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About her

MOTIVATED BY PEACE

María Matilde Olivero is a teacher and researcher in the area of ​​teacher education at the English Teacher Education Program at the National University of Río Cuarto, Argentina. Her main areas of interest include teacher development, affective factors in second language teaching, and holistic and contemplative approaches in education with a focus on peace and well-being.

Matilde holds a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from the University of South Florida, Tampa, U.S.A. Her dissertation explored the beliefs and emotions of pre-service teachers of English regarding the implementation of activities to promote peace.

In recent years, Matilde has become an influential leader in her field of work. The combination of her theoretical expertise with a way of thinking and living inspired by mindfulness has attracted the attention of different local and international organizations that ask her to share her research and experiences.

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Skills

DISTINCTIVE ATTRIBUTES

01. Innovative proposals with updated theoretical support.
02. Transformative teaching approaches.
03. Constant integration of research with society.
04. Activities adapted to different work contexts.
05. Link with prestigious national and international media.

Publications

RECENT WORKS

Articles

2018. Oxford, R. L., Gregersen, T. & Olivero, M. M. (in press). The Interplay of Language and Peace Education: The Language of Peace Approach in Peace Communication, Linguistic Analysis, and Multimethod Research. Special Issue on the Theory and Practice of Peace Linguistics, TESL Reporter.

2016. Olivero, M. M. & Oxford, R. L. Peace Language Activities in Teacher Education: A Transformational Study in an Argentine Setting. Peace Chronicle, PJSA.

2015. Olivero, M. M. Multilingualism in an EFL practicum: Increasing student teachers’ pedagogical knowledge.

2015. Colomer, S. E., Olivero, M. M., & Bell, J. A dialogue among bilingual language educators: An exploration of female attrition in the doctoral pipeline.

Book chapters

2018. Oxford, R. L. & Olivero, M. M. (in press). Expanding the ripples of peace: Employing transformational, multidimensional peace language activities in language teacher education. In J. Lin, B. Kirby, S. Edwards, & T. Culham (Eds.), Contemplative pedagogies in K-12, university, and community settings: Transformation from within. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

2018. Olivero, M. M., & Oxford, R. L. Implementing and assessing transformative, multidimensional peace language activities designed for future teachers and their students : Educating for Peace . In L. Walid Lofty & C.Toffolo (E ds.) , Promoting peace through practice, academia & the arts (pp.184-206). Hershey: IGI Global.

2017. Valsecchi, M. I., Barbeito, M. C., & Olivero, M. M. Students’ beliefs about learning English as a foreign language at secondary schools in Argentina. In Lía, K., Gabriel, D. M., & Luciana C. de O. (Eds.) English language teaching in South America: Policy, preparation, and practices (pp.183-206). Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Book

2019. Oxford, R. L., Olivero, M. M., & Gregersen, T. Eds., Peacebuilding in language education. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Presentations and teaching

TRAINING

Congress Presentations

2018. Olivero, M. M. & Oxford, R. L. Toward Embodied Practices in Teacher Education: Beliefs and Emotions about Multidimensional Peace language Activities in an EFL Practicum. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

2017. Oxford, R. L., Olivero, M. M., & Gregersen, T. Peace Language Activities: Teaching and Learning Peace Experientially. Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A.

2017. Olivero, M. M. & Oxford, R. L.  Innovations in an EFL teaching practicum: Cultivating multidimensional peace. Simposium in Innovations in Language Teacher Education organizado por Tammy Gregersen and Peter MacIntyre, World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA). Río de Janeiro, Brazil.

2017. Oxford, R. L., & Olivero, M. M. Problematizing Teacher Education: The Need to Integrate Peace. Comparative and International Education Society (CIES): Problematizing (in)Equality, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

2016. Olivero, M. M. Guest speaker in videoconference by Rebecca Oxford, Crossing Borders: Teaching Language, Teaching Peace. Congreso Internacional de Lenguas Modernas. Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica.

2015. Olivero, M. M., & Oxford, R. L. Teaching for Peace in an EFL Practicum. Peace and Justice Studies Association, Harrisonburg, Virginia, U.S.A.

2015. Olivero, M. M. Multilingualism in an English as a Foreign Language Practicum: Beliefs about Experiential Learning Tasks to Develop Pedagogical Knowledge, American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). Toronto, Canada.

Presentations and teaching

TRAINING

Congress Presentations

2018. Olivero, M. M. & Oxford, R. L. Toward Embodied Practices in Teacher Education: Beliefs and Emotions about Multidimensional Peace language Activities in an EFL Practicum. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

2017. Oxford, R. L., Olivero, M. M., & Gregersen, T. Peace Language Activities: Teaching and Learning Peace Experientially. Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A.

2017. Olivero, M. M. & Oxford, R. L.  Innovations in an EFL teaching practicum: Cultivating multidimensional peace. Simposium in Innovations in Language Teacher Education organizado por Tammy Gregersen and Peter MacIntyre, World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA). Río de Janeiro, Brazil.

2017. Oxford, R. L., & Olivero, M. M. Problematizing Teacher Education: The Need to Integrate Peace. Comparative and International Education Society (CIES): Problematizing (in)Equality, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

2016. Olivero, M. M. Guest speaker in videoconference by Rebecca Oxford, Crossing Borders: Teaching Language, Teaching Peace. Congreso Internacional de Lenguas Modernas. Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica.

2015. Olivero, M. M., & Oxford, R. L. Teaching for Peace in an EFL Practicum. Peace and Justice Studies Association, Harrisonburg, Virginia, U.S.A.

2015. Olivero, M. M. Multilingualism in an English as a Foreign Language Practicum: Beliefs about Experiential Learning Tasks to Develop Pedagogical Knowledge, American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL). Toronto, Canada.

Courses, conferences, workshops

2018. Workshop “In Taking Care of Ourselves, we Take Care of the World: A Workshop on Teacher Well-being“, organized by Asociación Riocuartense de Profesores de Inglés (ARPI). Río Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina.

Addressed to teachers of English of all levels. We worked in a critical, reflective, and experiential way to become aware of the great impact that teacher well-being has on the students’ achievement. We reflected on the main factors that influence the well-being of teachers and worked with specific ways to increase our well-being in the workplace following mindfulness based practices and theories of positive psychology.

2018. Graduate Seminar “Educating for peace and well-being in EFL teaching“, organized by Maestría en Lengua Inglesa and Secretaría de Posgrado de la Facultad de Ciencias Humanas. Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina.

The objective of the seminar was to present the most representative theories and approaches related to education for peace and well-being in the field of English as a foreign language. Moreover, participants were offered opportunities to reflect on the importance of promoting well-being in society through education and on the fundamental role of English as an international language and tool for building social peace.

2018. Workshop “Mindfulness in English Language Teaching: From Inner to Outer Peace“ and discussant on round table “Contributions and challenges of mindfulness and emotional education“, in 6th English Book Fair of Colegio San Ignacio, English Language as a Worldwide Perspective. Río Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina.

What is mindfulness? What are the benefits of integrating mindfulness-based practices in the English classroom? In what ways do mindfulness practices enhance the development of inner and outer peace? These were some of the questions that were addressed during the workshop given at the San Ignacio School for English teachers. The participants had the opportunity to learn about the most relevant theories associated with mindfulness practices in education and experienced different techniques related to these practices to be applied to the teaching of English.

2018. Plenary session “Teaching peace and mindfulness in the EFL classroom: From inner to outer transformation“, annual seminar of Asociación de Profesores de Inglés de Buenos Aires (APIBA), ELT and Citizenship Building. Local, Regional, and Global Perspectives. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This plenary session emphasized the great responsibility that we have as English teachers to become builders of peace. In addition, the session focused on the need to incorporate contemplative approaches to teaching, such as mindfulness practices, with the aim of developing the different aspects of the learner in a holistic manner.

2018. Workshop “Educating for peace: How to cultivate well-being and mindfulness in the English classroom“, given as part of the XVI Congreso Regional de Educación de General Deheza. General Deheza, Córdoba, Argentina.

The theme of this workshop was emotions and learning. We worked with sequences of activities and mindfulness based practices applied to the teaching of English with the aim of developing well-being, attention, and harmony in the student. The participants were offered a variety of activities and innovative ideas to adapt and implement in their own work contexts.

2017. Workshop “Mindfulness Practices in the EFL Classroom: Developing the Focused, Resilient, and Peaceful Learner“, given in three contexts: Asociación Riocuartense de Profesores de Inglés (ARPI), Instituto de Formación Docente Continua de San Luis, and the school ITAPU from General Deheza, Córdoba, Argentina.

In the three events we worked with innovative ideas based on mindfulness practices to integrate the body, mind, and soul in the English classroom in order to help English students have a better handling of their emotions, focus their attention, and cultivate inner peace.

2016. Workshop “Innovations in Teaching EFL and the Language of Peace: Fostering Harmony, Well-being, and Understanding“, organized by Asociación Riocuartense de Profesores de Inglés (ARPI). Río Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina.

This workshop was given to English teachers, advanced students of English teachers, and researchers in the field of second language teaching of Río Cuarto and the region. The workshop included a theoretical part, which briefly presented the different theories that shape the language of peace approach proposed by Oxford (2013), and a practical part through which participants were able to experience sequences of peace language activities suitable for different educational contexts and language levels.

2016. Workshop “Re-envisioning the EFL Classroom: Teaching the Language of Peace“, taught at New English Institute. Río Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina.

This workshop presented Oxford’s (2013) language of peace approach and it included different multidimensional peace language activities proposed by Olivero & Oxford (2018). The participants were able to embody peace and had the opportunity to reflect on the role of peace in education and the importance of promoting well-being through the teaching of English.

References

DISTINGUISHED OPINIONS

María Matilde Olivero, Ph.D., University of South Florida (2017), is a young, gifted, internationally influential leader in integrating peacebuilding into language education and language teacher education. (...)

(...) Through her brilliant dissertation, outstanding publications, and excellent teaching (conference presentations, workshops, and teacher education courses at Argentina’s University of Río Cuarto), Dr. Olivero expands the peacebuilding capabilities of language teachers, their students, and others.

Her first book is Peacebuilding in Language Education: Innovations in Theory and Practice, co-edited with Dr. Tammy Gregersen and me for a premier language education publisher, Multilingual Matters, with publication anticipated in 2019. I am privileged to work with Dr. Olivero on many exciting peace efforts. I hope for many more years of collaboration with her in spreading peace, not just in language education and language teacher education but also in education in the very broadest sense.

Dr. Rebecca L. Oxford
Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and Professor Emerita, University of Maryland. U.S.A.

The workshops that Dr. Olivero has developed for our local association on the language for peace and on mindfulness have had a great impact among the participants. They were spaces for innovative professional development (...)

(...) with a solid theoretical approach and practical applications with experiential activities, which allowed reflection on central issues related to teaching and learning English.

Dr. Fabiana Sacchi
President Asociación Riocuartense de Profesores de Inglés. Argentina.

Matilde Olivero is a creative teacher educator and a wonderful researcher. She brought innovation to the teaching of foreign languages ​​with her transformative (...)

(...) work on peace education and mindfulness activities in the teaching of English.

Dr. Ana Maria Ferreira Barcelos
Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil.

In 2018 we had the pleasure of inviting Dr. Matilde Olivero to teach a graduate seminar called “Educating for Peace and Wellbeing in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language. Apart from providing participants (...)

(...) with a meaningful theoretical background on the topic, this seminar transmitted a very important message: Education for peace is possible and can be taught in the English classroom.

María Celina Barbeito. M. A.
Director of the Master's Program in English Language, UNRC, Argentina.

Dr. Matilde Olivero has given workshops on mindfulness and the language for peace in our school “Instituto Técnico Adrián P. Urquía“. The concepts presented and worked on in these workshops allowed us to innovate (...)

(...) and improve our pedagogical practices at secondary school level. The theoretical concepts were always presented in a clear and precise way and included practical examples totally applicable to our classrooms.

María Laura Ardissone. M. A.
Ana Florencia José
Teachers of English at Instituto Técnico Adrián P. Urquía, Argentina.

References

DISTINGUISHED OPINIONS

María Matilde Olivero, Ph.D., University of South Florida (2017), is a young, gifted, internationally influential leader in integrating peacebuilding into language education and language teacher education. (...)

(...) Through her brilliant dissertation, outstanding publications, and excellent teaching (conference presentations, workshops, and teacher education courses at Argentina’s University of Río Cuarto), Dr. Olivero expands the peacebuilding capabilities of language teachers, their students, and others.

Her first book is Peacebuilding in Language Education: Innovations in Theory and Practice, co-edited with Dr. Tammy Gregersen and me for a premier language education publisher, Multilingual Matters, with publication anticipated in 2019. I am privileged to work with Dr. Olivero on many exciting peace efforts. I hope for many more years of collaboration with her in spreading peace, not just in language education and language teacher education but also in education in the very broadest sense.

Dr. Rebecca L. Oxford
Distinguished Scholar-Teacher and Professor Emerita, University of Maryland. U.S.A.

The workshops that Dr. Olivero has developed for our local association on the language for peace and on mindfulness have had a great impact among the participants. They were spaces for innovative professional development (...)

(...) with a solid theoretical approach and practical applications with experiential activities, which allowed reflection on central issues related to teaching and learning English.

Dr. Fabiana Sacchi
President Asociación Riocuartense de Profesores de Inglés. Argentina.

Matilde Olivero is a creative teacher educator and a wonderful researcher. She brought innovation to the teaching of foreign languages ​​with her transformative (...)

(...) work on peace education and mindfulness activities in the teaching of English.

Dr. Ana Maria Ferreira Barcelos
Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil.

In 2018 we had the pleasure of inviting Dr. Matilde Olivero to teach a graduate seminar called “Educating for Peace and Wellbeing in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language. Apart from providing participants (...)

(...) with a meaningful theoretical background on the topic, this seminar transmitted a very important message: Education for peace is possible and can be taught in the English classroom.

María Celina Barbeito. M. A.
Director of the Master's Program in English Language, UNRC, Argentina.

Dr. Matilde Olivero has given workshops on mindfulness and the language for peace in our school “Instituto Técnico Adrián P. Urquía“. The concepts presented and worked on in these workshops allowed us to innovate (...)

(...) and improve our pedagogical practices at secondary school level. The theoretical concepts were always presented in a clear and precise way and included practical examples totally applicable to our classrooms.

María Laura Ardissone. M. A.
Ana Florencia José
Teachers of English at Instituto Técnico Adrián P. Urquía, Argentina.

CONTACT

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Email: info@matildeolivero.com

Phone: +54 9 358 435 2007

Contact

LET’S TALK

Email: info@matildeolivero.com

Phone: +54 9 358 435 2007