Kerstin OkuboKerstin Okubo has been an ESL professional for more than 20 years. She began her focus on EAP in 2008, and has been teaching at the University of Toronto for the last six years. Kerstin is currently the Lead Instructor for Academic Listening and Speaking with the University of Toronto’s IFP program. She is also interested in drawing and painting, and spends her free time exploring these mediums.
Kieran Donaghyhttp://film-english.com/ won a British Council ELTons Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources, the most prestigious European media in education prize the MEDEA Award for User-Generated Media in 2013, and an English Speaking Union Award in 2014. Kieran is the author of several books including the methodology book Film in Action (DELTA Publishing). His areas of interest include film, video, empathy, values and psychology in language learning. You can find out more about Kieran and his work at his website http://kierandonaghy.com/ .
Linda Ruas has been teaching and training teachers for many years, in Brazil, Japan and now back home in London. Recently she’s worked on short teaching and training projects in São Tomé and Príncipe and in the refugee camp in Calais. She now teaches ESOL and CELTA at Greenwich Community College, London, and, in her spare time, runs the British Council ELTons-nominated Easier English wiki New Internationalist.
Lisa StaggLisa Stagg lectures in British Studies and is an Academic Skills Course Leader at the University of Bath. Previously, she ran the university’s hugely successful ELAC (English Language and Culture) programme. Lisa is a passionate advocate for the use of visual media in language and academic teaching. Her current research examines the role of inclusive teaching and English language classroom techniques in the broader academic pedagogical context.
Louise Emma PotterLouise Emma Potter has been working in the education field for more than 25 years. She was born in England and now lives in Brazil. She graduated in Advertising and Marketing from E. S. P. M and has since then applied her knowledge in the Education area, having as area of expertise teacher training and teacher development. She worked as a coordinator for 12 years leading a team of teachers for a well-known language school and now leads her own business at Teach-in Education developing the professional growth of language teachers in mainstream and language schools through workshops, online courses and training sessions. Presenting webinars is also a way she has found to help develop teacher’s skills. She is the co-author of Young Learners series of English books at Somos Educação writing for Sistema Anglo de Ensino and the co-author of Paddy the Jelly and Green House series from Pearson.
Magdalena BrzezinskaMagdalena Brzezinska is a graduate of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. She is an EFL teacher with over 20 years of experience, a teacher trainer with over 10 years of experience, an international conference speaker, and a sworn translator and interpreter. She taught Practical English and Sociolinguistics to English Philology students at the University of Warmia and Masuria, Poland. At present, she teaches General and Business English to students of the WSB University in Poznan, Poland. She enjoys regular and online PBL, and she believes in the value of visual arts in language education. She is a member of FILTA and Membership Officer for the Visual Arts Circle. In her free time, she organizes international collaborative projects featuring participants’ art and literature (https://issuu.com/magdabr ).
Magdalena Dygala is a teacher trainer at the University of Technology and Humanities in Radom and also an EFL teacher at Slowacki High School. She has been involved in the PEACE project – Cross Cultural Understanding for the last 10 years, hosting many trainees from around the world in her high school. In 2014 she was one of the winners of the International Headway Scholarship and participated in a 2-week professional development course at Exeter College in Oxford. Her main interests include: boosting creativity in the language classroom through music and songs, game-like activities and making videos with her students. When she’s not busy with teaching she loves reading English books, listening to rock music and travelling. She writes guest blog posts for ETpedia created by John Hughes.
Magdalena WasilewskaMagdalena Wasilewska is a graduate of Warsaw University in Poland – Teacher Training College and Amercian Studies Center. She is a teacher with over 20 years of experience, DOS in a private school of English “Green Hills Academy”, a graduate of Teacher Trainer Academy – DOS- ELTea, Cambridge oral examiner, conference speaker, licenced tour guide. She is a member of IATEFL and FILTA Associations.
Marc Garcia FustéELE Videos in which he shares lesson plans designed around short videos. He currently works at UAB Idiomes, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), where he has given various workshops on the use of images. In addition, he is a keen photographer whose work has been exhibited and used on the cover of a number of books.
Marcela JaloMarcela Jalo is an EFL teacher (UNLP). She holds a MA in TEFL (University of Jaén–Spain). She teaches English Didactics at Universidad Nacional de La Plata. She coordinates the English Department at Colegio Nacional Rafael Hernández (UNLP) and she is also a head teacher at Escuela de Lenguas (UNLP). She has several years’ experience teaching in secondary schools and university level and has a keen interest in material design to enable student teachers to take informed decisions and make choices in the use of student-generated content.
Margarita KosiorELT for a Better World. As a mother of two bilingual children, Margarita is a strong supporter of bilingual and multilingual education. As a curious trend-spotter, she is always on the lookout for current approaches and methods in language teaching.
Mark McKinnonhttps://teachpronunciation.blog/ He is also a tutor on OxfordTEFL’s Trinity Dip TESOL. He has a special interest in senior learners and co-wrote two articles on the subject for the journal English Teaching Professional.
Mary Kavanaghwww.juiceboxenglish.com, a language learning resource for English language learners, with a focus on Ireland.
Meghan KilleenMeghan Killeen is a New York City-based instructor with 10 years of experience teaching ESL both privately and for language programs. She is TESOL certified and completing her M.A. in TESOL from The New School. She is currently the Head Instructor at the ESL School at the New York Film Academy where she has designed and implemented curricula for both a Filmmaking and Visual Narrative elective. She recently presented at the 2017 Adult Basic Education Consortium on the topic of project-based learning projects for the arts and also was invited to speak at the 2015 Spring Mini NY TESOL Conference on how to integrate media in the classroom to enhance language skills. She has also taught as a private instructor at a private English immersion school in Japan. In addition to her teaching experience, she has a background in Graphic Design and Marketing and has contributed to Time Out Tokyo and design magazine, Cool Hunting.
Michael FreeMichael Free is an ESL/EFL teacher who has spent the last 10 years teaching in South Korea. He holds MA’s in TESL/TEFL and Music Criticism. In addition to content-based teaching, he is keenly interested in the use of visual art in conjunction with thinking routines.
Miguel Farias is an English language teaching educator who works at Departamento de Linguistica y Literatura, Universidad de Santiago de Chile. He holds an MA in Linguistics from Ohio University and a Ph. D. from the Catholic University of America. His research interest in multimodality led him to explore the relations between reading comprehension and visual literacy. Another line of inquiry is the study of homophobic discourse in the socio semiotic landscape of Santiago, Chile, and Bogotá, Colombia. One of his latest research interests is the study of visual and verbal representations (multimodal metaphors) of language learning and teacher identity as pedagogical resources in English language education programs. His papers on these topics are published in journals and books in Latin America and Europe.
Naomi EpsteinVisualising Ideas and her twitter handle is: @naomishema. She lives in Kiryat-Ono, Israel, with her husband and two sons.
Nick WhiteNick White is a Teaching Fellow in ESOL in the School of Language and Area Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK, where he teaches language and communication for academic and professional purposes to undergraduate students on business, humanities and social science programmes. He has an MA in Literary Linguistics in which he studied postcolonial literature written in English (primarily from Nigerian authors Amos Tutuola, Chinhua Achebe, Ken Saro-Wiwa and Ben Okri). Originally trained in Art and Design at Leeds College of Art and Goldsmith’s College, University of London, he has a good knowledge of the theory and practice of visual arts and has applied this extensively in his language teaching. His three main current interests are in the History of Language Learning and Teaching (HoLLT), understanding language within a semiological framework, and coherence.
Nora NagyHelbling Readers Blog, and she teaches for the British Council in Budapest. She has taught the course ‘Using Literature in the Language Classroom’ at the University of Debrecen. She specialises in teaching with literature and the visual arts, and she is interested in literacy and museum education. She has edited various graded readers and an exam preparation course.