Your vote should not be based on gender

BrELT is very happy to have VOICES Sig from Braz- Tesol helping us think of the current elections. Braz- Tesol is Brazil’s largest association of teachers of English to speakers of other languages. BrELT is happy to support the association.


Well, not gender alone!  In this post we’d like to advocate for diversity and give some suggestions for things we believe are essential to consider when you cast your vote in these BRAZ-TESOL elections.

Cintia Rodrigues, Claire Venables, Ila Coimbra, Nina Loback



Diversity is a topic that has become increasingly discussed in business, marketing, international organizations, social media and many other channels of communication.  

And it’s not just a buzzword.  

According to an increasing number of experts “non-homogeneous teams are simply smarter” because “working with people who are different from you may challenge your brain to overcome its stale ways of thinking and sharpens its performance” (Heidi Grant).  Team diversity takes into account a range of individual differences such as age, ethnicity, religious background, experience, skills, sexual orientation, and political preferences, among others.

This, believe it or not, has a lot to do with the upcoming BRAZ-TESOL elections.  There are almost 2000 official members with the opportunity to vote for who will represent them for the next 2 years.  The result of this election is of utmost importance as it will decide who gets a say in many of the decisions made on our behalf.  

As you consider your options from the list of candidates, we’d like you to take into account the following:



  • Do your homework


Take the time to find out who the candidate is.  Avoid voting for someone based on how familiar their face is.  Find out about their professional background, experience and what they stand for within ELT.  If this is not clear in their bio and personal statement, contact them and ask questions.


  • Think collectively, not individually


As we mentioned earlier, a diverse team brings multiple perspectives for solving problems and representing the interests of a greater range of ELT professionals.  For the benefit of all, take into account multiple criteria when selecting your candidates such as geographical location, ELT sector, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.  These people should not just represent you, but rather they should reflect the needs and interests of all of us.


  • Look to the future


BRAZ-TESOL is growing. There are an increasing number of members, SIGs and events to be looked after.  More than ever, we need to elect candidates who are open to input from the members and support transparency and democratic models of leadership.

Don’t forget that while both the Executive Board and the Advisory Council are there to work for the association only the board have decision-making power.  However, who we elect for the Council will potentially influence the culture of the association and the direction it moves in. Make your vote count and remember that together we are stronger.


Got inspired? If you are a Braz – Tesol member in good standing, click here to vote.  You need to log in and you will see ‘General elections Braz – Tesol’ on the left. Make sure you check out the videos the candidates made on the Braz – Tesol Facebook Page.


BrELT Chat hoje sobre a BNCC

Quer saber mais sobre a Base Nacional Curricular Comum? Venha ao chat de hoje! Nos reuniremos neste tópico às 10 da noite, horário de Brasília.43551171_2142533152425079_2498699912821080064_n.jpg

Se você não quiser perder nem um minutinho sequer, é só confirmar a presença no evento do Facebook e receber um lembrete um pouquinho antes de começar. Vemos vocês lá!

Troika & BrELT: The Results

In partnership with Troika, we were able to offer two teachers the opportunity to attend two signature courses. Mary Ruth Popov got the Wired Sounds scholarship and Jonathan Macedo got one for the Iungo course.

Read and comment on Mary’s and Jonathan’s impressions on the Troika courses they were given the chance to attend.

Thank you for your kindness, Mary and Jonathan!

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Jonathan Macedo on Iungo:

To go tech or not to go tech, that’s the question! 

Using technology in the classroom is something that is challenging for anyone – especially when its use is mandatory at your workplace. Some teachers struggle to implement technological resources at their lessons, not because they don’t try it, but because instead of being something natural, it is something clunky and some teachers are not used to it.

We perform rather mundane activities like checking our messages, posting and commenting on updated, checking our emails but why is it so complicated for us to implement the use of some technological tools in our daily teaching practice? Are we looking at it through the most complicated angle? Having those questions in mind, I was happy I was chosen by BrELT to attend the IUNGO course by Troika.

Paulo Dantas, our trainer made us think about topics such as:

  • How is a particular technological tool going to transform my students’ outcome?
  • Is it going to be something practical to everyone?

What am I going to use?

When we are asked to use technological tools in our lessons we find the first struggle: What am I going to use? That question shouldn’t be your first concern. As mentioned previously, technology in our lessons should be a tool to transform learning, and not the other way around. As a suggestion, write your planning, decide your activities, THEN you check if your lesson needs to have something different.

If you need your students to describe what people are wearing you could use their Instagram/Facebook and describe the pictures they shared with their network. By doing that, you personalised your lesson, you used a technological resource, you transform your student experience, and last, but not least, you didn’t have to spend extra work hours on designing something miraculous.

How do I know if what is going to transform my students’ learning experience?

That’s one of the questions I made to myself for sometime. During the course, a model was presented to us to help teachers assess if the use of that technological resource was going to transform the learning experience or not. It’s call the SAMR model. So when thinking of using something different during your lesson, consider the answers of the four questions below:

  1. Will it substitute a step of my lesson?
  2. Will there be functional improvement?
  3. Will it redesign my task?
  4. Will it achieve a level that was never achievable before?

If the answers to the questions above are yes, you MUST use the tool you chose. If not all the answers were yes, consider carefully the use of the tool you thought of – it might not have as much impact as you would like it to have.

When should we use it?

As I see it, you should use technology whenever you see an opportunity to transform your students’ learning experience and, at the same time, it should be something that won’t harm your dynamic with students. There is also something else, we all have or have had those students who are heavy users of specific APPs, in this case I think technology might be even more beneficial to their learning experience, than simply ignore that fact and persist on old habits.

Answering my own question, I DO think we should always go tech, but with responsibility. To go tech with responsibility is to use the tools you have at your disposal with the certainty it’ll transform your students’ learning experience, bring peace to your coordinator’s heart, and won’t be another thing to trouble you.

I’d like to invite you tell us ways you can transform your students’ learning experience with the use of technology. 


Mary Ruth Popov on Wired Sounds:

One of the things I love the most about language and communication is that whatever we say and how we say it can have an impact on people, sometimes for a lifetime. So, it came as a pleasant surprise to find out that BrELT offered me a place on a mini-course by Troika. Being able to learn a bit more on how pronunciation and language can impact on a person’s life was very rewarding for me as a teacher.

Troika’s Wired Sounds mini-course brought insight to an aspect of the language that I had not yet given much thought to. Even though I teach pronunciation to my students, Catarina Pontes’ course showed me a whole new approach. Her charts, colorful sticks and blocks gave me an array of ideas on how to get the students more involved in the process of pronouncing words. Her love for language was transparent as she spoke and emitted the different sounds, almost as if she were singing a song – a language song! She was enthusiastic about her work which was tangible throughout her lecture.

The second part of the course with Paulo Dantas was excellent. His personality showed how passionate he is about helping teachers become better equipped. He put out questions that made us think on how we could use the internet to our advantage–such as making our own polls and questionnaires. Not having much experience with using the internet to make my own material, the whole afternoon was quite enlightening. In addition, he also shared a couple of websites and apps that could add to a variety of classroom tasks. I was all eyes and ears during the whole course.

My classmates were all very involved and ready to share their own experiences which helped all those who were present. It is so interesting to see how easily one can connect with other teachers. This first contact with Troika was exceptional to the point that made me want to participate in other Troika and BrELT events. My daughter and I went to BrELT on the Road on September 7th and thoroughly enjoyed it. We are now in the process of taking our teachers to other Troika and BrELT events. In the end, it does not matter how much you study, how many years you teach or how many conferences you attend, there is still so much more to explore and learn about the English language.


BrELT on The Road was great

On September 7th we had the second edition of our annual event, BrELT on The Road. An event that is possible because our thriving community longs for some face-to-face interaction. As much as we love and promise we will never leave the online space, a face-to-face event is the time we all gather to learn, develop, network and socialize. It’s when we finally have the chance to hug those who teach and learn from us.

In a cold morning, at least for three Carioca moderators — but clearly not for the Paulista one, we started the day with Bruno Andrade opening the event, followed by Mark Hancock, who talked about teaching pronunciation in a world where English is the Lingua Franca. After that, Claire Venables talked about teaching young learners and how it impacts the whole ELT industry.


But first, let’s take a selfie!

Attendees then chose among 10 concurrent workshops that dealt with a variety of topics, such as teaching, authentic materials and the maker movement.

The coffee break was superb! Who didn’t love those pães de queijo?

Higor Cavalcante made us think about our practices as he talked about the lessons he learned as a trainer and how fundamental feedback is. Vinicius Nobre reminded us that we teachers need to be aware of our practices if we want our learners to be critical thinkers.

The next round of sessions consisted of 10 talks that also contemplated a plethora of subjects, from entrepreneurship to inclusion and representation.

We had a delicious lunch with the menu created by nutritionist Kátia Grilanda!

Closing the plenaries, our former moderator and forever diva Natalia Guerreiro talked about tretas, a word that is difficult to define in English. Natalia reminded us of how important it is to carefully consider the words we use if we want to have a safe learning environment.

The following set of sessions was a mix of talks and workshops about areas such as bilingualism, feedback and being a coordinator. We then had 6 concurrent BrELT Chats, talks and show and tells.

Time for another coffee break! Anyone else guilty of gluttony? How could anyone resist those cakes? And the queijadinhas? Heavenly…

After another round of sessions, we had pecha kuchas with Cintia Rodrigues, Ilá Coimbra, Karina Nazzari and Rubinho Heredia and Andreia Zakime. What a treat!

Eduardo de Freitas closed the event and highlighted the importance of sharing and putting the new ideas from the conference into practice. As our former moderator Raquel Oliveira says, sharing is caring – and we couldn’t agree more.

Besides giving away tickets to minority groups such as disabled and black female teachers, we decided to innovate and broadcast the plenary sessions live. We understand not everyone is able to travel to São Paulo, but we wanted this very special day to echo not only around Brazil, but the world. We will also have a BrELT Chat in which we will exchange our impressions and what we learned at BOR. Exceptionally, this Chat will be bilingual: contributions in both English and Portuguese are welcome.

Echoes from BOTR:

Click here to see the opening and Mark Hancock’s plenary and Claire Venable’s plenary.
Click here to see Higor Cavalcante’s plenary and Vinicius Nobre’s plenary.
Click here to see Natalia Guerreiro’s plenary.
Dani Hersey’s blog post: finding my tribe
Interview with Mark Hancock and T. Veigga.

The official photos will be out soon.

Thank you all for coming!

Barbara, Bruno, Eduardo, T. and Priscila.

Raffle: Wired Sounds, a course by Troika

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Two teachers will be able to attend a Troika signature course in São Paulo!

Fill in this form for a chance to win a ticket to Wired Sounds, a mini-immersion course.

To be eligible for the prize you have to:

  • be free in São Paulo on the days of the event;
  • agree to write a blog post for BrELT about the course.

Results: July 25th, 9pm.


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More info about Wired Sounds

In this mini-immersion, we will look at how pronunciation teaching has changed over time, which activities can be more beneficial to learners in today’s context, and how technology can enhance this learning experience, taking into account current trends, challenges and issues. Using practical examples and ideas, participants will have the opportunity to better understand how pronunciation and technology can be successfully integrated in their practice in order to help learners become more autonomous and more effective communicators.

Tutors: Catarina Pontes and Paulo Dantas

Further Information:
– 12-hour course
– Certificate for the completion of the course
– Networking time over coffee at the end of the day
– Raffle for a book and 50% scholarship in the next Troika’s Signature Event
– Full access to the articles and resources used during the course


Friday 27th from 9am to 5pm

Saturday 28th from 9am to 1pm

*20% discount to BRAZ-TESOL members in good standing
(If you are a current BRAZ-TESOL member, use the promocional code BRAZ-TESOLMEMBER when enrolling)
**20% discount for public school teachers
(If you are a public school teacher, use the promocional code PUBLICSCHOOL when enrolling)
Important: You will be asked for your BRAZ-TESOL membership number or your public school badge on the day of the event.