Claudia Ferradas, based in Buenos Aires (Argentina), travels the world as a teacher educator and is an IATEFL International Ambassador. She holds an MA in Education and Professional Development from the University of East Anglia and a PhD in English Studies at the University of Nottingham. She is a trainer with NILE and a member of NILE’s Advisory Board. She often works as a consultant for Oxford University Press, the British Council and Trinity College London and is a trainer for Oxford Professional Development.
In Argentina, she has taught language and literature for many years at the Instituto de Enseñanza Superior en Lenguas Vivas “Juan Ramón Fernández”, Buenos Aires, where she was also Head of extension and research. At present, she teaches on the MA programme in Literatures in English at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza. She is also the Vice-president of the Buenos Aires English Teachers’ Association (APIBA).
In the UK, Claudia has been a Visiting Fellow and research supervisor at the School of Languages, Leeds Metropolitan University, and is now a member of the Extensive Reading Foundation committee. She has co-chaired the Oxford Conference on the Teaching of Literature on five occasions and has also worked as Project Manager for the Penguin Active Readers Teacher Support Programme.
Claudia has also taught on the MA programme in TEFL at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain. She is a member of the editorial board, AJAL (Argentine Journal of Applied Linguistics) and of the CLELE journal (Children’s Literature in English Language Education).
Her interests are literature and the arts in ELT, intercultural communication and the relationship between language and identity. She likes to sing tango and blues in shows where she also reads her own poetry.
Words on Words - Teaching Contemporary Literature. A selection of works by Benjamin Zephaniah and John Burnside, with suggested activities for teachers (with Beatriz Koessler de Pena Lima). Buenos Aires, The British Council, 2002
Words on Words - Contemporary UK Literature and the Screen. A selection of extracts from Mr Wroe’s Virgins by Jane Rogers and poems by Simon Armitage, with suggested activities for teachers. CD-Rom. Buenos Aires, The British Council, 2003
Words on Words - Contemporary UK Literature for Children: Tony Mitton. Buenos Aires, The British Council, 2004
English Adventure - Working with Values, Harlow, UK: Pearson/ Longman, 2006. ISBN 13: 978-1 -4058-4368-3, ISBN 10: 1-4058-4368-3
The Value of Caring, Buenos Aires, Pearson/ Longman, 2008.
The Value of Diversity, Buenos Aires, Pearson/ Longman, 2009 (on line)
The Value of Commitment, Buenos Aires, Pearson/ Longman, 2010 (on line)
Contributions to books
“Rocking the Classroom: Rock Poetry Materials in the EFL class”, in Tomlinson, B. (ed.) Issues in Developing Materials for Language Teaching, Continuum, London and N.Y., 2003
“Hyperfiction: Explorations in Textual Texture”, in Tomlinson, B. (ed.) Issues in Developing Materials for Language Teaching, Continuum, London and N.Y., 2003
Firing the ‘Canon’: Unconventional Approaches to Literature in ELT”. In COREIL, C. (ed.) (2007). Imagination, Cognition, Language Acquisition. A Unified Approach to Theory and Practice. Jersey City, N.J., USA: New Jersey City University
“Enjoying Literature with Teens and Young Adults in the English Language Classroom”, in Denham, L. & N. Figueras (eds.) (2009). BritLit: Using Literature in EFL Classrooms, APAC: Barcelona
“Reconstructing the Past to Reflect on The Present: Jane Robson’s Memoir / Reconstruir el pasado para pensar el presente”. In: La influencia británica en el desarrollo de la Argentina (edición bilingüe). Buenos Aires: Cámara de Comercio Argentino-Británica, 2014. pp.200-205. ISBN 978-987-45641-0-8
“Identidades en la zona de contacto: la definición de la identidad argentina en relatos anglófonos femeninos”. In: Raggio, M.M & G. Perera de Saravia (eds.) La construcción de identidades en el mundo anglófono contemporáneo. Mendoza, Argentina: Universidad Nacional de Cuyo – EDIUNC, 2016, pp. 101 - 119
Rock Poetry in the Creative Language Classroom. Buenos Aires: D.L.Books. 1994
“Rock Poetry: the Literature our Students Listen To”, "The Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning”, Jersey City State College, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1994
“On Transaction and Transgression: Riding on the Transtextual Highway”. "The Hermetic Garage", Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Buenos Aires, December 1994
“Literature Revisited”. “The Inner Eye”, Buenos Aires, 1997
“Reading Rock in the EFL Classroom”. “Folio”, MATSDA, U.K., August 1997
“Hypertext: Explorations in Textual Texture in the Learner-Centered EFL Classroom”. "The Inner Eye ", Buenos Aires, 1998
“Assessing the Literary Competence of Future EFL Teachers: a Portfolio Experience”. IATEFL Testing, Evaluation and Assessment SIG Newsletter, U.K., June 2000
“Reading and Writing the New Technologies: Obstacles and Challenges for the ELT Classroom”, Resources, Year VIII, May 2002, ELI, Italy
“H Y P E R F I C T I O N : weaving textual webs” in the IATEFL Literature and Cultural Studies SIG Newsletter, spring / summer 2002,UK, also available on line at: http://www.wilstapley.com/LCS/articles/cfm.htm
“Reading Screens in the Classroom” in Literature Matters, Newsletter of the British Council’s Literature Department, Issue 32, winter 2002
“Hyper-reading: facing the challenge of electronic literature” in Folio, Folio 7.1 / 7.2, MATSDA, UK, January 2003
“Developing Critical Technological Literacy in the Language Classroom”. Stones Harbour 1. November 2003. Instituto Superior del Profesorado Nro. 3 “Eduardo Lafferriére”, Villa Constitución, Santa Fe
“Meeting the Other, Learning about Ourselves”. The APPI Journal, Portugal, May 2004
“Portfolios: formative assessment tools in the language classroom”. Stones Harbour 2. November 2004. Instituto Superior del Profesorado Nro. 3 “Eduardo Lafferriére”, Villa Constitución, Santa Fe
“Reading Across Cultures – Developing Intercultural Awareness Through Unconventional Approaches to Literature”. In English. The British Council Magazine for Teachers of English in Portugal. Spring 2006
“The Complex Cultural Identity of Anglo-Argentine writing”. Forum. Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias del Colegio Cardenal Newman, 6, No. 8, 2011, pp. 15-35.. ISSN 1852-8260
“Too Much Choice?” In “From the Archives: Resources” - IATEFL Voices Issue 255 – March – April 2017 – p. 13
“Hyper-reading, Hyper-writing: explorations in non-linear literacy “ in Humanising Language Teaching, Year 5; Issue 3; May 03, [On-line], available at http://www.hltmag.co.uk/may03/mart3.htm
“Reading screens: down the paths of electronic literature”, in the Archives of the Oxford Conference on the teaching of Literature, Reading Screens: From text to film, TV and new media, Corpus Christi College Oxford: 6 – 12 April 2003, available at http://www.britishcouncil.org/03claudia_ferradas_moi_reading_screens.doc
“Literature Revisited – The Past, Present and Future of Literature in ELT” – Plenary Conference Panel, Proceedings of the FAAPI 2001 B.A. Conference, FAAPI / APIBA / The British Council, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2001
“Literature at Teacher Training College: in search of the lost teenage reader” –Panel Presentation- FAAPI 2002 Conference – Curriculum Development: Managing the Change- Conference Proceedings, FAAPI / ACPI / The British Council / UNESCO / Facultad de Lenguas de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina, September 2002
“Shakespearean Studies as part of the EFL Teacher Training Curriculum in Argentina”- First International Shakespeare Conference in Argentina, Shakespeare: His work, his time and his influence, Conference proceedings, Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires / Instituto Superior del Profesorado “Dr. Joaquín V. González”, Departmento de Inglés, 2002
“Meeting the Other, Learning about Ourselves: Cultural Awareness in the Language Classroom”- Closing plenary - Proceedings of the FAAPI 2003 Conference – Humanising our Teaching Practice. FAAPI / ASPI / The British Council, Salta, Argentina, September 2003
“La enseñanza de la literatura en la formación de profesores de lengua inglesa: en busca de un nuevo lector”- Primer Encuentro de Formadores/as de Docentes. Gobierno de La Cuidad de Buenos Aires. Dirección General de Educación Superior. October 30 and 31st, November 1st, 2003
“Diverse Readings, Plural responses”- Plenary - Proceedings of the FAAPI 2006 Conference – Multiple Literacies – Beyond the Four Skills. FAAPI / APrIR / The British Council, Rosario, Argentina, September 2006
“Outside Looking In: intercultural and intermedial encounters in ELT” –IATEFL Cardiff 2009 Closing Plenary. In: Beaven, B. (ed.). IATEFL 2009 Cardiff Conference Selections. Canterbury: IATEFL, 2010 (pp.16 - 20). ISBN 978-901095-29-6
“Page, picture, screen: what young readers do want to read”. Plenary Pro-T (Professional Development Conference for Teachers)- Córdoba, February 17 – 19, 2009. CD-Rom
“Critical Technological Literacy in the Language Class”. Closing Plenary, Pro-T (Professional Development Conference for Teachers) - Córdoba, February 18 – 20, 2010. CD-Rom
‘Communicating across cultures: encounters in the “contact zone”’. Plenary session. In: Renart, L. and Banegas, D. L. (eds.) (2013) Roots & routes in language education: bi-multi-plurilingualism, interculturality and identity. Selected papers from the 38th FAAPI Conference. Buenos Aires: APIBA. ISBN 9789872030704 - FAAPI / APIBA. Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2013
Claudia Ferradas NILE Affiliate Trainer