Thank you, Sponsors!

Dear Sponsors and Collaborators,

The Braz-Tesol RN Chapter wishes to genuinely thank you in advance for supporting tomorrow’s One-day Seminar “New Challenges and New Perspectives on ELT: The Road Less Travelled”.

Thanks to your sponsorship, support and collaboration, we are able to put on an exceptional event with a plenary speaker, four guest speakers, two humorous sketches, and a delicious coffee-break. Around 100 people (among teachers, university professors, undergrad college students, directors of studies and other leading ELT people) are expected at the event.

Hundreds of volunteer hours went into creating this event. As you know, the ELT industry has been through a lot of change, and it is critical for our community to have the opportunity to come together to appreciate these changes and prepare for “the road less travelled”.

Thank you for investing the time and resources to help recognize and appreciate our volunteers’ efforts to provide professional development for our community, we could not have done it without you! 

Sincerely,

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QUAQ Theatre Sketches | BRAZ-TESOL RN

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In many ways, the process of learning a second language and drama techniques share similar principles. The mere act of speaking a foreign language is in itself a “theatrical” choice (“Let´s suspend disbelief for a moment and pretend that this second language is the one we naturally use for communicating”.)

The members of QUAQ strongly believe in these principles and would also argue that, by rehearsing for theatrical presentations, a learner of a second language is also getting valuable practice in aspects of pronunciation, such as stress, rhythm and intonation. All of this occurs naturally, in a way that resembles the acquisition of our first language. On top of all this, going on-stage to present a show for colleagues and family members at the end of a semester is a sheer joy for anyone who tries!

Hope to see you all there!

WHEN? 20 May
WHERE? FACEX Unidade I (http://facex.com.br)
FEE? Members Free || Early bird R$ 30,00 || After 10/05 R$ 40,00
HOW TO REGISTER? Here http://www.braztesol.org.br/btrnmay20

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The benefits of storytelling in English teaching for young learners | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Teaser - Fernanda

Abstract: Storytelling is the oldest form of teaching, and it is found in most cultures around the world as a way of transmitting cultural beliefs, experiences and traditions throughout generations. Instinctively, children love listening to stories, which is a magical moment and their imagination run freely. Storytelling creates a bond between teachers and students; this emotional connection creates a pleasurable environment and also enhances the learning processes. This session aims to discuss the many benefits of using stories in the classroom and ways to do so.

Speaker’s bio: Fernanda Câmara is graduated in English/Portuguese and Literature Teaching from Universidade Potiguar – UNP. She is currently a student in a postgraduate programme (especialização em ensino e aprendizagem de inglês como língua estrangeira) at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). She has been a teacher since 2013, and currently works at Colégio Nossa Senhora das Neves.

Hope to see you all there!

WHEN? 20 May
WHERE? FACEX Unidade I (http://facex.com.br)
FEE? Members Free || Early bird R$ 30,00 || After 10/05 R$ 40,00
HOW TO REGISTER? Here http://www.braztesol.org.br/btrnmay20

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Experiencing educational and cultural exchange in the United States: impressions and curiosities | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Teaser - Samara

Abstract: In this session I will describe the experience of taking part in a nine-week educational and cultural exchange program (financed by SETEC/CAPES) in the United States of America this year. I will report on the TESOL program I attended at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) along with 73 Federal Institution teachers from all over Brazil. In addition, I will give an account of some curiosities and impressions I find interesting about the places where I have been, as it was my first time visiting this country, and how this experience has impacted my life as an English teacher.

Speaker’s bio: Samara Freitas has been an EFL teacher for nine years. She holds a degree in Letras-inglês (UFRN), a specialist title in English Language Learning and Teaching (UFRN), a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics (UFRN) and currently teaches at IFRN – Campus Lajes. Her particular ELT research interests are: English language learning, technology-mediated learning and psycholinguistic factors in English language acquisition.

Hope to see you all there!

WHEN? 20 May
WHERE? FACEX Unidade I (http://facex.com.br)
FEE? Members Free || Early bird R$ 30,00 || After 10/05 R$ 40,00
HOW TO REGISTER? Here http://www.braztesol.org.br/btrnmay20

EVENT TIMETABLE: https://goo.gl/6gERV7

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Blended learning as an effective way for teaching the centennial students | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Teaser - Susie

Abstract: The centennial students were born in the digital world. They are creative, multi-tasking and globally connected. To teach them effectively we should be aware of their different learning styles  and how to use some digital tools that will  increase their engagement in the learning process. With regards to Centennial Education it is said that it “is less about the transfer of knowledge from teacher to student and more about helping students make sense of the overabundance of information available to them.” (Seemiller & Grace, 2015). Here is where blended learning comes to enrich the teacher’s practice. Blended learning isn’t, however, defined only by using digital activities, it is also by working on interaction, personalized activities and individualized attention to reach  the centennial students effectively, bringing them a sense of achievement and ownership.

Speakers’ bios: Susie Soares holds a master’s degree in Education from UFRN. Her interests include student’s different ways of learning and bilingualism in early education. Works as a teacher and a manager at Cultura Inglesa in Parnamirim –  RN.

Hope to see you all there!

WHEN? 20 May
WHERE? FACEX Unidade I (http://facex.com.br)
FEE? Members Free || Early bird R$ 30,00 || After 10/05 R$ 40,00
HOW TO REGISTER? Here http://www.braztesol.org.br/btrnmay20

EVENT TIMETABLE: https://goo.gl/6gERV7

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Bilingual Education and other perspectives | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Teaser - Luciana

Abstract: Facex school  has been working with Dual Language methodology for four years. During these periods, many changes were made in order to connect bilingual ideas in a second language perspective. Our daily activities are based on studies from Ofélia Garcia, Cuban American educator. And as main objective we also use strategies to integrate language content and classroom techniques to improve the second language acquisition.

Speaker’s bio: Luciana Lucena holds a degree in Letras (Portuguese/English and Literature) and  in Journalism by Universidade Potiguar. She also holds a postgraduation course in Teaching in High School from UnP as well. In the recent years, she has been involved in teaching English as a foreign language and literatures. She has also been working with publicity and advertising, school management and administration. In 2017, she started as the coordinator of Facex Dual Language Program.

Hope to see you all there!

WHEN? 20 May
WHERE? FACEX Unidade I (http://facex.com.br)
FEE? Members Free || Early bird R$ 30,00 || After 10/05 R$ 40,00
HOW TO REGISTER? Here http://www.braztesol.org.br/btrnmay20

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InterNAtionalizing Educational Practices | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Teaser - Jamylle

Abstract: The 21st Century teacher needs to be prepared to embrace interdisciplinarity, the diversity and the perspectives that rise in and outside the classroom. The 3rd Industrial Revolution in the late 90s and early 2000 has fostered a continuous process of Globalization with cheaper airline prices, an overflow of technology applied to communication and to education, and a more demanding audience of learners who no longer learn from the classroom experience only. Altogether this has been leading to a hybrid internationalization of educational, social, political, financial, and cultural practices. That means more and more individuals are traveling to and from different continents promoting an endless exchange of practices, intentionally or not. And with that flow come challenges such as working with inclusive education, diverse groups of learners, integrating technology and focusing on the learner’s needs. Collaboration, student centered practices, autonomous learning and a foreign success model, such as the Finnish Educational System (FES), might be overrated but still relevant to minimize hindrances. But the utmost challenge lies on gathering all these concepts practically and achieving educational success. The FES may steer us towards this success through schooling perspectives provided the former is adaptable to local and national needs of the latter.

Speaker’s bio: Jamylle Rebouças Ouverney-King studied the 21st Century Education in Finland (TAMK- 2016), holds a Doctorate in Interdisciplinarity Applied to Human Sciences (UFSC – 2014), Masters in Linguistics (UFSC – 2009), DELTA (Cambridge University – 2009), Specialization in Language, Linguistics and Anglo-American Literature (UFSC – 2004). Teaches English, Sociolinguistics, Interdisciplinarity at IFPB, and is currently consulting for the Secretary of Education in Paraíba State by coordinating the Giramundo Finland Program. Researches about migration, e-/m-learning, multimodality, critical discourse analysis.

Hope to see you all there!

WHEN? 20 May
WHERE? FACEX Unidade I (http://facex.com.br)
FEE? Members Free || Early bird R$ 30,00 || After 10/05 R$ 40,00
HOW TO REGISTER? Here http://www.braztesol.org.br/btrnmay20

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BTRN One-day Event | 20 May – Join us!!!

May 20 event

English Language Teaching has made a huge impact in so many teachers’ lives that the more they dare themselves into the art of teaching and becoming the best professionals they can, the more challenges they find.

Teaching in public institutions, embracing diversity, thinking of motivational teaching, being a creative teacher are only some of the issues that have been discussed in the field, and although we might think these are not new, we ought to be more aware of them because they have challenged teachers no matter what they teach.

It is also an exciting moment as we have a new board taking over our Chapter with more ideas, dedication and, above all, passion to continue to make BTRN as thriving a community as it has always been!

Robert Lee Frost (1864-1963), in his poem “The Road Not Taken”, gives us a positive view on what it means to find new routes in the face of new challenges and new perspectives: “(…) Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – / took the road less traveled by, / and that has made all the difference”.

Hope to see you all there!

WHEN? 20 May
WHERE? FACEX Unidade I (http://facex.com.br)
FEE? Members Free || Early bird R$ 30,00 || After 10/05 R$ 40,00
HOW TO REGISTER? Here http://www.braztesol.org.br/btrnmay20

EVENT TIMETABLE: https://goo.gl/6gERV7

Thiago dos Santos
BTRN Incoming 1st Vice-president

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BTRN Elections 2017-2019 | Candidates

Dear TESOLer,

In our call for candidates posted here, we invited all members in good standing to run for a position on the BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte 2017-2019 board. I am now pleased to announce the candidates who have successfully submitted entries by the deadline and to requested standards.

We have received only one entry per position, as published below. Therefore, it is expected that such candidates will be confirmed and officially take office at our next event.

All members (in good standing) present at the event will be asked to confirm the candidates presented below. Should any member (in good standing) have any reason to oppose any of the candidates, please email me at: RNchapter@braztesol.org.br by 11.59PM of the 18th of May, 2017.

I am confident that, once confirmed, these candidates gather amongst themselves all the qualities required to keep the fire of BTRN burning bright!

Best wishes,

Fernando Guarany
President

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President | Marcelo de Cristo

marceloI have proudly been an English Teacher for 20 years, eight of which at SENAC-RN, and ten between the Culturas Inglesas in Recife and Natal. I have a background in engineering , information technology and pedagogy, and hold both the CELTA and the DELTA. I am currently an Advisor for International School.

Statement of purpose

For the last ten years, my professional life has been dedicated to the development of teachers in our country and beyond. My experience with CELTA training, teacher development work for the British Council and with bilingual education in Brazil has given me invaluable insights into the challenges we face while working in such diverse contexts. As an active member of the ELT community, I have had the honour of attending/presenting in some of the country’s most prestigious ELT events and am proud to be a founding member of BTRN. At a time where political participation is being frowned upon, it is time we rise to face the challenge of bringing people together in the best volunteer spirit to fulfil the objectives of BRAZ-TESOL. I have put my name forward for president of the 2017-19 local board as I believe I can make a contribution to the development of our chapter.

First Vice-President | Thiago dos Santos

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Thiago has been involved in the ELT field since 2008. Gratuated in Letras (Portuguese and English) from UnP, in 2010, he took the specialization course in TEFL in 2011 at UFRN and then moved to Canada where he lived for over a year and took a TESOL/TEFL teaching certificate. Back to Brazil, in 2013, he worked for 3 years at Wizard (2013-2016). Currently, he continues to pursue more experiences in his professional career by teaching English at public schools in Ceará-Mirim/RN and Facex. In addition, he is doing the CELTA Course.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

I have been involved with BRAZ-TESOL since 2011. At that time, I met Fernando Guarany who was the one by whom I could get to know the association and be part of it. I can say I am keen on taking this leadership position as a BTRN 1st VICE PRESIDENT. Even though it might be challenging, it is the opportunity I have to be more engaged to BTRN, help other professionals grow in their teaching career and provide all my knowledge in order to have teachers much more motivated to give the best to their students, making sure I will be learning at all times. I am able to contribute with more ideas and give all support that is required to BTRN President as well as helping him to get connected with English teachers from all over RN. It is important to state our commitment to the association by bringing people, teachers and students together as means of strengthening the association.    

Dyêgo Saraiva | Second Vice-President

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20 years now living out of teaching, Dyego Saraiva has been with BT-RN since day 1, in 2010. Graduated and specialized in English Teaching at UFRN, CAE and CELTA certified, he has been teaching students of all ages and levels. His new adventure is sharing his expertise to public school students in the countryside.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
I am running for the position of 2ND VICE PRESIDENT with the intention of helping my team to promote the local chapter by all means possible and, as a consequence, help my fellow partners to promote and develop the teaching and learning of the English language in Rio Grande do Norte.

Secretary | Samara Freitas

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Samara Freitas Oliveira has been an EFL teacher for nine years and has worked as a public school teacher on the state level, at private language schools and is currently working at IFRN, Campus Lajes. She holds a master’s degree in Language Studies (UFRN) and a CELTA certificate (2011). She has recently attended a TESOL program at Northern Virginia Community College in the United States.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

I’m running for the Secretary position because I am convinced that good work demands organization, objectivity, focus and management. I do believe that I have these qualities to work together as a team, making suggestions, giving opinions, keeping members informed about the BTRN actions and also keeping record of important information for the association. Together, focused and organized we are stronger!

Treasurer | Bruno Lima

BRUNO F. DE LIMAI have been working as an English teacher for nineteen years and, since 2008, I teach English to multiple High School and Undergraduate courses at IFRN. I hold a PhD degree in Language Studies (UFRN) and my main research interests are: Culture, Development of Intercultural Communicative Competence and Telecollaboration.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

I am applying for the position of treasurer because I consider myself an organized and flexible person, someone who can assist others in administrative functions as well as participate actively in the organization of events. I believe the experience I had as one of the coordinators of the Technical Courses offered by IFRN – Campus EaD in partnership with Rede e-Tec Brasil can be useful to me now. There, for five years, I was responsible for registering scholarship holders, transiting and filing documents and for scheduling payments. I am open to learning as much as possible from the interaction with my BRAZ-TESOL RN colleagues in the next two years.

 

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BRAZ-TESOL RN MAY EVENT – REGISTER NOW!!! Members FREE

Non-members: early bird R$ 30,00
After 10/05: R$ 40,00.
👉🏽 http://www.braztesol.org.br/btrnmay20

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