Assessment of young English language learners in the first year of elementary school: preliminaries issues

The article discusses the assessment practices in the teaching of English as a foreign language in the first year of elementary public school, and it reports on the conceptions of learning assessment. The reflections presented here are from a qualitative document study, that aims to see which objectives andfunctions the assessment practices assume in this teaching context. For this, interviews were conducted with 14 teachers and three official documents that guide education [...]

Suggestions for pedagogical actions in the context of the covid-19 pandemic

The Xperience Nova Escola collection is a series of textbooks for the final years of Elementary School (6th to 9th grade), developed by dozens of English language teachers and specialists from all over Brazil, as part of the Skills for Prosperity programme. As Emergency Remote Learning may still be the reality of many schools in 2021, Nova Escola has prepared the guide "Suggestions for pedagogical actions in the context of the covid-19 pandemic" to help teachers use the collection in this [...]

School Materials Guide – first years of secondary education

The School Materials Guide addresses the importance of teaching materials in the teaching and learning of the target language, and supports readers in the production, choice, and use of English schools materials, based on the alignment with the BNCC (Base Nacional Comum Curricular) and on the dialogue with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference […]

Resources for English for Academic Purposes

The e-book "Resources for Training English Teachers for Academic Purposes", written by teachers and doctors Marília Mendes Ferreira and Carolle MacDiarmid, is the result of a collaborative project between the University of São Paulo and the University of Glasgow. The initiative was part of the UK-Brazil Collaboration Call in English, a call to support applied research in English conducted by the British Council between 2018-2019. Divided into two parts, the book presents a summary of the [...]

Language assessment literacy for learning-oriented language assessment

This paper reflects on the findings of a small-scale and exploratory study which attempted to explore whether and how learning-oriented assessment opportunities might be revealed in, or inserted into formal speaking tests, order to provide language assessment literacy opportunities for language teachers teaching in test preparation courses as well as teachers training to become speaking test raters. Hamp-Lyons and Green (2014) closely studied a set of authentic speaking test video samples [...]

Current Perspectives on Teaching World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca

The purpose of this article is to explore recent research into World Englishes (henceforth WEs) and English as a Lingua Franca (ELF),1 focusing on its implications for TESOL, and the extent to which it is being taken into account by English language teachers, linguists, and second language acquisition researchers. After a brief introduction comparing the current situation with that of 15 years ago, I look more closely at definitions of WEs and ELF. Then follows an overview of relevant [...]

Education Exchange: Language learning in lockdown

Has lockdown affected the way you teach languages? We heard from teachers in a range of different contexts on how they’ve worked to make sure that young people can still increase their knowledge and skills, whether they are learning, in class, at home or online. In this webinar organized by the British Council, speakers from around the world talk about the topic, followed by questions from the audience. About the panel: Ruth Horsfall is the Young Learner Courses Manager for the [...]

Decoloniality at school, from the perspective of school leaders

English language teacher, who worked in teacher training, and library manager, who gave a new role to the library space, share their experiences

My experience: Library as a space for debate and exchange of information

Ivanilma de Oliveira Gama, substitute head at the library of the Federal Centre for Technological Education Celso Suckow da Fonseca (Cefet-RJ), in Rio de Janeiro, Itaguaí campus

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