Author Archives: isabelavb

About isabelavb

I'm a teacher, teacher developer and Academic Superintendent at Casa Thomas Jefferson, Brasilia, Brazil. I am engaged in lifelong learning and am eager to interact with other like-minded professionals around the world. I'm particularly interested in second language writing, methodology, assessment, NNEST issues, and 21st Century learning and leadership.

Rick Kern

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March Guest

Interview by Terry Doyle

Rick Kern is Professor of French and Director of the Berkeley Language Center at the University of California, Berkeley, where he teaches courses in French linguistics, applied linguistics, and foreign language pedagogy. His research interests include second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, reading, writing, and technology. He is Associate Editor of the journal *Language Learning & Technology*, recently released a book for Cambridge University Press entitled *Language, Literacy, and Technology*, and is currently co-editing a book on visual and linguistic dimensions of online communication.

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Luiz Otavio Barros

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February, 2016 guest

Luiz Otávio Barros (M.A. Hons, Lancaster University) is an experienced materials writer, teacher, teacher educator and CELTA tutor. Formerly academic coordinator at Cultura Inglesa São Paulo, head of research and development at Associação Alumni and BRAZ-TESOL’s second vice president, he is co-author of Richmond’s English ID / Identities series.

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Scott Thornbury

October, 2015 guestScott Thornbury

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Scott Thornbury is a teacher and teacher educator, with over 30 years’ experience in English language teaching, and an MA from the University of Reading. He is currently Curriculum Coordinator of the MA TESOL program at The New School in New York. His previous experience includes teaching and teacher training in Egypt, UK, Spain (where he lives), and in his native New Zealand. HIs writing credits include several award-winning books for teachers on language and methodology, as well as authoring a number of papers and book chapters on language and language teaching. He is series editor for the Cambridge Handbooks for Teachers (CUP). He was also the co-founder of the dogme ELT group (see Articles). And, currently, he is an associate of the International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi), an online campus dedicated to teacher development.

Interviewed by Isabela Villas Boas

OBS: This is a transcription of the audio recording in which Scott discussed the questions sent to him by e-mail. 

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Marek Kiczkowiak


Born and raised in Poland, Marek has been teaching English for over six years in different countries and contexts. He has a BA in English Philology, CELTA, DELTA and is an IELTS examiner. He runs a relatively popular blog about teaching English which you can read here, and is an advocate of equal rights for NNESTs through TEFL Equity Advocates he set up. He’s an avid reader and a bit of a language learning geek (he currently speaks 6). You can find him on Twitter @marekkiczkowiak | March Interviewer: Isabela Villas Boas

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