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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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

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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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GROWING TOGETHER | BTRN SYMPOSIUM – 19 AUGUST

Dear TESOLer,

We are pleased to officially announce the II BRAZ-TESOL RN Symposium – Growing Together – which will take place at Colégio FACEX – Unidade CIC, on Saturday 19 August (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

 

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We have seen a tremendous response to our Call for Papers – the highest number of submissions in the 7-year history of our Chapter – which indicates this is going to be an event to remember! Proposals came in from different parts of the country and we were posively impressed with the diversity of themes and quality of the talks and workshops submitted, as our Academic Programme shows.

It’s an exciting time for BTRN! The theme of this year’s symposium – Growing Together – was chosen in order to represent the mission of the new local board in its two-year term ahead of the chapter’s activities: to acknowledge the need for an association which can instil in their members a strong sense of belonging to a wider national (and indeed international) community of caring and committed professionals that help each other grow.

The II BTRN Symposium is our biggest event of the year which includes:

  • 4 Plenary Sessions by leading ELTers
  • 10 Concurrent Sessions by BT national members
  • 3 Drama Sketches
  • A Talent Show by BT local members (everyone is invited)
  • A generous raffle and delicious coffee-break

This year, we anticipate having more than 150 participants from diverse BT chapters, with national and international keynote speakers. The symposium will serve as a useful opportunity to engage in local as well as national and international debates, while simultaneously promoting professional development to teachers and meaningfully contributing to the fulfillment of BRAZ-TESOL’s mission.

Finally, we would like to say we are honoured have been appointed as chapter leaders for the next two years (2017-19). We humbly accept the important task of serving the ELT community in Rio Grande do Norte and beyond. We will strive whole-heartedly to conduct our symposium smoothly and create an enjoyable experience that all who attend will remember fondly.

We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Marcelo de Cristo
President

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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

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