This Google Map is interactive, so feel free to move it around. Click on a pin to see which Associate it represents. Then, read everyone's profiles below. We're very proud to have such talented teachers willing to collaborate with us at iTDi. Some of the Associates listed worked on our English for Teachers course, some are working on developing a new course, Teaching Young Learners, and some have worked on both!
Vladimira teaches English as a foreign language at State Language School in Slovakia. She teaches general and business English to adults and teenagers. She is interested in student-centered approaches, developing learners' autonomy and believes that a teacher shouldn't be a slave of course books and that inspiration, motivation, purpose and meaning are essential in learning. She brings colours, crayons and surpr@ise (surprise + praise) to her classroom and just recently also on the canvas.
Anna is a Polish teacher and teacher trainer holding a Ph.D. from Silesian University. She has worked at the military unit, at college, teaching British Literature and Culture and as methodology director in a private language school. She has also published articles on literature, culture and language teaching. At the moment she is working on workshops and teaching English to young learners and adults. Anna is interested in using drama, music and literature in ELT. She strongly believes that a lesson carried out with enthusiasm and passion is an unforgettable experience for the learners.
Miguel is a Venezuelan ESP teacher in the school of librarianship at Universidad Central de Venezuela. He holds a Master's degree in English as a foreign language. He's an ICT consultant and e-moderator for the British Council in Venezuela. He's a founder member and current Vice-president of AVEALMEC (a Venezuela CALL Association). He's also an IATEFL and Webheads in Action member. Miguel Mendoza is interested in extensive reading, ICT integration in ELT and functional diversity.
Anna teaches English to students of physics at Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia. She also gives in-company classes of General English, Business English and ESP to adult learners. Anna helps design materials for English courses at the English department of Physics Faculty. Writing is her big passion and one of her aspirations, too. Anna is enthusiastic about teacher AND student self-development and reflection as part of it. She strongly believes that fruitful education process is driven by the mix of positive thinking, inner as well as outer motivation and avid curiosity. She's an incorrigible reader and a lifelong learner who's caught between action and contemplation. The biggest dream she has is to some day make a difference in this profession.
Márcia has been involved in TEFL for over 25 years and currently teaches and trains teachers at her own language school, B. A. English School, in Brazil. Her passions include teaching (very) young learners and using technology in the classroom.
Marco holds a Master's degree in Child Psychology and a degree in Development Communication. He has been teaching children and training teachers in Japan for over 16 years. He believes learning and teaching English should be fun and easy for both non-native learners and non-native teachers. Theater is a passion and directing plays is what turns him on. Marco, his wife, his daughter, and his pet dog, Pippin, live in Tsukuba City, Japan.
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Özge is an EFL teacher and a freelance teacher trainer in teaching young/very young learners and teaching with web based technologies in Istanbul, Turkey. She's passionate about facilitating collaboration, innovation and connecting to others. She strongly believes the uniqueness of each individual child, the importance of nurturing children's creativity and encouraging them to make connections with the world around them. Recently, she has been working on global online projects with her students and she enjoys working with them a lot.
Işıl is an EFL Instructor at Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. Having taken her BA in TEFL from Istanbul University, she started her Online Master's Degree in Educational Technology and TESOL at the University Of Manchester. Having developed a heartfelt love for educational technology, she came to realise that in a highly tech-driven society, education and technology should go hand in hand. ICT in Education, Blended Learning and Second Life in Education are among her interests. She is also a twitter addict and keen on fashion.
For more than twenty-five years I have specialized in teaching English as a foreign language to deaf and hard of hearing pupils in Israel. I began my career as an elementary school teacher but have taught high-school for the last 21 years. I have a B.A. in Deaf Education, a B.E.D. in EFL and an M.A. in Curriculum Development. I'm the author of two textbooks for these pupils. I am both a teacher and a teachers' counselor. As a firm believer in the quote: "Be the change you want to see in the world" (Gandhi) I have found that sharing with others, networking and reading have helped me keep my enthusiasm for teaching burning bright. I've recently discovered the joys of audiobooks - I now read books AND listen to them while doing housework!
Arjana is a high school English and German teacher from Zagreb, Croatia. She is an avid user of web 2.0 technologies and a lifelong learner with a strong passion for travel. She believes that collaboration is the key to success. She has organized and participated in many international projects and school exchanges.
Vicky Loras is an English teacher, born in the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada. She has been teaching English as a foreign language and literature to students of all ages, for over fifteen years. She now lives in Switzerland and is the co-founder and owner of The Loras English Network, a school she opened with her sister, Eugenia. We teach English, train teachers and also hold children's events.
Nour is a Jordanian computer teacher, has studied CIS & ICT in education, is passionate about new technologies in the classroom, believes that the 21C learning & teaching must take place in every classroom, to finally prepare our digital natives children to live, learn and work in this rapid race of digital communities. She wants every kid to have a better education & life, by spreading knowledge to educators all over the world.
Christina is an Athens university graduate and an EFL teacher in Maria Markaki Language School in Heraklion (Greece), where she was also born. She is fortunate enough to have been trusted with students of all ages and levels within her working years, their ages ranging from 5 to 50 years old! Using all types of modern technology along with traditional books to create new learning experiences is what fascinates her. In her free time, she relishes blogging and cycling, while she never fails to attend her favourite book club sessions. All links concerning the school she works in can be found on this colourful glog!
Mari teaches in Chiba University of Commerce. She has long been fascinated by how language works and curious about how languages are learned. She is exploring ways to help students to find it fun to learn an additional language by actually using it for communication and collaboration, and particularly interested in integrating technology to expand their learning opportunities.
Mari's blog: Teaching and Learning Languages
Yitzha (Icha) teaches in the Kidea Preschool and Kindergarten in Jakarta, Indonesia and loves every minute of being in her Kindergarten class. She's passionate about English. She believes in collaboration, expanding her knowledge and building connections between teachers and encouraging their further progress. She is convinced that education is possible in many ways. She loves evolving and re-inventing herself by broadening her teaching subjects from early learners to adults. She knows one is never too young or too old to learn, and that children are entitled to a good education. And that is why a passionate teacher can make a difference.
Chiew currently works for Aula10 Triana, a small new language school, and Atribord Associates, a company specialising in training business & professional people to communicate more efficiently in a language that is not their own. He’s based in The Canary Islands. The Internet has opened up a world of infinite possibilities, and this motivates him tremendously, instigating his continual search for new ways of bringing fun into education. He believes one learns more when one’s having fun!
Cecilia has been an English teacher in her hometown of Recife in Brazil, since 1993. She is also a materials writer and teacher trainer. She is passionate about teaching for its power of transforming people and their future. She’s also an enthusiast about sharing and learning with other teachers around the world, especially through the use of social media. Her areas of interest in ELT are assessment, correction and the use of technology in ELT. She loves books, music and languages.
I'm a Peruvian teacher at Asociación Cultural Peruano Británica in Lima. I've been an English teacher in my hometown since 1985 and I love it! I hold the COTE and CPE. I teach teenagers and adults and I've also had the opportunity to be a teacher trainer. I feel every day can be a new beginning and it's up to us to bring the best out of our students!
Henrick is a freelance teacher and teacher educator in Brasília, the capital of Brazil. He believes that teachers have to be true educators to make change happen. He has been a working in ELT for 18 years and he has learned the power of sharing ideas for professional and personal growth. He certainly enjoys being with friends, and this is what he does when not teaching.
Tamas is an English teacher with over 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher. He has also worked in the coursebook publishing industry as marketing executive and teacher trainer. Tamas is passionate about learning communities, mentoring and using technology in teaching and teacher development. He is most interested in the process of building and expanding and nurturing professional relationships. Currently he is a full-time father with two beautiful daughters and pursues his professional interests when his "bosses" are asleep.
Bruno has been teaching English in Brazil for over 10 years with a very special dedication to teaching Young Learners. He is keen on the use of technology as a means for language learning whether it is through the use of Web 2.0 resources or online environments and, more recently, webinars. Bruno is one of the founders of what iniatially began as a Twitter hashtagged chat: #BRELTchat for Brazilian English Language Teachers. This Twitter chat has now migrated to a threaded discussion via Facebook once it was identified that this was a more suitable medium for the Brazilian community. One of the very first Facebook group pages for Brazilian Language teachers was also set up by Bruno and it has become a vibrant community of about 1300 teachers (facebook.com/groups/brelt).
Andy is an Associate Professor at Toyo Gakuen University and has been teaching in Japan for 15 years. His research interests include teacher development, action research, motivation and more. He has published and presented on his work extensively both in and outside of Japan. He has also helped (is helping) to organize many TESOL-related conferences. His PhD study focuses on how interacting in non-judgmental environments can facilitate the development of the teacher-researcher via reflection, increased awareness, and discovery of possible next steps forward.
Fitri started her career in English Language Teaching in 1992. Initially she taught English for private Indonesian students but then she was hired by a local English school in Jakarta and since then has been teaching in various English schools, public schools, and universities. She graduated from Social and Political Science School majoring in International Relations at Jayabaya University Jakarta and is now continuing her Masters Degree in Education Administration at University of Muhammadiyah Prof. DR. HAMKA (UHAMKA) Jakarta. She got her Certificate IV in TESOL from DU English College, Brisbane, Australia and earned her Certificate IV in Training and Education from Australian Project Management Institute, Brisbane Australia. She co-founded VIE Foundation that aims to support and provide scholarship to English Language teachers who want to improve their English proficiency and teaching skills. Her passion now is helping the kids from poor families to have a proper early childhood education. To support her mission, in early 2012 she established a free Kindergarten school for farmers’ kids located in Karawang, West Java Province. In the school she provides free English lessons for the kids, invites expatriate volunteer teachers, and trains teachers how to teach English to Young Learners using fun and creative ways.
Esra holds a BA in English Language and Teaching. She has been teaching English to Young and Very Young Learners for 10 years. Currently, she is working fot Terakki Foundation Schools as an English teacher and she is the kindergarten coordinator and Interdepartmental Liaison. She is also a Cambridge ESOL Oral Examiner for Young Learners' (Starters, Flyers, Movers) and KET, PET exams. She is a teacher trainer and a freelance speaker and has given several talks both at national and international conferences. Her motto in teaching is "If there's fun, there's hope for learning!"
Cherry is an English Teacher from India who is currently pursuing his PhD in English Language Education (ELE) at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFL-U), Hyderabad. He started teaching English full-time from 2005 onwards and has taught it in many parts of South India. He generally teaches general and test preparation English to adults. From 2009 to 2011 he was sent to Myanmar (Burma) on an Indian Government funded Indo-ASEAN Integration (IAI) project. As part of the project he helped to set up an English language teaching/training centre called Myanmar-India Centre for English Language Teaching (MICELT) at Yangon, conducted a variety of teacher training programmes for the Myanmar teachers of English and was actively involved in variety of continuing professional activities including that of ELTeCS, Myanmar. Back in India he works as a freelance teacher and is a Teaching Assistant at EFL-U, Hyderabad.
Anna is from Canada, but currently based in Portugal. She has been teaching young learners, teenagers and adults in different contexts for over 20 years and is currently Assistant Director of Studies at International House Braga. She especially enjoys working with YLs and teenagers and is always on the lookout for new ways to motivate them in the language classroom. One of her main interests, and an area in which she has been doing research, is trying to understand how ‘attention’ works with teens and children.
Malu has been working in Brazil for 20 years as an English teacher, materials designer, translator and consultant for publishers. She has taught in schools, language institutes and in companies, where she has developed a new concept of ELT in the workplace.
She's passionate about teaching. She believes teachers can affect how students perceive the world around them; they can ignite a spark of curiosity and help them develop their own creativity; they can help them overcome fears, express themselves, initiate ideas, plans, actions and a desire for lifelong learning.
She's also an enthusiastic runner and she loves dogs.
I'm an EFL senior teacher at a primary language school in Cairo, Egypt. I taught different age groups and levels for more than twelve years. My main interests are online teaching & learning, exploring and using new web 2.0 tools in blended learning and enhancing creativity in the classroom. I believe that a teacher should enjoy teaching so that the students enjoy learning.
Juan is an EFL educator, who is passionate about affective language learning with young learners. In 1994, he founded a language school in São Paulo, where children learn English affectively through play, storytelling, and puppeteering. Juan is also very curious about how confidence, creativity, and technology can be fully lived in language learning. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Pedagogy and a Master's degree in Education. Juan enjoys backpacking, chatting, and collecting frogs.
Jennifer holds degrees as English University Professor, Bachelor in Educational Management, English Public Translator and ICT in the Classroom validated by Trinity College London. Her emphasis in training teachers to integrate technology into the classroom started several years ago. Since then has given numerous workshops on the integration of New Technologies in Education. Currently she is an ICT Teacher Trainer at ESSARP. She is proud Webhead and President of ARCALL Argentine Computer Assisted Language Learning.
Chiyuki is a private language school owner for young learners, ALT at a nursery school and a writer of TESOL materials. She has co-authored 2 textbooks. She is currently undertaking a distance learning Master’s course at Aston University, UK that specializes in Teaching English for Young Learners. Her interests vary from Yoga to collecting, writing, and sharing picture books with young learners.