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BROCK BRADY IN MANAUS
Brock Brady is the Programming and Training Education Sector Specialist for the U.S. Peace Corps and the current Past-President of the TESOL International Association (the world’s largest English teaching association with over 12,000 members). Before coming to Peace Corps, Brady served as Coordinator then Co Director of the American University TESOL Program in Washington, DC for 12 years, developing and enhancing academic programs and designing and teaching graduate level teacher education courses. Prior to coming to American University, Brady directed English Language Programs for the State Department in Burkina Faso and Benin, lectured at a science and technical university for two years in Korea, served as a Fulbright Scholar in France, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, W. Africa. Brady matriculated at Reed College and Portland State University in Oregon.
Brady’s research interests include program and course design, cross-cultural discourse analysis, pronunciation, teacher education, and most recently English language planning, policy, and use.. He has also taught English or engaged in educational consulting in the U.S., Angola, China, Egypt, France, the Gambia, Guatemala, Israel, Mali, Mexico, Panama, Portugal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, and Spain.
WORKSHOP: Demystifying Critical Thinking
A humorous look at critical thinking which provides teachers with a commonsense approach to critical thinking that easy to understand, easy to implement, and which avoids the over elaborate, cumbersome language that characterizes to many critical thinking methods. (2h)
PRESENTATION A: To Cherish and Honor: Mistake Friendly Classrooms
While teachers commonly claim students cannot learn without making mistakes, few commit to mistake-friendly classrooms. This presentation synthesizes studies of the past decade, moving from traditional approaches that see mistakes as distractions to mistakes as creative risk-taking, from mistakes as “failure bombs” that maim grade point averages, to essential signposts indicating what must be taught next. (1h)
PRESENTATION B: Challenges, Trends, and Aspirations in English Language Teaching Today
A look at some of the global trends and challenges that face English language teaching (and teachers) today--issues include English as a 21st Century Workplace Skill, increasing pressure for English as a Medium of instruction in even in countries where English is not dominant, “repurposed” teachers with poor English proficiency, narrowly-focused, data-driven assessment schema that discourage higher order thinking, acknowledging different varieties of English and the legitimacy of nonnative English speaking teachers, blended methodologies, defense of other languages and bilingualism, and the urgent need to protect our profession and our livelihoods in a changing instructional landscape where English demand is bringing in new competitors to our field. (45 min)