Maria Fernanda Rodriguez


María Fernanda Rodriguez (B.A. in English) holds a Specialization in TEFL and a Master in Applied Linguistics. She is a professor at the English Teaching Training College N° 5 “J.E. Tello” and a Professor and Researcher at Universidad Nacional de Jujuy. She was awarded the ‘Teacher Ambassador’ scholarship by the American Embassy. She is AJPI president.




Teaching Future Professionals to Meet their Needs

This presentation deals with the speaker’s personal experience of how she found her “true north” in the Province of Jujuy. Finding her “true north” allowed her to stay on course in personal, academic and professional aspects.
Teaching English for Specific Purposes at University in different academic fields of study represents a challenge for English Language Professors because they are not specialists in every discipline. The speaker will share key concepts and insights related to the methodology in current use for teaching English to meet the needs of future professionals in Jujuy.




Rita Aldorino

Rita Aldorino is a former Fulbright Exchange teacher, and worked as an ESOL Instructor in the School District of Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.A. during 2004- 2005. She taught courses on Special Didactics and Research in Education at university level, and Teaching Practicum at college in Argentina, as well as Spanish as a FL at university in the USA. At present, Ms Aldorino holds a tenured teaching position in Phonetics and English Language, and in EFL at high school level for all courses. Ms Aldorino regularly delivers lectures on ELT, classroom management strategies and the integration of Phonetics in the mainstream at seminars in Argentina, and at international conferences in Chile, Peru and USA. Her areas of interest are teacher training, ELT strategies, pronunciation, and foreign languages.

Exploring our Roads in ELT: On the Path to Successful Classroom Management

What is language really for? Language is for giving people a voice.

How does the application of diverse teaching approaches foster language development in the EFL class? The enhancement of language skills can be done at anytime, by any means, using any media, fostering any ability and in any direction. This session is intended to introduce and review a series of principles that can aid instructors to channel the use of varied strategies in the FL class, inviting the audience to reflect upon different views on teaching and learning.


Mathilde Verillaud, ELF

Mathilde Verillaud grew up in Washington D.C., Santiago, Chile and Paris, France. She holds a bachelor´s degree and a master´s degree in American Studies from La Sorbonne University and a Certificate in Art History from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She is finishing her second Peace Corps tour as a TEFL volunteer in Ecuador, where she has been training high school English teachers in the Azuay province and implemented extracurricular clubs promoting leadership and communication skills for high school students. She has also been working on a literacy program for children at a women´s shelter. Previously, she taught French at Mount Holyoke College, worked as an assistant at the Paris-based Vassar Wesleyan Program, and served as a TEFL Peace Corps Volunteer (2009-2011) at Lanzhou University of Technology in Gansu, Northwest China, where she taught Oral English and Film courses. She also created an English library, a Photography/Writing club and ran a Film club and a cooking club. She is passionate about Art, cultural exchanges and world cuisines and always seeks to incorporate these in her teaching. Mathilde Verillaud is the English Language Fellow in Argentina, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Argentina. Her host institution is ARICANA the Binational Center in Rosario, for the ten month tenure in 2014.

Selfies in the Classroom, Really? 

This presentation will explore one of Generation Y’s most emblematic concept: the selfie. The presenter will describe a Photography/Writing project to illustrate how photography can be used to enhance students’ linguistic, critical thinking and creative skills. The presentation will include practical activities for the classroom and photography tips to foster students’ reflections about what and how they can tell about themselves and their world with photography and the English language.