Neurolanguage Coaching®.

He is Joint Coordinator for the IATEFL BESIG Web & Online Team, founder and former president of the BRAZ-TESOL BESIG, Online and Video Coordinator for the Visual Arts Circle and has authored and coauthored several books for EFL as well as co-founder with Dorothy Zemach of the Independent Authors & Publishers.

He is a speaker worldwide on Continuing Professional Development, Business Development, Independent Authoring, Technology and Image Presentation and the founder of EFLtalks which was nominated for the 2016 British Council’s ELTon Award for Innovation in Teacher Development. He lives in Poland.

Lee Campbell

Lee Campbell


Sport and fitness have always been a part of Lee Campbell’s life.

His excellence on the sporting field translated into a career in fitness, when he joined the Australian Army’s Royal Australian Regiment (3rd Battalion – Para Troopers) and became an elite Physical Training Instructor, responsible for the physical training of soldiers.

Drafted to play Australian Rules Football with the Sydney Swans, he went onto represent NSW at State level. For over 25 years, Lee has devoted himself to the health and fitness industry, providing training to a vast array of clients, including celebrities, Corporations and anyone wishing to improve their health and fitness. Lee offers his expertise to Australian and global communities, businesses and corporations, in building sustainable health and wellbeing programs for staff and the local community. These include: AusAID Australian Federal Police World Bank Group Global Oil & Gas Companies

Lee’s method of bringing training back to basics has had a lasting impact on everyone he trains; from the sporting elite to some of Australia’s most prestigious celebrities and businessmen and he is always inspired by the difference his training makes in the lives of his clients and communities.

It’s this successful formula which keeps him in demand as he travels around Australia and overseas helping businesses integrate his training methods and passion for health into the lives of their employees.

Emma Sue Prince

Emma Sue Prince

Director of Unimenta

Emma Sue Prince is a specialist in experiential learning and believes strongly that this methodology is key to developing life skills and soft skills as it is the only way to develop self-awareness, upon which all behavioural change is based.

She delivers powerful workshops in this regard and does so with many different target groups including “closed” groups such as Muslim communities in Bangladesh and North Africa and diverse groups in the UK including lawyers, doctors and software engineers.

She also trains trainers to facilitate using the same methodology. Her successful approach lies in working totally in the moment with a group and with what emerges from that group. She is passionate about a group developing their own context for skills such as empathy, adaptability and being proactive. In this way real and powerful learning outcomes emerge from which strategies, progression and ideas can be defined.

Emma Sue is committed to supporting young people and her workshops are also run with secondary schools, youth offending teams and with young people who are not in education, training or employment. Emma Sue works in emerging and developing countries as well as in the UK training trainers, designing materials and providing consultancy on employability skills. Her work has taken her all over the world and has given her a leading reputation in the field.

The skills Emma Sue focuses on are adaptability, critical thinking, empathy, integrity, optimism, being proactive and resilience and she runs experiential learning workshops on these skills to a range of clients in various sectors and many of them native speakers.

Emma Sue’s book “7 Skills for the Future” is published by Pearson Business and was released in a second edition in 2019. The book is being translated into 12 languages.

Dimitris Zeppos

Dimitris Zeppos

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Dimitris holds a PhD in Pedagogics (2008, University of Athens), a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics – Language Didactics(2001, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and a Degree in Greek and German Language and Literature (1998, University of Athens).

He currently holds the position of Specialized Teaching Staff (STS) at the Faculty of German Language and Literature of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

He has taught German at all levels of the Greek private (since 1983) and public (since 2001) education. He has also taught German at the University Language Centre (2009, University of Athens) and the Greek Military Academy (2009 and 2010, Athens). Furthermore, he is an Assistant Lecturer
(Tutor) at the Hellenic Open University (since 2009).

He has written the study material for Didactics and Pedagogy of the new Master’s Degree Program for German Language Teachers of the Hellenic Open University (2018-2019) an is involved, as an expert for German, in the development, conducting of seminars and piloting of
the new National Foreign Language Curriculum (NFLC), an ongoing project managed by the Pedagogical Institute.

Dimitris’ scientific activities include papers and speeches at national and international conferences, educational forums, workshops and seminars for examiners of the National Foreign Language Exam System (KPG) and newly employed public language teachers.

His research interests lie in the areas of evaluation, neurodidactics, language didactics, foreign language teacher education and pedagogical-didactical use of ICT in modern foreign language education at main-stream-

He has published primary research on German as a Foreign Language in monographies and at peer-reviewed journals and has been scientific adviser for the Pan-Hellenic Association of GL-Teachers (PEKAGEPE).

Dr Alex Monceau

Dr Alex Monceau

Associate Director, Lamar Pathway Program at Lamar University

Dr. Monceaux holds degrees in English and Modern Languages (B.A. & M.A.), Counseling and Human Development (M.Ed.), and Educational Leadership, Ed.D. with a concentration in Global Education.

He began teaching K-12 in 1999 and in 2006, began teaching ESOL students at Lamar University. Since then, he has offered more than 50 professional development workshops and training sessions to educators from all over the world in South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Spain, France, Italy, UK, Costa Rica, and Chile.

Currently, Dr. Monceaux is the Associate Director, Lamar Pathway Program at Lamar University where he is responsible for program supervision, curriculum, course crafting, as well as teaching courses in the ESOL concentration, M.Ed. Teacher Leadership Program and a variety of ESL Pathway Programs.

Additionally, he teaches a variety of courses part-time at Lamar Institute of Technology.

Antonella Sorace

Antonella Sorace

Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh

Research shows that knowing more than one language, regardless of their status, prestige, and worldwide diffusion, can give both children and adults a range of linguistic, cognitive and social benefits. More obviously, it enables communication among people and understanding of different cultures. Less obviously, it enhances focusing, seeing both sides of an argument, flexibly adapting to changing circumstances, and making rational decisions.

This means that language learning is an investment for life, and the lack of multilingual skills directly affects the competitiveness of countries that rely on ‘privileged monolingualism’ in English, like the UK, with huge costs for the economy as a whole. However, there are many widespread misconceptions, both old and new, about what it means to learn a new
language from a cognitive perspective. I will show that separating myths, science, and science fiction has important implications for language learning and teaching in society.

Antonella Sorace is Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh.

She is a world leading authority in the field of bilingual language development across the lifespan, where she brings together methods from linguistics, experimental psychology, and cognitive science.

She is also committed to disseminating the findings of research on bilingualism in different sectors of society. She is the founding director of the research and information centre Bilingualism Matters, which currently has 26 branches in the UK, Europe, the US, the Middle East, and China.