BRAZ-TESOL São Paulo Chapter event ‘Back to Foundations’ voices from the community.

Two of our very dear members, Michelle Hudson and Mirian Coelho, kindly accepted the challenge of putting into words what they experienced during the last event – which was a HIT – organized by the BRAZ-TESOL São Paulo Chapter: Back to Foundations.

Thank you, girls!

Michelle Hudson on Sérgio Pantoja’s talk:

Sérgio Pantoja opened the event with his webinar Getting Started With Teaching Exam Classes. He went over some of the most relevant aspects teachers have to take into account when designing a course which aims at preparing students to sit for exams. Having worked with exams for years, Sérgio amazed us all with his expertise. He shared some concerns we have to keep in mind while working with language and exams strategy. Among the topics he explored during his talk: understanding how the exam works and how to deal with homework. One of my favorite pieces of advice was the importance of planning time to assess learners’ production thoroughly, since it is essential to provide students with feedback that will motivate them to keep on track.

Miriam Coelho on day 1:

Back to Foundations was a total delight. A weekend filled with amazing ELT professionals, an outstanding team working behind the scenes and major sponsors, such event couldn’t have been more incredible. It is nearly mission impossible to not mention all the great speakers and topics covered, but here are my highlights.

A necessary first day of beginner steps with Sérgio Pantoja on teaching exam classes and the importance of not only knowing the test but also organizing your course. Tamires Gama also shined when she presented amazing tools and resources for teaching online. And of course, Vinnie Nobre with an overview of methods, approaches and eclecticism which left us speechless afterwards, as usual. Day 2 was marked by Claire Venables on #teacherselfcare, Cintia Rodrigues reminding us all of the importance of articulatory and auditory systems in phonetics, Ricardo Barros and his wonderful boards and how to use it for feedback and Higor Cavalcanti on teaching listening and an amazing step-by-step lesson for an awesome listening class.

All I can say is I left the zoom meeting today with sparkly eyes of excitement and the feeling of power like, as Vinnie Nobre once said: “give me a banana and I’ll teach”.

Playful Learning: Maker inspired activities

🪁 Our next course is full of practical ideas for every teacher to incorporate learning through play activities in language classrooms.

⛳️If you want to learn how to creatively use common objects and materials in your lessons, this course is for you!

🏓 Join us as we explore the power of play, as well as the whats, whys, and hows of its role in the learning environment.

Enroll now (limited spots!):

Creative Ways to explore, apply and evaluate authentic materials: what we learned

Today an amazing group of teachers participated in a very inspiring and informative course: Creative Ways to Explore, Apply and Evaluate Authentic Materials with Sérgio Pantoja.

We have prepared a visual account of what most called our attention during this 3 hours. Sergio delivered a sound, effective, objective and necessary course. We are extremely happy with the result and we can’t wait for the next one.

Hand in Hand by BrELT Academy – May 24th via Zoom

6 mini courses | 8 hours and 30 minutes of instruction | a fantastic lineup | you decide how much the event is worth | all proceeds will go to Escolas Por Todos

When we created BrELT Academy in 2019, we never imagined how many lives would be impacted by it. More than 200 teachers have decided to take our courses so far and right now, during the pandemic, we realized we wanted this contribution to be even bigger. With a fantastic lineup of tutors, this never before seen online event will give you the opportunity to take short online courses and at the same time help children in vulnerable situations in Brazil.

Who will you be donating to?

Due to the spread of COVID-19, many people have lost their jobs during this difficult time.

In order to provide help, love and support for families in vulnerable situations, Escola Por Todos teamed up with Instituto da Criança to donate food for families affected by social distancing.

Learn more:

We know money has been an issue for some teachers, and that’s why we decided to run the event on a pay-what-you-want approach. You decide how much you want to donate for this cause!