ELT Symposium in Natal | 20 Aug, 2016

Dear TESOLer,

The profile of the students we teach nowadays is very different from the learners we used to teach 20 years ago. That’s all very well. However, how can we, as teachers, adapt to the changing times and provide the so-called Generation Net (or Millennials) with an excellent language education? This and several other questions will be discussed by facilitators and participants at our upcoming ELT (English Language Teaching) event in Natal, RN, Brazil:

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There will be four inspiring plenary talks by experts in the ELT field and colleagues from Natal, João Pessoa, Recife, Curitiba, the USA, the UK and beyond will be running concurrent workshops on a variety of interesting topics. The QUAQ (Quasi Actors Quartet) will add lustre to the event with performances of hilarious ELT sketches! A Pecha Kucha evening will close this event which promises to be nothing short of outstanding.

Registrations are now open and free for those who register by the 18th of August. However, on site registrations will cost R$ 50,00 (Fifty Reais). We have a limited number of seats, so we are forced to operate on a first-come first-serve basis (as soon as we reach the maximum number of participants, registrations will close).  To register, please send your name, phone number and institution you work for to Ercília Dâmaris at braztesolrn@gmail.com by noon of the 18th of August (Thursday). Digital certificates will be issued to all those who attend the symposium.

 Be on the look out as we will announce further details on the programme very soon!

Best wishes,

Fernando Guarany
President

BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte Chapter
Together we are stronger

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BTRN Symposium Booklet

Dear TESOLer,

Today is the day we meet for the I BRAZ-TESOL RN Symposium and we have carefully prepared a booklet which you can download from here.

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It contains the symposium schedule, speakers bios, session abstracts and more. I have personally also included a special message on becoming stronger together. We offer the booklet as a token of appreciation of your support and a memento of this important English Language Teaching event in Rio Grande do Norte.

Wishing you an enjoyable day!

Fernando Guarany
President

BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte Chapter
Together we are stronger

 

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Timetable | I BRAZ-TESOL RN Symposium

Dear TESOLer,

We are pleased to share with you the timetable for the I BRAZ-TESOL RN Symposium – English in a changing world: Keeping up with the millennials – which takes place at IFRN (Instituto Federal do Rio Grande do Norte), Campus Natal Central, this Saturday (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.).

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ATTENTION: On the day of the event, please make sure you arrive on time. Registrations open at 8.00 as the event starts at 9.00. Those who arrive later than 9.30 a.m. might find out that their seat has been offered to early/punctual participants. As the event approaches, it seems very likely that we will have a waiting list. Please be advised that we now have fewer than 10% of seats available and that FREE registration ends tomorrow (18th August, Thursday) noon.

3 days to go. See you there!😀

Fernando Guarany
President

BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte Chapter #btrn
Together we are stronger

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Thank you, sponsors!

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The I BRAZ-TESOL RN Symposium would not have become a reality without the decisive support of the sponsors above. Thank you!

Best wishes,

Fernando Guarany

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Timetable | I BRAZ-TESOL SYMPOSIUM

Dear TESOLer,

Here’s what this Saturday’s event looks like in a bird’s-eye view:

I BRAZ-TESOL SYMPOSIUM | English in a changing world – keeping up with the millennials

20 August 2016 – 8 AM to 7 PM

IFRN – Instituto Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (CNAT – Campus Natal Central)

Plenaries take place in the mini-auditorium (130 people) and concurrent workshops in classrooms 20 (twenty) participants each. Plenary: 45 minutes – Auditorium | Concurrent sessions: 45 minutes – Bloco C Classrooms

08.00 to 09.00 – Registrations

09.00 to 09.15 – Opening

09.15 to 10.00 – Plenary 1: Higor Cavalcante (BRAZ-TESOL)

10.00 to 10.45 – Concurrent sessions morning

10:45 to 11:30 – Plenary 2: Jennifer Cooper (UFRN)

11:30 to 13.30 – Lunch

13.30 to 14:00 – Sketches – Quasi Actors Quartet

14:00 to 14.45 – Plenary 3: Luis Rose (Cambridge)

14:45 to 15.30 – Concurrent Sessions afternoon

15:30 to 16:00 – Coffee Break sponsored by FUNCERN

16.00 to 16.15 – Announcements

16.15 to 17.00 – Plenary 4: Stephanie Hanson (American Embassy)

17.00 to 17.30 – Closing and Raffle

18.00 to 19.00 – Pecha Kucha!

More soon!

Fernando Guarany
President

BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte Chapter
Together we are stronger

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A teacher’s account

Flavio de Ávila is a state sector teacher in Paraiba. He attended our BRAZ-TESOL RN event last may (and also the recent international conference in Brasilia). Flavio emailed us to share a bit of his experience at the Natal event (and he even recorded a video!), which we now gladly share with you:

I really enjoyed taking part in the last BRAZ-TESOL event, because we learned about the IELTS and CELTA  and attended lectures by professor Mariana Perez (about the Efopli Project and extension courses at UFPB). Additionally, Professor Janaina Weissheimer showed us brilliantly how to deal with twenty-first century students and displayed some wonderful slides leading teachers to renewed insights into English Language Teaching

It was a great experience, because the BRAZ-TESOL RN chapter was reactivated and I could witness Fernando Guarany‘s happiness as he gathered so many teachers in that state and encouraged them continuously develop personally and professionally.

Therefore, I strongly advise Rio Grande do Norte teachers to become members of BRAZ-TESOL RN chapter and take part in this professional journey leading teachers to become better and better.

(Flávio de Ávila Lins Teixeira |  Public school Teacher in Paraíba)

 

 

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Fanfic frenzy and other millennial genres in English Language Teaching

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We are delighted to announce Jennifer Sarah Cooper as a plenary speaker.  Jennifer is a Professor of English at the Department of Foreign Modern Languages and Literatures at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). She has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from UFRN, a Master’s degree in World and Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University (SFSU) – emphasis, literary translation. She is also a technical and literary translator and is originally from California.

Jennifer says, “Changes in modes of communication in the millennium offer new and thrilling possibilities for English Language Teaching (ELT), and specifically with regard to writing, as multiple media platforms allow readers/users/spectators to engage with traditional narrative genres as producers of new, complimentary genres rather than merely consumers. Such is the phenomenon of fanfics – original narratives written by fans of movies, books, anime/manga, tv series, cartoons, even wrestling. Fanfic writers use the characters and settings of their source to create new scenes and plots in chapters that are published online. Jenkins (2006) refers to this flow of content as convergence culture: ‘[…] the cooperation between multiple media industries, and the migratory behavior of media audiences who will go almost anywhere in search of the kinds of entertainment experiences they want.’ But fanfics are just one product of this convergence culture, twitterature, which reduces the narrativeto a mere 140 characters, is another byproduct of this process. Keeping apace with the dizzying speed at which these new genres emerge, and having the flexibility and creativity to design ways of using them in ELT presents an exciting challenge to teachers of millenials, which will be discussed.”

Such an interesting topic for a plenary talk. Not to be missed!

Fernando Guarany
President

BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte Chapter
Together we are stronger

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Embracing Technology Inside and Outside the Classroom

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BRAZ-TESOL RN would like to thank Andrea Souza, Anderson Leite and Endrigo Ramos of Cambridge University Press for their support in sponsoring Luiz Henrique Rose as one of our plenary speakers. Luiz has been working in the ELT field for over 25 years. He has worked for several English schools and publishers and currently works as business development manager for Cambridge University Press where he is also a Digital Products champion. He is also the author of some English vocabulary books and graded readers.

In his talk, the Luiz will show how we can use technology inside and outside the classroom to enhance teaching and learning. He will also explore some of the vast digital resources that are available today for all kinds of teachers (from technophobic to tech-savvy). For schools, there is also a wide range of alternatives in terms of technology from zero-cost options to highly sophisticated devices and systems.

Come interact with Luiz and other game-changers at the I BRAZ-TESOL RN Symposium at IFRN (Campus Natal Central) on the 20th of August. It’s FREE if you register by the 18th of August.

See you there!

Fernando Guarany
President

BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte Chapter
Together we are stronger

 

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What Might Come After the Millennials?

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We would like to thank Helmara Moraes and the Embassy of the United States for sponsoring Stephanie Hanson as a plenary speaker. Stephanie holds a Master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Illinois.  She has taught English and trained teachers in the U.S., China, South Korea, Indonesia, Turkey, Ecuador, and Venezuela.  She is honored to now work as an English Language Specialist in Brazil, sponsored by the U.S. Consulate in Recife.  Her interests include teaching speaking skills and teacher training.

In her plenary talk, “What Might Come After the Millennials?“, Stephanie argues that, “The last of the Millennial generation is already working their way through high schools and colleges, so who are the students who are starting to enter our education systems now?  Today’s elementary school students have been called Centennials, Generation Z, and the iGeneration. Though they’re still young, researchers have begun to identify trends in their behaviors, lifestyles, and experiences that distinguish them from Millennials.  In this plenary, Stephanie will summarize some characteristics of this upcoming generation of students and what we currently know about their learning preferences.  She will then highlight some educational innovations and recommendations that researchers have started publishing to prepare for teaching this group, and discuss what these pedagogical changes might look like in future English language classrooms.”

The symposium is going to be a blast. Don’t miss it!

Fernando Guarany
President

BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte Chapter
Together we are stronger

 

 

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Can we talk about our English?

BRAZTESOL Higor Guarany

We are pleased to announce the line-up of speakers at the I BRAZ-TESOL Symposium. For our opening plenary, we have outstanding Higor Cavalcante. Higor  is a Brazilian teacher, teacher educator and ELT writer based in São Paulo-SP. He is currently the second vice president of BRAZ-TESOL and president of its TD SIG. His main interests in ELT include extensive reading, phonology and language development for English teachers.

Higor Calvacante argues that “No one would dispute a teacher of English must be a good classroom manager, skilled at preparing lessons, adapting and selecting materials, correcting students’ oral and written errors and much more. Do we, however, perhaps shy away from discussing how much (about) English a teacher should know, especially (but not exclusively) non-native English-speaking teachers (NNESTs)?”

In his opening plenary, Mr Cavalcante promises to “put this thorny issue on the table.” Come listen to and interact with Higor and other liked minded English Language Teaching colleagues at the English in a Changing World Symposium at IFRN (Campus Natal Central) on the 20th of August (Saturday).

Look forward to seeing you there.

Fernando Guarany
President

BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte Chapter
Together we are stronger

 

 

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