The CALL FOR PAPERS for our 2017 BRAZ-TESOL RN Symposium is now open!

Whether you are an experienced teacher, or just starting out, if you have something to share, we want to hear from you!

Complete the Call for Papers form available HERE.

Call for Papers - 19 August Symposium

If you have any questions or problems submitting your proposal, please contact us at RNchapter@braztesol.org.br.

Hope to see you all there!

BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte Chapter
Growing Together

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Highlights from BTRN’s One-day Seminar | 20 May 2017

The first BRAZ-TESOL RN One-day Seminar of 2017 took place on 20 May at FACEX, an important educational complex in the city of Natal. The plenary, workshops and other sessions were held at Unidade I, whose warm and friendly premises made us feel instantly welcomed! The theme of the Seminar was New Challenges and New Perspectives on ELT: The Road Less Travelled.

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FACEX – Unidade I.

The plenary talk and workshops were presented by English teachers, university professors, and directors of studies from Rio Grande do Norte and Paraíba. But what filled our hearts with joy was that the Seminar brought together about 50 teachers from Natal, Santa Cruz, Ceará Mirim, São José de Mipibú, Parnamirim, Lajes and João Pessoa, representing several language institutes, public and private schools, bilingual schools, private and public universities and the federal institute. This was no small feat considering the long distances teachers need to travel to attend such events on a Saturday afternoon!

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English Teachers from around the region attended the event.

Plenary session and workshops – our personal highlights

Professor Edilson Souza (UFRN) introduced the theme of the conference and gave us a bird’s eye view  of current language acquisition theories, placing an emphasis on the Natural Approach and its series of underlying hypotheses. He took us on a journey through some of his own learning challenges, which included episodes of corporal punishment: “I remember seeing my “mean” little classmates being punished and having to kneel on corn grains in the corner of the classroom for 5-10 minutes and only be allowed to return to their seats and classroom tasks when the teacher gave them permission to do so” and then moved on to discuss the future perspectives for ELT, calling upon Robert Lee Frost (1864-1963), in his poem “The Road Not Taken”, who 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”.

Download Edilson Souza’s SLIDES HERE >> Edilson Souza – btrn20May

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Seminar opening by professor Edilson Souza (UFRN).

In her thought-provoking plenary session entitled InterNAtionalizing Educational Practices, professor Jamylle Ouverney-King (IFPB) invited us to reflect on the characteristics of 21st century classrooms, which includes interdisciplinarity, diversity, inclusive education, integration with technology and a strong focus on learners’ needs. As she expressed: “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”. She showed us an example of a school project in Finland to introduce/review the concept of Flipped Classroom and how it can be used to promote meaningful learning experiences through student-centred practices, collaboration and autonomous learning. The session included a number of very useful digital online tools (e.g. Prism, Kahoot, Coggle, Playposit, etc) we can use in our classrooms to achieve this goal.

See Jamylle Ouverney-King’s PREZI HERE >> Jamylle Ouverney-King – btrn20May

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Professor Jamylle Ouverney-King’s plenary session.

Luciana Lucena started off her talk Bilingual Education and Other Perspectives by defining a range of terms often confused by teachers and students alike (e.g. language ability, language achievement, language competence, language performance, language proficiency and language skills), sensibly pointing out that “there is no standardized use of these terms”. Some dimensions of Bilingualism were also competently presented as well as how these translated into FACEX’s Dual Language proposal. After introducing us to the concepts and ideas behind the programme, she brought it to life through a series of photos of some of the CLIL projects carried out by learners which included science, society, labour and special events. The speaker rounded off her session by telling us about the advantage of standardised proficiency tests and presenting the numbers of students taking the Cambridge YLE Exams over the duration of the programme.

Download Luciana Lucena’s SLIDES HERE >> Luciana Lucena – btrn20May

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Luciana Lucena addressing participants during her workshop session.

Silcia Soares in Blended learning as an Effective way for Teaching the Centennial Students, expressed: “Centennial students are digitally connected and individualistic, but need social interaction and motivation to have meaningful learning“. Her talk provided a current rationale for implementing Blended Learning in ELT. It was richly  illustrated with several ideas of online tools as well as hands-on projects she carried out with her own groups at Cultura Inglesa Cidade Verde – one involving the creation of a collaborative newspaper and one where students were asked to produce digital tasks at home. In addition, she suggested a series of ‘practical ways’ to blend classroom work with home-based activities through the use of technology.

Download Silcia Soares’s SLIDES HERE >> Silcia Soares – btrn20May

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Silcia Soares on blended learning and centennial students.

 

In addition to the presentations and workshops, there was also opportunities for meeting old friends, networking and having more informal discussions during the coffee-break. Many of us took advantage of this moment to speak to colleagues working in different schools and exchange contacts with the speakers. Not only were we able to “recharge our batteries” processing all the information received, but it was the time when we made relationships and collected some feedback from other teachers attending the event.

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There is never a dull moment at a BRAZ-TESOL RN event, as our programmes prove. Following on from the coffee-break, our Saturday afternoon also saw two hilarious theatre skits performed by QUAQ (Quasi Actors Quartet). Steve Barlow, Isabela Medeiros, Jorge Henrique and Silcia Soares made us all laugh our heads off as we watched their rendition of “The Firefighter” and “The Bus Stop“, certainly one of the highlights of the event!

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QUAQ comes on stage to entertain participants with two VERY humorous skits.

Back to our academic programme, in the session Experiencing Educational and Cultural Exchange in the United States: Impressions and Curiosities, Samara Freitas proved herself to be a very competent speaker. She described 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. She also reported on the TESOL program she attended at the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) along with 73 other Federal Institute (IF) teachers from all over Brazil. The highlight of the talk was her personal account of some interesting facts and moments she experienced in the places she visited – brought to life through several souvenirs and other memorabilia collected during her journey – and how this experience impacted her life as an English teacher.

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Samara Freitas sharing impressions and curiosities about her programme in the US.

Fernanda Câmara‘s workshop on “The Benefits of Storytelling in English Teaching for Young Learners” focused on the importance of storytelling for children and what we need to consider before, while and after telling a story in the language classroom. She talked about her own experience telling stories to children from the age of 3 as part of International School‘s bilingual programme at Colégio Nossa Senhora das Neves. She then gave participants the opportunity to practice telling stories to each other and share their views on the benefits and challenges of storytelling.

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Fernanda Camara sharing with us her unique take on storytelling!

Back in the mini-auditorium, BTRN’s 2nd Vice-President Edilson Souza, representing the outgoing board, pronounced a few words on how our local chapter was created and how much it has grown, paying a well-deserved tribute to the outgoing board members for all their dedication and hard work, and officially announced the election results for the new BRAZ-TESOL RN Executive Board, which will serve the local chapter until March 2019. All the members in good standing present at the event were asked to sign a “Confirmation Term” in recognition of the new executive board members shown below:

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In their joint session “Volunteering and Continuing Professional Development: Come together!“, Thiago dos Santos (1st Vice-President) and Marcelo de Cristo (President) talked about their experience as BRAZ-TESOL members and the importance Growing Together.

Thiago dos Santos recalled his first volunteering experience as member of the maintenance crew of a park in the U.S. and his first ever BRAZ-TESOL event, the 14th BRAZ-TESOL International Conference, which took place in João Pessoa in 2014. He then went on to testify how his participation as a minder (volunteer) at several other local and national BRAZ-TESOL events has shaped his career thus far – he is now taking the online CELTA! – and finished his speech by going back to the theme of the conference and reading Robert Frost’s poem “The Road not Taken“, a very moving moment to all of us present at the event.

Download Thiago dos Santos’s SLIDES HERE >> Thiago dos Santos – btrn20May

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Thiago Silva engaging the teachers with his volunteering experience.

In his first words as President of the BRAZ-TESOL RN chapter, Marcelo de Cristo stressed the importance of local teachers joining the association, outlining the many benefits gained by those who become members in good standing. He officially announced a “Call for Papers” for this year’s BTRN Symposium: Growing Together, to take place on 19 August and a “Save the Date” for the chapter’s last event of 2017, due to happen on 11 November. He then invited us to take an active role in the chapter’s activities and presented the requirements for members take part in its Advisory Council. Finally, he asked us to spread the word about our local chapter, following its activities online (i.e. Facebook, Blog, Twitter and Youtube) and sharing its developments with friends and colleagues.

See Marcelo de Cristo’s SLIDES HERE >> Marcelo de Cristo – btrn20May

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Marcelo de Cristo telling us the benefits of joining BRAZ-TESOL.

One of the most heartwarming moments of our first One-day Seminar – as the event drew to a close – was when the incoming BTRN Executive Board, BT members and participants were joyously surprised with video messages of support and encouragement sent from Chapter Leaders from across the country, who spared a few minutes of their busy lives to congratulate the outgoing board, welcome the new one and say a few words on the benefits of joining BRAZ-TESOL!

OUR DEEPEST THANKS to Higor Cavalcante (SP), Duanes Santos (AM), Florinda Marques (PR), Graeme Hodgson (DF), Maria Valésia (the BT-RS Chapter was being lauched on that very same day!), Mariana Perez (PB), Monica Freire (RJ – all the way from Portugal on her birthday!), and Valéria França (RJ)!

Join BRAZ-TESOL!!! Let’s grow together?

The BTRN Team.

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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InterNAtionalizing Educational Practices | BRAZ-TESOL RN

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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

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

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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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