Rio de Janeiro Chapter

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The Rio Chapter was founded in 2003, when Vera Bradford, BRAZ-TESOL President at the time, invited a group of ELT professionals from some of the most renowned institutions - universities, schools and language institutes - in town to join her in a new endeavour: to plan and promote events whose main goal is to provide the ELT community in Rio with opportunities for continuing professional development. 
Since then many professionals committed to this purpose have been working jointly to keep the Chapter alive, meeting the constantly changing demands and needs of language education.

Check what happened in 2018

  • April 29 - Cultura Inglesa Rio Bonito
    Teachers' Voices II
  • October 20 - Escola de Negócios Celso Lisboa
    The Language Classroom as an Ecosystem: engaging learners for effective learning

 What's next?

Here's what we have in store for you still in 2019

- webinars every other month 
- teacher feature on our Facebook page
- monthly podcasts
- teacher get-togethers
- local face to face Teacher Development events
- one regional face to face One day event 

Chapters Board

Stephan Hughes

Stephan Hughes, Masters in Linguistics and Postgraduate in Cognitive Learning and Coaching, has been serving teachers for the last 23 years in the roles of adjunct lecturer, teacher trainer, academic coordinator and teaching assistant supervisor. He resides in Rio de Janeiro with his loving wife and daughter.


Stephan HughesPresident
A partir de 2020

Erick Tristão

I have been teaching English since 2008. Currently, I teach and design materials for ELT and CLIL at Ibeu, and for ESP at IMPA. I have training in CLIL from Griggs International Academy and the British Council, and I am working towards my Delta. I have presented talks on differentiation and on CLIL in conferences and schools in Brazil. I have also been a volunteer in the Rio Chapter since last year.


Erick TristãoFirst Vice President
A partir de 2020

Gabriel Lemos Dias

Gabriel Lemos, teacher trainer certified by Cambridge, works as an EFL teacher and has experience teaching as well as training teachers and teachers-to-be in different contexts, age ranges and levels. He holds a Teaching Degree in Language Arts and a Delta. He currently works as a teacher at Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos (Ibeu) and a teaching assistant and a materials developer at Universidade Veiga de Almeida.


Gabriel Lemos DiasSecond Vice President
A partir de 2020

Mabel Costa de Castro

Mabel holds an MA in Applied Linguistics (Universidade Federal Fluminense) and an MBA in Management (Coppead, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro). She has had a wide experience in TEFL and teacher training, including Celta and Delta programmes. Her main interests are: teaching young learners and teens, bilingualism and new trends in TEFL. She is currently working at Cultura Inglesa, where she works as a branch manager and as an EFL teacher.


Mabel Costa de CastroTreasurer
A partir de 2020

Eduardo Mazzeu

Eduardo Mazzeu has been working in the ELT field for 13 years now and holds an ECPE certificate. He had worked for two mainstream language schools in Petrópolis, his hometown, before he decided to take the plunge and invest in his career as a freelance teacher, teaching mainly one-to-one classes, both face-to-face and online. Eduardo is passionate about content and lessons development, especially related to Listening. He has also presented talks at some Braz-Tesol events.


Eduardo MazzeuAdvisory Council
A partir de 2020

Beatriz Machado

Beatriz holds a B.A in English Language, an ECPE and a CELTA. She's a Google Certified Educator and has been teaching for 8 years.


Beatriz MachadoAdvisory Council
A partir de 2020