Hello there, and thank you very much for the visit!
I’ve been in the ELT area for 20 years now, having worked for several language schools in Brazil as a director of studies, pedagogical consultant, teacher and teacher educator.
As a teacher, I have mostly worked with young adults and adults in the areas of General English, Business English and Exams Preparation, with only very brief stints as a teacher of younger learners. In the past few years, I have been more involved than ever in exams preparation – an area I’m very fond of -, not only as a teacher and course designer, but also as an examiner for the Cambridge Main Suite exams (KET, PET, FCE, CAE and CPE).
My experience as the director of studies of Wizard (back in 2000!) and St Giles São Paulo (2006-2008) is something I look back on fondly. Nevertheless, my favorite part of these jobs has always been the contact with teachers and students, and the active participation in their development. It was during the time I worked for St Giles that I made the most important decision of my career so far: Teacher training was something I definitely wanted to be involved in forever.
Teacher training has been very good to me! I’ve met most of my closest friends and most talented colleagues (often the very same people) working in teacher development. I have traveled all over my beautiful country training teachers and doing consultancy for schools (so far it’s been over 15 Brazilian states, over 100 cities and well over 2000 teachers), and this is certainly one of the most incredible parts of the job. I have also had the privilege of presenting in international conferences such as the IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) on quite a few occasions, as well as BRAZ-TESOL international conferences and local events. BRAZ-TESOL is, by the way, the biggest association of English teachers in Brazil, and I’m currently its vice president, having been elected to be the president of the association as of 2019.
In the past decade, I’ve dedicated a lot of my time to language development for teachers (LDT), both mine and that of other teachers – especially preparing them for Cambridge CAE and CPE. LDT ended up becoming one of my greatest interests (passions!) in ELT, and I have since written a book on the subject (Inglês para professor) – published in late 2015 -, and I’m currently working on the second one, Inglês para professor 2, to be published in 2018. I also blog for BlogDisal and RichmondShare – the biggest and most widely read professional blogs in the country.
As important as all that, however, and one of the most rewarding parts of teacher training for me, is how much it helps my own professional development as a teacher. Studying, the constant reading to keep updated (new books, articles from professional journals etc), participation in conferences, the contact with fellow teachers and trainers, to name but a few, is what guarantees I’m always curious, always motivated, and never suffer from burnout, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that.
Finally, I studied English at University of São Paulo (USP), hold the Cambridge CELTA, CPE (grade A), DELTA modules 1 and 2, and I’m currently working on my DELTA module 3. I am also a Cambridge speaking examiner and a CELTA tutor.