QUAQ Theatre Sketches | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Quaq

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

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Growing language through enduring understandings | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Cecília Lemos

Abstract: The idea that teaching a language involves only the language itself is long gone. Language is more than just the code; it also involves culture, social practices of interpreting and making meanings. “A professional stance that understands language as a social practice requires students to engage in tasks in which they create and interpret meaning, and in which they communicate their own personal meanings and develop personal connections with the new language.” (Scarino & Liddicoat, 2009) Teaching English is not about covering content and language, it is about helping students go beyond that. As teachers, we are constantly bringing different techniques, topics and activities to our classes in an attempt to help our students develop not just their linguistic knowledge, but also skills that they’ll need to effectively communicate in English. I believe that if we shift from covering content to “uncovering” it, we promote deeper learning, where students will not only reproduce knowledge, but take it to their lives outside the classroom walls, use it in unpredictable ways, own it. They’ll have a more meaningful and enduring – lasting – understanding of the language.

Speaker’s bio: Cecilia Lemos has been working with ELT since 1993 and is currently the Academic Coach for Educate (a bilingual programme) in the Northeast of Brazil. She has worked as a teacher trainer, materials writer and EFL teacher. She’s a passionate educator and believes in continuous professional development, reason why she is currently the president of the Braz-tesol chapter in Pernambuco and also a member of IATEFL’s TD SIG committee. She’s especially interested in feedback, correction and lesson observation.

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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

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New techniques on tweens motivation | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Nayra Mota

Abstract: Student’s motivation is normally related to rewarding. For years teachers were taught to give stars or even chocolate to good students and often wait for the least participative ones to work motivated by these prizes. After trying several different ways to do the same, I decided to try something new in order to engage all of the students in a group. For the last months two of my teenage groups are working on “gamified flipped classroom”.  This workshop aims at showing other teachers some ideas on how to make adolescents complain less about doing some activities proposed and participate more. The idea is to open minds about rewarding, it is not a friend, neither is an enemy.  

Speaker’s bio: Nayra Mota has been an English teacher for over ten years in Ceará and Rio de Janeiro. She is graduated from Universidade Federal do Ceará and currently works for two regular schools in Fortaleza, CE. She recently engaged in Bilingual Education Programs. She has taught several age groups, such as children, teenagers, adults and elders. She has been a Braz-Tesol member since July 2016.

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

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Creating a sense of class community which accommodates everyone | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Pedro

Abstract: Creating a strong sense of class community is paramount when dealing with heterogeneous groups with heterogeneous needs. Find in this presentation real and practical tips on how to strength bonds creating a safe, fun and participatory learning environment which accommodates diversity , fosters ownership, understanding and r educes anxiety (with and without technology).

Speaker’s bio: Pedro Ribeiro is a CELTA certified teacher with degrees in Social Communication, Contemporary Art and a Post grad in ELT. More than a decade of experience teaching privileged and underprivileged teens in South American, African and European countries.

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

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Learning English through videos and series: A. J. Hoge method | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Cristiane Cruz

Abstract: Learning with videos is a fun way to learn English. I have many examples in my teaching experience of people who has learned and are fluent only by watching videos, especially series, sitcoms, etc. Today we have videos on demand sites as Netflix, for instance, that is the new fashion among young people, especially teenagers. Our students watch almost every day series as Game of Thrones, How I met your mother, Supernatural and so on. We have to take the opportunity to teach the language using “Real English” – not only the written English in the students’ books. We have to use new technology also and things students enjoy. I believe that series is a good way to get students motivated into learning English. There are many ways to use videos to improve our learning and even make learning faster. A.J. Hoge method that is found in http://www.effortlessenglish.com promises to make learning faster with the acquisition of vocabulary, accurate pronunciation and the learning of “chunks” to make learning more significant and easier for the students using videos (films and series). Using this method, the students would learn the language without the need of studying grammar deductively. The students will master the structures inductively by paying attention to the structure of the sentences and by repetition and even acting out like the characters of the series/films students watch at home. The objective of this speech is to show some examples of how to use this technique in the classroom.  

Speaker’s bio: Cristiane de Brito Cruz graduated in Languages (English) at UFRN in 2002 and also has a Specialization Course in Teaching and Learning English as a Foreign Language by UFRN (2011). She works as an EFL teacher at IFRN Institute. She has 15 years of experience teaching English in the RN state school system and in the city of Parnamirim . She also worked as a teacher in English courses such as CNA, Senac (Prodetur), Manhattan Idiomas, CVV, etc.

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

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The modern teacher and the new era of ELT | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Rafael Medeiros

Abstract: At some point in our careers we have all studied the history and the evolution of teaching methodologies and approaches. Since the very beginning of globalization, with methods such as the Translation Method (early 1500s), to the most commonly used nowadays, the Communicative Approach (early 1980s). However, why do we, as teachers, need to learn methods that are not considered “modern” anymore? How relevant are they in our classes today? What can we really learn from them? Do they still make sense in 2017? The answer to these and many more questions that teachers have should be quite simple. Perhaps we do not need to be confined into a box of methods and strategies. Instead, we should be able to confidently understand how these methods work, what purpose they serve us these days, and mainly, how we can become teachers of the future. After taking a trip down the memory lane of methods and approaches, we will discuss what it means to be a modern teacher, what is the role of the 21st century teacher and what the field of ELT is all about in 2017.

Speakers’ bio: Hey there! I am Rafael Medeiros and I have been teaching English for 10 years now. I have a degree in Letras – Inglês e Português from Universidade Potiguar and a M.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language from Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, Canada. Since I became a teacher, I have been super interested in many different aspects that are part of teaching, especially when it comes to methodologies, approaches and classroom strategies and activities. To me, English is a tool that enables people to have access to anything they want!  

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
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Gender and ELT – building safe spaces | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Thiago Veigga

Abstract: The purpose of this talk is to shed some light on gender issues, focusing on transgender and gender non-conforming issues as well as their place in the English language classroom. I will start with some definitions regarding gender and discuss their implications. Next, I will show figures that illustrate the Brazilian scenario as far as gender is concerned. After that, I will present arguments both in favor of and against bringing gender issues to class and the social impact these have on students. I will show studies about the importance of identity and its role in language learning. Then, I will show some practical examples of simple changes we teachers can make by adapting existing coursebooks and also creating some materials in order to provide students with safer learning spaces.

Speaker’s bio: Thiago Veigga is a teacher, teacher trainer and materials designer based in Rio. He holds a post-graduate degree in Media-Education (PUC-Rio) and has worked in the ELT industry for over 14 years. His interests include teacher education, entrepreneurship and pronunciation instruction. He is a BrELT moderator, blogs at https://tveigga.wordpress.com and Richmondshare, and hosts the web show ELT TV.

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
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Select your gear: Kahoot, Socrative and Plickers | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Clarissa Nunes

Abstract: Teaching in the 2000’s has taken a turn due to technological advances and the easy access to electronic gadgets. While adults are understood as digital consumers, youngsters are the sole definition of   digital natives. This scenario poses a challenge to teachers: what tools can be used to access different skills during classes? Let’s take a look at the dark and the light side of Kahoot, Socrative and Plickers.

Speaker’s bio: Clarissa Nunes teaches English since 2005. She has been an educational coordinator, works with kids, teenagers and adults and is currently affiliated with CEI Bilingual Program. She’s also taking a Especialização in English Teaching from UFRN.

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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Confronting the winds of change together | BRAZ-TESOL RN

Dominic Walters

Abstract: We currently find ourselves in the midst of great economic, social and political change, where it can seem that the old and established beliefs upon which we could rely on are being pulled from under our feet. In this talk I will address three aspects of this sea change, and argue that rather than fearing these changes, we can, and should, embrace them by working together.

Speaker’s bio: Dominic Walters is CELTA and DELTA qualified and has an MA in Educational Psychology. He has been teaching English since 1991, working in Brazil, Republic of Ireland, Spain, Portugual, Egypt and the UK. He is a DELTA, ICELT, CELTA, FTBE assessor and tutor as well as a CELTA online course tutor. He is also an examiner for the Cambridge, IELTS, Trinity exams.

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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A report on the BRAZ-TESOL SIG Symposium

On July 7 and 8, I joined English teachers from Brazil and abroad for the Braz-Tesol SIG Symposium, in São Paulo. SIG stands for “Special Interest Groups”, an initiative that brings together individuals who share a common interest for areas such as pronunciation, translation, culture, teacher education and technology for language learning.

sigconferencia

The event, which took place at Instituto Singularidades, gathered around 300 professionals, many of whom presented the sixty concurrent workshops and oral presentations, as well as four plenary sessions throughout the two days of the meeting.

Besides myself, BRAZ-TESOL RN was represented by Fernando Guarany and Thiago dos Santos. Thiago, with his kindness and volunteering spirit, worked as a minder. Fernando, who is also member of the BT National Board, was responsible for two sessions.

Bruno TD SIG 2

I also presented a session entitled “Intercultural experience mediated by the internet: a telecollaborative project”, which was part of the “Intercultural Language Education SIG”.

Bruno TD SIG

The experience was amazing! We could meet awesome people and make priceless connections! I am really looking forward to attending the next Braz-Tesol event!

Bruno Lima
Treasurer

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