It seems everybody is running nowadays. For this weekend, though, what if you ditched the physical marathon for professional development marathon? Rob Howard will be hosting 10 hours of short and sweet webinars (5 hours on Saturday, 5h on Sunday). And we do mean ‘short’: each webinar takes 10 min only! Just like in the successful EFLtalks 2015, the idea is to go straight to the point, no fillers or waffle, just the juice of it.
However, there is a twist. In 2016 the topics of the webinars were not proposed by the presenters. They were questions sent by teachers like you and me, questions that nag us in our daily practice and reflections, such as:
- How important is it to speak perfectly as a teacher?
- Where can I find a good source of kids songs available for class?
- How important is drilling?
- How do you deal with those old nagging fossilized errors that adult learners often have?
- Is it possible to get students to use critical thinking?
Among the presenters are some dear BrELTers, namely Karin Heuert Galvão, Higor Cavalcante, Henrick Oprea, Stephen Greene, Cecilia Lemos, Nik Peachey, Chuck Sandy, Patty Salguero, Louise Potter, Marek Kiczkowiak, Nellie Deutsch, and Vicki Hollett. (Please see the full list of presenters and topics here.)
EFLtalks 2016 has everything to be a success, but it is, we understand, different from the professional development events we are all used to. Make it VERY different. That is why BrELT is hosting a 30-minute webinar with the man behind the project, Rob Howard, for him to explain the logic and the logistics of EFLtalks.
So come meet us this Thursday at 10 pm (at Brasilia Daylight Saving Time = UTC-2) to get to know more about the EFLtalks project and have all your questions answered. The link to the webinar will be made available here on the blog and in the community 15 min prior, but you can also watch it (and ask questions!) if you log onto our YouTube channel: youtube.com/breltchatchannel.
Rob Howard is the owner of Online Language Center, a live online course for C1/C2 level students. He is a teacher, tutor, trainer, blogger and writer for ESL/EFL. He is also a consultant and has been a frequent speaker internationally regarding online retention as well as using technology in and out of the classroom. He is also the founder of EFLtalks utilizing social media to build a worldwide PLN for new and future teachers.