November Seminar | Register now!

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Registration for our 19 November seminar is now open!

Members: R$ 15,00 – a KINDLE 8 will be raffled among members only!

Non-members: R$ 50,00

Register herebraztesol.org.br/natalnov19

Timetable: goo.gl/axkUak

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Together we are stronger

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The Many Faces of ELT in Brazil | Timetable

Here’s the timetable for the next BRAZ-TESOL RN seminar: The Many Faces of ELT in Brazil. Detailed information on speakers and sessions on: goo.gl/axkUak

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Together we are stronger

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III EPPI – Encontro Paraibano de Professores de Inglês | #RovingBrELT

Dear TESOLer,

Last Friday, the 21st of October, on behalf of BRAZ-TESOL (and sponsored by HELBLING LANGUAGES), I had the opportunity to join ELT colleagues in João Pessoa for the III EPPI – Encontro Paraibano de Professores de Inglês at UFPB (Universidade Federal da Paraíba). The event was organised by Professor Mariana Pérez and her team, who dedicate their lives to making a difference in the ELT profession, learners’ and teachers’ lives, and the community as a whole.

Upon arrival at the venue, participants had an immediate idea of the level of diligence and professionalism the organisers had in putting together the conference. A beautiful banner indicated to those coming from towns in the countryside (and beyond) they were in the right place.

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A sign of dedication and organisation

At the entrance to the auditorium very friendly colleagues welcomed participants and offered a nice bag with useful gifts (pens, notepads, programme – and even a bottle of mineral water!). Inside the auditorium the organisation was also impeccable and the atmosphere, very positive.

I was given the honour to open the event with a plenary talk on pre-emptive and responsive teaching, a topic I’m passionate about. Standing on the shoulders of giants such as Allwright, Larsen-Freeman, Meddings & Thornbury, I argued that, generally speaking, our teaching practice continues to adopt a pre-emptive (linear, incremental, atomistic) approach, and that we should consider making it more responsive (organic, incidental, holistic). From the participation and engagement of the audience and hot feedback from colleagues, I felt the message was well understood and should generate reflection and – hopefully – positive change in teaching practice.

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Fernando Guarany‘s opening plenary at the III Encontro Paraibano de Professores de Inglês

I was also invited to join the opening panel along UFPB, American Embassy and Consulate, and local government dignitaries. One common thread running through every panelist’s speech was the importance of collaboration and faith as we labour to make a difference in the community.

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The opening panel and audience standing for the Brazilian National Anthem.

After the opening ceremony, it was time for Thomas Santos‘ (RELO – Regional English Language Officer | US Department of State)  plenary, “Teacher Reflection and Professional Development.” Unfortunately I couldn’t stay as I had commitments in Natal the day after. I wish I had stayed to attend Alberto Costa‘s Spice It Up With Your Super Powers, sponsored by Cambridge Assessment and all the other 20+ interesting sessions going on.

In closing, I’d like to repeat what I wrote elsewhere: “as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” So it is when teachers get together, because it is through other people’s eyes that we get to know ourselves better. It is from genuine interaction with colleagues that we hone our skills, sharpen our teaching techniques, find solutions to common problems, encourage one another and ultimately become happier human beings.” So, I don’t delight in going to ELT events for the mere sake of ‘professional development.’ I rejoice because I get to see friends, share my passion with others, hear about their passions and collaborate to drive positive change in people’s lives. On that note I leave with you the photo below:

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“Life’s about the people you meet” – Alberto Costa, Fernando Guarany, Jacqueline Patrícia

Fernando Guarany
President

BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte Chapter
Together we are stronger

Photo Credits: Jacqueline Patrícia 

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See you at UFPB this Friday?

Dear TESOLer,fernando-guarany-helbling-eppi-tesol-elt-ingles

At 5 PM this Friday I’ll be speaking at the III EPPI – Encontro de Professores de Inglês at UFPB in João Pessoa, Paraíba. In my plenary I will compare and contrast the pre-emptive and responsive approach and the implications of adopting each of them. If you are in João Pessoa this Friday and could make the time to attend, I would love to see you there. After all, ELT (English Language Teaching) events don’t simply exist for the transference of knowledge but for the development and consolidation of human relationships.

Best wishes,

Fernando Guarany
President

BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte Chapter
Together we are stronger

 

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III EPPI – Encontro Paraibano de Professores de Inglês ​ | UFPB, 2016

A Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB) sediará, nos dias 21 e 22 de outubro de 2016, o III EPPI: Encontro Paraibano de Professores de Inglês. 

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O EPPI é uma ação do Programa Inglês sem Fronteiras da UFPB em parceria com o programa EFOPLI: Espaços para a Formação do Professor de Língua Inglesa (Extensão/UFPB) que tem como objetivo oportunizar um espaço para a reflexão sobre o ensino de língua inglesa – através da troca de experiências, socialização de pesquisas e práticas – de professores de inglês que atuam na Paraíba em diferentes níveis de ensino e contextos. Em 2016, também conta com a participação da recém-criada Associação de Professores de Inglês da Paraíba (BRAZ-TESOL Paraíba Chapter), buscando divulgá-la entre os professores da Paraíba.

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Em sua terceira edição, o evento inclui, em sua programação, plenárias, mesa redonda, sessão de pôsteres, além da oferta de oficinas. Busca congregar professores de escolas regulares e de línguas, além de docentes de instituições de ensino superior, fortalecendo o diálogo entre os profissionais da área no estado da Paraíba.

Além de diversas sessões simultâneas, o encontro contará com três plenárias:

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Pre-emptive or Responsive – which route  (Plenary Talk 1) – Fernando Guarany (BRAZ-TESOL RN)

Teacher Reflection and Professional Development (Plenary Talk 2) – Thomas Santos (US Department of State)

Spice It Up With Your Super Powers (Plenary Talk 3) – Alberto Costa (Cambridge Assessment)

O EPPI é apoiado por várias instituições. Entre elas: UFPB, ISF-UFPB, EFOPLI-UFPB, BRAZ-TESOL, Embaixada Americana, Consulado Americano em Recife, Cambridge English Language Assessment, National Geographic/Cengage Learning, British Council, entre outras.

Para mais informações, visite:  http://eventoeppi.wixsite.com/eppi 

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BRAZ-TESOL Executive Board and Advisory Council 2017-2018

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We would like to congratulate the newly-elected BRAZ-TESOLers who will support President Henrick Oprea (Brasilia, DF) lead the association in the next two years.

Executive Board

First Vice President: Higor Cavalcante (São Paulo, SP)
Second Vice President: Marcela Cintra  (São Paulo, SP)
Secretary: Fernando Guarany (Natal, RN)
Treasurer: Sérgio Monteiro da Silva  (São Paulo, SP)

Advisory Council

Adriana Lima Stranks

Graeme Hodgson

Ilá Coimbra

Isabela Villas Boas

Natalia Guerreiro

Ricardo Barros

The BTRN team wish you all the best as you serve the ELT community with your expertise, enthusiasm and time!

* The official results are available here:

http://braztesol.br118.braztesol.br182.mwanpx.com/view/55e06b58b4b86a79590dcba4_58039/

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Lessons from Finland

There is a strong movement in ELT that tries to move away from a fixation on “building blocks” which need to be taught at every lesson. This movement places a stronger focus on the emerging language that learners naturally produce – that should be a teacher´s main criteria when choosing what to teach.

Interestingly, in Finland, which has one of the world´s highest educational standards, the goverment has recently decided to ban “subjects” as we know them. Instead, they are centering the school curriculum on topics, arguing that in this way the “subjects” will be taught in a more natural way.

I can´t help thinking both these movements are the result of the same school of thought, which is centred around a simple idea: the objective of education is learning, not teaching.

Here´s a recent article from The Independent which explains the details of the Finland School Project – I hope you will find this interesting to read:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/finland-schools-subjects-are-out-and-topics-are-in-as-country-reforms-its-education-system-10123911.html

(published by Steve Barlow)

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Self-awareness Activity

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Dear TESOLers,

Here’s an activity that’s extremely fun you can use on a rainy day when half of the students turn up, and you´re looking for a flexible fluency activity.

Imagine you are performing a military drill in a jungle that’s 100 KM from base, and you’re naked. Your mission is to return to base, and you are given a backpack containing these items:

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4 bars of chocolate
20 litres of water
An oil lamp
A box of matches
A hammock
A compass
A map
A dagger
Insect repelent

Students have to negotiate with each other in a scale from 1-10 which is the most important (1) to the least important (10).

First they negotiate in pairs, then in small groups and then compare their answers with the experts on jungle survival (see attachment for key).

It´s a useful self-awareness activity to help you discover how persuasive you are when in an argument.

If you like this type of activity, there is a similar one (apparently created by NASA) called “Survival on the moon”:

https://www.humber.ca/centreforteachingandlearning/assets/files/pdfs/MoonExercise.pdf

If you use it, please post comments on how well (or badly) it went.

 

Best wishes,

Steve Barlow
Advisor

BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte Chapter
Together we are stronger

P.S. Answer key:

9 R$ 100 notes (10)
4 bars of chocolate (2)
20 litres of water (1)
An oil lamp (8)
A box of matches (7)
A hammock (9)
A compass (3)
A map (4)
A dagger (5)
Insect repelent (6)
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As iron sharpens iron, so one teacher sharpens another

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The BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte Chapter (BTRN) was founded in early 2010 without a very definite idea of what difference we would effectively make. We all just felt we needed to do something to make the ELT community more connected  and professionalised while having fun in the process. Six years on, we can gladly look back and see what impact BTRN has made. We have provided colleagues with countless opportunities to develop their talents and become better teachers, managers, trainers. We have held seminars, conferences, courses and, very recently our first-ever symposium with over 150 participants, 4 plenary talks, 14 concurrent sessions, 2 drama sketches, 6 Pecha Kuchas, raffles and so much more. Quite an achievement for an association that started so very unambitiously!

Now in the wake of the symposium I reflect on what it is that we have really attained – and the two words that most aptly describe my feelings are togetherness and mutuality. As important as all the things mentioned above are (talks, courses, etc.), they are probably not what ultimately brings about change in teachers’ lives. It is the intense contact between teachers, between human beings that does. Repeatedly in my experience going to conferences I have attended sessions which had apparently, as Morrissey (1986) sings, “said nothing to me about my life”. However, while talking to a fellow ELTer during the break, I have often been given fresh perspectives and managed to make sense of what the presenter had imparted. There are many reasons for that, especially the fact that we are more open and prone to really listen to people we know, are comfortable with and like.

We ever so often hear that teachers should join a teachers’ association and go to events because it makes them better professionals. It does indeed. However, I personally feel too much focus is put on the technical aspects of the profession only: you will become better able to present new language, give feedback and so on, while other equally (or even more important) aspects are left aside, namely the connection between people. How invigorating is it to go to a conference and hug a dear friend you have not seen for ages?  How transforming is it to hear from a colleague about their successful experience teaching English to at-risk children in a favela? How mind-opening is it to have your established ideas respectfully challenged by a fellow practitioner? The effects of such elements are hard to gauge, but they are a vital part of teachers’ gathering at ELT events.

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An ancient book teaches: “as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (The Bible, Proverbs 27.17). So it is when teachers get together, because it is through other people’s eyes that we get to know ourselves better. It is from genuine interaction with colleagues that we hone our skills, sharpen our teaching techniques, find solutions to common problems, encourage one another and ultimately become happier human beings. Engaging with colleagues through teachers’ associations and ELT events has become a quasi-religious activity to me and, in many ways, transformed me into the professional and human being I am. For that reason, I can only but encourage anyone who takes the profession seriously to join the movement, get involved, get committed. After all, “life is about the people you meet – and the things you create with them.” (Holstee, 2009)

Fernando Guarany
President

BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte Chapter
Together we are stronger

References:

  1. Morrissey, S. P. (1986) Panic. London, Rough Trade Records, Ltd.
  2. The Bible: New International Version, 2011. New York, Biblica.
  3. The Holstee Manifesto: Lifecycle Video. (2009). The Holstee Manifesto. [Online Video]. 29 October 2011. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDmt_t6umoY. [Accessed: 28 August 2016].

Photo Credits: Marcelo de Cristo

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BTRN Symposium Booklet

Dear TESOLer,

Today is the day we meet for the I BRAZ-TESOL RN Symposium and we have carefully prepared a booklet which you can download from here.

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It contains the symposium schedule, speakers bios, session abstracts and more. I have personally also included a special message on becoming stronger together. We offer the booklet as a token of appreciation of your support and a memento of this important English Language Teaching event in Rio Grande do Norte.

Wishing you an enjoyable day!

Fernando Guarany
President

BRAZ-TESOL Rio Grande do Norte Chapter
Together we are stronger

 

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