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David Valente is Coordinator of the IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group and has 20 years’ ELT experience as a teacher, academic manager, educational consultant, teacher trainer and materials developer. He is currently Academic Training Manager for the Anglo Mexican Foundation in Mexico City and his specialist interests are primary and secondary ELT and YL ELT management.
David has authored a range of teachers’ handbooks and bespoke courses for primary and secondary curriculum development as well as designed and delivered YL ELT methodology training in Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Australasia. He is also a main course tutor and assessor for the Cambridge Delta Modules, CELTA, Celt Primary and Celt Secondary teaching qualifications.
Griselda Beacon holds an MA in Literature in English and German as a Foreign Language from Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany. A graduate EFL teacher, an Oxford University Press speaker and trainer and NILE (Norwich Institute for Language Education) trainer in the UK, she delivers teacher training workshops and conferences in Argentina and abroad. Her area of expertise is literature and her pedagogical interests cover: Teaching young learners, creativity & arts integration, CLIL in primary education, visual literacy, intercultural & (Global) citizenship education & critical pedagogy in ELT. She lectures American Literature at UBA, teaches Children´s Literature, Creativity and Play, Music, Dance and Literature at Teacher Training Colleges in Buenos Aires.
Nick Bilbrough has taught and trained language teachers in many diverse contexts in Africa, the Middle East, South America and Europe. He is the author of two resource books in the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers series; Dialogue Activities (2007) and Memory Activities for Language Learning (2011) and, more recently, Stories Alive (2016), published by British Council, Palestine. He is now devoting all his energy to the registered charity he set up https://handsupproject.org/ , telling stories and teaching language online for young learners in refugee camps, mostly in Palestine.
Luciana Fernández has specialized in Methodology and Teaching Practice and she holds a Diploma in Educational Research from the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education. She is a Reading and Literacy expert, a teacher educator and has designed several presentations and courses for professional development both in Argentina and abroad. She has been awarded by TESOL and won a IATEFL scholarship in 2016. She has been the Head at several bilingual IB institutions in Buenos Aires. At present she is an Academic Consultant for National Geographic Learning and Trinity College London Argentina. She is also a facilitator at ESSARP, where she trains heads and teachers from the most important bilingual institutions in Argentina.
Chilean Teacher of English, Bachelor of Education (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile), MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL and PhD in English Language and Linguistics (University of Sheffield, UK).
She has teaching experience in primary and pre-primary education in the state-run educational system. Trainer and developer of teacher development courses for Primary English Language Teaching. Currently, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education, Universidad de Concepción, in charge of the methodology courses in the programme of English Pedagogy. She also an active member of the Network of Chilean Researchers in ELT (RICELT).
Her teaching experience in the Chilean educational system motivates her commitment with the state-run education and teaching English to young learners in the Chilean context. Her research interests are classroom based research, researching with young learners, and primary English language teaching.
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