1st Conference on Bilingual Education – Chile, August 28 and 29, 2020

August 28th and 29th, 2020

Via Zoom

The 1° Conference on Bilingual Education is an initiative run by a group of national and international institutions in Chile, dedicated to bringing together leading academics, researchers, school administrators and teachers to exchange and share their experiences and results on all aspects of Bilingual Education in Latin American and other contexts.

The event will provide a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Bilingual Education worlwide.

Who should attend the Conference

Teachers in the field of dual language, ESL, administrators, university professors, students, researchers, advocates, and policymakers.


Modalities for Participation

All-Access Pass U$7

• Access to Links of recorded presentations for 30 days after the event

• Access to a pdf version of the presentations after the event

• Attendance Certificate sent at the end of the event


About the International Speakers


Simon Lind

Senior International Education Consultant with Cambridge University Press, UK. Simon has more than 15 years of experience teaching and leading departments at primary and secondary private and international schools in the United Kingdom and Africa. As Senior International Education Consultant with Cambridge University Press Simon has worked for over 6 years helping Cambridge International Schools around the world embed Cambridge resources and active learning strategies into their unique situations, including designing and leading innovative teacher training in South East Asia, Pakistan, India, Africa, Latin America and Europe.

Antonella Sorace

Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. Antonella Sorace (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. She is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Her research focuses on a number of interrelated questions that bring together linguistics, experimental psychology and cognitive science, and her research achievements and publications span different sub-fields of scientific enquiry. She is a world leading authority on bilingualism over the lifespan and is particularly well known for her studies of exceptionally talented (“near-native”) adult second language speakers; for her research on the changes (“attrition”) that take place in the native language of advanced second language speakers. She is also internationally known for her contribution to language typology, especially for her research on constrained variation at the lexicon-syntax interface, which she has investigated in many languages, and her studies of gradience in natural language. She is the founding director of the information and consultancy centre Bilingualism Matters (www.bilingualism-matters.ppls.ed.ac.uk) and was awarded a Beltane Fellowship for Public Engagement.

Darrell Eby

Canadian educator and Rector of Colegio Costa Cordillera in Antofagasta, Chile. Darrell Eby is a Canadian educator with a Masters in Educational Management and Leadership. He has twenty-five years of experience in bilingual education projects in three countries. After starting his career in British Columbia, his fondness for travel led him to Cali, Colombia as an English teacher. In Santiago, Chile he found a home in one of the member schools of the Association of British Schools where he was the head of English and an IB examiner before becoming a head of school. Since 2018, Darrell has been the rector of Colegio Costa Cordillera in Antofagasta.

Viviana Miglino

Primary School English Head at Colegio Bayard in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Viviana is a graduate teacher of English from Instituto Superior del Profesorado “Dr. Joaquín V. González”. She has also taken a post-graduate course in English Language at Universidad Tecnológica Nacional. Her degree thesis: ¨Reading Comprehension Strategies: The Neglected Tools” inspired her to design a didactic tool to teach reading comprehension strategies, which was presented at Literacy Congresses in Argentina, the U.S., Finland and Denmark. She was an American Literature Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior del Profesorado “Dr. Joaquín V. González” for 6 years. She was a teacher of English at FV Faucets Company for more than twenty years, where she also delivered courses on Effective Presentations, Assertiveness and Leadership. She is the Primary School English Head at Colegio Bayard in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Mike Spooner

Expert in Educational Leadership, Curriculum Design and Curriculum Development. He is the former Director of Bilingual Education Programme for Cognita Schools in Chile. Mike was a Headteacher for many years in Redland School, Santiago. His background in dual educational systems both in Mexico and in Spain has provided him with a clear vision of some of the most critical issues in Bilingual Education running in Spanish speaking countries.


About the Panels of Experts

Mauricio Veliz – Director Escuela de Pedagogías en Inglés – Universidad de Talca

Gonzalo Eyzaguirre – Director de Ciclo Menor – Instituto de Humanidades “Alfredo Silva Santiago” Concepción

Annjeanette Martin – Directora de Pedagogía Básica Bilingüe – Universidad de los Andes

M José Galmez – Pre -school Coordinator – Santiago College

Carol Peak – English Coordinator – Colegio Monte Tabor

Marisol Besa – coordinadora de Inglés -Facultad de Educación – Universidad del Desarrollo


Conference Organizers

Cámara Chileno Británica de Comercio

Cambridge University Press

Universidad del Desarrollo

University of Edinburgh

Asociación Chilena de Neuroaprendizaje


Conference Programme



CONF 1 / 13.30-14.30 Simon Lind

Language Awareness for Bilingual Schools and Colleges.

Teaching and learning in a second language can be challenging. In this talk some ideas will be presented to develop greater fluency in a second language through raising awareness of simple strategies and techniques that may help teachers and learners overcome their difficulties.


CONF 2 / 14.50-15.50 Antonella Sorace

Bilingualism Matters: connecting research, policy and practice.

Research shows that multilingualism in any languages, regardless of prestige or worldwide diffusion, can provide a range of cognitive and social benefits. However, there are still many misconceptions about what it means to be or become multilingual. I will show how the public engagement centre Bilingualism Matters connects research and communities in many different countries to enable informed decisions in society.


CONF 3 / 16.10-17.10 Darrell Eby

English as a Pillar at Colegio Costa Cordillera.

The complex reality of navigating obstacles involved in developing an English program is familiar in any part of Latin America. Regardless of location, issues such as staffing, resources, teacher training, community expectations, and curriculum make the process universal. The experience of one school in the regions of Chile will open a discussion that is valid for any school.


CONF 4 / 17.30-18.30 Panel of Experts Question & Answer




CONF 1 / 9.00-10.00 Viviana Miglino

Walk with the teacher, guide the way: Milestones on the path to leadership.

Studies on school efficiency show that teachers are the first intra institutional factor for quality learning, bequeathing motivation, proficiency and teamwork. Therefore, the paramount importance of developing a strong organizational culture that promotes such contributions is undeniable. This presentation purports to share the experience at Colegio Bayard in Argentina, where quality bilingual education ensues teacher recruitment, training, empowerment and retention.


CONF 2 / 10.20-11.20 Mike Spooner

Experiences and Reflections on Different Models in Bilingual Education.

In this presentation two main questions will be answered: What is Bilingual Education? and Why is it important? Specific reflections will be made based on 3 schools with different backgrounds in Latin America.


CONF 4 / 11.40-12:40 Panel of Experts Question & Answer