BRAZ-TESOL RN SEMINAR 2018 | CALL FOR PAPERS

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Dear BRAZ-TESOLers,

We are inviting all ELT professionals to submit a presentation proposal for the BRAZ-TESOL RN SEMINAR 2018: FROM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO PROFESSIONAL DISSEMINATION

Proposal submission dates: 29/06/2018 until 29/07/2018

Submission form: https://goo.gl/forms/BkPKJxsEJxw6C1ut1

BRAZ-TESOL is all about finding your voice as an ELT professional. Let’s disseminate our experiences in the BRAZ-TESOL RN Chapter Seminar 2018 in Natal.

We will let you know whether your proposal has been accepted by 31/07/2018.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Natal on 22 September!

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BLOOMSDAY 2018: AN EVENT TO REMEMBER | BRAZ-TESOL RN

A whole afternoon of learning and connecting with amazing people! That’s what the first joint BRAZ-TESOL RN Chapter (BTRN) and UFRN event was all about. Held at the Centro de Ciências Humanas Letras e Artes (CCHLA-UFRN), Bloomsday 2018 brought together around 80 participants from Natal and beyond, who filled auditorium “D” to its full capacity!

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Thiago dos Santos during the opening of Bloomsday 2018.  |   Photo credits: Marcelo de Cristo.

To get the whole event underway, Thiago dos Santos welcomed participants with a motivational opening talk about the benefits of joining BRAZ-TESOL and its role in supporting teacher development programmes in all types of teaching institutions in Brazil, such as this year’s BLOOMSDAY in partnership with UFRN, and in organizing national and regional conferences, meetings and seminars. He encouraged everyone to register for the 16th BRAZ-TESOL International Conference to be held in Caxias do Sul-RS (July 19th-22nd), and to volunteer and help strengthen our local community of teachers. After recalling some highlights of last year’s seminars and meetings organised by BTRN, he thanked the Local Board for putting together another great event and reminded participants of the association’s motto: “The more we are, the stronger we become”!

Download Thiago dos Santos’s SLIDES HERE >> Thiago dos Santos – bloomsday2018

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John Corbett during his talk at Bloomsday 2018.  |   Photo credits: Dyêgo Saraiva.

Participants then welcomed Bloomsday’s guest speaker, professor John Corbett, author of several works on the intercultural dimension of language teaching and on the role of classroom activities in developing intercultural communicative competence, who presented a funny, interactive and highly inspirational talk entitled Teaching Culture: Activating the ‘5Cs’ in the Language Classroom. John Corbett, a member of BRAZ-TESOL’s Intercultural Language Education (ILE) SIG, insightfully advocated that Culture and intercultural communicative competence, a fifth “C” according to him, “permeate and can activate” the most widely spread 21st century skills targeted for innovation and learning:

  • Communication (information exchange and relationship negotiation)
  • Collaboration (working effectively in groups of people with different attitudes and values)
  • Creativity (responding to the familiar world with fresh eyes and new insights; adapting ideas from the unfamiliar world to your own context)
  • Critical thinking (addressing issues and solving problems in inclusive, empowering and environmentally sensitive ways)
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Participants networking during the coffee break.  |   Photo credits: Dyêgo Saraiva.

During the coffee break, participants had the chance to socialise and chat with fellow teachers while enjoying a good cup of coffee and delicious food, allowing existing acquaintances to be deepened, but above all also enabling new relationships to be forged. They could walk around the sponsors’ stands displaying some their newest releases, stretch their legs and have good conversations with colleagues.

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Bruno Lima during his talk at Bloomsday 2018.  |   Photo credits: Dyêgo Saraiva.

Both talks on the programme pitched the idea of the importance of promoting intercultural awareness in the classroom, and Bruno Lima’s session entitled Exercising Critical Cultural Awareness with Language Learners proved the perfect follow-up to John Corbett’s session. After highlighting some key principles, among which the concept of ‘culture’ and the notion of ‘critical cultural awareness’, Bruno, a professor at Instituto Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (IFRN), reported on some practical classroom activities he had carried out with his own high-school learners. But his examples were merely the springboard for an interactive Q&A slot which opened participants’ minds to a theme that is becoming more and more present in teaching practice. And, hopefully, in those of our students …

Download Bruno Lima’s SLIDES HERE >> Bruno Lima – bloomsday2018

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Dyêgo Saraiva during the closing of Bloomsday 2018.  |   Photo credits: Marcelo de Cristo.

Finally, Dyêgo Saraiva drew the event to a close by thanking Ana Graça Canan and Marcelo Amorim for embracing BRAZ-TESOL RN in making this a historical event and expressing the Chapter’s wishes that the partnership with UFRN can be a long-lasting one. He also thanked participants for taking time off their busy routines to attend the event, and John Corbett and Bruno lima for their amazing presentations – John Corbett now has a huge fan base in Natal-RN! He then moved on to express the Chapter’s appreciation for the unconditional support offered by all the national and local sponsons, and moved on to the traditional prize draw before the final selfie!

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The final “selfie” at Bloomsday 2018.  |   Photo credits: Thiago dos Santos.

It was definitely an event to be recorded in the history of English Language Teaching in Rio Grande do Norte and beyond!

THANK YOU

To all our incredible sponsors. This event wouldn’t be possible without your support!

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BLOOMSDAY and BRAZ-TESOL RN present John Corbett

Dear BRAZ-TESOLers!!!

A UFRN e o BRAZ-TESOL RN Chapter convidam você a participar do Bloomsday 2018! Este é um evento promovido pelo Grupo de Pesquisa em Estudos Irlandeses (UFRN) há 32 anos e que discute temas ligados à literatura, língua inglesa e cultura.

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A novidade é que, este ano, o Bloomsday conta com a parceria do BRAZ-TESOL RN Chapter (BTRN) e traz a Natal o Prof. John Corbett, autor de vários trabalhos que tratam da dimensão intercultural do ensino de línguas e do papel que atividades de sala de aula têm no desenvolvimento da Competência Comunicativa Intercultural. Entre seus livros mais influentes está Intercultural Language Activities (Cambridge University Press), que mostra, de maneira bastante prática, formas de observar, descrever e avaliar aspectos culturais em sala de aula, inclusive usando a internet como meio.

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No dia 15/06/2018, o Prof. Corbett apresentará a palestra “Teaching Culture: Activating the ‘5 Cs’ in the Language Classroom”. Além dele, o Prof. Bruno Lima, membro do BTRN e docente do IFRN, também abordará o tema do ensino integrado de língua e cultura na apresentação intitulada “Exercising critical cultural awareness with language learners”.

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A sessão do dia 15/06/2018 contará ainda com o sorteio de brindes e divulgação da BRAZ-TESOL International Conference (BTIC), que acontecerá em Caxias do Sul-RS de 19 a 22 de julho deste ano.

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14h00 – 14:20 BRAZ-TESOL: The more we are, the stronger we become! (Thiago dos Santos)
14:20 – 15:20 Teaching Culture: Activating the ‘5 Cs’ in the Language Classroom (John Corbett)
15:20 – 15:40 Coffee-break + Visita aos stands (sponsors)
15:40 – 16:25 Exercising Critical Cultural Awareness with Language Learners (Bruno Lima)
16:25 – 17h00 Event closing and announcements (16th BTIC) + Raffle (Dyêgo Saraiva)

VENUE

Auditório “D” do Centro de Ciências Humanas, Letras e Artes – CCHLA
UFRN – Campus Universitário Lagoa Nova
Av. Senador Salgado Filho 3000, CEP 59078-970

REGISTRATIONS

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/ybjm83g4

QUEM VAMOS? Os preparativos estão a todo vapor! Não se inscreveu ainda?! Corra que ainda há vagas disponíveis!

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Growing Together: a report on the BRAZ-TESOL RN Symposium.

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Presentation Literacy for Teachers – Effective Classroom Communication | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Alex Tamulis

Abstract: Public speaking is an art. For teachers, who do public speaking in the classroom environment, it can be seen as the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, sharing knowledge and insights, and promoting dreams. This plenary session will focus on useful stepping-stones toward presentation skills for teachers, in order to teach and better inspire learners.

Speaker’s bio: Alex Tamulis has worked in ELT since 1998, teaching at various language centers. He then worked for MTV Brazil as a translator for 3 years, gaining experience in the field of subtitling, translation and interpretation. He holds a BA in Social Communication from Universidade Metodista. After living in Canada for 6 years, where he took college courses at CCEMS Edmonton, he moved back to Brazil and started taking the Linguistics undergraduate program at University of São Paulo. He also holds CPE and CELTA, by the University of Cambridge. Currently he is an academic consultant for Macmillan Education.

Hope to see you all there!

WHEN? 19 August
WHERE? FACEX Unidade CIC (http://facex.com.br)
FEE? Members Free || Early bird R$ 30,00 || After 05/08 R$ 40,00
HOW TO REGISTER? Here http://www.braztesol.org.br/btrnaugust

EVENT INFO: http://bit.ly/2fGEDW5
EVENT TIMETABLE: http://bit.ly/2uRXbsp

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Teaching large groups: difficulties and solutions | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Marla Mota

Abstract: Teaching large groups is a challenge that many teachers have to face – especially a large group of kids. Indiscipline, demotivation, learning difficulties and the use of the target language are some of the most frequent challenges that we try to overcome. This talk aims to help teachers overcome those difficulties and succeed teaching kids in large groups.

Speakers’ bio: My name is Marla Mota and I’m a professor at IFCE. I have taught at English language schools, a bilingual school and Federal Universities (UFC and UNB) since I started teaching in 1998. I have a degree in Portuguese and English language and literature (UFC) and a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics (UECE).

Hope to see you all there!

WHEN? 19 August
WHERE? FACEX Unidade CIC (http://facex.com.br)
FEE? Members Free || Early bird R$ 30,00 || After 05/08 R$ 40,00
HOW TO REGISTER? Here http://www.braztesol.org.br/btrnaugust

EVENT INFO: http://bit.ly/2fGEDW5
EVENT TIMETABLE: http://bit.ly/2uRXbsp

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Beyond language: what does it mean to teach children English today? | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Leandra Dias

Abstract: Brazilian language education has recently undergone a paradigm shift when it comes to very young learners. Questions about what language education should be like must now take into account the context in which YL teaching takes place. Drawing on Paulo Freire’s statement that “the reading of the world happens prior the reading of the word’, this presentation will provide ways to give children meaningful encounters with another language – as well as examples of how language educators can blend language instruction with socio-cultural content and cognitive development.

Speaker’s bio: Leandra Dias, Ma in Linguistics – UFPE (ongoing), Pearson Master Trainer, Ba in Languages and Dip in Applied Linguistics, Early Childhood Education,CELTA, ICELT and TEYL.She has been working with English teaching and education for over 10 years. She is currently working for Pearson Brazil as an Academic Consultant.

Hope to see you all there!

WHEN? 19 August
WHERE? FACEX Unidade CIC (http://facex.com.br)
FEE? Members Free || Early bird R$ 30,00 || After 05/08 R$ 40,00
HOW TO REGISTER? Here http://www.braztesol.org.br/btrnaugust

EVENT INFO: http://bit.ly/2fGEDW5
EVENT TIMETABLE: http://bit.ly/2uRXbsp

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LEGO for bilingual education: let’s play? | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Delanne Paulino

Abstract: We’ll start the workshop by showing the participants some of the theories behind the use of LEGO Education in a Bilingual Education context, as well as some of its benefits as a learning tool. Research has shown “[…] not only the great importance of play as a sociological tool but as barrier breaker to stimulate cognitive capacities that may only be explored through imaginative communication.” (Vygotsky) We will take the participants into a journey through all the phases of a lego class. At each one of these 4C’s learning processes (connect, construct, contemplate and continue) participants will be asked to accomplish a task and reflect upon its completion, to understand each one of those lesson steps and aims. Then, we’ll show some real class projects students have done at Salesiano Dom Bosco’s Bilingual Program and some of the results they’ve achieved. In the last part of the workshop we’ll be presenting some of the difficulties we’ve been facing in class and how we have been overcoming them. Finally, in groups, participants will put their hands on the planning sheet and think about a brief lesson plan for a topic they’ll receive. They’ll share them with the whole group at the end of the workshop.

Speakers’ bio: Delanne Paulino da Silva holds a degree in Pedagogy and has been teaching English for 7 years. She’s got a specialization in teaching/learning English as a foreign language, a CELTA and a ESL/TESOL certificate.  She’s been working as bilingual program coordinator for 6 years, previously at Yázigi and currently at Salesiano Dom Bosco. She is also enrolled  in a Language graduation program and has presented papers in other English teaching seminars such as YETS and YILTS.

Jose Milton de Carvalho Neto holds a college degree in Social Science (Anthropology, Sociology and Politics). He’s been teaching English for 7 years and has worked for the language schools Atual idiomas and Wizard. He’s currently teaching kids and teens at Yázigi Natal and at Salesiano Dom Bosco’s bilingual program.

Hope to see you all there!

WHEN? 19 August
WHERE? FACEX Unidade CIC (http://facex.com.br)
FEE? Members Free || Early bird R$ 30,00 || After 05/08 R$ 40,00
HOW TO REGISTER? Here http://www.braztesol.org.br/btrnaugust

EVENT INFO: http://bit.ly/2fGEDW5
EVENT TIMETABLE: http://bit.ly/2uRXbsp

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How to conduct an induction programme | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Letícia Sales

Abstract: As we move from being a teacher to being a coordinator at a language school, we start to take certain things for granted, namely how difficult the first steps in one’s career in education can be. At this workshop, I’m going to show novice coordinators the 3 key factors they must have in mind when welcoming new teachers, whether novice or experienced, into their team.

Speakers’ bio: Leticia Sales is a carioca teacher and trainer. Because she’s a true believer that learning teaching is an ongoing process, she’s always concocting new ways in which she can perfect her skills. As a result, she’s taken the Cambridge Celta and sat for a variety of language certifications, such as the CPE, which she holds. She’s currently a branch coordinator at Centro Britanico Taquara, and in spite of her tight schedule she still manages to find time to study for Delta module 1.

Hope to see you all there!

WHEN? 19 August
WHERE? FACEX Unidade CIC (http://facex.com.br)
FEE? Members Free || Early bird R$ 30,00 || After 05/08 R$ 40,00
HOW TO REGISTER? Here http://www.braztesol.org.br/btrnaugust

EVENT INFO: http://bit.ly/2fGEDW5
EVENT TIMETABLE: http://bit.ly/2uRXbsp

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QUAQ Theatre Sketches | BRAZ-TESOL RN

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Abstract: 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? 19 August
WHERE? FACEX Unidade CIC (http://facex.com.br)
FEE? Members Free || Early bird R$ 30,00 || After 05/08 R$ 40,00
HOW TO REGISTER? Here http://www.braztesol.org.br/btrnaugust

EVENT INFO: http://bit.ly/2fGEDW5
EVENT TIMETABLE: http://bit.ly/2uRXbsp

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