The Southern Cone TESOL Conference is the confluence – as this year’s theme alludes to – of teachers’ associations in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay. Every two years, one of the associations is in charge of putting together a conference such as this one, and this is the third time (2001, 2011, 2019) BRAZ-TESOL has had the privilege to host this incredible event – and we could not be more honored.
A teachers’ gathering of this magnitude is only possible through the joint efforts of a lot of incredible professionals, the vast majority of whom are volunteers. Although, for sheer lack of space, it will not be possible to mention them all by name here, I would be remiss not to name at least a few: Carmen Koppe and Florinda Scremin were instrumental in helping us secure this beautiful venue, PUC- PR, our home for the next four days; Sérgio Monteiro, Marcela Cintra, Bia Hedegaard, and Natália Guerreiro, members of our Executive Board, made sure everything ran smoothly on all the many fronts involved in organizing such a big event; Veruska Gallo was in charge of choosing and training our minders, these incredible people who donate their time to make sure we make better use of ours, always with a beautiful smile on their faces; our Academic Committee members Isabela Villas Boas, Luiz Otávio Barros, Selma Moura, and again Marcela Cintra and Natália Guerreiro, who helped us achieve, among other things, this incredibly diverse lineup of plenary speakers; the proposal readers, who included the members of the Academic Committee with a little help from Sérgio Pantoja, Henrique Moura, Bruna Caltabiano, and Carmen Koppe. Finally, huge thanks are in order to Gleice Mori, Marlene Justino, and more recently Luca Mussatto, who make sure our Central Office is always at the members’ disposal, and who quite frankly do the impossible to keep everything working at our headquarters, even amidst preparations for our biggest event of the year.
BRAZ-TESOL’s name has never been stronger, which means it has never before affected so many teachers positively all over the country as it does now. That, of course, is one of the reasons for the great success of our Southern Cone TESOL Conference this year, and BRAZ-TESOL owes it to the tireless efforts of a great many professionals, such as all of its past presidents and their boards, including Henrick Oprea, Valeria França – a plenary speaker this year –, Marcelo Barros – a Pecha Kucha presenter this year –, and Vinicius Nobre, who was a plenary speaker last year and is presenting twice here in Curitiba. We also, and especially, owe this growth in the membership numbers and attendance in events to the extraordinary work or our Chapters and SIGs, and we thank all the professionals involved in them for helping us stay relevant, far-reaching, and in tune with what teachers need.
We really hope Southern Cone TESOL Conference meets (and exceeds!) your expectations, and that you leave this conference both bursting with great ideas to implement in your classes and full of new friends and colleagues all over the country, the continent and the world. And, of course, we hope we all meet again in São Paulo next year for the 17th BRAZ-TESOL International Conference.
What is BRAZ-TESOL?
BRAZ-TESOL is a non-profit organization of teachers of English. It is an affiliate of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) International, a professional association based in the U.S., and an associate of IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language), based in the UK. Both TESOL and IATEFL represent teachers, researchers, and materials developers throughout the world.
BRAZ-TESOL represents ELT professionals working in the private, public and freelance sectors in Brazil. It publishes a quarterly newsletter for its members, organizes Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and has Regional Chapters. It organizes a biennial international conference and a biennial national theme-focused seminar, as well as one-day seminars, workshops, webinars and courses throughout the year in different regions of the country in order to stimulate professional growth as well as improve the standards of ELT in Brazil.
|To foster professional expertise and development in English language teaching and learning in Brazil.|
|To fully represent all segments of the ELT community within the country, and to be a service and resource provider for teachers and institutions.|
Rua Coronel Oscar Porto, 800 – 2o andar – Paraíso – 04003-004 – São Paulo/SP
Phone/Fax: (55 11) 3559-8782 – [email protected] – www.braztesol.org.br