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Puerto Rico Needs Our Help

TESOL Chile sends its love, support and solidarity to our colleagues and the people of Puerto Rico on behalf of our board, extended board, members and the whole TESOL Chile community.

If you wish to contribute to the process of rebuilding, you can do so at Puerto Rico TESOL and you can also follow the ELT Day for Puerto Rico, a 24-hour online teaching conference on January 26th, to raise awareness and funds to Puerto Rico Region of the American Red Cross.


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TESOL Chile Conference 2019
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A trilingual children's book based on a Mapuche Folktale

Dr. Barfield is working with two Mapuche tribal elders/educators and three schools in rural Patagonia, Chile, to create a tri-lingual (English, Spanish, Mapundungun) book based on a Mapuche folktale and illustrated by Mapuche students. Teacher lessons were developed to assist teachers in how to use the book in the classroom and the grant will offer teacher workshops and in-services on how to teach their students to design their own eBooks to increase their classroom libraries.


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More than 150 attendees

More than 150 attendees to TESOL CHILE - LAALTA 2018 Conference

Near one hundred ESL teachers and researchers from Chile and countries such as Colombia, Australia, Germany, Argentina, U.S., Brasil, South Africa, and the U.K. had the opportunity to share their original work last November 16th and 17th at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Campus Sausalito. Attendees from all over the country enjoyed a great variety of presentations which included topics on English Language Teacher Education, English Language Learning, Neuroscience, Classroom learning strategies, and Language Assessment, among others.

Keynote speakers Claudia Harsh from University of Bremen (Germany), and Katharina Glass from PUCV referred to Professional development and autonomy in the ELT classroom, while Nicole Hansen, a consultant at English Opens Doors program referred to public speaking and critical thinking.

The event counted with the special support of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, The United States Embassy, Cambridge Assessment, The British Council, Universidad de Los Andes from Colombia, and The English Opens Doors Program from the Ministry of Education.

Board

Camilo Ramos
President

Camilo was trained as an EFL teacher at Universidad Alberto Hurtado. He holds an MA in TEFL from the same university, where he currently works as a teacher trainer and Coordinator of Integrated English Language. In his professional life, he has worked as a school teacher, academic consultant, and lecturer for the English Opens Doors Program. His professional interests are initial English teacher training, language testing and assessment, and literature.

Barbara Echard
Vice President

Barbara is a certified EFL teacher from Universidad Católica Silva Henriquez. She holds an M.Ed. in Second language Education from University of Toronto, Canada. Nowadays she is a lecturer in English Language and Language Learning at Universidad del Desarrollo. Her experience includes leadership in EFL research and development projects for public and private schools, as well as collaboration with the English Opens Doors Program. Her interests are research, language acquisition and assessment.

Lusvic Torrellas
Secretary

Lusvic Torrellas Echeverria is an English teacher graduated from Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador- Venezuela. She holds an M.Ed. in English Literature and a PhD in Caribbean Literature from the same university. She currently teaches undergraduate students at Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago de Chile. Her research interests include approaches and methods in language teaching, language acquisition, use of literature in EFL classroom, hybrid culture in Postcolonial Literature.

Pamela Lara
Treasurer

Pamela Lara Morales is an English teacher graduated from Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile. She holds an M.Ed. in Applied linguistics in EFL from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Pamela currently teaches undergraduate and graduate students at Universidad Alberto Hurtado and coordinates Work experiences in the same program. She is interested in participating in diverse research projects on teacher education, assessment, mentoring in-service teachers, language teaching methodology and multilingual classrooms.

Freddy Freitez
Director

Freddy Freitez earned a bachelor’s degree in TEFL from Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador (UPEL-IPB), Venezuela. He holds an M.A. in Linguistics from UPEL-IPB and an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, he teaches undergraduate and graduate students at Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile. His research interests include materials development in ESL/EFL, syntax and pronunciation.

Our Mission

We work to foster high-quality English Language teaching in Chile, promoting academic research in ELT and supporting those professionals dedicated to teaching English throughout the country.

Our History

In April 2004, a group of teachers and professors decided that, with renewed emphasis on the teaching of English in Chile, it was time to bring TESOL to Chile. A dedicated committee consulted other organizations and teachers from Chilean universities and public schools to find out how the organization could best serve the teaching community of Chile. TESOL CHILE became active in 2004 with its first national conference in August and its first international conference in December. TESOL Chile became an official affiliate of TESOL international in 2005. Since its beginning, the organization has actively sought ways to unite English teachers in Chile and to foster professional development.

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