TESOL-SPAIN 42nd Annual National Convention
8-10 March, 2019 - Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos Ciudad de Oviedo, Oviedo, Asturias

Speaker Presentation Proposal Form 2019: DEADLINE: Now closed. 


Plenary speakers are now confirmed. Click on their name below to read their abstract and biodata.

David Marsh Teresa Ting JJ Wilson

David Marsh

English Language Teaching & Learning: Change of age or age of change?  

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Teresa Ting


Dreaming, Learning and Educating…with the Brain in Mind

Education acts on the brain. When learners can easily comprehend complex and abstract content that is presented through a foreign language, real learning on a local scale can become realistic dreams on a global scale. Here, we will see how and why, done well, CLIL very naturally prompts educators to move towards a way of instructing that is much more compatible with how the brain likes its information, thus enabling learning (and big dreams).



Teresa harnesses knowledge regarding how rats’ brains learn in laboratories (holds PhD in Neuroscience) to design materials for teaching complex content to students in classrooms. CLIL-materials she developed received the 2013 ELTon’s Award. These materials and their theoretical underpinnings have been used in CLIL teacher-training courses (Pilgrims, Bell, Universities of Vienna, Madrid etc.) and developing additional CLIL-materials (e.g. in the CUP “Talent” series, 2018). She is a tenured Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Calabria, Italy.

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JJ Wilson

Sky’s the limit: six lessons from an unlikely place

In 2007, 600 homeless people took over an unfinished tower block in Caracas, Venezuela, and developed a thriving community. By using the four Cs – communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration – they bettered their lives and showed what can be achieved with great leadership against enormous odds. Together, we will examine what educators can learn from this story, with a particular focus on creating educational communities in the 21st century. 



JJ Wilson is the writer-in-residence at Western New Mexico University, USA. He teaches classes in ESL Methods, Linguistics, Publication, and Creative Writing. He has co-authored several ELT courses, including Total English, and Speakout, which won the Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union prize and was shortlisted for an ELTons award. His methodology book, How to Teach Listening, also won an English Speaking Union prize. JJ writes fiction under the name JJ Amaworo Wilson. His novel, Damnificados, won three awards, and was included on Oprah’s Top 10 list. JJ has lived in 10 countries and trained teachers in 30. 

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