This year’s Colloquium includes a Keynote Address by Dr. Claudia Fernádez (University of Illinois at Chicago). With more than 20 years of language teaching experience, Dr. Fernández' research interests are in the area of task-based language teaching, materials development, and input processing. She is the co-editor of Using Language Learning Materials: Theory and Practice (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), the co-author of the textbooks Aula en acción (Klett World Languages) and the author of "What is and what is not comprehension-based communicative language teaching?" (Klett World Languages, 2024). She is the current recipient of the Teaching Recognition Program award at UIC for excellence in teaching.