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'English for Teachers' (EFT) Course Writing Team

Click on the photos for bios and links.


Chuck Sandy
iTDi Faculty


Barbara Sakamoto
iTDi Faculty


Kate Cory-Wright
iTDi Faculty


Vladimira Michalkova
iTDi Associate


Anna Musielak
iTDi Associate


Miguel Mendoza
iTDi Associate


Anna Loseva
iTDi Associate


Márcia Lima
iTDi Associate


Marco Brazil
iTDi Associate


Özge Karaoglu
iTDi Associate


Isil Boy
iTDi Associate


Naomi Epstein
iTDi Associate


Arjana Blazic
iTDi Associate


Vicky Loras
iTDi Associate


Miss Noor
iTDi Associate


Martha Mendoza
iTDi Associate


Christina Markoulaki
iTDi Associate


Mari Yamauchi
iTDi Associate


Yitzha Sarwono
iTDi Associate


Chiew Pang
iTDi Associate


Cecilia Lemos
iTDi Associate


Henrick Oprea
iTDi Associate


Tamas Lorincz
iTDi Associate

Chuck Sandy EFT Course Director, Author

iTDi Faculty

Chuck Sandy teaches in the School For Humanities at Chubu University in central Japan. He's passionate about community building, collaboration, and project-based learning. He believes that positive change in education is possible and happens one teacher, one classroom, one school at a time. He's recently started carrying a camera with him where ever he goes in hopes of capturing great moments in and out of the classroom.

Barbara Hoskins Sakamoto EFT Course Author

iTDi Faculty

Barb has been teaching EFL/ESL in a variety of contexts for more than 20 years. She is co-author of the hugely popular Let's Go coursebook series for kids. Barb is passionate about teaching and teachers collaborating. Visit Barb's blog Teaching Village » here.

Kate Cory-Wright EFT Course Author

iTDi Faculty

Kate is passionate about working with teachers in international contexts. She has trained teachers in 23 countries around the world - Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. She has co-authored 17 EFL books, as well as writing video materials, e-projects and teacher training materials. She lives in the stunning country of Ecuador in South America.

Vladimira Michalkova EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

Vladimira Michalkova 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.

Vladimira's Blog

Anna Musielak EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

Anna Musielak 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 Mendoza EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

Miguel Mendoza 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 IATFEL and Webheads in Action member.

Miguel's blog: The Ve-blog

Anna Loseva EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

Anna Loseva teaches English for Physicists at Moscow State University in Russia. She also works as an in-company teacher and is very much fond of introducing Reading Literature in her classes whenever appropriate. Anna is passionate about teacher AND student self-development and 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.

Website for the English Department of MSU, Physics faculty

Márcia Lima EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

Márcia Lima 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 Brazil EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

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.

Özge Karaoglu EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

Özge Karaoglu 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.

Isil Boy EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

Isil Boy 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.

Naomi Epstein EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

For the past 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!

Naomi's blog: Visualizing Ideas

Arjana Blazic EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

Arjana Blazic 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.

Arjana's blogs:
Twittrovadruzina
Traveloteacher
Greetings from the World Wiki

Vicky Loras EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

My name is Vicky Loras and I am an English Teacher, born in Toronto, Canada. For ten years, my sisters (Eugenia and Christine) and I owned an English School in Greece, The Loras English Academy, but I have now moved with my eldest sister to Switzerland, where I continue to work as an English teacher. I believe in teaching as an ongoing learning process, both for the benefit of the students and the teacher. For that reason I love attending workshops and conferences! Outside class you can usually find me at bookshops or libraries, I absolutely love books!

Miss Noor EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

Miss Noor is a Jordanian computer teacher, studied CIS &ICT in education, 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.

Vicky Saumell EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

Maria Victoria Saumell holds a degree in Literary and Technical Translation and a Diploma in the Theory and Methodology of TESOL (Distinction). She is the co-author of Teacher Development Interactive: Preparation for the Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT), author of Meeting Point 3 and 4 for the Storyline coursebook series and series consultant for English in Common coursebook series, all for Pearson. She is currently the author and tutor of New Learning Environments for the Master's in ELT at Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia. She is the Overall Coordinator of the EFL department at Instituto San Francisco de Asis, a private school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is also a freelance materials writer and a presenter at professional development conferences, especially on the integration of ICT for language learning. She is an amateur acrobatic gymnast and a proud mum and pet-owner.

Vicky's blog on technology integration for language learning
ISFA wiki (Vicky's school)

Christina Markoulaki EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

Christina Markoulaki 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 in 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!

Christina's student blog

Mari Yamauchi EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

Mari Yamauchi 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: Reflections on...

Yitzha Sarwono EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

Yitzha Sarwono (Icha) teaches in the Kidea Preschool and Kindergarten in Jakarta, Indonesia. 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 to come in many ways. She loves evolving and re-inventing herself in form of broaden her teaching subjects from Early learners to age of consent. She knows one is never too young or too old to learn. Visit Icha's blog: Yitzha Sarwono's Posterous

Chiew Pang EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

Chiew Pang currently works for 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!

Chiew's blog: A cLiL to cLiMB
Chiew's Twitter: @ClilToClimb

Cecilia Lemos EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

Cecilia Lemos has been an English teacher in her hometown of Recife in Brazil, for 17 years. 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. She loves books and languages.

Cecilia's blog: Cecilia's Box of Chocolates
Cecilia's Twitter: @CeciELT

Martha Mendoza EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

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 Oprea EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

Henrick Oprea is a teacher, teacher trainer and Director of studies at Atlantic Idiomas, Brasília, the capital of Brazil. He believes in sharing for growth, and is truly passionate about learning and teaching, and that teachers have to be true educators to make change happen. He certainly enjoys being with friends, and this is what he does when not teaching.

Henrick's Blog: Doing Some Thinking
Henrick's Twitter: @hoprea

Tamas Lorincz EFT Course Contributor

iTDi Associate

Tamas is an English teacher from Hungary who has just completed his MA in TESOL. Thus finishing his formal learning for the time being, he will be able to focus on what he is really interested in: informal learning, and gaining a better understanding of teaching by becoming a self-directed learner. Tamas at the moment works for a language testing agency in Hungary, and he concentrates on developing community platforms for language learning and practice. Tamas' blog: ELT Musings and Other Tidbits