IP&SEN Committee 2020


Anne Margaret Smith, SIG Coordinator

Dr Anne Margaret Smith has taught English for 30 years in Kenya, Germany, Sweden and the UK. She is also a dyslexia specialist tutor and assessor. She founded ELT well with the intention of bringing together best practice from the two fields of ELT and SpLD support, and now offers materials and training to teachers, as well as specialist teaching to dyslexic learners.


Jana Jilkova, Treasurer

Dr Jana Jilkova is a lecturer, trainer and coach. She is Czech teachers’ association ATECR regional coordinator and eTwinning-Scientix ambassador. She is also involved in projects with the British Council, Ministry of Education and Charles University. She is a keen advocate of creativity in ELT for personal and professional development including CLIL, STEM, SEN, student’s life and career skills.


Anette Igel, Events Coordinator

Anette Igel is a Dipl TESOL qualified teacher and teacher trainer. She became first involved with SEN through drama teaching. Over the last few years her focus has been especially on young learners, and on how to use a multisensory approach in teaching all ages. She has been working with different IH schools for over 13 years.

Giovanni Licata, Committee Member

Giovanni Licata is a teacher and teacher trainer at IH-Accademia Britannica in Rome. Having worked in schools across Europe, Asia and the US, he has developed an interest in sociolinguistics as well as teacher and learner identities in the ELT classroom. His dream is to open a wine bar in L.A. and serve Italian wines and freshly-made bruschettas.


Rachael Harris, Social Media Coordinator

Rachael Harris comes from Nottingham, England. She has taught English as a foreign language for almost twenty years and she now teaches young learners and teens in a French speaking secondary and primary school Geneva, where she has produced the SEN policy statement. She is also the Teens & YL SIG coordinator for ETAS (Switzerland). She has recently completed a Master’s degree in TESOL with Sheffield Hallam university.

Maha Hassan

Maha Hassan, Newsletter Editor

Maha has been working as an English teacher, teacher trainer and Head of Department for more than 35 years. She has taught at all levels, and for much of her career she has been teaching adults. She was nominated for Lead 5050 Women in the International Education Award WIE 2018 for her work as an Academic Director.  She has presented widely and contributed articles to many journals as well as her own blog, with the mission of helping teachers believe in, achieve and sustain Professional Development, as well as exchange experiences among peers.

Aysen Cem-Deger - secretary

Aysen Cem-Deger, Secretary

Aysen has worked as an academic in Linguistics and SLA for almost twenty years, and has published research articles in various scientific journals, as well as supervising undergraduate and MA dissertations.  She has also delivered Academic Writing courses both in the university and one-to-one tutoring, to young adults preparing for IELTS and/or GRE exams and academics who would like to publish in English. For the last ten years, Aysen has been teaching learners with sensory impairments and learning differences. Last year, she started teaching English to the Third Age, which opened up a new path in inclusive practices.  

Agnieszka Dzięcioł-Pędich, Website Manager

Dr Agnieszka Dzięcioł-Pędich works at the University of Białystok (Poland), where she teaches English for Specific Purposes and trains pre-service English teachers. She also works at the SWPS University in Warsaw where, among others, she conducts courses on teaching English to special educational needs students. Her research interests include special educational needs, English for specific purposes, intercultural communication and teacher development. In her free time she travels, takes photos and turns into a book worm. In the future she would like to become the owner of a Corgi.

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