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!
BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte Chapter