An online conference with the Troika ethos.


17, 18, 19 july

conference schedule

sunday • july 19

9:00 to 9:50

Plenary with Paul Seligson (sponsored by Richmond)

'The times they

are a-changing' -

or should be!

Thankfully, the goal of language learning has shifted from near-native competence to ‘plurilingualism’ - to be an effective, interactive communicator - and in English as a Lingua Franca. To my mind, the best way to achieve this efficiently, particularly for Romance language speakers, with all their advantages, is to build on rather than ignore existing linguistic knowledge. Trying to prohibit or ignore L1 seems even more incongruous for learners outside class, at home, online, surrounded by Portuguese! 

Besides, translation is increasingly accepted as inevitable, even in immersion contexts. 'Think in English’ just won’t happen until C1+. With our monolingual groups, methodical, overt contrast with Portuguese must benefit both learners and teachers. 

Yet, most teaching still follows traditional routes; ’English only’, native speaker / frequency models, ‘one-size fits all’, global courses … missing the specificity our classes both permit and deserve, and decelerating their communicative potential, particularly in ELF. 

Surely, now is the time to re-evaluate cross-lingual activities and bilingual resources; contrastive analysis, error anticipation, cognate exploitation, customised pronunciation and, yes, translation. Realistic and highly practical.

10:00 to 12:00


(courses are 3-session events within the conference focusing on one topic; this is your chance to interact with leading experts in their fields in a longer, more academic sessions!) 

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

Image by Carl Heyerdahl

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 Dudu, 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)


Marília da Silva - The teacher mindset during and after the Pandemic: a reflection on the experience.

Teaching skills

Daniel Silva - Reducing TTT in online lessons: tips from teacher observation.

21st century skills

Maria José Ramos - Preparing the kids and ourselves for the unknown.

Language skills

Marcio Pantoja - Reading Circles as an approach to foster language skills.


Victor Hugo Medina - Intelligibility in English Language Teaching: The Different Levels of Understanding in Communication.

Teaching teens

Michelle Hudson - Making peace with homework - ideas for teachers of teenagers.


Carmem Foltran - The impostor in the classroom: facing Impostor Syndrome in our practices.

Teaching skills

Wesley Patryck - Stay hungry! How to motivate your students!


Beatriz Machado - Authentic games for the mind and the heart: beyond fun.

Intercultural awareness

Cristina Lage de Francesco - International-Mindedness in the English Language Classroom: For More Bridges and Less Walls.

Teaching skills

Larissa Duarte - Delivering feedback: students, parents and report cards.

12:50 to 13:50

Lunch Break & Troikafezinho

(Troikafezinho are curated informal chatrooms moderated by Troika guests)

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

Plenary Session: Isabela Villas Boas

A roadmap to a

paradigm shift

in assessment

What has helped shape the positivist assessment paradigm prevalent today in our

country? Why is it so difficult to change this paradigm? How can this type of change be smoothly incorporated in a school or educational system? In this talk, Isabela will briefly examine historical and contextual reasons for the mainstream mental models regarding assessment. She will then present the new trends in assessment that are being implemented around the world and in Brazil and, finally, provide a roadmap for changing mental models on assessment and implementing an alternative assessment system without “rocking the boat” or causing instability.

15:00 to 17:00


(courses are 3-session events within the conference focusing on one topic; this is your chance to interact with leading experts in their fields in a longer, more academic sessions!) 

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


Image by Ben Wicks

Teaching (V)YLE

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

Image by Donald Giannatti

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

Image by Ivan Aleksic

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

Afternoon Break & Troikafezinho

(Troikafezinho are curated informal chatrooms moderated by Troika guests)

Michael Ledezma, from NE Build & Grow: Incorporating self-regulated learning in online classes

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)


Aline Coutinho - Pronunciation First.

Inclusive Education

Ana Luisa dos Santos Oliveira - “Where do you live?” is not always an easy question.

Education management

Monica Lemos - The role of the pedagogical coordinator beyond the crisis.

Methods & Approaches

Igor Miura Ramos - Can Dogme coexist in the 21st-century classroom?

teaching skills

Julia Lima - Teaching speaking - how to make our students thrive?

Intercultural awareness

Gustavo Lima - BANG! POW! BLAM! Teaching Culture Through Comics.

Design thinking

Thais Motta - Design Thinking and modelling clay: a maker-centred learning approach.


Alexandra Andrade & Ketlyn Leva - Technology in the Classroom: Demons or Angels?

Teaching skills

Sue Cons - Simple steps for a perfect lesson plan.

Language skills

Anico Perfler - Reading during a pandemic.

Teaching skills

Gabriel Lemos - “How do you say that in English?” -- the importance of learner training to foster learner autonomy.

21st century skills

Sylvia Marit Syrdahl - Cooperative Learning - an approach to help students develop skills beyond school walls.

19:10 to 20:00

Plenary with Joan K Shin (Sponsored by IATEFL YLTSIG)

Teaching Remotely

for Primary

Aged Learners

of English

How can you keep your primary aged learners engaged as they sit in front of a computer or tablet screen or even a small mobile device? How can you encourage them to use and practice English through this virtual space? This presentation will present practical ideas for engaging your English language students online through remote learning.