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 Argentinian 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

25 Sep 2013

Presenting vocabulary

Presenting vocabulary issue of the iTDi blog with practical suggestions and tips from three of our most regular and renowned bloggers Chuck Sandy, Steven Herder, and Vladimira Chalyova. In addition, we can find a video which demonstrates some activity content from the module on presenting vocabulary from the iTDi Teaching Skills Development course.
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28 Jul 2013

Teaching EFL in a Peruvian public school

According to the OTP de Inglés from the Peruvian Ministry of Education, the Area of English (EFL) aims to help strengthen the communicative competence of secondary students through learning English as a foreign language. The competences describe the performance that students must achieve at the end of the EBR (K12), and are sequenced and graduated considering the complexity of grades of study. 
In addition, there are three macro skills that are developed through the English subject: 1) Oral comprehension amd production (Listening & Speaking), 2) Written text comprehension (Reading), and 3) Written text production (Writing); which are strengthened through interactive activities.
Sara Meza, a Peruvian English teacher, works in a public secondary school where the OTP is applied. She has wisely recorded an inspiring video in order to show her outstanding daily work. Expressing advice using should and shouldn't is the aim of the lesson.  
At watching it brings back lots of memories from those days teaching English at school and, even more importantly, training pre- and in-service English teachers. I am so proud of her. She is showing us her passion for excellence, constant innovation, commitment to developing her teaching, and satisfying Peruvian students needs, expectations, and much more.
I am looking forward to watching other similar videos from Peruvian colleagues.

6 Jun 2013

Virtual Round Table Web Conference 2013, at sight.

This post is to express my appreciation for the brilliant work done by Heike Philp and the co-organizers of the 6th Round Table Web Conference on language learning technologies. I should like to extend my sincere thanks for the challenging opportunity to be part of so outstanding event as well as for such rewarding words mentioned on its website:
May we thank the fabulous presenters, keynotes and plenary speakers, musical performers and the many volunteer helpers: Adam Simpson, Arjana Blazic, Asli Saglam, Aydan Yarvuz, David Dodgson, Eva Buyuksimkesyan, Gülnur Sahin, Márcia Lima, Marisa Constantinides, Miguel Mendoza and Victor Hugo Rojas B. for their hard work in providing the finest in language learning technologies.
For those who missed it and would like to recap the program, below is a digital conference program brochure (which takes a little to load, perhaps click on link).

25 May 2013

iTDi Global Webinar: More Breaking Rules Live with John F. Fanselow

A live online course over 5 Sundays

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Enroll in the entire More Breaking Rules course for only US $49.95. Enrolling in the course guarantees a place in the global webinar.

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30 Apr 2013

New post on "The Connections and Influences Issue" at

The iTDiBlog Connections & Influences Issue — with James Taylor, Malu Sciamarelli, Tamas Lorincz, Michael Griffin, Josette LeBlanc and Barry Jameson.

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25 Feb 2013

Two Year Anniversary

Two years ago I launched PETsNet that stands for Peruvian English Teachers Network. This name was chosen in the spirit of NING Platform that empowers educators to create academic and social networks.

PETsNet is engaged in Language Teacher Education, Teacher Training, Professional Development, Personal Learning Network, ICT in Education, and aims to inspire, innovate, empower, & transform the professional development of English teachers nationwide and worldwide.  

Over two years, hundreds of English teachers visited and/or joined PETsNet, and I have gladly met colleagues from all over Peru and abroad. A great deal of their professional experiences and contributions are published on PETsNet Ning. I think that most of PETsNeters have reached the conclusion that working together for the common good is a must.

The Two Year Anniversary of PETsNet marks a significant point in my PD’s improving, and provides a testament to the success of the purposes of PETsNet. Up to now, PETsNet has grown to 550 members including novice and experienced English teachers from different schools, language centers, institutes, universities, etc.    

I always had dreams for PETsNet, but I never realized what could actually happen in a relatively short period of time. I try to do my best, but I couldn't do it alone. Finally, I am truly grateful for all the solidarity and support from all users of PETsNet.

P.S. Please leave your greeting messages here.


I would like to share this post with you. It was published on PETsNet in February, 2012 to celebrate the 1st anniversary of this academic and social network. Enjoy it:

PETsNet which stands for Peruvian English Teachers Network was born in February 2011. This was out of the recognition that challenges in the teaching and learning of English in Peru and worldwide.
In an effort to realize our objective of inspiring, innovating, empowering, & transforming English teachers professional development.
In celebrating our 1st Anniversary I wish to extend our gratitude to all active Members, Peruvians and foreigners, for their commitment and support. Likewise, I wish to extend further our gratitude to our Featured Members for their collaborative contributions.
On behalf of PETsNet, I salute you all PETsNeters for the commitment, resilience , and friendship rendered.
Big hugs!
Victor Hugo Rojas B.
Founder & creator of PETsNet

P.S. Please leave your greeting messages here.

6 Sep 2012

Needs Analysis Survey on Critical Thinking

This post reports my replies to a Needs analysis survey that was carried out before starting the ELT Upgrade Workshop: Critical and Creative Thinking. The survey was conducted to find out teacher educators’ background knowledge, experiences and perceptions about Critical thinking.

  1. What are the 5 key words that describe your understanding of critical thinking (CT)? Reflect, inspire, innovate, empower, & transform
  2. What is the state of inclusion of critical thinking in English language teaching in your country? According to the Peruvian National Curriculum, English teachers should develop in the students specific communicative competences that imply to enhance a great amount of CT activities that are suggested in that official document:
    Further information at page 359 of:
  3. Is CT a necessity or a luxury in ELT in your country? It is a must, but a “luxury” for those teachers that have not developed their own CT yet. I think that if teachers are not trained by critical thinker trainers, it would be complicated to develop CT in their students.
  4. How is it used?  (what types of approaches, strategies, activities are used to enhance critical thinking, for example) English teachers must do communicative activities that are most related to developing CT, such as: Infer information from media related to their personal interests; Analize oral texts from media taking into account the pitch, tone, intonation; Utilize verbal and non-verbal language and specific expressions to start and keep a conversation.
  5. Is this general state similar or different from that of the program in which you provide Teacher Training/teacher development? What is referred in the Curriculum differs a lot from what teachers do in the classrooms. I mean the majority of them in public schools. I insist teachers must be trained in developing critical, creative, and problem solving thinking during the course of the initial teacher programs. Stop lecturing. 
  6. What critical thinking is already in place in your program, ie, how do you/your colleagues/your teacher trainees use CT? I think that Initial teachers programs should achieve specific objectives, at least. I stated these specific objectives:
    At the end of the course of Didactics of TEFL the trainees should be able to:
    • Distinguish the different approaches and methods in TEFL.
    • Apply the theoretical foundations in real teaching situations.
    • Elaborate lesson plans.
    • Manage teaching skills and techniques.
    • Select and utilize a variety of techniques of evaluation and testing.
    • Demonstrate effective practice in the use of ICT
  7. Are there gaps in CT in your program (in CT in ELT classrooms that your colleagues are likely to experience)? The main gap is: Most teacher students had not being trained in developing their CT in previous course before pursing Didactics of TEFL

    Looking forward to reading your answers, comments, etc.

    Taken from: Deanna G. Hochstein. 2012. ELT Upgrade Workshop: Critical and Creative Thinking. RELO Andes - US Embassy. Lima, Peru

6 Aug 2012

Voices from the iTDi Community 2 – Victor Hugo

The International Teacher Development Institute is putting together a series of iTDi Blogposts highlighting the work of some great educators around the world. I was kindly invited to answer a questionnaire of challenging questions. It was a great occasion for expressing my thoughts related to my ELT professional career. Hope it may serve as reference framework for novice and experienced EFL teachers.

[...] I am really an ambitious and critical educator who tries to be outstanding. I think that a well-prepared English teacher must be aware of the principles, theories, approaches, methods, techniques and strategies in language teaching and learning. For this reason, I am extremely passionate about teaching pre- and in-service teachers how to discover, create, plan, utilize, and integrate teaching methodologies and strategies in their EFL lessons. English teachers must acquire an array of strategies to address and meet the students’ learning styles, expectations, and [...]

Further reading at Voices from the iTDi Community 2 – Victor Hugo

15 Jul 2012

Carla Arena at BrazTESOL 2012

The 13th BRAZ-TESOL National Convention ‘Proud to Be’ will be held at Faculdade CCAA in Rio de Janeiro between 16 and 19 July 2012.

A forum for professionals in the field of English Language Teaching, the convention promotes the discussion of practical and theoretical issues related to the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. It is a unique opportunity for BRAZ-TESOL members and international colleagues to get together, present their work and reflect on their practice.

Carla Arena, one of the most innovative Brazilian ELT representative, will present a workshop talking about digital curation. Here we are her flyer:

18 May 2012

30th VenTESOL Annual National Convention - Program at a Glance

Attending international conferences, such as the 30th VenTESOL Annual Convention 2012 , is one the most rewarding achievements throughout my professional career. I have been very fortunate to have been accepted to give workshops, talks and demonstrations in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, and now in Venezuela.
This year I am going to give a demonstration session of "Using ICT in Language Teacher Education" which "...will demonstrate how MOODLE virtual classroom can be adjusted and used in Language Didactics course.." (Victor H. Rojas 2012)        
In addition, I am looking forward to attending workshops, meeting colleagues from Venezuela and other countries, and sharing professional experiences and ideas in the field of ELT and TESOL worldwide.
I'd like to invite you to check out the Program at a Glance.
30th Annual National Convention - Program at a Glance

30 Apr 2012

30th Annual National Convention - Valencia 2012

30th Annual Convention of Venezuelan Teachers of English (VenTESOL)

(Pearl Edition)

"An Affirmation of Excellence"

VenTESOL, one of the most prestigious TESOL association, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. They are proud to announce that the 30th VenTESOL Annual Convention is going to be held on May 25th and 26th, 2012 at the World Trade Center (WTC) in Valencia, Carabobo State, Venezuela. The theme of this Convention is “An Affirmation of Excellence”.

In addition to the academic program, the attendees are invited to take advantage of two professional opportunities, such as the Pre-convention institutes, which offer hands-on professional development at the VenTESOL convention. PCIs will be taken place on May 23rd and 24th, 2012 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at FUNDACID. The workshops have been designed and led by experts in the field of ELT. Likewise, the 1st International English Book Fair will be held from 24 to 26 May at the WTC with many publishing houses such as Cambridge University Press, Universal Text (National Geographic Learning, Cengage), Longman Pearson, Macmillan Venezuela, Oxford UP, Richmond, US Embassy, British Council, EF Education First, etc.

The Keynote speakers are: Paul Seligson (UK), Christine Coombe (Dubai), Deanna Hochstein (USA, Richard Kiely (UK), Angela Llanas (Great Britain), Vicky Saumell (Argentina), Jorge Aguilar (Mexico ), Audy Castañeda (Venezuela), and Jurate Kukanauza (Venezuela). Similarly, professors from over 19 universities in Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, USA, and Turkey will participate as speakers during the 30th anniversary edition of VenTESOL.

For further  information, please go to

This post is dedicated to the Members of the VenTESOL Board:

Prof. Luisa Cristina Alvarez - President (UPEL-IPMAR)

Prof. Evelin Ojeda Naveda - 1st. Vice-President (UC)

Prof. Mary Allegra - 2nd. Vice-President (UC)

Prof. Ernesto Lisbon - 3rd. Vice-President (UC-OBAIR)

Prof. Rojas Johannes - Secretary (UNIPAP)

Prof. Evelyn Izquierdo - Coordinator of communication (UCV)

Prof. Grazibel Nani - Treasurer (UC)