July 25, 2018

Starting points after Braztesol 2018

Some people go to conferences such as Braztesol to come back with new ideas for their classes, others go for networking and others for inspiration.

Besides all the reasons I've mentioned, attending Braztesol can be an excellent way to observe the directions ELT is moving to:

- What are most talks about?
- Are there more talks or workshops?
- What about the plenaries? Are they full, what are they about? What kind of plenaries people liked the most?
- What do people comment about in the corridors?

I saw many people talking about teacher development, learner's autonomy, topics related to language learning (such as pronunciation, grammar, fluency), active methodologies, educational technologies and bilingual education. But this post is not a description of what I saw during the conference. Instead, it's what I intend to do from now on.

What am I taking from this experience?

My take-aways are quite simple. I usually like recording them in order to remind myself of the insights I had during the conference and what I wish to do next. The names between brackets or the people I mention are the teachers who were responsible for inspiring my thoughts.


  • Look for the musical Dear Evan Hansen and its songs, they might be wonderful for classes (Gustavo Gonzalez).
  • Read about Teaching for understanding, its proposal seems to be really interesting (Cecília Lemos). It reminded me a bit of a course I took at Perestroika SP about Creative Curriculum design.
  • Explore the pre-reading and post-reading activities proposed by Paul Seligson. He provided participants with a hand-out with MANY possible reading activities which are much more interesting and simple than the ones we find in course books. I always benefit a lot from his talks and his straightforward way of viewing language learning and teaching. This is a video that has nothing to do with his session at Braztesol, but it's really worth a watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHY4ARebktc 
  • Remember that warmers can be a great way to signal to students what is about to come and not only to recap language (Caio Albernaz).
  • Explore the app Heads Up suggested by someone attending the warm-up session by my side. Sorry, I can't remember your name! As you can customize your list of words, it might be an interesting tool to use.
  • Re-watch the TED talk Why people believe they can't draw shown to us by Cleide Frazão and Danielle Botelho. I liked drawing as a child and some time between then and now, I lost the touch for drawing. As a result, I have always been ashamed of drawing in front of students. Their session was a breath of fresh air. I absolutely loved realizing that I can draw certain things starting from shapes and lines. I was also the lucky winner of a book they intend to publish in the future which aims to help teachers draw simple things (check the slideshow below for an image of the book I'm talking about). Apart from using drawing to help students understand what I mean, I've always wanted to learn how to sketchnote properly and to be able to process/register information differently. Now that I feel less self-conscious about my drawings, I guess it's time to start off by watching two resources I've found about it. SLIDESHARE and VIDEO 
  • Re-read these 3 posts written by Silvia Tolisano about Sketchnoting 
  • http://langwitches.org/blog/2015/08/11/sketchnoting-for-reflection/
  • http://langwitches.org/blog/2015/08/12/evolution-of-note-taking-new-forms/
  • http://langwitches.org/blog/2015/11/15/10-tips-to-get-started-with-sketchnoting-workshop/

Of course, I attended several other great sessions, and I apologize in advance if I don't mention your name.  My aim here was to recap my starting points after the conference.

So, feel free to explore each and every link I've added to the post and please, leave a comment if you also wish to share your insights with us.


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