YLTSIG Committee

David Valente

Coordinator of IATEFL YLTSIG

David is a PhD Research Fellow in English Language and Literature Subject Pedagogy at Nord University, Norway, where he teaches on the Master’s degree in Primary Education. He is also Reviews Editor for the Children’s Literature in English Language Education (CLELE) Journal. David’s main interests are interculturality, children’s literature in ELT and primary and secondary English teacher education.

Joan Kang Shin

YLTSIG Publications Editor (Blogs)

Joan works as an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University in the United States. She has worked in ELT for around 25 years as a teacher, trainer, author, editor, and professor. Joan’s main areas of specialization are teaching English to young learners and online teacher education.

Letícia Moraes

YLTSIG Joint Events Coordinator

Leticia has been involved in ELT for almost 20 years and is a Senior Consultant with Troika, Brazil. Her main focus is secondary English language learners, writing and editing teaching materials, developing upskilling courses and training English teachers. She has written articles and delivered talks and workshops at conferences and online events on secondary ELT in Brazil and elsewhere.

Sinem Daridere

YLTSIG Digital Coordinator

Sinem is an educational consultant and YL ELT teacher trainer based in Turkey. She specialises in training teachers on the Cambridge CELT-Primary and CELT-Secondary courses and regularly presents at ELT conferences on YL ELT topics. Sinem is also a pscyhodramatist and teaches voluntarily for organisations interested in applying pyschodrama to YL ELT.

Helen Chapman

YLTSIG Joint Events Coordinator

Helen works for the British Council MENA as a teacher and teacher trainer. She has also worked in ELT in Spain, Poland, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Helen is a YL materials writer for a major publisher, a Cambridge Delta Module 2 local tutor and a Trinity TYLEC tutor. She blogs and tweets about early years and primary ELT.

Simon Pounder

YLTSIG Business Development Coordinator

Simon works as Senior Teacher for Secondary Courses at British Council Poland. He is a secondary and primary teacher trainer, materials writer and editor. He specialises in academic quality in the classroom through his work with teachers, parents / caregivers and learners. Simon has been in ELT for over 25 years in the Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and the UK.

Maria Jesus Inostroza

YLTSIG Joint Events Coordinator

Maria Jesus works as an English teacher educator at the University of Concepcion, Chile. She is also a member of the Network of Chilean Research in ELT (RICELT). Her main areas of interest are teaching English in primary mainstream education systems and storytelling for enhancing children’s language learning experiences.

Maria Teresa Fernandez

Joint Publication Editor (TEYLT Worldwide)

Maria Teresa is an associate professor at UPEL Maturin, Venezuela. She is a teacher trainer, materials writer and researcher and has written TEYL materials for the Middle East region and Venezuela. She has also published research articles connected to the teaching of English at primary school level.


Laura McWilliams

YLTSIG Community Development Coordinator

Laura is currently based in France where she works as a YL Academic Manager, having previously worked elsewhere in Europe and in the Middle East. She holds a Cambridge Delta with a specialism in YLs and is a Trinity TYLEC tutor. She regularly presents at IATEFL and TESOL conferences and other local teaching association events on YL ELT related topics.
Rachael Pooley

YLTSIG Joint Events Coordinator

Rachael has been teaching English to young learners for almost 18 years in a range of contexts including Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Italy and the United Kingdom. She has an MA in Professional Development for Language Education, a Cambridge Delta with a YL specialism and is a Trinity TYLEC tutor. She is currently Academic Manager for Training and Development at British Council Thailand. 

Kate Gregson

Joint Publication Editor (TEYLT Worldwide)

Kate is a freelance educational consultant, teacher trainer and materials writer based in France. She holds an MA in TEYL and a Cambridge Delta. She has had various ELT roles in Asia, the Middle East and Europe, and has published articles and reviews on teaching early years and primary learners.

 “During my 3 years as Public Relations Coordinator on the IATEFL YLTSIG Committee, I volunteered alongside a great team of YL ELT specialists. A fabulous way to collaborate and exchange expertise.” 

Bruno Andrade
Director of BrELT, Brazil

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