Young Learners and Teens SIG

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YLT SIG aims at: encouraging professional development and the exchange of ideas about teaching Young Learners and Teenagers; sharing ideas, activities and reading material to foster discussion; promoting a link among YLT teachers all over Brazil by using online discussions.

SIG Team

Melody Pablos

Melody Pablos has a degree in Teaching and Translation, a specialization in English and in Educational Technologies, and a master's in Communication. She has worked as a teacher for over 20 years, and also has experience working as a translator of academic articles, TV shows and movies. She has worked as a freelance materials designer of teaching EFL materials and content for educational apps and proofreader of EFL books. She has experience teaching all ages, but especially teens. Currently, she's been working as an online professor in a university. She is an original YLT SIG Board member and has been part of it since its creation.


Melody PablosPresident

Giovanna Pegorer

Giovanna Pegorer has a degree in Early Childhood Education and Public Relations, and *is taking a post-graduation course in Bilingualism. She currently teaches English to 4 and 5-year-olds at a regular school in São Paulo City. She holds the Celta and the Cambridge English: Proficiency. She is a certified parental educator and teacher by the Positive Discipline Association. She is also a board member of the Young Learner and Teens SIG for Braztesol. She has worked in bilingual, international, and regular schools in São Paulo city. She loves teaching, teacher-training, and sharing knowledge with other peers.


Giovanna PegorerSocial Media coordinator

Jonathan Macedo

Jonathan Macedo has been teaching English for the past 11 years in São Paulo city. He holds the CELTA and two Oxford Teacher's Academy certificates, CLIL and Teaching English to Adults. Since 2018, he has been working for Oxford University Press Brazil as a Pedagogical Assistant, providing pedagogical support to Achieve Languages by Oxford, a language institute network, in which he is responsible for delivering Continuing Professional Development webinars to teachers and pedagogical coordinators regarding their daily practices. Besides being a teacher, Jonathan has also worked as a Camp Director for English Camp, as a Soft Skills trainer in Romania in 2017 for Grow Education and, later that year, he played the same role for YTA 2017 in Lithuania. He has been a BRAZ-TESOL Member since 2018 and is a board member of the YLT SIG.


Jonathan MacedoEvent Coordinator

Claire Venables

Claire Venables is a qualified English teacher who has been dedicated to ELT since 2001. After a decade in Spain, she moved to Brazil in 2011 where she has worked in the creation and implementation of English programs in schools, teacher education, as a national and international speaker, materials writer and board member of two special interest groups (SIGs): VOICES for Women and Young Learners and Teens. Despite her wide-ranging experience, she is and always will be most passionate about teaching children.


Claire VenablesAcademic coordinator