conference schedule


july 17


friday • july 17

9:00 to 9:50

Plenary Session: Thom Kiddle (sponsored by NILE)

Assessment in

an Online


This session will dive into the world of online assessment of language proficiency in the light of planned and unplanned moves online with our teaching and learning. We will tackle the issues of whether we should be testing at all when learning has undergone such an upheaval, where responsibility for quality lies, and test security and proctoring principles and practicalities. We will also explore opportunities that this change might bring, such as a (re-)consideration of portfolio assessment, integrated skills assessment, and open-book exams, from the perspective of the student, teacher and institution.

10:00 to 12:00

Cape Town City Center

Children’s and teenagers’ languages in ELT - Voices from south Africa

Hear the amazing stories about teaching children and teenagers in South Africa with an amazing team of international speakers sponsored by the IATEFL YLTSIG.

Tutors: Leketi Makalela, Nayr Ibrahim, Rethabile Mawela.


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education management: principles & challenges

This courses focuses on:

- knowledge, skills, attitude and awareness: a framework for the development of coordinators, supervisors and school owners

- using key performance indicators as a managerial tool

- devising individual professional plans (for oneself and to the academic staff) 

- dealing with teacher engagement (motivation, resistance and community-building) 

Course sponsored by Mobile

Tutor: Vinicius Nobre

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Digital education

Learn what's relevant when thinking about digital education. Topics in this course include: media and visual literacy, the use of frameworks to assess the use of technology, design for teaching and much more.

Course sponsored by Linguix

Tutor: Paulo Dantas 

A new culture of learning - a reflective and practical approach to learner autonomy

A new culture of learning - a reflective and practical approach to learner autonomy"


  1. The nature of autonomy and the process of ‘autonomization’

  2. Autonomy, agency, and identity

  3. Making learner autonomy viable for teachers and students

  4. Learner autonomy in face-to-face and remote teaching before, during and after the pandemic

Tutor: Monica Freire

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Inclusive education

Six webinars with one theme: inclusive education. Topics include:

- Teaching the Hearing Impaired in an EFL Classroom;
- Teaching an autistic child in a bilingual environment;
- How to get all our students thinking;
- Older adults in ELT materials;
- Voices of a female white/non-white Brazilian Educator;
- Democratic Classroom;

Tutors: Gustavo Lima Barcellos, Luiz Eduardo, Sarah M Howell, Heloisa Duarte, Claudia Colla de Amorim, Aline Martins

Moderator: Akemi Iwasa

12:10 - 12:50

Webinar Slot

(webinars are delivered by members of our community who have submitted proposals and have been coached by Troika staff)

21st century skills

Felipe Machado - What you see is what you get: Critical thinking made visible.


Tania de Chiaro - Self-evaluation: a step toward self-regulation.

Teaching skills

Talissa Borgo - I am known for my slogans.


Hulgo Freitas & Ricardo Barros - Boosting Learners’ Speaking Skills in Teaching for Exams.

Teaching adult students

Monique Barros - Andragogy: How does it affect our Adult learners course? Putting theory into practice - a classroom approach.


Imaculada Parreira - Content and Language Integrated Teachers! - questions around the CLIL universe.

Intercultural awareness

Hugo Dart - Telecollaboration in Intercultural Contexts.

Teaching skills

Paula Oliveira - The Art of Planning a Lesson: how, when and why we must do it.

Teaching teens

Talita Peres - Affection through digital tools: paths to connect with teenage groups.


Amanda Lambert - Developing YOURSELF: The role of reflective practice in CPD.

Language skills

Eduardo Mazzeu - How to make listening activities more meaningful and exciting.

12:50 to 13:50

Lunch Break & Troikafezinho

Tim Gifford, from LearnJam: Designing effective learning: What we've discovered from applying our Learning Design Principles 

Lunch Break & Troikafezinho

Bruno Albuquerque, from Troika: an open room for networking.

14:00 to 14:50

Can you



Trying to teach teens online can feel like cruising down a highway or being stuck in a traffic jam. How can we intervene appropriately to increase student motivation and promote full engagement? Five elements for a smooth journey are: thinking, empathy, activity, choice and harmony. The facts that will be presented in this session will make you aware of what it is and how it feels to be a teenager and will also give you better driving skills and help you deal with problems when you are “on the high-speed road” with teens.

15:00 to 17:00


(courses are longer sessions with a clear academic focus; you will always have a few choices!)

Estudar na Biblioteca

Reaching and teaching teenagers

This course focuses on what active learning is, the developmental characteristics of teenagers and how active learning caters for them and using projects to promote active learning.

Tutors: Leticia Moraes


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teaching (very) young learners

Six webinars, one topic: six fellow teachings share their experiences in teaching (very) young learners. Topics include: Using literature to develop social skills; story-based teaching
Engaging (V)YLs in the learning process through play; strategies to make online lessons fun and attractive to (V)YLs; strategies to help teachers cope with teaching (V)YLs remotely; techniques to introduce cultural elements to (V)YLs in online lessons.

Tutors: Carolina Dolinski Varaschin, Ana Clara Castilho, Miriam Oliveira, Bárbara Vanderlei, Danielle Tavares, Katherine Jara

Moderator: Cris Perone

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Neuroscience 101 for Language Teachers

- Brain Basics: What parts of the brain do we use when we learn?

- Teaching a brain-friendly lesson: a guiding model for practice.

- Brain & emotions: What can prevent us from learning?

- Brain & 21st Century Skills: What skills are expected from teachers and students?

Tutor: Guilherme Pacheco

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Remote teaching in the pandemic

Six webinars, one topic: follow six fellow teachers and their findings about teaching in the pandemic. Topics include:  Significant use of technologies; how to integrate educational tools from the web into teaching to make lessons more engaging; adapting lesson plans, projects, and activities for remote teaching; experience gathered from the remote version of a full PBL English course; the role of teachers' emotions in the context of the pandemic; how teaching in the pandemic has driven us towards new practices that should be used to redesign students' social futures.

Course sponsored by Bridge TEFL

Tutors: Vania Castro, Wallace Barboza, Claudia Boni, Marcia de Souza, Teresa Carvalho, Joyce Fettermann

Moderator: Paulo Dantas

17:10 to 18:10

Afternoon Break & Troikafezinho

(Troikafezinho are curated informal chatrooms moderated by Troika guests)

Lunch Break & Troikafezinho

Lucero Aguilar, from Compass Publishing: Three Generations, One Classroom

Lunch Break & Troikafezinho

Renata Borges, from Troika: an open room for networking.

18:20 - 19:00

Webinar Slot

(webinars are delivered by members of our community who have submitted proposals and have been coached by Troika staff)


Teaching adult students

Carol Romano - “English is not for me!” - Cultural stereotypes and limiting beliefs in the process of learning English.


Andreia Machado Castiglioni de Araújo - Professor Autor entre tramas e telas. (APRESENTAÇÃO EM PORTUGUÊS)

Language skills

Fernanda Borba - Using TV series to engage students and develop language skills.

Teaching skills

Denise Helena Monteiro - The importance of understanding communication as a way to help our youngsters interact with each other and with teachers in a better way.

Career move

Pedro Diniz - Playing to your strengths: teaching English as an outsider.


Isadora Costa - Once upon a time... Storytelling as an online tool for teaching.


Victor Carreão - What is a pronunciation error? A sociolinguistic approach for pronunciation assessment.

Remote teaching

Yuri Fioravante - Canceled plans: considerations about distance learning from a teacher education course.


Erick Tristão - Teaching & Assessing Language in CLIL.

Intercultural awareness

Poliana Dantas - Beyond crafts and roleplays: Rethinking ELT through a dialogue with the Teaching of Arts.

Methods & Approaches

Leonardo Gomez - A Rationale for Task-Based Language Education.

19:10 to 20:00


Education in


lessons learned and

ways forward

Key factors stimulating the growth of bilingual education programmes in Brazil are the high status of English in the globalized world and the increased awareness of parents to the possible socio-economic benefits of learning English as a foreign language. Within this scenario, this lecture discusses and problematizes bilingual education in Brazil and the assumptions of creating bilingual scenarios to promote English language learning. The aim is to focus on lessons learned in our working and research contexts and reflect on ways forward for the improvement of bilingual education in Brazil.


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