An online conference with the Troika ethos.


17, 18, 19 july

conference schedule


july 18


saturday • july 18

9:00 to 9:50

Plenary Session: Jeremy Harmer

What I have learned

in lockdown

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) 

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.

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

Mind, Brain, and Education

Thays Ribeiro - Brain Matters - Five steps to a perfect class.


Carmem Foltran - Mind your own business: taking freelance teaching to the next level.

Bilingual education

Marina Grilli - Reasons to use the L1 in the Foreign Language Classroom: from Plurilingualism to Translingualism.

Professional etiquette

 Isabel Badra - Why Professionalism and Etiquette are key to your career?

Methods & Approaches

Vinicius Lemos - The Role of the Teacher in a Learner-Centered Approach.

Teaching skills

Marcio Pantoja - How to encourage more use of English in class?

Inclusive Education

Heloisa Silva - Accessibility and Utilization of English for those on lower social classes.


Beatriz Machado - What are your stories? Storytelling for all ages.

21st century skills

Geysa Regina - Entrepreneur inside the classroom.

Teaching skills

Sue Cons - Using Google Apps To Make Your Online Class More Interactive.

12:50 to 13:50

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

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

14:00 to 14:50

online teaching

is still teaching

15:00 to 17:00

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

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

Moderator: Paulo Dantas


17:10 to 18:10

Greg Sotiropoulos, from MM Publications: Why do we teach the way we do?

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

18:20 - 19:00


Joyce Campos - Freelance teaching: free falling or falling free?

Teaching teens

Henrique Zamboni - How to Build Effective Rapport with Teenage Students?

Mind, Brain, and Education

Ana Paula Botelho & Thiago Hime - The Constant Learner

Methods & Approaches

Kim Gibson - Educational Eclecticism.


Alexandra Andrade - The long and not so winding road to C1 ADVANCED – Using TALL to enhance learning.

Mental health

Renata Colombo - Mental health: breaking the silence to teach (and live) better.


Patricia Kuttner - Demystifying the IELTS Test.


Carol Gonçalves - A journey through pronunciation and emotions; next stop: ˈmaɪnd.fəl ˈstuː.dənts

Mind, Brain, and Education

André Hedlund - Engaging the Learner: A Mind, Brain, and Education Perspective.

21st century skills

Jorge Braga - Fostering high-order skills in the remote environment.

Language skills

Leonardo Gomez - Text-based Teaching: Doing more with Less.

19:10 to 20:00




july 18