14th Braz-Tesol International Conference – João Pessoa – PB – April/2014

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Confirmed Speakers

Ben Goldstein  Sponsored by RichmondBiographical Statement:

Ben has taught English for over twenty years in the UK, Spain and Hong Kong. He currently teaches on The New School’s online MATESOL program (New York). He is lead author of the coursebook series ‘New Framework’ and ‘New American Framework’ and the newly published ‘The Big Picture’ and ‘American Big Picture’(all Richmond). He has also published the methodology handbook ‘Working with Images’ (Cambridge) and is currently working on the follow-up “Language Learning with Digital Video”. His other interests lie in intercultural issues, identity and English as an International Language.

Christopher McCormick, PhD   Sponsored by EF Education FirstBiographical Statement:

Christopher is Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at EF Education First. A lifelong love of learning languages and discovering other cultures led Christopher to a career path dedicated to international education and exchange. At EF, he oversees the instructional design and delivery of EF’s innovative language programs and leads EF’s linguistic research initiatives in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Peking University. Christopher has traveled in over 70 countries and has lived in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, France, China, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Switzerland. He holds a B.A. with honors in French and Russian from Tulane University as well as an M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, both from the University of Texas at Austin.

Élcio Souza  Cambridge University PressBiographical Statement:

Élcio Souza has a BA in Translation & Interpreting, a BA in TEFL/TESL, and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from UNICAMP. His 24-year teaching experience includes language institutes, regular schools and universities. Elcio has presented lectures and workshops on pronunciation, skills, and culture at several events for teachers in Brazil and abroad. He currently works as an ELT-Pronunciation consultant, teaches at English graduate programs in two universities and is a tutor at Summit for Teachers and GTP in São Paulo.

Janaina Weissheimer  Sponsored by The British CouncilBiographical Statement:

Janaina Weissheimer holds a doctorate degree in English from UFSC. She is a professor at the Foreign Languages Department at UFRN in Natal and a member of the Post-Graduation program in Language Studies at the same university. Her research focuses on Psycholinguistics, more specifically on Second Language Learning with an emphasis on memory, skill development, bilingualism and technology mediated second language acquisition. She is the co-author of ‘Produção Oral emLínguaEstrangeira: MúltiplasPerspectivas’ and collaborates with research at the Brain Institute in Natal.http://flashblast.blogspot.com.br/

Jane Revell   Sponsored by Helbling LanguagesBiographical Statement:

Jane has been involved in English language teaching for over forty years, teaching in classrooms in Rwanda, Spain, Germany, Venezuela and France, and training teachers all over the world.
She has written and co-written many ELT books for learners and teachers, including several prize-winning titles, such as Buzz, with Paul Seligson. She has also written children’s stories, radio and video material for the BBC, and personal development books on NLP and on stress, perhaps most well-known of all, In Your Hands, with Susan Norman andSucesso nos Exames!  with Jack Scholes.
Jane is a NLP Master Practitioner and certified international NLP trainer. She is a qualified Pilates instructor too!

Jeff Stranks  Sponsored by Cambridge University PressBiographical Statement:

Jeff Stranks (BA, M.Phil. Linguistics, Cambridge) has worked in ELT for over 30 years. He was Senior Tutor in ELT at Bell College Saffron Walden from 1981 to 1991. He then worked in Rio de Janeiro as a trainer and academic coordinator until 2001. He is currently a freelance trainer and materials writer based in Brasília. He has, amongst other publications, co-authored the series English in Mind (CUP, with Herbert Puchta and Peter Lewis-Jones) and More (CUP, with Herbert Puchta et al).

Jeanne Perrett   Sponsored by Trinity College LondonBiographical Statement:

Jeanne Perrett has over thirty years’ experience in the language teaching sector and has significant experience in teaching children and training teachers in Europe, Eurasia and South America. She is also the author of a wide range of English language course books for children.

Jeremy Harmer  Sponsored by PearsonBiographical Statement:

Jeremy Harmer has taught in Mexico and the UK and is currently on the faculty for the MA TESOL at the New School University, New York. He has trained teachers and offered seminars all over the world. Among his books are How to teach Writing (2004), How to Teach English (2007), The Practice of English Language Teaching (2007) and the prize-winning Essential Teacher Knowledge (2012) – all published by Pearson Education Ltd. He is the General Editor of the Longman ‘How to’ methodology list. Away from ELT Jeremy is a performer of poetry, prose and music and has recorded two CDs, Touchable Dreams (poetry and music with colleague Steve Bingham) and Other Loves (songs). www.jeremyharmer.wordpress.com

J.J. Wilson   Sponsored by PearsonBiographical Statement:

JJ Wilson has taught in Egypt, Lesotho, Colombia, the U.K., Italy and the U.S., where he is currently the writer-in-residence at Western New Mexico University. He has co-authored several ELT courses including Language to Go, Worldview, Total English, and the award-winning Speakout, and he was Series Editor on the second edition of Postcards (all Pearson). His methodology book, How to Teach Listening, won an English Speaking Union prize for the Best Book for Teachers, and his most recent book is Active Listening, co-authored with Michael Rost. JJ’s short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and been anthologized by Penguin, among others.

Lucy Crichton Sponsored by MacmillanBiographical Statement:

Graduated in Classical Theatre and TEFL, Lucy is a teacher, trainer, and storyteller who has given lectures both in Latin America and Europe. She is the author of primary books and components for Macmillan in Brazil, the UK and Argentina. Lucy is the founder of The Secret Garden English School in Florianópolis, where she teaches children and teenagers using, music, art, drama, gardening and cooking. She has been living and teaching in Brazil since 1993.

Luiz Otávio Sponsored by The British CouncilBiographical Statement:

Luiz Otávio Barros (M.A. Hons, Lancaster University) is an experienced materials writer, teacher and teacher educator. Formerly head of teacher training at Cultura Inglesa São Paulo, head of research and development at Associação Alumni São Paulo and BRAZ-TESOL’s second vice president, he is the co-author of English ID, published by Richmond. Luiz Otávio blogs atwww.luizotavio.com.

Paul Seligson Sponsored by RichmondBiographical Statement:

Paul Seligson is one of the most experienced and well-known teacher trainers in the field of English Language Teaching. He has been involved with TEFL for some 30 years and is particularly well known in Latin America for giving lively, highly practical talks and training sessions.

He has an MA in TEFL and is a CELTA assessor and LCCI examiner. He has taught in Algeria, France, Egypt, Venezuela, the UK and Spain where he worked for 5 years at the British Council in Valencia. He also established and ran his own school in Brighton and has considerable experience at all levels of school management.

Scott Thornbury Sponsored by The New SchoolBiographical Statement:

Scott Thornbury is currently curriculum coordinator on the MA TESOL program at The New School in New York. His previous experience includes teaching and teacher training in Egypt, UK, Spain, and in his native New Zealand. His writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology. His most recent  book is Big Questions in ELT, available as an ebook from The Round.

He has also authored a number of journal articles and book chapters on such diverse subjects as voice-setting phonology, corpus linguistics, speaking instruction, learner autonomy and embodied learning. He is series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers. He blogs at www.scottthornbury.wordpress.com

Steve Taylore-Knowles Sponsored by MacmillanBiographical Statement:

Steve has spent almost two decades in ELT as a writer, a trainer, an examiner and a teacher. He has written a number of successful courses for teenagers and young adults, including openMind and masterMind (both from Macmillan), which include life skills as an integral part of the course. He regularly speaks at events throughout the world on various aspects of English language teaching and learning. Steve is now based in his native county of Lancashire in the north of England, where he lives with wife Jo and young daughter Scout.

Susan Holden  Sponsored by Swan CommunicationBiographical Statement:

Susan is based in Scotland, but has been a regular visitor to Brazil over the last 25 years. Her professional experience includes teaching, teacher training, materials design and publishing. She is currently researching needs within a changing teaching and learning reality.

Willy Cardoso  Sponsored by PilgrimsBiographical Statement:

Willy Cardoso is a freelance teacher trainer and course writer based in Europe. Willy has taught EFL for over 12 years (Brazil and UK), written hundreds of articles in his blog Authentic Teaching, and presented at major international conferences in Europe. His strong interest in teacher development has led him to focus his MA in Education (University of Bath) on reflective practice and teacher cognition and to sit on the committee of IATEFL Teacher Development SIG. He is the author and trainer of Pilgrims’ new course Effective Thinking Skills for the English Language Classroom. http://willycardoso.com

Zoltan Rezmuves  Sponsored by Oxford University PressBiographical Statement:

Zoltan Rezmuves started in ELT in 1990. In 1999 joined OUP to work on a range of materials, print and digital, as editor and project manager. He has been involved in teacher training since 2001 in over 30 countries worldwide. He founded his own publishing services company, Consonant in 2012.


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