Plenary Speakers

Paul Davies

Paul Davies has worked in ELT for 55 years, including 25 years at The Anglo Mexican Foundation and 16 years with The British Council, as a teacher, institute director, teacher trainer, writer and consultant. He was a founder member of Mextesol and National President. He has given talks all around Mexico and Latin America, and has written many ELT articles. He is the co-author of seven series of EFL textbooks and four ELT methodology books. For the last five years he has led the Make It Real! ELT project at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo. It is rumoured that he may finally retire from ELT soon.

LEARNER-CENTRED TEACHING IN MEXICO Most English teaching in Mexico, and much of the world, is language-centred and for general purposes – or, as has been said sardonically, for generally irrelevant purposes. In that approach, the English language is taught structure-notion-function by structure-notion-function and as if the learners were going to make everyday use of English, like native speakers. That may be fine for a few learners who will, indeed, make everyday use of English and achieve a near-native command of the language, but not for most, especially where teaching-learning conditions are not notably good.
In all conditions, the teaching-learning experience and results can be significantly improved by learner-centred communicative teaching. That begins when institutions and/or teachers ask questions like these:
» How far can the learners’ need of English, present and/or future, be defined?
» How old and/or mature are they?
» What is their level in English, and what previous learning experiences have they had, positive or negative?
» What is their native language, and their contact with other languages, especially English?
» How homogeneous are the groups in terms of need of English, level of English, age, native language, etc.?
This talk will ask such questions and explore answers to them in different English teaching-learning contexts in Mexico.

Susan Holden

Susan Holden has a long experience as a teacher, teacher trainer,writer, editor and publisher of English - and also as a learner and user of other languages. After working in ‘big’ publishing, she currently runs her own small company based in Scotland, focussing on specific projects which are designed to both support teachers and provide contexts for further discussion.

TEACHING, LEARNING AND USING ENGLISH TODAY It used to be so simple: grammar, vocabulary, skills (only four of them). All carefully graded. The learners began at the beginning, progressed through various defined levels, and …. what then? Or rather,what now? With the emergence of the role of English as an international language, its use in social media, its importance in the world of work, and the pressure to begin learning it at ever-younger ages, the language-teaching world seems to be becoming increasingly complex. This talk will focus on some of these developments, and their practical implications for teachers, teacher trainers, learners and users of the language, in a range of contexts. The aim is to help the participants assess both what is relevant, and what is not relevant, for them as individuals.

Carol Lethaby

Carol Lethaby has been involved in language teaching since 1988 and has lived and worked in the UK, Austria, France, Greece and for fourteen years in Mexico, including three years at the Anglo in Guadalajara. Carol is now based in San Francisco, California and is a part-time assistant professor on the New School online MA in TESOL, as well as being an honored instructor at UC Berkeley Extension. Carol is an author and has worked on several textbook series for learners of English, including 'Awesome', 'Next Step', 'The Big Picture' and 'English ID', all published by Richmond ELT.

What does research say about what works in the classroom? This talk looks at recent neuroscientific and cognitive research regarding effective teaching. We’ll look at some strategies that have evidence to support their use in general education, and we’ll consider whether and how these ideas can be applied to the English language classroom. The strategies that we’ll examine include the use of prior knowledge, distributed practice and practice testing, among others. I’ll discuss how to adapt classroom techniques and activities to take advantage of the latest research, with the goal of producing excellence in language learning.

Maritza Moralez Casanova

Environmentalist Maritza Moralez Casanova has spent the last two decades working to revolutionize environmental education and awareness in Mexico. At age ten, she founded the environmental organization HUNAB when she saw neighborhood children harming animals and vegetation. The organization has grown to become the force behind a major educational park focused not only on empowering children with conservation knowledge, but also with leadership skills to become strong activists and agents of change. Casanova is a 2012 Rolex Young Laureate for the Environment.

HEROES FOR GRANDMOTHER EARTH Educating children is a great endeavor, one which becomes even greater when the objective is to empower them to care about the planet we all live in. National Geographic Explorer Maritza Morales will share how to help children to become social and environmental entrepreneurs, by teaching them through HUNAB’s excellence model, while they reach their own success.

Brad Bawtinheimer

Brad Bawtinheimer originally from Canada, is an international speaker currently based in Mexico City. His specialties include technology and the utilization of 21st century skills. Additionally, he is the co-author of several text books for primary, secondary and young adults. He also spent 7 years working at the Anglo as a teacher and teacher trainer. Currently, he is a senior academic consultant at Cambridge University Press.

Everyone has a story. What’s yours? Everyone struggles from time to time, but how do we find real purpose in what we do? In order to help our students achieve their true objectives, we must first look within and find our own. The language we use, the examples we set, and our ability to keep going when things get tough are all factors that can affect the outcome of our classes. We’ll look at strategies to turn the daily challenges into opportunities and how to pass this attitude on to our students. Arrive with an open mind and leave with new ideas and language to bring a fresh way of thinking to your classes for both you and your students.

Víctor Román Segura Cano

Víctor Román Segura Cano I've been working with the Telecom, IT and Applications industry for 13 years now and I'm passionate for it. I enjoy my work and I believe the best way to learn is by teaching. I'm co-founder of Apisec Cloud Services which is based in México City and we dedicate our time to consult, design, change management, implement, training and we make sure all of our solutions can really have a positive impact on any company or school.
Professional Development and Teacher TrainingConsultingTechnical TrainingTechnical ImplementationDevice Reseller - ChromeSpeaking EngagementsEducator-to-Educator Connections.

"Flipping out with technology!"
Have you ever wondered what's the academic outreach of the internet and some apps in the ELT classroom? In this academic talk, we’ll get the chance to show and tell some of the everyday benefits we can get as teachers when not only using the internet to search for information but to transform our classes!

Juan E. Pardinas

Juan E. Pardinas Dr. Juan Ernesto Pardinas Carpizo has been the General Director at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO) since 2012.
He obtained his PhD in Government and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), authoring a thesis on the deficient infrastructure for accountability in public spending. Dr. Pardinas holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Sophia in Tokyo, Japan; and a BA in Political Science from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
Through his leadership, IMCO has become renowned for its significant contributions to public policy, including evidence-based, actionable proposals to promote transparency and accountability.
He was a correspondent for CNN (Spanish) in India, Japan, and the Philippines for two years, and has authored “Tú y tu voto construyen la democracia” (You and Your Vote Build Democracy) and “Impuestos, ¿un mal necesario’ (Taxes, a Necessary Evil?). He is a regular commentator on broadcast media programs. Dr. Pardinas writes a weekly OpEd in the national newspaper Reforma.

"English for competitiveness and social mobility"
English proficiency is a tool to boost competitiveness and social mobility. In Mexico, the public policies needed to design and implement a successful National agenda for English proficiency are not sufficient. This IMCO’s project documents the link between business competitiveness and individual welfare for those that have second language skills and offers proposals to enhance English proficiency using educational policy and job training as the main areas of reform.

Keynote Speakers

David Valente

David Valente is Academic Training Manager at the Anglo Centre for Professional Development and Assessment. He is also Coordinator of the IATEFL Young Learners and Teenagers Special Interest Group. David has 20 years’ experience in English language teaching as a teacher, academic manager, educational consultant, teacher trainer and materials developer. His specialist interests include teacher training and YL ELT management.

ELT: Profession or Industry? Pathways to professional growth and responsibility I will unpack notions of ‘professionalism’ and ‘professional growth’ in contemporary ELT. By exploring pathways to strengthening professional practice, I intend to offer delegates inspiration for enriching their own professional ELT journeys. I will demonstrate how a lack of professionalism and growth relegates ELT to a ‘factoryesque industry’ on a global scale and leads to serious reputational risks for all stakeholders. I will then identify the barriers to growth, particularly in ‘closed’ and ‘stagnationist’ teaching contexts and share real stories, to enable delegates to consider growth options beyond their own contexts. Throughout, I will advocate a multi-pronged approach which weaves together CPD, membership of communities of practice as well as the cross cutting themes of work life balance and self care. My premise throughout is that to transcend the perception of ‘ELT as industry’ and to avoid falling victim of this, as ELT professionals we need to take creative and proactive responsibility for our own professional growth.

Simon Brewster

Simon Brewster has been involved in teaching English for over 40 years. He has taught and trained teachers in the UK, Italy and Mexico. He originally studied history at the University of Cambridge before training as an English teacher and later took a Masters in Business Administration. He has written more than 10 textbooks for adults, high school and secondary students. At present he is Deputy Director General of the Anglo Mexican Foundation in Mexico City.

Teaching Monolingual Classes: The L1 – L2 Balance The vast majority of EFL students are in monolingual classes taught by teachers whose first language is not English. Given this situation, how should teachers handle the use of L2 in the classroom and what is the ideal balance between both languages? Knowing both languages gives teachers additional tools they can use in the classroom but when should L2 be used and what other insights can teachers use to make the learning process more effective?

Paul Davies

Paul Davies has worked in ELT for 55 years, including 25 years at The Anglo Mexican Foundation and 16 years with The British Council, as a teacher, institute director, teacher trainer, writer and consultant. He was a founder member of Mextesol and National President. He has given talks all around Mexico and Latin America, and has written many ELT articles. He is the co-author of seven series of EFL textbooks and four ELT methodology books. For the last five years he has led the Make It Real! ELT project at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo. It is rumoured that he may finally retire from ELT soon.

The development of English teacher training in Mexico
This talk addresses three fundamental questions:
1. Has the enormous increase in English teacher training programmes in Mexico over the past half century produced satisfactory results?
2. How much do the ETT programmes now offered take into account the needs of Mexican students of English?
3. How much do the ETT programmes try to develop the trainees’ ability to adapt to different teaching-learning contexts and to learn continuously from experience?
The answers will suggest ways forward in English teacher training and English teaching.

Evelina Valdes

Evelina Valdes Psychologist, director of Mente Sapiens. Teaches Mindfulness programs in educational and clinical settings. Is the author of mindful practices for Kinder, Primary and Secondary books for the teaching of English as a foreign language, Richmond Publishing. Writes and talks about Mindful parenting in Bbmundo magazine and Bbmundo social network. Collaborates with Martha Debayle´s radio program.

How Mindfulness can improve learning processes and enhance well-being.
Training in Mindfulness -the intentional cultivation of moment by moment non judgmental focused attention and awareness- can enhance attentional and emotional self regulation in both teachers and students. It also increases wellbeing, teaching self-efficacy, learning receptivity and establisihing supportive teachers-students relationship.

Andy Cowle

Andy Cowle A graduate of German and English Linguistics and a former English language teacher, Andy has been in global ELT publishing and training for 30 years. Passionate about creative materials and motivating teachers, Andy gives practical talks, encouraging teachers to try new ideas, and connecting language learning with the real world.

Changing English, Changing Teaching
English is not a fixed subject for school exams but a vital communication skill for life, and we are the learners’ only tutors and role models. We need to make every effort to evaluate what we do in preparing young people and adults to use language effectively and meaningfully in globally diverse communities. We know the world – and English – is changing at an incredible pace, and so it is essential that we stay fully aware of the changing nature of language, as well as the varied, real-world learning objectives of our students.
We must therefore observe and address these needs with an evolving lingua franca in mind. We have to constantly and bravely consider these crucial questions: What is proper English? Which English do learners need and how will they use it? And how does this reflect our day-to-day ELT classroom practices and approaches? This presentation confronts realities to open minds and develop a mindset and approach to a more flexible ELT reality in the 21st century classroom.

Adriana Rebollo Philippe

Adriana Rebollo Philippe Dip, RSA is Assessment Services Manager for Cambridge English Language Assessment in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Adriana holds a BA in Biology, an MSc in Science and a BA in English Language Teaching from SEP. Adriana has been a teacher, teacher trainer, ICELT trainer and a certified Cambridge examiner for over 35 years.

Hand in hand with Cambridge Assessment English: Learning, Teaching and Assessment
Learning English has become essential for Mexican institutions. Proving students’ knowledge has become increasingly important. In this session, we will explore the importance of quality certifications and the principles underlying Cambridge Assessment English language qualifications. We will also consider how to support teachers embracing the opportunities that technology brings to help and inspire students to learn effectively with tools and resources.
If you require any further information, let me know.

Barbara Bangle

Barbara Bangle Barbara is from the United States, but has lived and worked in Mexico for many years. She holds a BA in English language teaching and an MA in Education. She works with OUP as an academic consultant, and as a full-time professor at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico.

"Excellence in teaching: What do we expect?"
Most of us have an ideal in mind when we talk about excellence, whether it refers to a tangible object, such as a car, or something intangible, such as teaching and learning. This talk will look at some of the essential elements we should consider when describing excellence in teaching.

Ismael Sombra

Ismael Sombra Rodríguez head of Quality Assurance at The Anglo, has worked in ELT since 1999. He is an approved ICELT tutor and holds the DELTA qualification; modules 1 and 2. His interest in teacher development led him to design a course for mentors, which has been accredited by English UK.

Fossilised teaching; when classroom rituals eclipse principled teaching. Fossilisation refers to the process in which incorrect language becomes a habit, but could fossilisation be present in our teaching practice as well? It is said fossilised language errors may never be corrected unless the learner sees a reason to do so. Teachers could easily fall into this trap when it comes to teaching procedures and classroom activities. In this talk, some common ritualised classroom activities will be analised and alternatives will be suggested.

Concurrent Session Speakers

English teacher, researcher and post-graduate student. With nine years in the field of teaching ESL,
I have fallen in love with the teaching-learning experience.

Young and passionate psychologist and English teacher whose main objective is not only to teach the language, but also life skills to help students improve their personal and professional development.

Ana Linda Sesma studied Linguistics and has been teaching English as a second language for more than 10 years, with experience teaching both young learners and adults. She has also been working in publishing houses as an Editorial Coordinator creating contents for ELT Textbooks.

Andrea Beltran is an English teacher at The Anglo, and currently taking up a bachelor’s degree in Teaching English at UNAM. As a teacher, she has trained to perform highly with different ages, and levels, from beginner to advanced levels; and in different schools, having to adapt to the school programmes and rules... Her dedication and creativity is what sets her apart from anybody else.

Andres Ramirez has been actively involved in ELT for over 15 years as a teacher in various contexts and as a teacher trainer and mentor. He holds Cambridge English Delta modules 1, 2, and 3. He is Trainer Development Coordinator at the Anglo Centre for Professional Development and Assessment.

Arthur Laing has been teaching since 2003, mainly in the EAP context in China, but with considerable experience of General English and test-preparation classes. Since 2013, he has been working as a CELTA and ICELT trainer, and has trained extensively in the Far East, and in Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Kazakhstan. He is now working with David Valente for The Anglo’s Teacher Training Department on their part-time CELTA course, and reviewing other training courses provided by The Anglo.

Berenice León has worked in English Language Teaching field for 15 years, including 14 years at Harmon Hall as a teacher, Academic Coordinator and Institute Director. She took a TESOL Programme in Toronto Canada and she is currently an Academic Supervisor in The Anglo Mexican foundation.

Daniel Cortes is the Academic Supervisor at The Anglo Florida. He has worked as an English teacher for 12 years in different institutions and also participated as an academic leader along his career.

Daniel Hernandez is in charge of the Development and Innovation department at The Anglo. He holds a BA degree in Linguistics and has been working at The Anglo for almost fifteen years as an English teacher, teacher trainer, and course designer. He's currently taking Delta Module 2.

Mr. Eli Israel Contreras holds a BA in English Language Teaching from the Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas. He has been a bilingual teacher for elementary school and EFL facilitator for different institutions in Tampico and Ciudad Madero for almost 8 years. His certifications include TKT, Trinity College, and CENNI C1. Currently, he teaches at elementary school levels and at the American School of Tampico Languages Division where he has taught from beginners up to Professional English. He is an active member of Mextesol attending different presentations and academic Saturdays as well as The Mextesol National Convention held in Monterrey in October 2016. He has presented at The International Mextesol Convention in Leon in 2017 as well as in Tampico Chapter Academic Saturdays and for the Anahuac Universities in Tampico.

Elías Alvarado is Educational Technology Coordinator and in-service Teacher Trainer at the University of Guadalajara's Language Center (PROULEX). His areas of interest and expertise include English language teaching, curriculum design and development, e-learning, and professional development.

Originally from the US, Emily has been living and teaching in Mexico for 11 years. A passionate teacher at The Anglo for 4 years, Emily has completed the ICELT and DIHEM. She works as a mentor and teacher in the Anglocentro Del Valle.

ELT teacher for more than 15 years. Materials creator and teacher trainer for public universities and language schools. Presently works as academic supervisor for The Anglo and formally specializing in management.

Isabel Lopez Delgado, English Teacher at the Anglo Toluca, holds a B.A. in Languages by the UAEM. Isabel has worked as a Spanish assistant in the UK and has 10 years of experience as an English teacher. Currently, Isabel is writing her dissertation as part of her Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics.

Jackeline Franco has worked as an ELT for 15 years. She is involved in teacher training, mentoring and teaching different age groups. She completed DELTA Module 1 some years ago, but found challenges terrifying after some unsuccessful atempts. Now she is ready to take up her career where she left off.

Jacqueline Figueroa holds a degree in ELT from CENEVAL and studied Pedagogy at UNAM. She is a passionate teacher, mentor and trainer at the Anglo. Her broad experience stretches from multiple age groups and teaching contexts. She recently completed DELTA Module 2. She has always been fascinated by challenges.

Juan Manuel Rojas is in charge of the Research and Development department at The Anglo. He holds a BA degree in English Language Teaching from the FES Acatlán, UNAM and has working experience as an English teacher, language coordinator, teacher trainer, and course & exams designer at the EBC and UVM.

Juan Pablo studied Psychology, but fell for teaching English at the age of 24. He participated in different training sessions while working at IPN. He also worked as an Academic Supervisor in the Anglo Coyoacán in 2015 and got promoted to Academic Operations Coordinator in 2017.

Liliana Liceaga has been involved in ELT for about ten years, teaching children, young adults and adults of all levels, and she's currently working as an Academic Supervisor in the Anglo Izcalli.

Luis Miguel Sánchez is a member of Anglo Coyoacán with 15 years of experience teaching all CEFR levels, exams classes and delivering workshops. Also, QAP Observer, Mentor, Oral Examiner and TKT Trainer. He holds the CPE, TKT, TESOL, ICELT, The Mentor Training Certificate moderated by English UK and the TPC.

Miguel is an Academic Consultant and QAP Observer at The Anglo and has more than 10 years experience in ELT. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences from the UNAM and is currently stuyding an MA in Communication Strategies at the UAM Cuajimalpa. He also holds DELTA Module 1.

Oliver Eden Sánchez (México, 1982) strongly believes anyone can make a positive difference in the world. He is an ELT professional, mentor and consultant, he is truly interested in teacher training, and professional development, because he is determined to make things better for himself and for others.

Patricia Franco became a TESOL practitioner in 1998, working with various organisations in Mexico's public and independent sectors as a second language educator, teacher trainer and educational advisor ever since She has collaborated with The Anglo since 2002. She is half way her MA in TESOL.

Rebeca Robles has been involved in ELT for over 20 years, During her teaching practice, she has taught both young learners, teens and adults. she has continued her personal development through different course as well as workshops which have sensitized her towards student's needs and how to deliver classes accordingly.

An in-service teacher and mentor in The Anglo Toluca. Interested in professional development and all trends regarding ELT. Technophile, ICELTee, and student-oriented teacher. Assertive -sometimes bluntly-, objective and reserved humang being.

Roberto Miranda has recently concluded his Master's dissertation for the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) where he also studied a B.A. in Languages. Roberto currently teaches in the Faculty of Languages in Toluca and at The Anglo Toluca.

Rosalía Valero is Senior Strategic Development Manager - Americas at Cambridge Assessment English. She's passionate about teacher education and professional growth, but she's still a teacher at heart.

Susan Holden has a long experience as a teacher, teacher trainer,writer, editor and publisher of English - and also as a learner and user of other languages. After working in ‘big’ publishing, she currently runs her own small company based in Scotland, focussing on specific projects which are designed to both support teachers and provide contexts for further discussion.

Teresa Gonzalez has been teaching and coordinating for the last 22 years. She got her Masters of Arts in Teaching and her ESOL/Bilingual Education endorsement from Portland, Oregon area universities. At present, Teresa is an English literature teacher as well as Anglo trainer in the city of Puebla.

Victoria Terreros is the Quality Assurance coordinator, and has worked as a teacher, Academic Coordinator and teacher trainer for several years at The Anglo. She is a trainer for the Primary and Preschool training courses and she has also participated in training projects for Primary teachers for the public sector in Guanajuato, Tlaxcala, Sonora and Hidalgo. Her main interest is teaching young learners and designing materials for this age group.

Vladimir Hernandez Cervantes is a CPE and ICELT holder and has been an ELT professional for 12 years. He has worked in private institutions and public schools at different levels: young learners, children, teenagers and adults. Currently, he is interested in helping initial teachers and trainees develop professionally.