Video Conference in Russia

A recent video conference between two cities in Russia with judges from two network Language Centers.

On the 7th of May, the scientific and education centre «Innovation technologies in language professional education» with the English language department at Kalashnikov Izhevsk State Technical University, Izhevsk, Russia under the guidance of the International Network of Language Centers and Programs (INLCP) held the final stage of an international student contest named «How artificial intelligence changes our lives».

The goal of the contest was to form the general and professional foreign language competences in communication in the field of AI and learn about important aspects, problems and objectives in this sphere which are expected to lead to the holistic development of the future specialists for the global information society.

The Contest was held in 2 steps:

Step 1: The contestants were supposed to write an essay (no less than 250 words) at home university. The essay topic can be made up student participants themselves or chosen from the list of suggested topics. The winners of this stage would continue their participation in the contest.

Step 2 was the final stage of the contest where the winners of the previous step were supposed to be the participants of the online international videoconference. The international juries from three INLCP language centers were to assess the essay papers and choose the best participants of the contest.

The contest had more than 50 students from three Russian universities and the Egyptian-Russian university.

We would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Cheryl Ernst, Dr. Lupita Rodriguez Bulnes, and Dr. Gloria Ulloa for judging this year's competition. 

Previous Webinars

Language Centers and Community Involvement - Mtro. Chaz W. Brown (July 20, 2018)

Improving Quality in EMI courses: Theory and Practice of Lecturing in English EMI - Dr. Cristina Peréz Guillot (June 22, 2018)

Profession-Oriented Blogging in English - Andrey Gareef (July 13, 2018)

Writing Centers - Dr. Gloria Ulloa (May 25, 2018)

A great way to collaborate from across the world

In order to share ideas, collobarate, and learn from each other, webinars have proved a great resource. Specialists can share about their area of expertise in presentations and viewers can give comments and ask questions. If you are interested in participating in webinars but do not know how to, email ci@upnfm.edu.hn.



Webinars provide an opportunity for educators all around the world to listen to specialists talk about different aspects of language centers and language programs


Conferences provide a great experience being able to learn from and teach others about work going on in your language center or program. Conferences also provide the opportunity to collaborate on different projects.


Using the new website, participants are able to share research on different apsects of lanuage centers, language programs, and language learning.


Conversations begin between UPNFM and other institutions around the world, converations begin to turn into collaboration.


Webinars continue, network gains support.


Idea of the network proposed by the UPNFM, official invitations sent out, and network formed. First webinar takes place in September, 2016.


Webinars continue, and the first conference takes place in November 2018 in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras.


Fernanda Varela, M.A. - Montevideo, Uruguay (Catholic University of Uruguay)

Fernanda Varela, M.A. - Montevideo, Uruguay (Catholic University of Uruguay)

Fernanda is the Director of the Language Centre at Universidad Católica del Uruguay. She is an experienced teacher, teacher-educator, material´s designer, administrator, Centre Exam Manager for Cambridge Assessment English, Educational and Clinical Psychologist and consultant to different institutions and organizations. Her postgraduate and Master´s studies have focused on Organizational Change and Organizational Studies, and her other areas of research and interest include assessment, pedagogy, and sociolinguistics. She has been a presenter at national and international professional development events, as well as member of International Program Evaluation Teams. She can be reached at mfvarela@ucu.edu.uy.


Dr. Hernandez studied literatura iberoamericana in IBERO Pueblo as his undergraduate education. He recieved his Master´s in Gestión de Capital Humano from IEST Anáhuac. He studied Ciencias Políticas y Administración Pública for his Doctorate degree from the UANL. Furthermore, he studied Gobernanza en Facultad de Derecho in the USAL Is from Tampico, Mexico. He can be reached at gustavo.hernandez@upalt.edu.mx.
Jennifer Smith, PhD - Carbondale, Illinois, USA (Southern Illinois University)

Jennifer Smith, PhD - Carbondale, Illinois, USA (Southern Illinois University)

Dr. Jennifer Smith’s main area of research is modern Spanish literature and culture. In addition to having published a wide array of articles, Dr. Smith has edited two anthologies—Modern Spanish Women as Agents of Change (Bucknell UP, forthcoming), Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Nation in Fin-de-Siècle Spanish Literature and Culture (Routledge, 2017)—and Emilia Pardo Bazán's Insolación (Cervantes & Co., 2011). Here at SIUC, Dr. Smith teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Hispanic Language, Literature, and Culture. She can be reached via email at smithjen@siu.edu.
 Kristina Y. Ivanova -  St. Petersburg, Russia (ITMO University)

Kristina Y. Ivanova - St. Petersburg, Russia (ITMO University)

Ms. Ivanova graduated from a high school with advanced placement English in 2003 and entered the department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics of BSTU "Voenmekh" named after D.F. Ustinov, from which she graduated with honors in 2009. Kristina Ivanova has been working in the field of higher education since 2004 and now carries out administrative work along with teaching EFL. Her areas of expertise are creating and developing efficient syllabi of ESP and EAP courses for postgrads and teaching staff as well as EFL programs for bachelor students. She can be reached at kristina.ivanova@niuitmo.ru.


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About the INLCP

The International Network for Language Centers and Programs is an group of 16 language centers and programs from 12 different countries. It was officialy formed in 2016 by the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán, and managed by the Languages Center that is a part of the UPNFM.