My name is Mirian Führ and I am a Hornby Trust scholar 2016/2017 taking a Masters in English Language Teaching (generalist) at University of Warwick, in the UK. I come from Rio Grande do Sul, a state in the south of Brazil. I hold a degree in Languages – Portuguese and English, from Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UNISINOS), in Brazil. A couple of years after graduating, I got a specialist in Teaching and Grammar of Portuguese, from Universidade Federal do Vale do Rio dos Sinos (UFRGS). A few years later, I took another specialisation course, but this time in Teaching and Learning of English, from UniRitter Laureate International Universities, also in Brazil. I have been teaching English to all language levels and age groups in language institutions, in regular public and private schools, and privately for about 8 years so far. I also worked as a research assistant in the Education field while at university. I have presented some papers and posters related to the research in Education I was taking part in, and others related to the teaching and learning of English, based on previous researche. I have attended several courses, congresses, conferences, and seminars in Brazil and abroad, as I believe teacher development is important. I have also delivered some workshops for other teachers, sharing some good teaching practices and ideas for the lessons.

Session Reports

Time for some poetry

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Submitted by Mirian Fuhr on Fri 7 Apr, 12:51

 After a very productive and busy week, now it's time to relax for a while listening to some beautiful poetry.

Grown in Glasgow, the poet, artist and documentary film-maker Imtiaz Dharker is reading some of her beautiful poems from her book 'Over the Moon'.

At the beginning of her session, she said that children are great at experimenting with words, they are naturally creative, and very often like poetry. However, they might forget it when growing older. Then teachers, she said, have the power to open the door for poetry again! 

The last How to... sessions

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Submitted by Mirian Fuhr on Fri 7 Apr, 09:48

Room full for the very useful session on how to become a teacher trainer.

Nowadays, there's the CPD Framework for Teacher Educators (British Council) that helps guiding the work and stablishing the competencies for Teachers of Teachers, according to Silvana Richardson.

She reinforced that there are differences between being a teacher and being a teacher of teachers, such as, observing lessons for development and assessment purposes, getting involved in workshops, helping teachers to plan development, using appropriate interventions.

What a great plenary to start off the day!

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Submitted by Mirian Fuhr on Thu 6 Apr, 14:08

In sum, JJ Wilson talked about teaching social justice in the classroom in his plenary, engaging the whole audience with his wonderful talk.He mentioned that at the beginning of his career he needed theory to support his teaching. The book he came across with, and that he suggests every teacher to read, was 'Pedagogy of the Opressed', by the inspiring Brazilian educator Paulo Freire.

JJ Wilson shared some information about Paulo Freire and the content of his book. He mentioned the 'banking' concept, that refers to the teacher as depositers of knowledge into students' brains.

Plenary full of food for thought!

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Submitted by Mirian Fuhr on Wed 5 Apr, 08:48

The plenary session going on right now has already given the audience a lot of food for thought!Sarah Mercer has been talking about the importance of being psychologically wise teachers. 

It can be scary and motivating to be aware that we make the difference to our students everyday.

It's important to create good rapport with our students. As language teachers we are already interested in people and communication, but it's necessary to pay attention to it in the classroom.

Early birds in the How to write for ELT magazines session

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Submitted by Mirian Fuhr on Wed 5 Apr, 07:38

It's on right now the insightful session on how to get articles published in ELT magazines, such as the IATEFL Voices. Many participants are attending the session and getting tips such as on where tu publish (suggestions on the image shared).

So far, I learned that it's very important to contextualise our work, mentioning our context, who the students are, and link our research to the idea of the others. 

What these magazines are mostly interested in is on real-life practices, and the results that came out from the research.

Experiencing teacher development through tasks

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Submitted by Mirian Fuhr on Wed 5 Apr, 00:49


The teacher and teacher trainer Ana Garcia-Stone shared her experience with 'Teacher development through discussion of tasks exploring classroom practice' on Tuesday afternoon. 

After noticing a gap in her working context, Ana developed a course based on Action Research, aiming at helping teachers to fulfill their needs, understand their practices and reflect about them, before taking any actions to change. 

The power of images to develop global competence

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Submitted by Mirian Fuhr on Tue 4 Apr, 22:55


Today's session on 'Developing global competence in ELT' was very well ministrared by Ceri Jones and Ben Goldstein, who provided the audience with useful ideas for teachers to help students develop their global competence, critical thinking and empathy towards the others.