The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to change our traditional ways of teaching and has made us find new ways of communicating with each other. The key to succeed in these difficult times has been to take advantage of the resources that are available. In countries like Venezuela, where electricity and internet connection can be intermittent, we have found in Telegram a way to run a high-quality nationwide teaching training programme for public secondary school teachers. In this presentation, we share the findings regarding the effectiveness of this app in Teacher Training programmes.

Learn more about our speakers:

Juana Sagaray

Juana Sagaray, PhD, is project manager at British Council, Venezuela. She has been a teacher trainer for 25 years at undergraduate and graduate level at UPEL Maturin. She has been a materials writer, researcher, and consultant for projects in Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Spain, and Palestine.

Wendy Arnold

Wendy Arnold MA in Teaching English to Young Learners, co-founder of ELT Consultants. Wendy has over 30 years’ experience in ELT. She designs and delivers teacher development projects for face-to-face training, and more recently for delivery using a range of technologies such as radio, MOOC, and the app Telegram.

María Teresa Fernandez

Maria Teresa Fernandez PhD, Teacher Trainer, and Researcher at the Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador (UPEL), joint-IATEFL YLT Sig Publications Editor. She has been a teacher trainer for 15 years at Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador (UPEL). She is also a writer and researcher of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) materials.

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