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NATIONAL CONGRESS SPEAKERS

MEET ASOCOPI'S 53rd CONGRESS NATIONAL PLENARY SPEAKERS 

 


Jaime Usma

Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia)

Dr. Jaime A. Usma Wilches is a teacher educator and researcher at the School of Languages, and a member of the Evaluation and Action Research Group in Foreign Languages (GIAE) in that institution. He is Assistant Professor at the University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia. He did his Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, World Language Education area, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His Bachelor was in Foreign Languages at the University of Antioquia. He specialized in the field of Language Education Policy studies. Jaime Usma combines his research, publications, and teaching on foreign language and education policymaking with an active participation in policy and professional development initiatives at the school and university level.

 

Ferney Cruz Arcila


Ferney holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and English from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional (2003), an MA in Applied Linguistics from Universidad Francisco José de Caldas (2007) and a Ph.D. in Language, Discourse and Communication from King's College, London (2018). His main research interests centre on bilingual education, the implications of language education policies, processes of construction of teacher identity, rural education, and the relations of all these elements with issues of social justice. In fact, his PhD research examined how rural English language teachers in Colombia deal with tensions between national language policies and the situated social struggles of their communities and how these may come to bear in the configuration of their professional identities. At present, he is a full time professor at the Department of Intercultural Studies of Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Bogotá.

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Harold Castañeda Peña

 Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas

Harold Castañeda-Peña holds a PhD in Education from Goldsmiths, University of London. He is currently the Director of the Doctorado Interinstitucional en Educación at Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas. His research interests revolve around identity, information literacy and videogaming in relation to English language teaching and learning. He is a member of the research group Aprendizaje y Sociedad de la Información and he is the current ASOCOPI President.