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About isabelavb

I'm a teacher, teacher developer and Academic Superintendent at Casa Thomas Jefferson, Brasilia, Brazil. I am engaged in lifelong learning and am eager to interact with other like-minded professionals around the world. I'm particularly interested in second language writing, methodology, assessment, NNEST issues, and 21st Century learning and leadership.

Rick Kern

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March Guest

Interview by Terry Doyle

Rick Kern is Professor of French and Director of the Berkeley Language Center at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches courses in French linguistics, applied linguistics, and foreign language pedagogy. His research interests include second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, reading, writing, and technology. He is Associate Editor of the journal *Language Learning & Technology*, recently released a book for Cambridge University Press entitled *Language, Literacy, and Technology*, and is currently co-editing a book on visual and linguistic dimensions of online communication.

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Luiz Otavio Barros

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February, 2016 guest

Luiz Otávio Barros (M.A. Hons, Lancaster University) is an experienced materials writer, teacher, teacher educator and CELTA tutor. Formerly academic coordinator at Cultura Inglesa São Paulo, head of research and development at Associação Alumni and BRAZ-TESOL’s second vice president, he is co-author of Richmond’s English ID / Identities series.

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Scott Thornbury

October, 2015 guestScott Thornbury

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Scott Thornbury is a teacher and teacher educator, with over 30 years’ experience in English language teaching, and an MA from the University of Reading. He is currently Curriculum Coordinator of the MA TESOL program at The New School in New York. His previous experience includes teaching and teacher training in Egypt, UK, Spain (where he lives), and in his native New Zealand. HIs writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology, as well as authoring a number of papers and book chapters on language and language teaching. He is series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Teachers (CUP). He was also the co-founder of the dogme ELT group (see Articles). And, currently, he is an associate of the International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi), an online campus dedicated to teacher development.

Interviewed by Isabela Villas Boas

OBS: This is a transcription of the audio recording in which Scott discussed the questions sent to him by e-mail. 

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Marek Kiczkowiak


Born and raised in Poland, Marek has been teaching English for over six years in different countries and contexts. He has a BA in English Philology, CELTA, DELTA and is an IELTS examiner. He runs a relatively popular blog about teaching English which you can read here, and is an advocate of equal rights for NNESTs through TEFL Equity Advocates he set up. He’s an avid reader and a bit of a language learning geek (he currently speaks 6). You can find him on Twitter @marekkiczkowiak | March Interviewer: Isabela Villas Boas

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James Taylor

James Taylor

Originally from Brighton, UK, I have taught English as a foreign language to adults in Brazil, South Korea and Belgium. Currently based in San Jose, Costa Rica, I teach adults at Centro Cultural Britanico ( I am the current President and a co-founder of BELTA, the Belgian English Language Teachers Association ( You can also find me moderating #ELTchat, a weekly discussion on Twitter with teachers from around the world, presenting the #ELTchat podcast, mentoring teachers for iTDi, and taking photographs. My blog is | September interviewer: Isabela Villas Boas

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Friederike Klippel

Friederike Klippel worked as a teacher of English in Germany before continuing her studies at Victoria University in Wellington/ New Zealand. She then completed her PhD and her postdoc degree at Dortmund University. Since 1994 she has held the Chair of English Language Education (ELT/TESOL) at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. In 2008 she received an Honorary Doctorate.

She has published numerous books, edited volumes and articles on a wide range of aspects concerning English language teaching, among others Englischmethodik (1987), Keep Talking (1984; 27th printing 2011), Englischlernen im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert (1994), Englisch in der Grundschule (2000), Englischdidaktik (2007, with S. Doff), Schulsprachenpolitik und fremdsprachliche Unterrichtspraxis (2013, with E. Kolb and F. Sharp); she was editor of the journal Englisch (up to 2006), the online journal ForumSprache from 2008 to 2012 and remains editor of the monograph series Muenchener Arbeiten zur Fremdsprachenforschung MAFF (28 volumes from 2000 to 2013).

So far she has supervised 22 completed PhDs, two post-doc qualifications (Habilitation); twelve current doctoral students. Her research areas include language teaching methodology, the history of language teaching,classroom research, intercultural education, teacher education and professional development, and materials development. She has been a board member and vice chair of the German Association of Foreign Language Research (DGFF) for many years and acted as a reviewer and consultant in academic and political spheres. | March Interviewer: Isabela Villas Boas

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