#RovingBrELT: Latin American Conference for Teacher-Research in ELT by Bruno Andrade

Last weekend I had the privilege of being at the 2nd Latin American Conference for Teacher-Research in ELT which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event was sponsored by ARAS (Action Research Award Scheme – British Council). And it was organized by APIBA (Asociación de Profesores de Inglés de Buenos Aires) and FAAPI (Federación Argentina de Asociaciones de Profesores de Inglés).

Day 1

On Friday night we had the honor of participating in a workshop delivered by the Brazilian professors Inês Miller and Maria Isabel Cunha, from PUC-Rio. Together with their research group, Inês and M. Isabel talked about Exploratory Practice, a concept which was new to me. According to Allwright (2006), exploratory practice is a way of getting teaching and learning done so that the teachers and the learners simultaneously develop their own understandings of what they are doing as learners and teachers. First they introduced the idea of a puzzle:

“The term puzzle represents our concern for developing understandings in relation to issues of immediate interest, whether or not they are ‘problematic’ and whether or not we connect them to theory. What matters is that someone is interested enough in something to be seriously puzzled about it and so willing to work to try to understand it.” (Allwright & Hanks, 2009: 146)

Puzzles are usually formulated in the form of “Why…?” questions. (e.g: Why are some teachers reluctant when it comes to their own Professional Development?; Why do some students believe they can learn English overnight? Why don’t students do homework?).

After that, we were invited to share some of our tried and trusted activities (games, storytelling, role-plays, interviews etc) and adapt them into Potentially Exploitable Pedagogic Activities (PEPAs), which would in turn have us experience what exploratory practitioners call ‘action for understanding’.

Here are some of the things we came up with:

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If you are interested in learning more about Exploratory Practice, join Inés and Isabel’s group on Facebook.

Day 2

On Saturday the ARAS awardees presented either talks or posters. It was a very inspiring day. Sometimes we get so caught up on the European and American ways of doing our profession that we forget how fruitful the Latin American ELT scene is. I met teachers who invest their time and effort to transform the Latin American ELT scene and  want to give back to their community.

I had the chance to present a poster and to interview some people there. I hope you like!

In the  poster presentation I talked about the Masters Research I  have been conducting at UFRJ (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro).

The poster can be seen here:

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The video is here.

BrELT interviews:

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Click here to watch the following interviews:

  1. Reading Comprehension Strategies: The Neglected Tools – Teacher Viviana Miglino from Argentina
  2. Lazy or Dyslexic? – Teacher Yanilis Romero from Colombia
  3. Enriching Brazilian Public School Teachers’ Practice Through Form-Focused Communicative Activities for Fifth-graders – Teacher Fernanda Gonçalves from Brazil

 

If you would like to be awarded a scholarship to present at ARAS, keep an eye on their webpage! The process is simple and very fast: you have to submit an abstract and explain why you would profit from going to the conference. It seems that next year ARAS Conference will be in Colombia!

 

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Hello everyone!

It’s that time of the year when teachers from all over the world gather someplace in the UK to have a four-day learning experience at which is considered one of the biggest ELT Conferences in the world: IATEFL.

Many BrELTers have had the chance of joining IATEFL but we know how expensive traveling abroad can be! But worry not. IATEFL has once again teamed up with British Council to provide online coverage of the IATEFL Conference and Exhibition. Their coverage encompasses a wide range of sessions, plenaries and interviews. The conference will be held in Glasgow from 4 to 7 April.

For further details, please visit the website: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2017 

But hey! If you are in Glasgow for the conference, please help us out by doing some #RovingReports!

The BrELT Team.

 

 

 

 

BrELT no BRAZ-TESOL Rio Chapter

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A cariocada que vinha reclamando de falta de eventos no Rio de Janeiro está que é só sorrisos. Afinal, o BRAZ-TESOL Rio Chapter está com novo fôlego e evento marcado. Em sua nova configuração, o chapter conta com o trabalho de dois moderadores da nossa comunidade, os queridos Bruno Andrade e Priscila Mateini. E já há evento marcado: dia 29 de outubro será um dia de sessões bem interessantes.

O tema do evento é “Educating learners to become competent language users, critical thinkers and constructive social change agents”. E claro que a BrELT não poderia ficar de fora. Bruno e Priscila vão falar sobre desenvolvimento profissional continuado on-line com destaque para as iniciativas de nossa comunidade, lógico.

Confira o endereço e a programação na tabela abaixo e corra para fazer a inscrição antes que acabem as vagas!

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O que você pensa sobre o Roving BrELT? Enquete!

Até o dia 12 de outubro, esta quarta-feira, a BrELT está com uma enquete a respeito de sua iniciativa #RovingBrELT. Deixe seu voto em https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfDqcz4EnQBLf6pQ7l4x6a0O6ePOL2la9IKahwZZ0Yl0O7xjg/viewform .

O #RovingBrELT é uma iniciativa que visa a trazer os congressos e seminários para mais próximo da comunidade através de posts com citações, fotos e/ou comentários a respeito do que está sendo dito nas palestras. Se você não conhece bem o RovingBrELT, talvez se interesse por este post explicativo aqui.

Recentemente o RovingBrELT foi criticado a respeito do grande número de posts que ele pode gerar no mesmo dia. Foi sugerido que novas fotos ou citações de uma mesma palestra sejam adicionadas como comentários a um post inicial, o que reduziria o número de posts por um lado, mas por outro pode por outro atrapalhar a visibilidade das novas inserções.

A BrELT está sempre aberta a críticas e sugestões e queria ouvir o que você pensa disso. Não deixe de participar de nossa pesquisa para que a BrELT fique, cada vez mais, do jeitinho que você quer!

Roving BrELT no CEL

Jeff Khun, da Universidade de Ohio, ministrou um curso em Campinas sobre o uso de tecnologia no ensino de inglês em sala de aula, organizado pelo CEL (Unicamp). Claro que tinha BrELTer lá atento. Rosana Sirks Mahar não hesitou em compartilhar conosco o que estava aprendendo por lá.

Fique por dentro dos posts:
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Novamente, fica aqui nosso muito obrigado, Rosana. Sharing is caring! 

#RovingBrELT at the 15th #BTIC

Wow! That’s the only word we can utter after seeing how *massive* #rovingBrELT was during the 15th Braz-TESOL International Conference, a testament to how the conference was fascinating and full of learning opportunities.  If you would like to go over the posts but couldn’t keep up with the frantic pace, here are the links, separated by event that prompted the buzz. Join the discussion!

P.S.: Can’t find your roving post here? Please send us the link so we can add it to the list.

THE EVENT IN GENERAL

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PRE-CONFERENCE INSTITUTES (PCIs)

LAM SIG

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TD SIG

https://www.facebook.com/groups/brelt/permalink/1068877533187393/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/brelt/permalink/1068693836539096/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/brelt/permalink/1068732316535248/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/brelt/permalink/1068724949869318/

EDUTECH SIG

https://www.facebook.com/groups/brelt/permalink/1068712299870583/

BILINGUALISM SIG

https://www.facebook.com/groups/brelt/permalink/1068898009852012/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/brelt/permalink/1068892776519202/

PLENARIES & OTHER MAIN AUDITORIUM EVENTS

Denise Abreu e Lima – Languages without Borders: building a foreign language policy towards internationalization

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/brelt/permalink/1069015499840263/

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Yilin Sun  – Co-constructing English teaching and learning through glocalization

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Chris Lima  –  Shakespeare lives in the English language

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Gustavo Gonzalez  –  Opening the door of the 21st century classroom

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Paul Seligson – A personal view of ELT past, present and future

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Ben Goldstein – Learner labels: What are they for?

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Lewis Lansford – Accent culture communication: What are the targets for global learners?

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Marcello Marcelino – Bilingualism and L2 acquisition

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Robert Campbell – Life skills

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Jeremy Harmer  – The grammar catchers helping students get language for rea

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Jeremy Harmer’s Live Performance –Shakespeare Shakespeare Songs set to music

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TALKS & WORKSHOPS

BrELT/TD SIG Panel – Teacher Development in Brazil: challenges and achievements

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/brelt/permalink/1069844336424046/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/brelt/permalink/1069919009749912/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/brelt/permalink/1070028136405666/

Jose Antonio da Silva & Ana Cristina Gerin – Flipping and changing the participatory culture

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Claudia Marcela Miranda  – Fluency x self confidence

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Karin Heuert Galvão – How social media can help our students learn more effectively & “Obvious” behaviors for teachers – etiquette or common sense?

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Jeff Stranks – Working with teenagers self-esteem

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Bruna Caltabiano – Embedding quality deep in the school’s culture: passion or threat?

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Natália Guerreiro – Rethinking ESP with English for air traffic control in Brazil

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Paul Seligson – 37 years pedagogical bugbears

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Daniel Shiro – Beyond good enough: a challenge for teachers and learners

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Joacyr Oliveira – Building corpus-based esp lessons – easier than you think!

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Maria Helena Meyer – Learner-centered assessment: co-creating scoring rubrics

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Marcus Murilo Lacerda & Ana Albi-Netto- Everyone makes misteaks! Pronunciation trouble spots for nonnative teachers

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Maria do Carmo Bazante – Using dogme to give very young learners a voice

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Roberta Freitas – Google tools 101

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Carlos Gontow – Bringing grammar to life

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Ricardo Mucciolo – Promoting effective speaking in the classroom

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Maria Manuella De La Fuente Sablich – Thinking hats and other garments to develop critical literacy

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Marcela Cintra – Now panic and teach! Surviving lesson observations

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Daphne Walder – Technology in the ELT:What have we learned so far?

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Eduardo de Freitas – Roll the dice! The use of board games in class

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Gladys Garcia – Critical thinking as a skill: helping students develop it

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Lesley Speer & Jose Lara – Book club cafe: promoting a culture of extensive reading

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Taíza Nunes Buono Lombardi & Renata Gardiano – Teacher growth: developing skills to teach efl to senior students https://www.facebook.com/groups/brelt/permalink/1070335459708267/

Peter Leamy – It all makes sense: a logical approach to elt & Write right in exams

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Ron Martinez & Candy Palma – English as a medium of instruction: a critical overview

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Valeria Almeida – Creating activities for short-term courses

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Akemi Iwasa & Raquel Dantas – A journey through yourselfie: implementing a continuing professional development programme

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Jeremy Harmer – How students get language from a coursebook

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Vinicius Silva – Maximizing speaking opportunities and collaborative learning using mobile technology

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Virginia Galvão – Life skills for children: making the most out of it

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Christina Lorimer – Increasing motivation and reducing anxiety in the studentcentered classroom

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Miguel Fernandez – Guidelines for the development of good quality language test items

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Ken Wilson – Is anybody listening & Only connect – seven strategies for ensuring teacher-student communication

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Bruno Albuquerque – Creative tasks for creative classes

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Higor Cavalcante – Can we talk about our English?

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Ilá Coimbra – Authentic material: preparing classroom activities

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Rubens Heredia – Too much too soon: using authentic materials before advanced levels

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Dave Allan – Assessing listening skills better

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Louise Potter – Going beyond the book: incorporating skills of the 21s century!

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Ben Goldstein – The personalisation problem

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Aryanne de Morais Junqueira & Jenyffer Alfonso – Teaching Aviation English to Brazilian ATCOs

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Luiz Otávio Barros – Helping students understand – really understand – fast speech

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Ricardo Barros – Becoming a Celta tutor: the whys and hows

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DJ Keiser – Learning English through a screen: teleconference-assisted language learning

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Roseli Serra – Bilingualism: early bilingual education for BrazilianPortuguese children

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James Taylor – IntrovELT – are we neglecting our introverted learners?

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Cecilia Lemos – Feedback: know how to give it, learn to take it!

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Jane Godwin Coury – Oops! I dropped the lemon tart!

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Samara Camilo – Assessment always pays off

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Gustavo Gonzalez – Critical creative strategies to make our teaching memorable

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Elton Medeiros & Isadora Bernardes – Giving voice to the voiceless LGBT students

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Claudio Azevêdo & Ana Scandiuzzi – Teaching children with movie segments

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Hulgo Freitas – Technology used for preparatory courses: think outside the box

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John Evar Strid – The myth of the critical period hypothesis https://www.facebook.com/groups/brelt/permalink/1071184642956682/

Ricardo Barros – Teaching pronunciation with tv series

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Thiago Veigga – The teacher trainer within: reflections on becoming a trainer

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Daniele Vecchiotti – The greatest writers can be great teachers of English too!

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BrELT/TD-SIG Panel: our 1st face-to-face success!

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Some of the BrELTers who attended the BrELT/TD SIG panel

July 15, 2016 will go down in BrELT history as the first face-to-face event the community has ever had. With the support of Braz-TESOL and in partnership with the Braz-TESOL Teacher Development Special Interest Group (BT TD-SIG), BrELTers had an hour and a half to debate the very necessary issue of teacher development, the core of what BrELT is all about.

After the panel moderator Edmilson Chagas told us more about the Braz-TESOL Teacher Development SIG and laid down the plans for the panel, the BrELT team took the floor to describe the community’s challenges and achievements (you can check out the slides here). Ricardo Nostradamus Barros pointed out how fast the community has been growing and even risked a prediction: by early 2017, we will have reached 10,000 members, the double of what we had 2 years earlier.

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BrELT’s milestones

Meanwhile, as the panel was being held, about 50 people joined BrELT and the community passed the mark of 8800 members.Spooky!

The sheer number of ELT professionals in BrELT is indicative of its richness of experiences. In fact, a recent survey has shown that the bulk of BrELTers have been around in the ELT world for 5 to 15 years and work in various contexts. Still, our biggest challenge has been reaching out to regular school teachers and to teachers based beyond the Southeast/South. (So if you are reading this from the North, Northeast or Midwest, or if you work in regular schools and feel BrELT can contribute, please spread the word among your colleagues!)

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Photo by Virginia Borges – Clockwise: T. Veigga, Ricardo Barros, Roseli Serra, and Natália Guerreiro

Then T. Veigga and Natália Guerreiro talked about all of BrELT’s projects, namely: the community itself, the fortnightly BrELT Chats, this blog, webinars, interviews, the monthly posts about ELT events, #rovingBrELT, the language development SIG, and our new Instagram account. Phew! That’s quite a list, when we put it like that, isn’t it? Perspectives for the future of BrELT were also listed: keeping our hits, but investing in new projects. The problem? As moderators are volunteers, they have other demands on their time. The solution is simple, however:  the help of BrELTers themselves.

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Our moderator and panelists: Edmilson Chagas, Bruna Caltabiano, Andreia Fernandes, and Roseli Serra

After that, our speakers talked about their different teacher development realities: Andreia Fernandes in public schools in Rio de Janeiro, Roseli Serra in private bilingual schools in the Northeast of Brazil, and Bruna Caltabiano in a small language institute in São Paulo. Interestingly enough, all three of them described some degree of resistance from teachers. Bruna, who has a degree in psychology, ventured an explanation: fear. Although most teachers will credit lack of money and time to develop, and these are both understandably contributing factors, in fact many teachers seem to fear making mistakes when practicing the language in front of others, being exposed or ridiculed, and also getting out of their comfort zone. BrELTers in the audience and in the community seemed to agree, and many reflected back to when they themselves were afraid for various reasons. The panelists also reported many achievements, showing how teachers can come around eventually, especially when they feel the teacher developer is trustworthy and really there to help.

A debate ensued and questions from the audience made it clear that this topic is far from being all talked out. Teacher development is very complex, since it drags along issues of working conditions, pay, qualifications, and even the status of our profession in society. Worry not, though, for we have BrELT to keep the conversation going.

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The BrELT Team would like to seize this opportunity to thank again, firstly, the members who participated, both face-to-face and online, showing the best of the community has to offer: its power to congregate fascinating people and generate reflection on our practices. We would also like to thank our inspiring panelists, who were able to talk about such a delicate issue with both assertiveness and tact. We always knew you were brilliant, and you still managed to wow us! Edmilson Chagas also set an example to be followed in the way he monitored the time and moderated the debate. Suave has got to be his middle name! Last but not least, we must thank Braz-TESOL and its TD-SIG for their support and partnership, especially Valeria França, Higor Cavalcante, and Claudia Cavalcante. Valeria was in fact one of BrELT’s first moderators and spoke the sweetest words about our community at the end of the panel.

 

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Want to know more? Here’s some #rovingBrELT about the panel:

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