Ensino afetivo de inglês para crianças

Quer saber mais sobre ensino afeito de inglês para crianças? A DeProfPraProf traz para a BrELT uma live com Juan Uribe sobre ensino afetivo de inglês para crianças.
Para receber um lembrete do Facebook sobre a live, confirme sua presença no evento clicando aqui.


Juan Uribe é pedagogo formado pela PUC-SP e Mestre em Educação pela OISE/ University of Toronto. Ele possui o CELTA e o CELTA extension Young Learners. Juan tem vivido sua paixão pelo ensino afetivo estudando, criando e formando professores no ensino afetivo do inglês desde 1994, desde quando fundou a Juan Uribe Ensino Afetivo. Além de ter vasta experiência formando professores em mais de 10 países, ele passou dois anos de sua vida visitando escolas de inglês para crianças ao redor do mundo, nas quais formou professores e encantou alunos das mais diversas idades com seu sapo Buddy. Ele é também escritor no blog Children Learning English Affectively e recentemente inaugurou em São Paulo o Centro de Formação Juan Uribe Ensino Afetivo, um novo lugar de encontro, troca e celebração da educação afetiva.


BrELT Chat hoje sobre a formação de alunos críticos

No mundo de hoje é muito importante que o cidadão seja crítico e capaz a filtrar o volume de informação com o qual é bombardeado.  Hoje discutiremos como nós, professores de inglês, podemos auxiliar neste processo.
O Chat acontece hoje neste link, às 22 horas, horário de Brasília. Para receber aquele lembrete do Facebook antes de o Chat começar é só confirmar a presença no evento. Nos vemos lá!

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Summer camps and summer schools

We had a BrELT Chat about working abroad and a great way to start is at summer camps. We invited Danilo Ribeiro to share his experience with us and he kindly wrote some great tips. Thank you very much, Danilo!


Danilo Ribeiro

In this post I will briefly mention the pros and cons of working at a summer camp abroad. Bear in mind that summer camps or summer schools come in different shapes and sizes depending on the country and who organizes them. Everything I will point out here is my own view on teaching at summer camps in Russia and Bulgaria, which means that camp teachers from other countries may have a different view or experience.

In a nutshell, the job entails teaching five lessons a week, monitoring students` performances, conducting extra-curricular activities in English, such as conversation classes, role-plays, presentations and chaperoning field trips. There are no course books, which means that teachers are free to either create their own resources, or to use the ones provided by the camp.


  • Personal growth: Because you are teaching students from varied backgrounds, you learn to be more tolerant and respectful of other cultures and nationalities. You start to see the world from another perspective;
  • Professional development: You will be teaching mostly kids and teenagers who do not speak your mother tongue. How do you cater for their needs? How do you present new language items without translating? How do you set instructions? How do you handle teen misbehavior? In addition to learning how to deal with the aforementioned questions/issues, you increase your activities repertoire; there is also a lot of sharing among teachers, which makes teaching smoother and easier;
  • Extra money: Do not expect to make loads of money. However, who does not want to have some extra cash to travel or purchase something?;
  • Food + accommodation: Most summer schools provide decent food and accommodation. Do not expect luxuries. In case you want some privacy, some camps allow teachers to rent their own flat or book a hotel close to the camp premises, which means spending money rather than saving;
  • Student/teacher-friendly environment: The entire camp breathes happiness, so take advantage of that.


  • Diseases: When you are trapped in a camp with 300 students, you will eventually get sick. In EVERY camp I have worked at, there were some viruses and/or rash going around. So make sure you always wash your hands, get enough sleep and eat well.
  • Working hours: Depending on the camp, not only do you teach, but you also have a plethora of extra activities to carry out. Beware of that! You will be exhausted by day one;
  • English camp x camp with English: If you work in an English-speaking environment, it is easier to set up a real English camp where the staff and the students` surroundings are all in English. However, camps in Russia and Bulgaria are what I call `Camps with English`, which means students spend most of their time doing extra-curricular activities in their mother tongue and come to the lesson for 1h30;
  • Discipline issues: This is a real problem. Because some students do not want to be there, their way of expressing discontentment is by misbehaving, being aggressive or throwing tantrums. This is a complex issue. I have dealt with some discipline issues easily, just by building rapport and gaining the student`s confidence. In other cases, I have seen students being expelled. So, be prepared!
  • No privacy: If you value privacy, camp teaching may not be for you. You are likely to share a room with other teachers and have your privacy violated 24/7.

Teaching at camps is a daunting task that puts teachers to test every single day. If you enjoy teaching kids and teens, and want to expand your teaching YLE repertoire, camp teaching will be an asset despite all the cons. I wish it was popular in Brazil, so that every teacher had the chance to grow professionally.

*Danilo Ribeiro holds a BA in translation and interpreting, the Celta, the Icelt and the IH CAM. He is also a speaking examiner for the main suite exams and young learners. He has taught English in Brazil and Bulgaria and is currently based in Moscow. 

#rovingBrELT: StandFor

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StandFor is truly happy to announce the winner of an incredible kit, full of nice surprises and the best of our materials!

Natalia Affonso has posted the sweetest pic ever! We simply loved Catgar Allan Poe and Miaïs Nin Reylearning how to use the CEFR StandFor chart and they really deserve some treats!


We’d also be delighted to keep in contact with BrELT community and give you all the opportunity to have access to our materials. Please send a message to paula.varanda@standfor.com.br or isabel.souza@standfor.com.br and we’ll schedule a visit.

For further info, come visit our website:  https://standfor.com.br/

#rovingBrELT : Oxford TEFL and Active English

If you missed out on any of the talks and plenaries, just do a search for #rovingbrelt #breltontheroad and you will find lots of wonderful roves from our fabulous roving reporters!

We also ran a competition during the event and here are the winners.


Oxford TEFL and Active English are delighted to announce that Vinícius Tavares is the winner of a free Online Teacher Development Course valued at R$1125.  He can choose from:

  • Teaching Business English with Juilo Vieitas
  • Teaching Pronunciation with Nicola Meldrum
  • Teaching IETLS with Sergio Pantoja
  • Teaching Young Learners with Claire Venables


When you take one of these courses, you know you are not only working with a qualified, expert tutor but also taking a course which is of international standard.   The course aims to develop the knowledge and practical skills which are required to teach effectively.  


The entire BrELT community is also invited to join the Oxford TEFL Teacher Development Webinar Series for FREE.  Subscribe to secure your place, click here.

More info about the webinars here.

BrELT on The Road was a success


It goes without saying that our first face-to-face event would be memorable to us. What we didn’t know is that it would be such a loyal display of what this community means in its deepest roots: a perfect blend of commitment, hard work, passion and generosity.
We witnessed the materialization of the sharing & caring atmosphere we created together at BrELT right before us. We listened to renowned figures in our field exactly the same way as we did with first-time presenters – and what a blast!
For those who didn’t get the chance to be there with us, we decided to keep the inspiration going and summarize it to you.
It all started with Bruno Andrade, one of our founding members and moderators, talking about us, of course, in style. He explained how BrELT was created and presented his master’s dissertation about how online communities foster CPD (Continuous Professional Development).
Our first morning plenary was led by Jamie Keddie, who showed us how videotelling can be much more exciting, engaging, and productive.
The following step was the first round of concurrent talks, and then workshops about various topics.
We would also like to highlight the very first two face-to-face BrELT chats: one about teaching grammar meaningfully, moderated by Natalia Guerreiro, former moderator and friend, and the other on how to overcome stage fright, moderated by Elizabeth Mattei. It was an honor to have so many insightful participations.
To finish our morning of sharing, Cecilia Lemos amazed us with her plenary entitled ‘Teaching understanding to understand teaching’. She shared the importance of our social role in the classroom and the difference between knowledge and understanding.
The afternoon was just as inspiring and it began with one more round of workshops followed by more concurrent talks. We wrapped up with the one and only Valeria França, who is also a founding member and a past moderator, discussing questions posed by BrELTers about the future of ELT. Among the topics were bilingualism, robots and online classes, as well as the new resolutions made by the Brazilian government about the teaching of English in public schools.
For those who have been there in Gávea with us, a huge thanks. Everything was done by teachers for teachers. Without you none of this would have happened. For those who haven’t, we hope to see you soon. You can get more details about the talks, workshops, and show&tells by staying tunned to the upcoming posts. For now, we have:

* Cecilia Nobre & Priscila Bordon on how to get scholarships abroad;
* Ricardo Barros and truths and myths about the CELTA;
* André Hedlund’s experience: parts 1 and 2;
* Stephan Hughes’ experience.
Many thanks to our sponsors, who have made our dream event come true:

And our supporters:


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Last, but certainly not least, Escola Nova Gávea. We are thankful not only for the incredible venue, but also for the staff that worked hard to make our day happen. You were awesome!
Finally, many thanks to all presenters, whose empathy, relevance and expertise were impeccable, but specially to those who did it (so brilliantly) for the first time. It’s wonderful to see our community thrive.

All in all, we can say it was a pleasure to have spent a lovely day with these marvellous professionals and we are already looking forward to planning the next event. Mind you that we are now on the road, so… Where are we going next?

BrELT Calendar // September 2017

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September has arrived and we are thrilled to announce our very first face-to-face event in Rio! But that’s not all fot the beautiful month of September. Check it out:





Sep 01st – Teaching English to Children: the learning process, the learner and the teacher // by Daphne Walden via Disal Eventos – Disal Pinheiros, São Paulo/SP.

Sep 01st – Intensive Pronunciation // by Elcio Souza via Disal Eventos – Disal Pinheiros, São Paulo/SP.

Sep 01st-02nd – Seminário para Professores de Inglês – CPTL | Três Lagoas, MS.

Sep 03rd – ONLINE – Storytelling for a better world // by David Heathfield via IATEFL Webinars

Sep 05th – ONLINE – Enhancing Assessment Literacy through Teacher Involvement // by Daniel Xerri via IATEFL Webinars.

Sep 09th – BrELT On The Road: The Rio Edition | Escola Nova, Gávea – Rio de Janeiro/RJ.

Sep 09th – ONLINE – Teaching pronunciation for English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) // by Laura Patsko via IATEFL Webinars.

Sep 13th – ONLINE – Technology to Support English Language Learners // by various speakers via EdtechTeam

Sep 15th – Teachers under construction: CPD opportunities to boost your career // by Marcela Cintra via Disal Eventos – Disal Higienópolis, São Paulo/SP.

Sep 15th – Cell phones as learning tools // by Luiz Rose via Disal Eventos – Disal Higienópolis, São Paulo/SP.

Sep 15th – Why is the Celta meaningful for my career? // by Olga Kuskina via Disal Eventos – Disal Higienópolis, São Paulo/SP.

Sep 15th – 18º Workshop para Professores de Inglês | Cultura Inglesa São João Del Rei/MG.

Sep 20th or Sep 21st – ONLINE – Everything is better with music // by Vanessa Reilly via Oxford University Press Webinars

Sep 22nd – Promoting visual literacy in the classroom // by Andreia Zakime via Disal Eventos – Disal Pinheiros, São Paulo/SP.

Sep 22nd – Dance, students, dance! – Social Psychology applied to our lessons. // by Juan Lopes via Disal Eventos – Disal Pinheiros, São Paulo/SP.

Sep 23rd – The 5 Cs of the 21st Century – BRAZ-TESOL Belo Horizonte Chapter Event | Belo Horizonte/MG.

Sep 24th – ONLINE – Writing good quality primary materials: tips, tools and common sense // by Katherine Bilsborough via IATEFL Webinars

Sep 29th – BRAZ-TESOL TD SIG Event – Synergy in ELT , São Paulo/SP.