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Seminar Sessions

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Bilingual Education has been extensively discussed in the English language teaching field in Brazil among professionals and the general public. That demands a deeper understanding of the concept and its perspectives. In this presentation, participants will be exposed to myths and research that have informed the bilingual education scenario and broaden their repertoire of the subject to impact future discussions and the experience of their learners in their own contexts.

Marcela Cintra is an Academic Coordinator at Cultura Inglesa São Paulo. She has been working with English language teaching for over 20 years, been involved in teacher training and development programmes and presented in ABCI, LABCI, BRAZ-TESOL, TESOL and IATEFL conferences. A CELTA, ICELT and Delta tutor, she has an MA in TESOL.



The recent growing offer of bilingual education in Brazil is simultaneously very attractive and extremely dangerous. Access to materials, qualified teachers and coherent curriculum design are some of the issues we should be more concerned about. How can we plan and develop responsible academic projects for the teaching of emergent bilinguals in Brazil? What has to be legally considered? How do emergent bilinguals learn through an additional language? How can Translanguaging pedagogy help us make learning more effective? These are some of the questions we are going to approach in this lecture, based on the most recent international studies in the field of bilingualism and bilingual education. 

Rita Ladeia holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature (PUC-SP) and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), in the area of Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages.  She is a Phd candidate in Education and has been researching in the area of Curriculum design for Bilingual Education in Brazil. Her main interests are in curriculum design for bilingual education, teaching for biliteracy, multiliteracy, and teacher development, CLIL and PBL.

Rita is a professor at Instituto Singularidades, São Paulo, where she teaches in two graduate studies programs: Bilingual Education and Neuroscience at School. She also teachers in the graduate studies program of Neuroscience and Cognition, at IENH, in Novo Hamburgo, Rio Grande do Sul.

She is one of the coordinators of the Braz-Tesol Bilingualism and Bilingual Education SIG and has been working as a consultant for several K-12 schools and language institutes all over the country.




Teaching Grammar - Considering the learning stages for well-planned lessons 

“Spoilers: a lot of tips and examples of useful activities and presentation strategies! Every student, despite not being the same as one another, goes through (at least part of) a very clear sequence of stages when learning given new language item. Awareness of these stages is essential for lesson planning in terms of a lesson's stages and activity sequencing." 

Antônio Moraes - ECPE certificate holder, Letras student, having taught teacher for 7 years in Goiânia at a variety of schools, more lately, CCBEU, Flora, and Cultura Inglesa. Currently, Academic and Executive Director at Next Soluções de Ensino de Inglês.


Grammar for teachers & language awareness - Talk

Most teachers agree that having a good command of grammar is important, but are we studying it in a way we teachers (and our students) will benefit from that? The aim of this talk is to provide participants with tools to help them decide on what and how to study. 

Bruna Caltabiano is the co-founder and academic director at Caltabiano Idiomas. She holds a degree in Psychology and the Cambridge Proficiency, ICELT and DELTA. She is also a CELTA tutor.


Assessment Literacy - Workshop

The purpose of the workshop is to provide educators with a theorical background of language assessment, an area of language teaching which is usually neglected by many institutions.

We will go through a historical background of assessment, an overview of what needs to be tested, a review of different types of tests and a contrast of numerous tests available. 

Cesar Dracon Barretto has worked with language teaching for more than 10 years, having already been part of institutions such as Cellep, EF Education First and Alliance Française. He currently works at the British Council as Exams Business Development Manager.


Write wise 

The importance of writing within the teacher context demands knowledge and creativity to overcome student's lack of interest and non-appreciation regarding reading as well. We discuss ideas to teach it and have fun! 

Delicate issues in teen classes

Successful experiences while teaching teenagers: how to foster self-esteem, fruitful debates on everyday issues, behavior and affection. 

Débora Santos - Educator. English and Spanish teacher, writer, pharmacist and biochemist, specialist in worker's health in public services, lecturer, writer, Youtuber, mother.


Shining a Light on Learning Disability: From Taboo to Successful Learning

Research shows that one out of ten students might suffer from a learning disability such as ADHD and dyslexia. However, are we language teachers prepared to deal with such challenge both in and outside the classroom? In this talk we’ll be going over some activities, classroom management and parent-teacher issues a teacher might have to face when dealing with students who strive for social and learning inclusion at school. 

Hulgo Freitas is a teacher at CEI Flora, teacher trainer and international oral examiner based in Goiânia, GO. He is also the current vice-president of the BRAZ-TESOL Goiânia chapter. He holds the CELTA and is currently working on a post-graduation in ELT and preparing himself for the DELTA. His main interests are teaching preparatory courses, business and general English.


Raise Up! - Our Experience Creating Truly Diverse ELT Materials - Talk

This talk shares the experience in creating a diverse ELT coursebook. The principles behind the book as well as the experience in developing it are presented with the hope that it will inspire teachers to consider the materials that they use, as well as providing them with a valuable resource. 

James Taylor - A DELTA qualified EFL teacher, materials writer and podcast producer based in Brasilia. I’ve taught English to adults and teenagers in Brazil, South Korea, Belgium and Costa Rica since 2007.


How to Inspire Your Team to Greatness

This workshop aims to shed light upon key managerial pillars to achieve team excellence within the grounds of school management. We will be addressing elements such as team commitment and development to ensure high quality experiences in schools. Ownership as well as leadership will also be discussed as a means to foster team excellence. 

Jayro Souza is currently one of the regional managers of Cultura Inglesa Rio de Janeiro and responsible for the operation of the company in four states of Brazil. His position entails ensuring that the educational service flows with excellence in all units under his supervision.


A TED a day...

Whilst it may not keep the doctor away, watching or reading one of the thousands TED talks available will surely keep teachers and students interested and motivated. This talk aims at showing why and how teachers and students can benefit from it, improve their language level and increase their vocabulary, all this in just a few minutes a day. 

Karla Piccelli is the coordinator at B.A. English school. She holds a Masters in Education and the Cambridge Proficiency.


Getting ready to teach History, Arts or Science in English

This workshop aims at presenting interactive lesson plans and concrete examples on how to teach subjects (History, Arts, Science) in English. This session uses the approach of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) presented by Mehisto, Marsh and Frigols (2008). CLIL framework will be shortly introduced. 

Lucas D'Nillo is the coordinator of an American High School and a teacher of History in English. Lucas holds Cambridge Michigan certification and degrees from UnB and Seton Hall University.


Beyond the classroom with Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality can take your students beyond the classroom and allow them to explore the world. If you think working with technology is terrifying, I will show you that anyone can use this in their lesson. There will be plenty of hands-on moments and opportunities to share experiences. 

Marcos Vinicius Fernandes Silva is currently finishing his degree in Linguistics and Literature at PUC Goiás, holds a CAE certificate by Cambridge English and has been working at Cultura Inglesa since 2014.


Tips for beginner teachers

Do you remember how you felt on your first day teaching? Have you started teaching recently? What were your biggest difficulties? This workshop aims at sharing some practical and theoretical tips for teachers who are starting their careers now. There will be lots of hand-on activities about classroom management, websites, apps and useful activities. 

Lara Ysa Pires, 24, graduated in Languages English from the Federal University of Goiás (UFG). Has been teaching for three years at schools such as the Language Center and Cultura Inglesa. 

Thaís Bou Karim, 28, graduated in Languages English from the Federal University of Goiás (UFG). Has been teaching since 2006 at language schools and private classes.


What do teenage learners like doing in the English classroom?

I will propose a reflection on how to engage teens by choosing appropriate materials that help them become agents of their own learning. I will start by outlining the principles that underlie my choices to add variety to the classroom, incorporate diversity, promote tolerance and develop critical thinking. 

Rafael Monteiro is a teacher, CELTA and CELT-S tutor and freelance coursebook writer. In mainstream secondary education, Rafael works with projects and digital literacy.


If PBL is the answer, then what is the question?

The talk has a dual aim: to identify the void Project Based Learning is supposed to fill and to takes a DEEPER look at what it takes to implement PBL, and the results it brings for students, teachers, parents and community at large. 

Stephan Hughes is currently teaching a High School program at a private school in Rio and lecturing in the postgraduate programs for English Translation and Language Teaching at Estácio de Sá.


CLIL: a meaningful way to teach YLs.

This presentation aims at providing basic principles and practical ideas to integrate CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) into lessons for Young Learners and Teenagers as well as explaining its benefits to learners and how CLIL can impact in the learning process. 

Virgínia Borges has been working as an EFL Teacher for 18 years. She is now a Private Tutor in Goiânia and also works as a Teacher Trainer at i-Study Interactive Learning.


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