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20 Feb 2019

Celebrating our Eight Year Anniversary!

PETsNet was launched in 2011 with high expectations, hopes and prospects to support and empower teachers of English and educators in creating an academic and social network. 
From the very first, PETsNet is currently engaged in Language Teacher Education, Teacher Training, Professional Development, Personal Learning Network, ICT in Education, and aims to inspire, innovate, empower, & transform English teachers professional development nationwide and worldwide. 
Year-on-year, hundreds of English teachers have visited and/or joined PETsNet Ning network, where we meet colleagues from all over Peru and different part of the world in a willing way. All or part of their professional experiences and contributions are freely published on PETsNet Ning platform. One thing, for sure, it is our firm belief that working together for the common good is our task. 
This Eight Year Anniversary points the way to the fulfilment of the mission of this challenging project. Up today, the number of PETsNeters increases including novice and experienced English teachers from different schools, language centres, institutes, universities, etc. 
All in all, as always, we are immensely grateful to RELO Andes, US Embassy, Fulbright Peru for all the solidarity and support, and all users and friends of PETsNet.
P.S. Please leave your greeting messages here.

5 Jan 2018

Controversial narrative

This has been an endless polemical debate, the importance of which is evident in the mandatory participation of Ministry of Education (#MINEDU) of Peru.
"Non-native grassroots SS teachers of EFL do not need to be reminded of the problems they have, or might eventually develop, with their English proficiency and fluency. They know what they are; they suffer acutely because of them. These teachers need help with resolving their language problems and they need that help before they are asked to implement innovations which require certain proficiency levels." (Rainey, 2017, p. 128)

25 Nov 2017

Rigor in the World Language Classroom - An Interview with Robert Harrell

"If we keep telling them what the conclusion is, then... we are not allowing them to really create that mental representation of the language that is necessary for true acquisition of the language." (Harrell, 2016)
Language teachers struggling with coordinators about engagement and rigor in their classrooms should read this interview:

24 Apr 2017

A Principal's Reflections: Competencies vs. Skills

"Competencies include a dynamic combination of abilities, attitudes, and behaviours, as well as the knowledge that is fundamental to the use of a skill aligned to a learning outcome."

Further reading at:

A Principal's Reflections: Competencies vs. Skills: The 21st Century skills discussion and debate have waged on even prior to the onset of this century.  The ensuing conversations have provide...

8 Apr 2017

A World of Englishes: English: no longer an official EU language?

"...these Englishes we are talking about here are not 'British English', or even 'American English'. The Englishes spoken around the world may be based on one or other variety, but they have developed their own vocabulary and grammar." (J. Setter, 2016)

A World of Englishes: English: no longer an official EU language?: In the fallout from Brexit, it has been suggested that English could stop being an official language of the EU . Is this likely to happen?...

A World of Englishes: You say "lee-doh", I say "lye-doh" ...

"Lido is an Italian word which we have borrowed into English, as with so many other words which help us to express a multi-word concept ("out-door swimming pool", in this case) with one word. English is fine about borrowing in other words as long as there is a gap to fill." (J. Setter, 2017)

A World of Englishes: You say "lee-doh", I say "lye-doh" ...: When I was a child, it was quite a fun thing on a summer's day to visit Margate Lido. My dad had an early morning newspaper stand outsid...

4 Apr 2017

Blogging for #IATEFLOnline Glasgow 2017

I have just been added to the list of Registered Bloggers for IATEFL Online Glasgow 2017. I am so excited to report on this Annual IATEFL Conference for you all, colleagues from Peru and abroad.

The 51st IATEFL Annual Conference just get started and the online coverage is already streaming. It's a great opportunity for teacher audiences worldwide for sharing ideas with colleagues before, during and after the conference.
Just click on the badge below and be part of the conference.

27 Feb 2017

Leoxicon: Trendy terms, tantalizing techniques and talented ...

Must-read post by Leo Selivan.

Leoxicon: Trendy terms, tantalizing techniques and talented ...: A report from the 24th TESOL Macedonia-Thrace convention, which took place in Thessaloniki on 11-12 February Earlier this month I had ...

18 Feb 2017

Profesores extranjeros impartirán clases de inglés a soldados heridos en combate

Similar to Peruvian Ministry of Education's proposal.
Davies (1995) stated about native teachers that “the native speaker is a fine myth: we need it as a model, a goal, almost an inspiration. But it is useless as a measure” (p. 157).
“Good English pronunciation does not mean using a British or American accent; if a teacher is Peruvian, a Peruvian accent is perfectly acceptable as long as the words are being pronounced correctly” (

Khai, T. (2017). Non-native teachers in second language Retrieved 18 February 2017, from

Profesores extranjeros impartirán clases de inglés a soldados heridos en combate | 20141215

13 Feb 2017

Peru commits to bilingualism with a new focus on English

Since this article was published (29/01/16), does the Ministry of Education (#MINEDU) truly remain committed to achieving national bilingualism by 2021? It is "vox populi" that the MINEDU has signed agreements with the UK and US government for training Peruvian teachers abroad and running ELT training schools in Peru. However, English teachers express continuing concern, why would they be trained in any foreign college or university only to live and work for low salaries in Peru? As a result, on the whole, most of them still rely on traditional learning modes.

Here you are the article:

Peru commits to bilingualism with a new focus on English: Driven in part by its considerable mineral wealth, the Peruvian economy has seen strong growth in recent years, helping spur outbound student mobility as well as the country’s profile as an emerging sending market. We last reported on Peru in 2014 with a special focus on the University Act enacted that year. Today’s post takesContinue reading...

TESOL Summit 2017 Recorded Sessions

Did you miss the #TESOLsummit? Do not worry! All the recorded sessions from Summit 2017 on the Future of the TESOL Profession have now been posted. 

Just tune into this page Summit 2017


Recorded interviews from the Summit on the Future of the TESOL Profession, Athens, Greece, 9-10 February 2017

I have fortunately attended the Live stream for the TESOL 2017 Summit asking questions and exchanging ideas in the Live-chat box with colleagues worldwide. I have witnessed at first hand the benefits of such fruitful discussion.

Congrats Dudley Reynolds and steering committee!

Just tune into this page Interviews

18 Sep 2016

The Innovator’s Mindset (Chapter List) – The Innovator's Mindset MOOC.

"Change can be hard and sometimes seemingly insurmountable, but, if we believe that change is an opportunity to do something amazing, it shapes our thinking to not only survive, but thrive in our world today. As Superintendent John Carver would say, we are at a “printing press” time in history, and educators need to get into a mindset that we ask questions to move forward, and embrace these changes in front of us." (Couros, 2016)

Reflective question to be answered: "Why do you believe that schools needs to change, and what are the opportunities that lay in front of us?


29 Jun 2014

Maria's blog: Learn with Passion.

I've just read the inspiring article "Learn with Passion" written by Maria Bossa, a passionate Argentine English teacher, and outstanding Webhead. Maria says: "we always think about students and never about us! We tend to attend courses, seminars, webinars and congresses to learn about stuff for them (students)..." I totally agree with her. Therefore, I'm so proud of Maria and I'd like to dedicate this quotation to her:

"Teaching is not a profession; it's a passion. Without your passion and dedication, our children's future would resemble a sunset instead of a sunrise. Your days are long and often difficult. Thrive on your passion, and enhance our world's tomorrow."

Copyright © 2003 Linda A. Podojil

Further reading at: Maria's blog: Learn with Passion: KEY... Keep Educating Yourself When I was invited by Shelly Sanchez Terrell to participate in the The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators...

25 Apr 2014

7th Virtual Round Table Web Conference on language learning technologies 25-27 April 2014

The 3-day 7th VRT Web Conference is for language educators. There will be 74 presenters in 66 sessions. They are going to present, discuss and conduct workshops covering language learning technologies such mobile apps, digital publishing, tools, gaming, virtual worlds, resources, mpedagogy, video, Moodle and much more.
Additionally, 5 symposium have been organized by each of the conference organizers bring together groups of people:
  • ARCALL Symposium with Jennifer Verschoor
  • VIDEO Symposium with Russell Stannard
  • iTDi Symposium with Steven Herder
  • EVO Session Symposium with Vance Stevens
  • ELTons Symposium with Shelly Terrell
Here are some useful links:

Conference Program Overview with printable pdf

Conference Program Details (GMT)


Sponsors and Exhibitors

About Virtual Round Table Web Conference

The conference organizers:

Heike Philp
Shelly S Terrell
Steven Herder
Berni Wall
Jennifer Verschoor and
Russell Stannard