ELT Rionegro Bilingüe 2019

Inclusive Bilingual Education: Making English teaching and learning sustainable through the adaptation of language policies

Date: September 12, 2019
Place: Centro Comercial San Nicolás. Auditorio, segundo piso. Rionegro, Antioquia.

Rionegro Bilingüe has marked a milestone in language teaching and learning for Antioquia. Not only has it managed to generate a sustainable program that has spearheaded the four years of the current administrative term, but also the significance of this program is visible in the city as a whole. Generating programs of this type for the region, which go beyond the school system, seek to generate impact on society and take into account the interests of the learners, the school community, and the region to show how advancing in English can positively impact the economy, science, culture, and education. Nonetheless, programs like this need to evolve and leadership on language policy is needed to ensure that long-lasting programs can continue to be a priority in ensuring that all students have equitable opportunities to learn, through meaningful participation and engagement which in the end generate successful outcomes. In the III ELT Conference Rionegro Bilingüe 2019, participants will explore national language and education policies and how Rionegro Bilingüe has generated such a positive impact on the region and its inhabitants. Plenary discussions, panel debates, and workshops will provide an arena to analyze policies and practices so that they can be adapted for social development.


7:00 – 7:45 a.m. Registration
Collect your name tag and Conference bag!
7:45 – 8:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony
8:00 – 8:25 a.m. Rionegro Bilingüe Impact
8:25 – 8:35 a.m. Social Network Competition
8:35 – 9:25 a.m. Plenary I
“The Relationship between Content Based Learning and Literacy Skills in a Bilingual Program”
Gloria Bohorquez
9:30 – 10:20 a.m. Plenary II
“Effective Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Creating an Inclusive Setting in your Classroom”
Russell Turk
10:20 – 10:50 a.m. Break
10:55 – 11:55 a.m. Workshops I
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. LUNCH*
1:30 – 2:20: p.m. Workshops II
2:30 – 3:20 p.m. Plenary III
“Who am I in English? Voice, Identity and Community at all Levels and Ages”
Lewis Lansford
3:20 – 3:40 p.m. Break
3:40 – 3:50 p.m. Competition Winners
3:50 – 4:10 p.m. Event Conclusions and Closing
4:10 – 4:50 p.m. Cultural Event
«A Broadway Stroll»
Massachusetts Community Theater

*Lunch is not provided by the event


Meet our Plenary Speakers

Lewis Lansford

Lewis got his first taste of teaching English in Barcelona in the late 1980s. The experience inspired him to get a Master’s in TESOL, after which he taught at a university language center in Arizona and then a manufacturing company in Japan. In 1995, he took an editorial job with a major publisher in Hong Kong developing materials for Asia, and in 1997 became a freelance editor, project manager and writer in the UK. He has worked on books, videos, tests, audio materials, worksheets, apps and online materials for English learners of all ages across the world. He currently lives in the United Kingdom.

Talk: Who am I in English? Voice, identity and community at all levels and ages.

Russell Turk

Russell Turk worked for over fifteen years with individuals with disabilities in different capacities: as a special educator and learning disabilities specialist in both public and private schools, as a Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor (C.R.C.), as a Programme Manager at a water sports centre for children with disabilities, as a Resource Advisor for students with disabilities at a large public community college, and as a Direct Services Provider for a NGO primarily serving children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum.  He holds a B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University in Special Education, specialising in learning disabilities and mental retardation, and a M.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Rehabilitation. Mr. Turk’s primary interest is in providing services to individuals with disabilities which lead to their inclusion in mainstream activities and society.  He has had extensive experience in working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Originally from Barbados, Mr. Turk studied and worked in the United States before settling in Medellin in 2011 with his spouse. In his spare time, he enjoys writing his first novel, gardening at his small country house outside of the city, and – when he is in Barbados – sailing.  He is an avid reader and has had four Greyhounds, his favourite dog breed.

Talk: Effective Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Creating an Inclusive Setting in your Classroom

Gloria Bohorquez

Gloria Bohorquez holds a B.A in languages from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana and a Master’s degree in Didactics from Universidad del Rosario. Her experience in education is extensive. She has been coordinator at prestigious schools as well as a professor in several universities in Bogota. She worked for Suffolk Public Schools in Virginia, US and was awarded Teacher of the year in 2004 . At her current job as an educational sales consultant Mrs. Bohorquez  has had the opportunity to mentor teachers and coach schools into their transition to become bilingual as well as to support their teachers with best practices .

Talk: The Relationship between Content Based Learning and Literacy Skills in a Bilingual Program




Don’t miss out on the chance to have the Broadway experience in Rionegro!

The cultural group from the Massachusetts Community Theater will present their work “A Broadway Stroll” at the ELT Conference Cultural Event. Here attendees will be able to experience the thrill of some of the famous musicals that have appeared on Broadway as the group interprets the most iconic song and dance pieces from different plays.



Free entry with prior registration in https://cutit.org/ELTRionegro2019

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For more information: 204 0404 Ext. 3003 or riobilingüe2018@gmail.com

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