Plenary Speakers

Confirmed Speakers

Ana Mª Piquer-Píriz

Ana Mª Piquer-Píriz is a lecturer at the Faculty of Education (University of Extremadura, Spain) where she teaches undergraduate courses to teacher trainees and postgraduate courses in the MA programme ‘Master on Bilingual Education at Primary and Secondary Levels’. Her research interests concern EFL learning and teaching, L2 vocabulary acquisition, figurative language and, Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). She is particularly interested in the acquisition of vocabulary by young EFL learners and the presence of figuration in their language and thought. Her work has appeared in journals such as Language, Culture and Curriculum, Language Teaching Research, Review of Cognitive Linguistics, Metaphor and the Social World or VIAL and she has also published several book chapters with John Benjamins and Mouton de Gruyter and co-edited a book.

Maria Ellison
Maria Ellison is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Porto (FLUP). She holds a degree in primary education (Univ. Bath Spa), an MA in TESOL (Univ. Manchester) and a Ph.D in didactics of languages (FLUP) where her doctoral thesis focused on CLIL as a Catalyst for Developing Reflective Practice in Foreign Language Teacher Education. She has published and presented many papers about CLIL at national and international conferences. She has experience of coordinating CLIL projects in primary, secondary and tertiary education. She teaches didactics for English language teaching, English for Specific Purposes, English for Academic Purposes and CLIL on Masters degrees in teaching foreign languages. She also coordinates language teaching seminars and supervises student teachers who are conducting their teaching practice in primary and secondary schools in and around Porto.

Rafael Alejo
Rafael Alejo is a lecturer at the University of Extremadura, Spain. He has extensive experience in teaching Business English at the Faculty of Economics and is currently based at the Faculty of Education where he is involved in courses in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition. Several of his articles have appeared in journals such as Language, Culture and Curriculum, Review of Cognitive Linguistics, Cahiers de Lexicology, Ibérica or the Journal of Pragmatics. He has also published books and books chapters dealing with economic language and other topics in Applied Linguistics with Mouton de Gruyter, Continuum and Cambridge Scholar. He has been the head of a research project financed by the Spanish Ministry of Education and has also led a project on Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) funded by the regional educational authorities in Extremadura.