TESOL event in Natal next Saturday

Dear BRAZ-TESOL friends,

Are you busy next Saturday, the 14th of May? No!? Then, why not spend a memorable afternoon with other like-minded English teachers at the BRAZ-TESOL RN May 2016 ELT event?

Teachers who learn. Learners who teach.

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Connect with other teachers and listen to inspiring talks!

I. Session 1: Life-long Learners and Teachers | Janaina Weissheimer

This Pecha Kucha will take the audience into a journey through learning and teaching throughout life, inviting participants to reflect on the perks and challenges of being a teacher who learns, and a learner who teaches.


Janaina Weissheimer majored in English from Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (1999), completed an MA in Applied Linguistics from Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (2002) and a PhD in English from Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (2007). She has recently completed a post-doctoral training at the Kutas Cognitive Electrophysiology Lab at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). She is professor of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at UFRN in Natal, a permanent member of the Graduate Program in Language Studies (PPGEL-UFRN) and a research collaborator at the Brain Institute (UFRN). Her research interests involve the cognitive aspects of foreign and first language teaching and learning.

II. Session 2: Perspectives on English Language Teacher Education | Mariana Pérez

How does someone become a ‘good’ teacher? What does teaching English entail? What skills are necessary? What do national education documents state? What do federal university teacher programs offer both pre and in-service teachers? These are some of the questions which will guide the presenter’s reflections on English Language Teacher Training/Education. Participants will also get to know more about research projects and programs being developed in Paraíba regarding English Language Teaching.

Mariana PérMarianaez is a professor at the Modern Languages Department at the Federal University of Paraíba and holds a doctorate degree in Linguistics. She is an experienced EFL teacher and has published articles and books focusing on her research interests, which include pre and in-service teacher education, language teaching methodology and practicum.  Mariana has been the English Without Borders Programme Coordinator at UFPB since 2012 and also coordinates a teacher education program in Paraíba called EFOPLI: Espaços para a Formação do Professor de Língua Inglesa. perezmariana@gmail.com | CV Lattes: lattes.cnpq.br/9704870179294652

III. Session 3: Broadening your professional perspectives through IELTS | Daniella, Debora and Ingrid

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language test, with over 2.5 million tests taken in 2015. Because of its broad range of uses, IELTS is usually referred as the test that “opens doors” – that is both for teachers and test-takers.

More than 9,000 organizations in 140 countries accept IELTS, including government, academic and employment institutions, which means that many professional development opportunities are available to teachers through IELTS examining, research or teaching, which makes it crucial for teachers to be familiarized with the IELTS format, scoring system and, most importantly, its effect on professional development.

In this talk we aim to present the test itself but with a particular focus on discussing how the test can improve our professional development as English language teachers.

danielaGraduate student in the Psychobiology’s Masters Program at The Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Daniella has a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedicine by the same Institution. Miss Santos dedicated six years on studying the English language. With experience in the performance of several activities related with the Language she has worked for the Sworn Translator of the State, she is also a former Technical Support Translator for UFRN’s International Relations Office and is currently IELTS Test Day Supervisor and part of TOEFL ITP Certified Staff.

debor.pngDébora has a degree in English Language and Literatures at UFRN (2014). She works as an English teacher in the English Without Borders Program and also as a Bilingual teacher at Lápis de Cor, Natal. Her teaching interests are mostly related to the use of technologies that support language teaching/learning, neurolinguistics and children’s language acquisition. Débora has been experiencing teaching EFL for adults and CLIL/CBI for children since 2013.

ingridSenior undergraduate student in English Language and Literature at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). Ingrid has previous experience as an English language teacher at the Ágora Institute of Languages and is currently teaching at UFRN as part of the Languages without Borders Program (IsF). Recently, she has also been awarded participation in the I IELTS Workshop for IsF teachers, which was offered by the Ministry of Education in partnership with the British Embassy. She intends to pursue further studies in the field of English Language Teaching.

IV. Session 4: Teach long and prosper – Join the ELT community to connect, collaborate and grow | Fernando Guarany

Why is it that a great number of professionals struggle to thrive in their teaching careers? How can teachers remain motivated and grow in the ELT profession? This session explores the implications of teachers’ becoming active members of their professional community and the impact such decision may have on their own lives and their students’ educational experience.


Born and raised in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, Fernando Guarany has worked in multiple TESOL roles for over 20 years. His ELT career has given him the pleasure to engage with educators in various contexts and from a variety of perspectives in Brazil and beyond. He strongly believes that every teacher and learner can be a Freire, a Dostoyevsky or a Stevick and has an ardent desire to see as many as possible achieve their fullest potential. Guarany stands up for a responsive, dialogic and organic type of education that conforms to people’s individual needs (not the other way around). He works out of beautiful Natal (Brazil) as a teacher, trainer and independent TESOL consultant. fernando@guarany.net

This is a FREE event but 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 13th of May (Friday).

Look forward to seeing you there! 🙂

All the very best,

“TOGETHER we’re stronger”


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