For those of you who don’t know or haven’t taken part in it yet, a group of fantastic ELT teachers from different parts of the world got together to promote a chat on twitter – look for the #eltchat hashtag – to discuss ELT related issues, every Wednesday (at 12pm and 9pm GMT). I take part as often as I can – even though this semester my teaching schedule is getting in the way of my participating. It’s a fantastic initiative – English teachers from all over the world sharing practices, difficulties, activities, beliefs and ideas… You can learn more about #eltchat on their website. In it you can also find the transcripts of all chats and the summaries for each of them, written by different teachers each week. A really great resource and opportunity for Professional Development – as well as greater interaction with the PLN.
Well, many Brazilian teachers take part in #eltchat, but we felt we could do something along the same lines that would bring the benefits of #eltchat to Brazilian teachers – especially those who works on public schools, for they usually have less oportunities of PD. So a group of us decided to face the challenge (Valéria França/@vbenevolofranca, Bruno Andrade/@BrunoELT, Henrick Oprea/@hoprea , Raquel Oliveira / @Raquel_EFL and me / @CeciELT) and we started the #breltchat, which happens every other Wednesday, at 9:30pm – Brazil time), in Portuguese so that all Brazilian teachers can fully participate. Check out our blog here.
On our last #breltchat we discussed Dogme and how we could possibly apply dogme / unplugged lessons into our realities in Brazil. We were super lucky to have some fabulous special guests take part in that chat, people who really know Dogme – including one of the writers of “Teaching Unplugged” – the first book about Dogme, Luke Meddings / @lukemeddings. Our other special guests were Willy Cardoso / @willycard, Fiona Mauchline / @fionamau and Shelly Terrell / @shellterrell. The chat was really great, lots of ideas, myths being taken down, practical ideas… insightful tweets flying around. And as a follow up to that chat we did some interviews with the special guests and with Scott Thornbury (father of Dogme and co-author of Teaching Unplugged). I was fortunate enough to interview Fiona Mauchline who kindly took some time off her Sunday to talk to me about Dogme and how it applies to the Brazilian education system. Fiona’s sound came out a bit low (I blame it on Wetoku), but turn your computer’s volume up because it’s worth it!
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