conference schedule


Oct 8


Oct 9


Oct 10


Oct 11

Monday • Oct 11

9:00 to 10:00

Plenary Session: Scott Thornbury

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Storytelling is


the value of



Stories have always played an important role in language teaching, although traditionally they were used mainly as vehicles for grammar practice or written ‘compositions’. In this talk I want to review these uses of narrative, while suggesting that stories can serve other key purposes as well, such as personalizing the content of the lesson and creating opportunities for genuine communication. I’ll share some of my favourite storytelling activities. I’ll also make the point that the stories we tell about teaching provide valuable material for teacher development, for, as Oliver Sachs said, ‘each of us is a biography, a story’.

If so, how much more? Who will be reading this and where?

10:15 to 12:00

Courses will run throughout the conference and you can choose one of the topics to follow for the three days


Tutor: Monica Freire

Alternative careers in ELT - Teacher Training, Content production, and Academic Coordination

This course aims to expand teachers professional options in the ELT market by sharing essential information about the most common options and discussing what it takes to follow each path.

Day 3: On the first day of the course we will discuss what teachers need to do to become Teacher Trainers. We will discuss the kind of knowledge and experience they need to acquire to become fully fledged TTs, as well as professional development options available.

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Tutor: Isabela Villas Boas

Essential topics for educational leadership

This course aims to address the essential knowledge and competencies one needs to become an effective educational leader. The course mediator will draw on readings in the field and on her experience in educational leadership, focusing on lessons learned from successes and failures and inviting the participants to do the same in relation to the leadership roles they have had and the role models they are inspired by.

Day 3We will begin by reflecting upon our experiences with leadership and identifying the main characteristics of the leaders we have been inspired by. We will then analyze the difference between a manager and a leader and use scenarios to decide which is which.

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Tutor: Laura McWilliams

Practical Drama in the YL ELT classroom

Day 3: Breaking barriers and building bonds
This session will look at increasing learner confidence and creating a cohesive, positive class dynamic via a range of drama-inspired games and practical activities that can be incorporated into your English lessons. We will explore relaxation techniques, ways to use puppets and masks, and teambuilding exercises.

This course is sponsored by the IATEFL YLSIG

12:15 - 13:00

Plenary Session: Carol Lethaby



English Language Teaching:

Connecting Theory and Practice

Can we use evidence from research to help us teach English? How can research support us when designing materials and planning lessons? Where can we get this evidence? Let’s look together at the idea of evidence-based teaching and what this means for classroom teaching.

First, we’ll look at what evidence-based teaching is (and what it isn’t!). Then, we’ll look at the different potential sources of ‘evidence’ for what works in teaching, including the areas of neuroscience, cognitive science and psychology, pedagogy and second language acquisition. We’ll examine some of the most relevant findings to language teaching in each field and think about how research can help us to discard practices that are not supported by the evidence, as well as give us information about what does work in the English language classroom.

13:00 - 13:45

Lunch Break & Troikafezinho

13:45 - 15:15

Round Table - Data in Education: Making Research-Based Decisions

sponsored by The British Council


Cíntia Toth Gonçalves

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Maria Elisa Brandt


Telma Nunes Gimenez

15:45 - 16:30

Webinar Slot

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


Claudia Lopes - InovAÇÃO em jogo: Vamos Gamificar?


Paulo Torres - BNCC and the Teaching of Grammar

Ensino presencial na pandemia

Zaira Coutinho - Preparação Para o Retorno Presencial do ICBEU Manaus

ensino híbrido

Jorge Braga - Ensino Híbrido: personalização e tecnologia


Anico Perfler and Yasmin Rodrigues Lins - Writing: process or product?

Young Learners

Lilian Montalvão and Dani Hersey - Creating a Positive Learning Environment in Uncertain Times

social issues

Aline Martins - Diversity at School

learning principles

André Hedlund - Learning Cosmos: A Voyage into the Learners' Universe

16:45 - 18:30


Courses will run throughout the conference and you can choose one of the topics to follow for the three days

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Tutor: Paulo Dantas

Innovation and Disruption in Education

Day 3 We'll be exploring how education has changed over the last few decades and how these changes have impacted the way we teach.


Tutor: Leticia Moraes

Gamification: going beyond using games in class

This course aims at clarifying what gamification looks in practice and experimenting with adapting activities, lessons and courses.

Day 3: On the third day of the course, we will investigate which elements of games we can add to lessons or whole courses so that we can provide our learners with a more engaging learning experience.

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Tutor: Cristiane Perone

Teaching young learners: why we do what we do

The aim of this course is to discuss the learning routines widely spread when teaching kids and understand the reasons for these practices. Participants will have the chance to revisit key concepts and create a collaborative checklist for planning effective lessons.

Day 3: In this session, we will explore how the backward design framework and other teaching strategies can be used to plan and deliver an effective and engaging lesson.

18:45 - 19:45

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The road less travelled,


Based on a plenary session from 2008, this talk revisits issues related to the identity of teachers, the challenges we face to be relevant in a society that underestimates the importance of educators and the difficult professional choices we have to make in our field. We are going to reflect upon the pivotal role of education in challenging historical times, with a special focus on how the teaching of English as a foreign language can help individuals feel empowered and freer.