Shaun Wilden – Joint Coordinator
Shaun has been involved in English language teaching for over twenty years. He is currently the International House World Organisation Teacher Training Coordinator but also works as a freelance teacher trainer and materials writer. Apart from that he maintains several online teaching sites including ihonlinetraining.net. He is a digital consultant to both schools and publishers and has published a whitepaper on implementing tablets and apps into schools. He is currently working on a book about mobile learning. As well as being the joint coordinator of the IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG, he is a moderator of the social networking #eltchat group which meets every Wednesday to discuss issues and ideas in ELT. Having an addiction to podcasts, he makes the monthly TEFL commute podcast aimed at brightening up teachers’ daily journey to work. Feel free to follow him @shaunwilden or find out more about him at shaunwilden.co.uk.
Sophia Mavridi – Joint Coordinator
Sophia has been involved in ELT since 1998. Over this time, she has worked as a Primary and Secondary School Teacher, Trainer, Examiner, Director of Studies and more recently, freelance EdTech Consultant and EAP Lecturer. Her post-graduate qualifications include a Masters degree in Educational Technology & TESOL (University of Manchester) and the DELTA – both passed with distinction. Sophia is a presenter at professional development conferences around the world, specialising in talks related to the pedagogically sound application of technology to language teaching. Her research interests include the increasingly important role of Digital Citizenship and Digital Literacies in educational contexts and is currently working on Digital Literacy projects around Europe. Sophia is based in Athens, Greece but spends at least three months a year in the UK. She loves both places and when not sitting at a computer, she enjoys going for long walks by the sea or along the river.
Website sophiamavridi.com Twitter @SophiaMav
Vicky Saumell – Treasurer
Vicky holds a degree in Literary and Technical Translation and a Diploma in the Theory and Methodology of TESOL. She also has a degree in Educational Technology. Vicky has been a teacher for over 25 years and is currently the author and online 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 Asís, a private school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she lives.
She has written for Pearson, Teacher Development Interactive: Preparation for the Teaching Knowledge Test and Meeting Point 3 and 4 for the Storyline course book series and she is also series consultant for English in Common course book series. She is currently writing digital materials for CUP. She is also a freelance materials writer, teacher trainer and a presenter at professional development conferences, especially on the integration of ICT for language learning. She blogs at http://educationaltechnologyinelt.blogspot.com.ar/ on Educational Technology in ELT and has a professional website at www.vickysaumell.com.
Marisa Constantinides – Community Manager
Marisa Constantinides is a teacher, teacher educator, conference presenter and ELT author with long experience in ELT. She is the owner and Director of CELT
Athens, a Cambridge CELTA & Delta centre in Athens offering face-to-face and online courses and has designed materials, lessons and syllabuses for learners and teachers of English for numerous courses and purposes.Marisa is a learning technologies enthusiast, member of the LTSIG since 2009, and has been promoting a principled use of edtech and engaging her trainees and wider ELT community through social media since 2010 when she became the co-founder and moderator of #ELTchat, a hash-tagged weekly ELT discussion board on Twitter was shortlisted for an ELTons Award in 2012.She maintains a number of ELT blogs including TEFL Matters, her personal blog, and posts information and updates for the Learning Technologies SIG on a variety of social media platforms, including the LTSIG page on Facebook and on Twitter as @iatefl_ltsig.
Marisa has served on the executive board of TESOL Greece twice, as member and later as Vice Chair, and is very keen on serving the ELT community. Her new role as Community Manager for the IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG is one where she hopes to be able to help this SIG.
Sylvia Guinan – Joint Web Editor
Sylvia Guinan has been teaching English for twenty years. She graduated with a B.A. in English literature and History at University College Galway before going on to take the Higher Diploma in Education, which is the teaching qualification in Ireland. After moving abroad, circumstances led her into the ESL field, which has entailed continuous professional development and opened up new interests and opportunities.
She started working online in 2010 as a way to work from home and balance motherhood with her professional life. She now works as an online English teacher, writer and blogger who facilitates professional development online. She uses brain-friendly techniques to help students and teachers around the world. She designs educational materials, develops courses, and runs teacher training courses online. Her work is the result of much research into the psychology of learning, as well as hands-on experience with multi-media technology.
Aysegul Liman Kaban
Aysegul Liman Kaban works as an English Instructor and Technology Enhanced Learning Unit member at Bahcesehir, School of Foreign Languages, Istanbul, Turkey. Having received her BA in TEFL from Marmara University, and MA in Interpersonal Communication with the University of Marmara. She is now doing her phD at Bahcesehir University on Education Technologies. Aysegul has given talks and workshops at international and national conferences, especially focusing on Learning Technologies. In 2011, she was selected as ELTBLOGATHON contest winner. She is in the organizing committee of the EdTech Summit held once a year in Turkey. The focus of the summit, the first of its kind in Turkey, is to explore the latest trends in this field by raising new questions and sharing best practice, in an age shaped by the widespread use of new technologies in education.
Nikki Fořtová – Events Co-ordinator
Nikki Fořtová has been involved in ELT since 2002. She is CELTA and DELTA qualified and holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. Nikki is a CELTA tutor, an oral examiner for the Cambridge suite of exams and an Oxford Teachers’ Academy trainer. Nikki has run practical methodology training sessions and workshops around Europe to English language teachers and is particularly interested in the application of technology to teaching and learning.
As well as helping to maintain several online teacher training sites, she has designed and tutored several online and face to face ICT courses for English language teachers. Her main area of research and interest lies in helping learners to develop their speaking skills in an asynchronous online environment. Originally from the UK, Nikki is a teacher and teacher trainer at a university in the Czech Rep