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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The MA in TEFL at PUCMM is a theory and practice-oriented program based on recognition of the need for qualified teachers trained in an interactive and participatory model for teaching English as a foreign language. It is aimed at educators and English Language Teaching (ELT) professionals who want to upgrade theoretical and practical knowledge when teaching English to non-native English speakers. This program is built around the need to support national education in order to prepare teachers in both of these areas, allowing them to improve the teaching and learning of English as a foreign language. By offering this degree, we will have a group of qualified educators teaching English in the near future. The program consists of a series of specialized modules in the teaching of English as a Foreign Language and related disciplines, and a thesis.

The program favors an approach in which both oral and written communication are emphasized, in an environment where classes are highly participative, focused on the student, and where the creativity of the teacher and the use of a variety of resources are promoted. It also reflects a new educational model that proposes the formation of autonomous subjects. The learning theory that is favored is social constructivism, in a broad sense.

​By opting to study for a Master's degree in TEFL at PUCMM, participants are embracing a commitment to continuing professional development and personal growth, and are also enhancing their promotion possibilities. The program aims to strengthen participants' teaching and professional competencies in the teaching of English as a Foreign Language, thus elevating the effectiveness of their teaching performance. 

Ana Margarita Haché

Ana Margarita Haché is a Professor in the Department of Humanities and Director of the Center for Academic Development at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, which promotes teacher training, curriculum design, and the integration of information and communications technology to the teaching-learning process.

Professor Haché is Vice President of the Dominican Association of Reading and Writing (ADOLEC), a full member of the Dominican Academy of Language, and a Correspondent for the Royal Spanish Academy.

She has focused her career on the teaching of Spanish as a mother tongue, moving into the production of teaching materials and teacher training in the field of reading and writing. She has worked as Coordinator of the Master´s Program in Applied Linguistics to the teaching of Spanish as a mother language, in advising theses, and as a teacher of subjects related to reading and the teaching of reading. She has also been a consultant to publishers and educational institutions, both nationally and internationally. In addition, Professor Haché serves as an Advisor to the Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic for the national Spanish language curriculum upgrade. Her research interests include reading that focuses on inferential comprehension. Her research studies in the area of sociolinguistics address attitudes toward Dominican Spanish and assessment of its sociolects in the educational context.

Kiero Guerra Peña, Ph.D.

Doctor y magister en Psicología Cuantitativa de la Universidad de Missouri-Columbia, Estados Unidos, (apoyado por una beca Fulbright), Master en Dirección Estratégica de Recursos Humanos de la EOI, España (elegido para dar el discurso de graduación por parte de los graduandos), y licenciado en psicología organizacional (graduado suma cum laude).

Profesor tiempo completo del Departamento de Psicología de la PUCMM. Consultor estadístico y metodológico en investigaciones de grado y postgrado en dicha institución. Experto en diseño de investigación, elaboración de instrumentos de recolección de datos y estadística aplicada.

En la actualidad conduce 2 investigaciones, una apoyada por el Fondo Nacional de Innovación Científica y Tecnológica (FONDOCyT) en la convocatoria del 2014, y otra por el V Fondo Concursable de Investigación de la PUCMM (2015). Además es co-investigador de 2 proyecto ganadores del FONDOCyT (2013 y 2014) dirigidos por el Dr. Zoilo Emilio García Batista.

Miguel Francisco Marte Ramírez

Eudist priest. Currently, Dean of the Sciences and Humanities Faculty at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM). He holds a Bachelor´s Degree in Philosophy from PUCMM and is a Theologian from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia with more than 15 years of teaching experience in higher education institutions in Bogotá, Tegucigalpa, and Santiago de los Caballeros. He has been Administrator and Vice Rector of the Major Seminary of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and is the Director of the Presidents of the Assembly for the Archdiocese of Santiago de los Caballeros, through an agreement with the Institute of Distance Theology in Madrid.

Dr. Salah Troudi

Associate Professor Salah Troudi is an academic at the Graduate School of Education of the University of Exeter where he is the director the Doctorate in TESOL in Dubai and the supervisory coordinator of the PhD in TESOL. His teaching and research interests include language teacher education, critical issues in language education, language policy, curriculum development and evaluation, and classroom-based research. He has published articles in several TESOL and language education journals and edited a number of books.

Dr. Shondel Nero

Dr. Shondel Nero is Associate Professor of TESOL and Director of the Program in Multilingual Multicultural Studies in the Department of Teaching and Learning at New York University (NYU). She holds a doctorate in applied linguistics from Columbia University's Teachers College in New York City. At NYU, she teaches postgraduate courses on Second Language Acquisition Theory and Research, Intercultural Perspectives in Multicultural Education, Educational Linguistics, and World Englishes, Dialects, and Education. She also directs an annual study-abroad program at PUCMM as a means of developing teachers' linguistic and intercultural competence. Dr. Nero's research examines the politics, challenges, and strategies of educating students who speak and/or write in nonstandard varieties of English, World Englishes, and Creoles. Her work has appeared in prominent peer-reviewed journals such asTESOL Quarterly, Language and Education,World Englishes,Applied Linguistics Review, English Today, and Language, Culture, and Curriculum. A native of Guyana, Dr. Nero is the author of Englishes in Contact: Anglophone Caribbean Students in an Urban College(Hampton Press, 2001), editor ofDialects, Englishes, Creoles, and Education(Routledge, 2006), and co-author with Dohra Ahmad ofVernaculars in the Classroom: Paradoxes, Pedagogy, Possibilities(Routledge, 2014). She was a recent Fulbright scholar at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, where she researched the implementation of the Jamaican Language Education Policy with respect to Creole speakers. For this research study, she was awarded with the James E. Alatis 2016 Prize by the TESOL International Organization.

Susan Riley's Bio

PhD in Multilingual/Multicultural Education (TESOL) from Florida State University, USA (1995).

MSc in Teaching English for Specific Purposes from Aston University, UK (1989).

Current roles: I am a lecturer in the Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter, UK, where I am part of the TESOL team, involved in the Masters, Phd and EdD programmes. MEd: I am Director of the Summer Intensive MEd TESOL programme and Acting Director of the MEd TESOL Full-time programme 2015-16. I am module leader for Language Testing and Assessment, Language Awareness and Issues in English Language Teaching, and supervise about 10 students each year on the dissertation phase. EdD: I teach half of the Professionalism module in Dubai and contribute a session on Leadership and Management in Education on the Critical Issues in TESOL module. I supervise a number of EdD and PhD students, some here on campus and others overseas; to date (December 2015), 19 of my doctoral students have submitted and been awarded their EdD or PhD.

Academic interests: A lasting interest is classroom teaching and specifically writing, focusing on academic writing; peer feedback and revision was the topic of my PhD. My interests include Assessment, especially of writing and speaking, and aspects of Leadership in education and TESOL. I am also now exploring professional development for teachers and other areas within the broad construct of being a professional in TESOL.

Career: I have followed a typically varied and fascinating career teaching English since taking up TEFL as a young graduate. Some of the longer teaching positions have been: Egypt (1 year); Dominican Republic (2 years); Indonesia (5 years); UK (Oxford - 2 years); USA (5 years); UAE (6 years); UK again (Exeter - 12 years to date). As well as these jobs, like most EFL teachers from the UK I have taught many summer school groups ranging from young teens to serious university applicants on university EAP courses, including at Bath, UEA and Exeter. The teaching has been General English, ESP, EAP, and now lecturing on Masters and Doctoral programmes. I have management experience at Reading University (directing an In-sessional and Pre-sessional programme) and in the UAE (director of a university ESP programme). Now at Exeter I am director of the Summer Intensive MEd TESOL programme and, for 2015-16, Acting Director of the full-time MEd TESOL.

Newcombe Sosa, M.A.,
is a Full Time Instructor in the Department of Applied Linguistics to the Teaching of Foreign Languages at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM). He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish-American Literature from
California State University, Los Angeles, and a Masters of Arts in Comparative Literature, specializing in the Literary Analysis of Dramatic Works. He currently teaches, and has taught for approximately ten years, Academic Writing courses, and he directs, and has directed for approximately seven years, a Creative Writing Workshop. His research interests center on the application of Reading and Writing strategies in English Teaching and the Importance of Creativity in the Production and Expression of any Thought Process. He has presented his works in the XIII International Latin-American Congress for the Development of Reading and Writing and in the 2nd International Symposium of General Studies, respectively.

Dr. Federica Castro

Dr. Federica Castro is Full Time Professor of TESOL in the Department of Applied Linguistics to the Teaching of Foerign Languages at Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM). She holds a doctorate in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the Graduate School of Education of the Exeter University in Exeter, England. At PUCMM, she teaches graduate and postgraduate courses on Education, Materials development and evaluation, teaching methodologies, and educational research. She is also the coordinator of the Masters of Arts in TESOL Program at PUCMM. Dr. Castro's research interests focus on curriculum development and evaluation and on the professional development of teachers. Her work has appeared in prominent and respected journals such as: Cuaderno de Pedagogía Universitaria, PUCMM and On-line TESOL Encyclopedia.