Learn how to use games and activities with all your students, from very young learners to adults, to boost their engagement and confidence while developing target language and skills.


Alex Bricker creates fun educational tools which help English learners get the skills they need to succeed in life. He is passionate about helping teachers and their students get ‘aha’ moments through their educational journey. Alex has been teaching English through paid and volunteer roles for over 16 years and is the founder of www.ESLWithPurpose.com and Phrase It brand games.

Vesela Koeva is a certified EFL instructor at BridgeEnglish Chile who is passionate about innovative methods in education and language teaching. For the past two years, she has been focused on teaching Business English to corporate professionals and executives in South America. She is also working as a corporate teacher at a multinational IT company. She received an MA in Translation and Editing in Bulgaria, and she also studied at Charles University in Prague, where she developed an interest in multilingualism and language management.

This panel is hosted by Jack Mao.

Growing up in China, Jack’s interest in languages was sparked by his grandfather, a translator, who taught him English and Japanese. While Jack’s undergraduate studies were in mathematics and philosophy, he later went on to earn master’s degrees in Japanese studies and linguistics from the University of Colorado, where he researched using computational methods to model phonetical patterns of speech. Jack has been teaching Chinese, Japanese, English, and linguistics for nearly 10 years and is the Operations and Media Manager for BridgeUniverse, the news and media arm of Bridge. Jack is currently getting certified as an English-Mandarin medical interpreter.