Alina Ilie worked as a teacher of English Literature and Argumentation at the University of Illinois, Carbondale, USA.
She received her Master of Arts in 2004 - her thesis was " Dance as a metaphor of sexuality in Jane Austen's novels". She did research on 18th century British Literature. Alina also wrote a thesis on Eugene O'Neill and the revival of tragedy.
Alina became a teacher of English as part of the International baccalaureate at Wolfert bilingual and very quickly was invited to become schoolbased teacher educator. Two years ago she was introduced to the WTP programme, which she helped implement at Wolfert van Borselen Bilingual.
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Tessa Mearns (coordinator)
Tessa Mearns is a new addition to the ICLON staff for 2016. She will take up a position as teacher educator on the World Teachers Programme and researcher as of 1 June 2016.
Tessa trained as a teacher following her Modern Foreign Languages degree in the UK. Since relocating to the Netherlands, she has predominantly taught English in one of the country’s largest TTO schools, which she is now leaving to take up her position here.
In 2015, she completed her PhD, entitled ‘Chicken, egg or a bit of both? Motivation in bilingual education (TTO) in the Netherlands’, at the University of Aberdeen and Utrecht University.
Her main interests as a teacher and researcher are CLIL, the roles of language and subject teachers in bilingual education, curriculum development, and attitudes and motivation.