The 21st Century Challenges for Teaching Languages is an academic event promoted by a partnership established between the Office for International Affairs and the Coordination for Foreign Languages at Universidade Federal do Piauí  (UFPI) and the U. S. Consulate General, in Recife, Brazil.

During the event, that will take place on September 26-28, 2018, a series of free-of-charge talks and workshops will be held at Centro de Tecnologia (CT) at UFPI. The topics discussed will cover a wide range of aspects related to English language teaching strategies.

The target audience (English teachers from public and private schools as well as undergraduate English students) is limited to a maximum of 180 participants, selected according to subscription order. Subscriptions will be taken exclusively online. The lectures and workshops will be delivered in English.

26th September, 2018

5:00 - 6:00 P.M. - Registration (Auditorium of the Technology Center, UFPI)

6:00 - 6:30 P.M. - Opening ceremony

6:30 - 8:30 P. M. - Debate session: Promoting 21st Century Skills in our TESOL Classrooms.

                              Speakers: Dr. Vânia Soares Barbosa and M.A.Ed. Julia Hedges

27th September, 2018

9:00 - 11:30 A.M. -  Debate session: Strategies for Reducing Teacher Talking Time (TTT) and                                           Promoting Student Driven Classrooms.  

                               Speakers: Dr. Wellington Borges and M.A.Ed. Julia Hedges

2:00 - 5:30 P.M. - Workshops:

                              1. Communicative Ideas for Teaching the Four Skills with the Department of                                        State  American English Website -  M.A.Ed. Julia Hedges;  (Room 318 -                                                 CCHL)

                              2. Using theatre to improve language skills and confidence in English - Adaeze                                Aninweze/Rodolfo Torres.  (Room 319 - CCHL)

                              3. Using apps to teach and learn English (Session 1) Angelo Gallegos/ Isadora                                Gouveia  (Room 321 - CCHL)

                              4. Utilizing music in language instruction: pronunciationDaniel Snyder/Igor                                      Cunha  (Room 353 - CCHL)

                              5. Using modern literature to engage young learnersKathleen Anaza/Cinthya                                Silva  (Room 356 - CCHL)

28th September, 2018

9:00 - 11:30 A.M. - Worshops:

                           1. Vocabulary and Pronunciation Ideas that Work- M.A.Ed. Julia Hedges. (Room                               537 - CT)

                           2. Quick warmup activities to implement in the classroom  - Adaeze                                                   Aninweze/Rodolfo Torres.  (Room 545 - CT)

                           3. Using apps to teach and learn English (Session 2) - Angelo Gallegos/                                             Isadora  Gouveia  (Room 555 - CT)

                          4. Utilizing music in language instruction: colloquialisms and idioms - Daniel                                      Snyder/Igor Cunha   (Room 585 - CT)

                          5. Utilizing Youth Culture as English Learning Tools (i.e.: Youtube, Instagram, short                            documentaries)  - Kathleen  Anaza/Cinthya Silva  (Room 586 - CT)

2:00 - 4:00 P.M. -  Workshops:

                           1. Communicative Task Formats for a Cooperative & Collaborative TEFL                                             Environment - M.A.Ed. Julia Hedges; (Room 538 - CT)

                           2. Drama in the classroom - Adaeze Aninweze/Rodolfo Torres.  (Room 566 - CT)

                           3. Using apps to teach and learn English (Session 3) - Angelo Gallegos/                                             Isadora  Gouveia   (Room 582 - CT)

                           4. Utilizing music in language instruction: social issues - Daniel Snyder/Igor                                       Cunha (Room 583 - CT) 

                           5. Using creative writing and performance activities to increase confidence in                                   English - Kathleen Anaza/Cinthya Silva.  (Room 585 - CT)

4:00 - 5:00 P.M. - Reflections on Teacher Continued Professional Development (Auditorium of the Technology Center - CT - UFPI)

Keynote Speaker

Julia Hedges is a Master of Education - TESOL, from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. She Graduated in English and Spanish at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. She taught English as a foreign language to adults and teenagers in the US and the Middle East. She has been an Intensive English Language Instructor (IEP) teacher in Colorado and Texas, and has created an English language center focused on test preparation, English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and teacher training. She has also trained teachers in six countries in best practices in teaching English using communicative methodology. She is a member of the Colorado TESOL Council, leading the Education / Teacher Action Research commission. She has an special interest in teaching with a focus on students, in the use of Computers in Language Learning (CALL) as a complementary instrument for teaching and engaging students, and in the design and elaboration of pedagogical materials.


Select one of the following categories.  The acceptance of your subscription request is conditioned to the number of places offered for each category and the order of online submission. During event registration, participants must present a document atesting they belong to the category in which they enrolled.


Organizing committee

Dr. Ana Cláudia Oliveira Silva

Dr. Beatriz Gama Rodrigues

Dr. Francisco Wellington Borges Gomes

Dr. Patrícia de Oliveira Lucas

Dr. Vania Soares Barbosa

Venue and contacts

The event will take place at the auditorium and classrooms located at Centro de Tecnologia (CT), at Universidade Federal do Piauí (UFPI), in Teresina, as indicated in the map.  For more information, please get in contact to the Office for International Affairs, at (86) 3215-5976, or the Coordination for Foreign Languages, at (86) 3215-5783.