PCEs - Pre Conference Events

One of the attractions of the International Conference will be the Pre-Conference Events run by ten of our Special Interest Groups (SIGs). If you haven’t registered for one, you still can.

Don’t forget that all BRAZ-TESOL members can choose two SIGs (and one Chapter) to belong to at no extra charge, and you can get a 50% discount on the PCEs run by those SIGs. Simply go to our website, log in and go to your personal information. At the bottom of the page you can find two drop-down menus to choose your SIGs and Chapter.

Room 102
10:00 - 16:00
Voices SIG

Hand in hand with teens: understanding adolescence as a means of connecting with teenagers

Our PCE will be tackling several topics related to adolescence and its phases. We'll be talking about ways of approaching teens throughout their teen life, helping teachers and school workers to walk hand in hand with teens, in order to connect with them.

10:00 - 10:05: AJ Dalmaso
10:05 - 11:00: Priscila Vicente
11:00 - 12:00: Henrique Zamboni and Júlio Vieitas


14:00 - 15:00: Kenia Santos
15:00 - 16:00: round table with specialists + Vicente Vieira

Room 103
10:00 - 16:00
Assessment SIG

Multiple-choice test tasks are widely used in language tests, in various contexts, from school tests to high-stakes examinations, given their advantages over other types of test tasks, especially when marking, answer standardization and time constraints are considered. In this workshop we will present and discuss the key principles that underpin multiple-choice items, as well as guidelines on how to write efficient and valid test questions with multiple-choice answers. Examples of test tasks will be provided. Participants will be encouraged to write a few test tasks, considering the English courses they usually teach, and share these tasks with the other participants.

10:00 - 12:00: Writing multiple-choice items for classroom tests: Principles and Practices (Douglas Altamiro Consolo and Ana Lígia Barbosa de Carvalho e Silva)
14:00 - 16:00: Sweet revenge: judging assessment tools (Natália Guerreiro)

Room 104
10:00 - 16:00
Business English and English for Specific Purposes SIGs

The BESIG and the ESP SIG are excited to present a dynamic session for all teachers interested in Business English and any other areas of English for Specific Purposes! This PCE will include two workshop topics. We will start with Andragogy and the English Learner by taking an in-depth look into key factors that affect training and courses BE and ESP teachers develop. Then we will look further into the Needs Analysis process while building resources that you can implement immediately. We have also included designated times and activities for networking and professional outreach throughout our session. If you are a new, in-service, or experienced teacher, or you work as a school administrator this session is for you. Our hands-on activities will not only be collaborative but you will have the opportunity to customize them to your specific teaching context. It’s finally time to meet and connect with our growing community of professionals in person!

10:00 - 10:30: Networking - Getting to know our BE and ESP Teaching community
10:30 - 12:00: Andragogy and the BE and ESP learner + hands on activities (Kelly Pennington)
14:00 - 15:30: Needs Analysis Workshop (Carla D’Elia and Ricardo Bruns)
15:30 - 16:00: Professional Outreach

Room 203
10:00 - 16:00
Young Learners and Teens SIG

YLT PCE - Learning from the past, teaching in the present, looking forward to the future - After two years of having changed the way we interact and teach our students, we are returning to our classrooms, but not to the way teaching was before. How has our learning from the pandemic shaped who we are as young learners and teenagers teachers? What are the new (and old) challenges teachers might face in the classroom? How has the relationship in the classroom changed? Can technology still play a part in our daily classroom routine? And most importantly: how have we, young learners and teenagers teachers, been taking care of our own wellbeing in these trying times? Join us as we share experiences, tips, and discussions on how to better cater for learners in several different contexts.

10:00 - 11:00: SEL in the YLT Classroom
11:00 - 12:00: Post-pandemic technology with young learners and teenagers
14.00 - 15:30: Round table: Wellbeing of the YLT teacher.
15:30 - 16:00: Coffee break and mingling

Room 204
10:00 - 16:00
Public School SIG

Ever since the pandemic started, scripting and recording video lessons have become a reality for many teachers, and even though the pandemic is almost over, there is still a strong demand for recorded lessons. However, there is always fear about how to start, and what resources to use to have more creative and inventive video lessons. This mini-course aims to present some resources and ideas that have been collected and studied throughout a 2-year-period of video classes by producers in the program called Rioeduca na TV.

10:00 -12:00: From scripting to recording: ideas and resources to design English video classes (Luciana Oliveira Santos da Silva Matos)
14:00 - 16:00: Video classes the use of realia useful online resources hints to record at home using the PowerPoint (Karine Ribeiro de Melo)

Room 303
10:00 - 16:00
Materials Writing SIG

What does it mean to be a materials writer? This PCE will focus on exploring the many paths a materials writer can choose in the ELT field. There will be several networking moments offering participants many opportunities to interact. The first half of the PCE will be devoted to discussing what it means to be a materials writer and will be moderated by the MaW SIG board. The second part will offer a round table with Viviane Kirmeliene (ELT content writer, editor and co-founder of BaseB Editorial) and award-winning authors Bruno Andrade and Eduardo Amos. By the end of the sessions, participants will be able to understand how writing materials fit into their professional development and make educated decisions about their future as successful materials writers!

10:00 - 10:15: MaWSIG Intro
10:15 - 10:45: Welcome!
10:45 - 12:00: FORUM - What does it mean to be a material writer?
12:00 - 2:00: LUNCH
2:00 - 3:00: ROUND TABLE - Materials writing - challenges and opportunities (Bruno Andrade, Eduardo Amos, Viviane Kirmeliene)
3:00 - 3:45: GROUP DISCUSSION - Materials writing and teaching
3:45 - 4:00: Wrapping up

Room 304
10:00 - 16:00
Pronunciation SIG

Much has been said and done when it comes to pronunciation and listening. For instance, the idea of working with pronunciation as a listening skill; how poor pronunciation can affect listening comprehension; the importance of identifying individual sounds and words; and last, but not least, how and when teachers should work on features of pronunciation with students. In this Pre-Conference Event, the Pronunciation SIG will explore some underlying aspects of pronunciation that might be preventing students from fully developing their listening skills and discuss how this will positively impact our language lessons.

10:00-10:10 PronSIG Board Intro
10:10-10:30 Getting to know our PronSIG teaching community
10:30-12:00 How the underlying aspects of pronunciation impact on listening (Carol Gonçalves, Sue Ruggeri Cons and Vinicius Tavares)
14:00-15:30 Practical Ideas to Teach Pronunciation to Improve Students’ Listening Skills (Higor Cavalcante)
15:30-16:00 Group Discussion + Closing

Room 403
10:00 - 16:00
Intercultural Language Education SIG

In this welcome return to actual conference-going, the ILE PCE addresses the challenges of returning to face-to-face learning while integrating the lessons of the virtual. We must redefine our purpose and pedagogy to take into account the new cultural practices that our students engage with and newly increased pressures.
- How do we orchestrate resources to ensure that our classrooms are diverse and inclusive?
- When learners are perhaps unused to the same level of social contact in increasingly polarized societies, how do we handle disagreements and controversial topics in the face-to-face language class?
- How do we facilitate deep online learning and deal with disputes that break out amongst participants?
- How do we support each other and develop strategies that nurture resilience in an increasingly unpredictable world?
This ILE SIG features an interactive session in which our members can have a say in its future direction. Join us for a transformative PCE!

10:00-10:30 The purpose and goals of the ILE SIG (John Corbett and the ILE SIG Board)
10:30-11:15 Redefining teachers' purposes and school practices by engaging students in more inclusive cultural, linguistic, communicative, and technological diversity activities (Louise Emma Potter)
11:15-12:00 Handling Disagreement and Building Intercultural Bridges (Hugo Dart)
12:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-14:30 Online International collaboration in a post-pandemic context: resistance and (dis)engagement among teachers and students (Eva Carolina da Cunha)
14:30-15:00 Racial Literacy and Intercultural Awareness (Bruno Lima and the ILE SIG Board)
15:00-16:00 Panel discussion and happy hour with members of the ILE SIG

Room 404
10:00 - 16:00
Mind Brain and Education SIG

The MBE PCE aims at leading collaborative and cooperative learning that sustains an informed practice of teaching by offering an understanding of how our brain works, how to better use the abilities we possess and to comprehend the boundaries of our individualities. The first session of our MBE PCE will focus on the role of emotions and social interactions for learning from the perspective of Mind, Brain and Education science. The second session will focus on what scientific evidence and real experiences of teaching have taught us about online and face-face learning effects on the brain. Both sessions will be conducted in an interactive manner with the active participation of MBE leaders, followers and PCE participants.

10:00 - 12:00: “We feel, therefore we learn”: the role of social interactions and emotions to education” (Dr. Cyntia Bailer (FURB))
14:00 - 16:00: “Face-to-face and online learning effects on the brain: what science and the pandemic have taught us” (Dr. Janaina Weissheimer (UFRN), Dr. Altay Alves Lino de Souza (UNIFESP) and Dr. Lêda Maria Braga Tomitch (UFSC) mediated by Dr. Cyntia Bailer (FURB)).

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