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Dr. Colletta Dalikeni is lecturer and researcher on the Social Care Programme at Dundalk Institute of Technology. Her research and teaching interests have a bias towards culturally competent social work practice with various ethnic minority categories such as immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees. Some of her current work is focussed on creating safe spaces and conducive conditions for addressing race-based issues in both social work practice and education through asking difficult questions about Racism. Her other current preoccupations involves collaborating on Erasmus Plus funded EU projects that are also aimed at social inclusion and integration at national and EU levels.
Gonzalo Gonzalez has a degree in Economics with extensive work experience in both national and multinational companies. Gonzalo is currently a teacher in a vocational training centre, and is involved in European Projects and Erasmus Programs, collaborating with centres in other European countries that help to enrich and favour learning processes. He will participate in the next meetings with European partners by traveling to their headquarters in their countries of origin.
Ester Rokka, lecturer, online educator. Ester has worked for 20 years Finnish as a second language teacher, immigrant educator and illiterate immigrant teacher; she has worked in different projects, created and developed teaching material, e.g. for professional Finnish language material and E-Learning material.
Sini Tullinen, teacher, online educator. Sini has worked for several years Finnish as a second language teacher and has a lot of experience working with immigrants from various backgrounds and ages. Sini has also been part of creating different kinds of material and developing pre-entry courses for immigrants to entry vocational school. As she majored in foreign languages (French and Spanish), she is also familiar with that sort of pedagogy and has experience of teaching French and Spanish to Finnish adult learners.
Jevgenijs Rojs, project manager, has great experience in multiyear and multicultural project management, promotes entrepreneurial thinking and business start-ups possibilities among youngsters and disadvantaged people, emphasizes significance of person’s creative potential and its usage in generating items with high added value.
Andrew Porterfield has been working in the field of English language teaching for 20 years and has taught extensively in private language schools, colleges, schools, prisons and online in Korea, Taiwan and the UK. He currently oversees the successful delivery of SRC's ESOL programmes across all six campuses. In addition to this, he has also coordinated and developed learning materials for several EU funded projects with focuses on language learning, cultural diversity, well-being, digital skills and social inclusion. Currently he is working on and creating content for two Erasmus+ projects. He also writes and edits learning materials for several global education publishers.