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Friday, August 14 • 11:35am - 12:00pm
English Teacher In-service Development for the Digital Age: The Online Specialization in English Language Learning and Teaching

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In recent years, Mexican Educational Policy has included a strong English Language Teaching Program which has as purpose to offer English language instruction to all children at an elementary educational level, starting with pre-school. As a result, the demand for English language teachers or for Elementary School teachers with English language teaching competencies, has increased exponentially, which has in turn, increased the need for quality teacher development programs which can meet the program’s challenges.

The Specialization in English Language Learning and Teaching (EEAILE) of the National Pedagogical University is an online in-service teacher development option designed to provide teachers nationwide in Mexico with knowledge, skills, attitudes and strategies to ensure effective results in students’ language skills. Our focus is on transmitting solid reflective and critical thinking skills while at the same time providing concepts related to language, methods, language acquisition, skills, intercultural communication and assessment, as well as opportunities for strengthening teachers’ own language skills.

In our Specialization, the online component does not only serve as a means of knowledge transmission, but also as an end in itself, providing course takers with tools for enhancing the online and b-learning aspects of their own classrooms, as well as strengthening teacher networking and international online communication.

Our presentation will delve into the following components: students’ digital skills, teacher skills, networking and international communication. After a presentation of the online educational framework we work with, we will offer a brief explanation of our program and goals followed by information on the results derived from data extracted from participants’ products such as wikis, assignments and projects that show the extent to which digital skills are integrated into teaching practices, and how these have an impact on teachers’ and students’ interaction with English language.


Elin Emilsson

National Pedagogical University, Mexico

Daniela Otero

National Pedagogical University, Mexico

Friday August 14, 2015 11:35am - 12:00pm EDT
CGIS South S020 (Belfer Case Study Room) 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA