Noam Chomsky on the Dangers of Standardized Testing



Today I attended the IATEFL IP & SEN SIG first PCE event.

There was a quite a diverse range of talks and exchanges, from more personal to more academic, from quite different perspectives and experiences from different countries.

I would like to share some phrases, stories, images from a great day of talks:

“It is not us and them – we are all special – we are all with special needs”






“The language of inclusive Education – accessible, engaging and appropriate to every learner in the group.”
“Use something to describe the person not saying what he or she is.”
“We all have different ways of learning, we all have special needs.”


“Part of the problem is the school system and classroom, it is not a problem of the teacher.”







All the slides will be made available at the IP&SEN website.

Thanks to all the presenters and organizers!!


It’s amazing, it happens every time you have the chance to attend the IATEFL Conference.

Once you start getting​ closer to the venue, you feel the buzz

Some early pics to share the feeling

And all the hugs and ‘hi’

Schools For All Guide

Inclusive #Education – What it is and what it is not

We, as parents, are the experts on our children and the constant in their lives.  But navigating the schools years and ensuring that our children gain access to the general education classroom, rec…

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Here I am at Sao Paulo international airport waiting for my plane to get to Madrid and then, another plane to Munich.

I left my house in Montevideo 8 hours ago.

Why spending a whole day travelling?

Nine years ago I sent an email to the BESIG coordinator at that time. I wanted to submit a proposal for the annual conference, but I wanted to deliver my talk from Montevideo, Uruguay. He talked to the conference organizers and I ended up delivering a talk using an Adobe Connect platform. I have been presenting at BESIG conferences since then; always from Montevideo, my hometown.

This year I am presenting as well, but this year is different.I am attending my first ever IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference.I am so excited!!

During these years, I have been part of the BESIG online team. We organized simulcasts of the conferences, online conferences, online workshops, online debates, the BESIG World Blog and many other activities.

Together with other BESIG members and committee members we organized lesson plan competitions, we designed online courses for TESOL EVO, selected applicants for different scholarships and endeveoured many other interesting initiatives.

I feel part of a truly innovative and global community of business English  teachers.

What else can I say ? I am proud to be part of this community and I am really looking forward to attending my first IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference face to face.

I saw a beautiful sunrise in Madrid

Now, I am in Munich. I arrived at the hotel 30 yours after leaving  my home in Uruguay.

Infinito abismo by @francosco98

img_5223Abismo oscuro y profundo, tanto que no veo un final. No me asusto, comprendo que la infinidad de la caida significa que acabare en el otro lado,¿de qué? No se, pero de tanto caer ya estoy subiendo.…

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Tomorrow, IATEFL BESIG is holding its first Online Symposium with an an exciting and varied programme of pecha kucha, webinars, and a Question Time panel discussion on the topic of business English in the era of global English.

BESIG is very proud to have presenters speaking from Japan, Russia, Hungary, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, UK, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and USA.

The event is open and free to everyone.

You can register here and you will find the programme here.


In Montevideo, we are holding a Satellite Event to watch the Pecha Kucha sessions and then we will have a in-house training with Vicky Bertorelli

programme Uruguay