Welcome to the IATEFL TDSIG and Braz-TESOL Brasilia Web Carnival 2022. To begin, we invite you to breathe in these two quotes:

A educação deve começar com a solução da contradição professor-aluno, através da conciliação dos pólos da contradição, pelo que ambos são, simultaneamente, professores e alunos.

Education must begin with the solution of the teacher-student contradiction, by reconciling the poles of the contradiction so that both are simultaneously teachers and students.

(Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1968)

The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What an educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.

O professor é, naturalmente, um artista, mas ser um artista não significa que ele ou ela possa fazer o perfil e dar forma aos estudantes. O que faz o educador no ensino é capacitar os alunos para se tornarem eles mesmos.

(Freire in Horton & Freire, We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change, 1990)

The relationship between teacher, learner, and education itself is a foundational aspect throughout Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy. This emancipation from the typical ‘teacher-to-student’ to one of necessary and natural agency continues to be discussed, disagreed upon, and further interpreted even today. Through our celebration of Freire’s 100th birthday at the Web Carnival this February, IATEFL TDSIG and Braz-TESOL Brasilia are creating spaces for our communities to explore what critical pedagogy means for all of us in 2022 and how we are (or aren’t) applying it in our ELT industry/profession. We warmly welcome you to participate.

What’s involved

Our Community of Practice Preview Month
Contribute by sharing original or linked articles, blog posts, video, podcast episodes, and comments on socials to illuminate and examine critical pedagogy in ELT. Watch our socials!

Our Live Web Conference
Every keynote, talk, panel discussion, and breakout engagement focuses solely on teacher, researcher, and/or association perspective on Freire’s approaches as they apply to ELT.

Call for speakers

Our live web conference on 12-13 February 2022 will include a variety of session types, from keynotes to concurrent talks to breakout session forums. If you have a critical pedagogy story, research project, and/or engaging perspective, we’d like to invite you to participate as a speaker at this event. Certain speakers will be offered a keynote slot for a £100 honorarium. Your proposal can focus on any perspective or aspect of critical pedagogy as it applies to ELT. Submit a proposal BY DEC 31, 2021!

More info is coming soon!

In the meantime, check out last year’s Web Carnival on Race & Queerness in ELT, partnered with Global Issues SIG. Recordings are also now available via this Youtube playlist.