Mariana Makoon-Singh

English/Spanish Linguist, Ph.D. Candidate Applied Socio-Linguistics

Mariana Indira Makoon-Singh Cordeiro holds a B.Sc. degree in Psychology from St.Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA, a TESOL certificate from
Trinity College London, a Masters degree in Hispanic Studies; Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Applied Socio-Linguistics at University of Cádiz. She has run several English language academies in Spain, has taught English and Spanish as a foreign language for over 15 years and is also a seasoned English/Spanish interpreter.

She loves teaching languages to her students and building bridges across cultures. She has been an interpreter/translator on medical missions to Peru and Guatemala while in university which carved her path in language education and communication and has since collaborated with professionals in the academic field both in the United States as well as in Europe. This has resulted in a pedagogical array of cultural dissemination, diversion-based speaking activities, games and formal language instruction in her classes. Her main focus in her lessons is in guiding her students to absorb and produce the language by helping them make connections to their own lives, traditions and customs.

* Schedule: Mariana will be presenting in a breakout session titled “English Immersion Online Crowd Learning” on Wednesday, March 3rd 10:00-11:00 am MST.

Breakout Session Description: In this break-out session, we will implement a number of online activities that encourage the production of the spoken language.  We will also demonstrate ways to cohesively bring together a class of 50 or more students from around the world.  The presentation is a two-part design; 1. Highlight the benefits of live instruction that engages students; 2. Empowering students by giving them the tools to use their English beyond the classroom and become part of the global community.