Workshops as an avenue of teacher development in a Language without Borders community in Southern Brazil

William Kirsch, Simone Sarmento


This paper discusses the use of “workshops” at a community generated by the program Languages without Borders as an avenue for the development of teachers of English as an Additional Language. Part of a larger research project aimed at elucidating the practices of teacher development in the community, this paper discusses field notes as well as transcriptions of a workshop held at the community, by two of its more experienced members. This paper corroborates evidence that workshops, despite often disputed by teacher development literature, is a good opportunity for teachers to share the results of their own reflections, as well as for the emergence of critical teacher development (Pennycook, 2001; Pessoa, 2014).


English as an Additional Language; teacher development; Languages without Borders.

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