CCA 80 Years Young: Inspiring trends in the new ELT world
The Centro Colombo Americano celebrates 80 years of English teaching in a changing and challenging world. We can proudly say it has been 80 years of cutting-edge teaching; inspirational teacher-training; visionary education for all; powerful cultural experiences; and inclusive and collaborative social action. All this, because we believe in a better, more progressive society.
Our work transcends the limits of English learning and teaching. We are faithful to our mission: that of helping the community fulfill their goals and dreams. The CCA makes a unique difference in the lives of its students, teachers, employees, and users of all our services. We serve with purpose; we teach from the heart.
In 80 years, we have successfully conquered challenges, overcome financial crises, survived terrorism, fierce competition and even, an unprecedented pandemic. But most importantly, we have demonstrated that even from the most threatening experiences, we can learn and gain the much-needed wisdom to continue educating the minds of those who build our future.
So, what better way to celebrate our 80th anniversary than by continuing to spread great ideas and the inspiration our teachers need to believe in the amazing power they have to influence their learners in an ever-changing world. Our celebratory 2022 conference will be dedicated to enabling our teaching professionals with strategies, examples, and concepts to cope with the many post-pandemic challenges: teaching social-emotional and 21st Century skills, facilitating formative assessment in F2F and mediated education, promoting inquiry-based learning, understanding leadership in education, and making PD possible and accessible.
We cordially invite our own teachers, teachers from partner institutions and strategic partners from publishing houses to participate in this momentous celebratory event to take place on July 11, 2022, online. Further information will be sent soon.
Meet the Authors
Amanda is a young learner specialist based in Poland. She writes coursebooks and materials for early years, primary and secondary learners, writes and edits blogs and articles, trains teachers face-to-face and online and works as an international educational consultant advising on young learner foreign language learning programmes. She’s worked in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Darragh holds an MA in English and a postgraduate degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the National University of Ireland. He also has professional certifications in translation from the Chartered Institute of Linguists in London and in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He specializes in ELT assessment and the teaching of English for business and academic purposes. He has trained teachers from preschool to university level and works as an examiner on the degree in teaching of English as a foreign language at CENEVAL Mexico. He also works as an ELT consultant for universities and runs a small language center in Mexico City.
Gareth Davies is an author, storyteller, teacher and teacher trainer based in Pontypridd in South Wales. Gareth has been involved in English language teaching since 1995, teaching in the Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain, Japan, and the United Kingdom, Since 2005, Gareth has been an Oxford University Press teacher trainer, speaking at events all around the world. Recently, Gareth has set up his own storytelling venture, has taught at Cardiff University, and has been a senior curriculum consultant for a major teaching organisation in Japan. He is also a Trinity examiner. Gareth continues to work closely with OUP developing materials and delivering trainings globally, as well as pursuing his dream of being a successful author. Gareth’s latest novel, Humans, Being is available from Cinnamon Press.
The world is changing, and the landscape of education is changing with it. As teachers we need to ensure we’re on the right side of history. The future is in our hands, and we need to empower our students to make the decisions to go out there and shape it to be as bright as possible.
Mark Arthur holds the CertTESOL and DipTESOL from Trinity College London and a degree from the University of Birmingham. He has worked in ELT in Mexico and the UK as a teacher, teacher trainer, examiner, and materials writer since 2000. He currently works as an academic consultant for Macmillan Education.
Dr. Kate Brierton
Kate is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with a passion for Compassion. She completed her first degree at Cambridge University and later qualified as a Clinical Psychologist at King’s College, London. She uses compassion focused therapy (CFT) and mindfulness in most of her work. As well as her private therapy practice, Kate is also on a mission to bring compassion into schools. She presents and writes globally on the importance of wellbeing in education and is co-authoring Cultivating Teacher Wellbeing, a guide for educational managers, due to be published later this year.
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Opening Speeches by
Janet Van Deren – General Manager and Johana Melo – Academic Director
Centro Colombo Americano Bogotá