Convention 2014

TESOL-SPAIN 37th Annual National Convention
7-9 March, 2014 - Universidad Complutense de Madrid

21st Century Teaching Always on the Move

The 2014 convention theme, "21st Century Teaching: Always on the Move"emphasizes that language learning has to adapt to an ever-changing reality and implies that we need to equip our students with 21st century skills if we want them to succeed. We welcome presentations which deal with those afore-mentioned 21st Century Skills (Critical Thinking and Problem solving, Creativity and Innovation, Communication and Collaboration, ICT literacy etc.) as well as those which are of wide general interest for language teachers working in different sectors and with students of all ages.



Opening Plenary: Jane Revell


This session will seek to find ways of helping students want to read or listen to a text, and also of giving them interesting tasks to do while they engage with it and after they’ve read or listened. We obviously won’t get through all 64 ways in the session itself and teachers will be familiar with many of them, but I hope to be able to add to their existing repertoire of techniques and spend an enjoyable time together.


Jane has been involved in English language teaching for more than forty years.  She has taught in classrooms in Rwanda, Spain, Germany, Venezuela and France and has trained teachers all over the world, from Mexico to Moscow and Malaysia. She has written and co-written titles, as well as children’s stories and BBC radio and video material. She is also a certified international NLP trainer and a qualified Pilates instructor



Herbert Puchta

Developing critical thinking skills with young learners and teens

Today’s students are growing up into an ever-changing and unpredictable world. As educators we need to respond to this by equipping them with the skills required to face those challenges. In this talk, Herbert demonstrates how you can enrich students’ language learning through engaging them in real-world thinking tasks, and help them with both their cognitive and linguistic development. 


Dr Herbert Puchta is a writer, an international teacher trainer and a past president of IATEFL, the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language. For almost three decades, he has done research into the practical application in EFL teaching of findings from cognitive psychology. Herbert has co-authored numerous course books and resource books. His latest course books are English in Mind Second edition (for teens), MORE! Second edition(for Juniors) with Jeff Stranks, and Quick Minds and Super Minds (for Primary),  the new English courses that enhance children's thinking skills and creativity, all published by Cambridge University Press.   


Kieran Donaghy UAB Idiomes Barcelona

Using Film to Teach in a World of Screens

The advent of the digital revolution and the Internet, the proliferation of mobile devices; the introduction of user-friendly editing tools; and the emergence of video distribution sites, have changed the way moving images relate to society, education and language learning. This session examines and offers guidance on using film critically and creatively in language teaching in a world of screens.


Kieran Donaghy is a teacher, trainer and award-winning writer with a special interest in the use of film in education. Kieran is the co-author of Films in Health Sciences Education and his website on the use of film in language teaching Film English won a British Council ELTons Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources and the most important European media in education prize, the MEDEA Award for User-Generated Educational Media, in 2013. He is also the founder of The Image Conference, the only conference on the use of film, video, images and gaming in ELT.

Carol Read Independent
Developing intercultural competence with children
Intercultural competence has been described as a combination of knowledge, skills attitudes and awareness. But what does this mean for primary school children who learn English as part of their compulsory education? This session presents a model for integrating culture with different ages of children and explores a range of practical ideas which bring culture alive in the classroom.
Carol Read has over 30 years’ experience in ELT as a teacher, teacher trainer, academic manager, materials writer and educational consultant. Her main specialisation is in primary language teaching. Carol’s award-winning titles include the first edition of Bugs World and 500 Activities for the Primary Classroom. Her most recent publications are Footprints and Tiger. Carol is currently President of IATEFL.

Paul Seligson UK/Brazil

Advantaging Spanish Learners (especially at lower levels)

How does your teaching really acknowledge/embrace the fact that your students speak Spanish, and turn this to their/your advantage? All post-adolescent learners translate virtually every new/unfamiliar item, no matter how much we insist they Think in English! ‘On the move’ is our theme, so let’s move our teaching nearer to learners’ reality. Lots of ways to embrace Spanish without ever forcing its active use at all!


Paul Seligson has been ‘TEFLing’ worldwide for 35 years and is well-known for lively, highly practical training. A CELTA assessor, his many publications include English File, Helping Students to Speak, Essential English 1-5, Kids’ Web 1-5 and now English ID, a 4-level course from Richmond, the first specifically written for Romance Language background learners. He is delighted to be returning ‘home’ to TESOL Spain, yet again!



Ceri Jones, Andrea Littlewood, Luke Prodormou, Roy Norris, Robin Walker

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