Dr. Liliana Cuesta Medina
Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia)
This session gives account of diverse strategies incorporated in two teacher development programs (F2F and online) to foster the development of research and academic writing in English language teaching and learning populations. The strategies unveiled in the session have been fused from the research literature and the implementation of instructional and learning practices at the graduate level, attending at aspects such as the fosterage of critical thinking, self-regulatory and lifelong learning skills. Through the session, participants will gain insight of practical ways to guide their learners (and/or their language team members) to conduct research and disseminate it through scholarly pieces. Overall, the session is intended to support educators and language learners in the building of a research and writing strategic plan that helps them develop and showcase the work conducted at their specific educational institutions. Hence, the presentation offers recommendations for the local and global ELT community, in which research and writing are targeted areas to conquer.
Dr. Liliana Cuesta Medina is an Associate Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages & Cultures, Universidad de La Sabana (Chía, Colombia) in the Master in Language Teaching –programs. She holds a Ph.D. in English Philology from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED-Madrid, Spain), a B.A. in English and Spanish from the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional (Bogotá, Colombia), and a Specialization in Applied Linguistics to the Teaching of English from the Universidad La Gran Colombia (Bogotá, Colombia). She has been involved in national and international teacher development programs, mainly in EFL, e-learning, and e-tutoring. Her research areas include CALL, academic writing, teacher education, CLIL, cyberbullying, and learners’ self-regulation in blended/virtual learning environments, on which topics she has published in a number of indexed journals and conference proceedings.