BT Teachers' Month - English as a medium of interaction between the local and global: Reconstructing our cultural identities online


The BRAZ-TESOL Intercultural Language Education SIG offers an afternoon exploring the teaching and learning of language and culture through local and global interactions. There are three strands to the session: in the first, a group of English language educators from Brazil and beyond discuss the practicalities, challenges and rewards of connecting groups of learners from different countries and engaging them in a series of tasks that prompt them to explore home and unfamiliar cultures, to reflect on what we share and find strange in our values and behaviour. In the second part, an experienced language teacher, based in Brazil, focuses on the ways in which project-based learning can enhance linguistic and cultural competences. And in the final session, a panel looks at the case of an indigenous Brazilian who has become a social media influencer, through her use of English to give make-up tips. The panel members discuss ways in which her ‘dicas’ can be used to explore the dynamic evolution of local and global identities, and, again, to enhance English learners’ intercultural communicative competence.

Duration: 4 hours


  1. Introduction: the ILE SIG (5 minutes)

  2. Connecting Hemispheres: Global telecollaborations (1h30m)

  3. Break (15 minutes)

  4. Intercultural communicative competence through project-based learning (40 minutes)

  5. Break (10 minutes)

  6. Negotiating local and global identities on social media: what we can learn from makeup tips by an indigenous Brazilian (1h20m)


Speakers' Biodata:

Andrea Assenti del Rio (MA) has been involved in the intercultural field for over 14 years. Co-author of ICRP Latin American Perspectives, edited by British Council Brazil, she has been part of The Intercultural Connections project since 2006 and is the General Coordinator of Home intercultural Learning, a now online school based in La Plata, Argentina. She is the Latin America Coordinator of the ILE SIG.

Bruno Lima has been a teacher at the Federal Institute of Rio Grande do Norte since 2008. He holds a PhD degree in Language Studies (UFRN) and, as a researcher, is interested in investigating intercultural experiences. He is also a board member of BRAZ-TESOL RN Chapter and the Intercultural Exchanges Coordinator of the ILE SIG.

Hugo Dart has been a teacher for over 22 years. Since 2010, he has been employed at IBEU-RJ (EFL, CLIL, teacher education). At NILE (Norwich Institute for Language Education), he specialized in intercultural education and in teacher training. He coordinates the Hemispheres Connection project and is the Communications Coordinator of the ILE SIG.

John Corbett is a Professor at Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College. Formerly a Professor of English Language at the Universities of Glasgow and Macau, he is the author of a number of books and articles, including Intercultural Language Activities (CUP) and An Intercultural Approach to English Language Teaching (Multilingual Matters). He is the Leader of the ILE SIG.

Louise Emma Potter is a teacher trainer, material writer and international presenter. She was born in England and has been working in the education field for more than 25 years. She  now leads her own business at Teach-in Education, developing the professional growth of language teachers in private and public schools through workshops and training sessions.

Renata Ianesko has a PhD in Letters (Linguistic Studies) from Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, a Master of Letters from Federal University of Rondônia, a Degree in Letters from University of Paraná. She teaches at Federal University of Rondônia and she is also the current president of BRAZ-TESOL Rondônia Chapter.

Venue: Online Youtube

Participants: ILE SIG board members and guests

Speakers: John Corbett, Hugo Dart, Renata Ianesko, Bruno Lima, Louise Potter, Andrea Assenti del Rio

Event Dates:

  • Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 08h00 ~12h00