Dr. Valéria França has worked in the field of ELT for over twenty-five years and is a teacher and teacher trainer at Cultura Inglesa S.A., Brazil. Her PhD was in applied linguistics and sociocultural theory. This eventually led her back to the world of visual arts, focusing on drawing, painting, installation art and, more recently, transmedia storytelling as a means of mediating learning processes, especially language learning processes. She has carried out a number of projects with learners. She also encourages professional teacher development using the visual arts as a means to foster greater empathy, critical thinking, autonomy and collaboration in the learning/teaching process. She blogs at: https://valeriabfranca.com/
Varinder Unlu has worked in ELT for over 25 years, starting her teaching career in Turkey. She has held many roles in the industry: teacher, teacher trainer, academic manager, school principal, schools’ inspector, welfare officer, anti-radicalisation and safeguarding officer, materials writer and conference presenter. She has worked with learners of all ages in private language schools, in Further Education colleges and in Higher Education. She is one of the founding members and co-ordinator of the IATEFL Inclusive Practices and SEN special interest group. She is currently doing an MA in TESOL.
Vasiliki Lismani is an EFL Teacher who works in a foreign language school in her birthplace, Piraeus, Greece, and has been tutoring students with Specific Learning Differences. She has presented in Conferences, including the Image Conference in Athens, and her articles appear in the EFL Magazine. She has studied Medieval and Modern Greek Literature in the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, holds an MA in Special Education from Nottingham Trent University, UK and is CELTA certified. Her main concern is to show her students that English is much more than a school subject or a job qualification but a means of genuine expression of feelings, experiences and ideas.
Vicki Hollett has written many popular Business English course books for Oxford University Press and Pearson, app content and training videos. She grew up and spent much of my working life in the UK. She has also lived and worked in Japan and Algeria, and has delivered workshops for teachers and trainers in many countries in Europe, the Middle and Far East and South America. For a dozen or so years she has been living in Philadelphia, USA where she continues to write courses, training materials and increasingly these days, she produces videos for her award-winning website Simple English Videos.
Vicky Papageorgiou is a foreign language teacher (English, Italian, Greek) with 20 years of experience, mainly with adult learners. She holds an MA in Art (Goldsmiths College, UK) and an MA in Education (Open University of Cyprus). Last year she also completed her PGCE in Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David for. She studied in Greece, Italy and the UK but also participated in an international project for the McLuhan program in Culture and Technology (University of Toronto, Canada) for which she translated an online dictionary in Linear Perspective. Her fields of interest are Art in ESL, critical thinking, Inquiry Based learning, Technology enhanced learning and teaching adults. She is currently based in Thessaloniki (Greece) working as an Adjunct Lecturer at Metropolitan College.
Victoria Pascual has been an EFL teacher in secondary education (grades 7-12) in Spain for over 10 years. She has lived and worked in London, Paris, Madrid and now in Boston where she is currently pursuing a MA TESOL. She loves the use of visual materials in the classroom, especially the use of film through students’ own productions. She is a passionate teacher whose goal is to convey to her students the love of learning, and teaching with images and video gets her closer to that goal. It has motivated and challenged her teenage students by being meaningful and creative and it has helped them develop critical thinking skills. Victoria is also interested in exploring the use of new technologies in language teaching. She is particularly keen on expanding her knowledge in using visual arts for language teaching and learning.