When I thought about a blog name, many ideas came to my mind: thinking about TEFL, talking about TEFL, reflecting about TEFL, problematizing TEFL, etc., etc. Everything I could think of had a gerund in it. Then I thought, “Why not just make it a gerund – TEFLing.” Don’t we say “to google” or “googling”? So we can also say TEFLing, which means all of the above – talking about, thinking about, reflecting about, problematizing, etc. etc.
I’ve been in the Teaching English as a Foreign Language Field for 26 years, working in the same institution – Casa Thomas Jefferson, Brasília – all these years. For some, this might seem unimaginable. The fact is that even though I’ve been in the same institution all these years, my job has changed a lot over time, and so has the institution. Thus, it seems like I’ve had many different jobs in many different institutions. I started as a teacher, and then became a Course Supervisor. After a few years, I was promoted to Pedagogical Consultant, and today I’m the General Academic Coordinator, a position that is typically called Director of Studies in other language programs.
While working at CTJ, I managed to take a one-year-and-a-half leave and get a Master’s Degree in TESL from Arizona State University and then, between 2005 and 2008, I juggled my job and my duties as a doctoral student in Education at Universidade de Brasília. All these years, I’ve also invested in my professional development by participating and presenting in local, national, and international conferences. Though I enjoy reading about a variety of topics in ELT, my main interests are Second Language Writing, Teacher Development, Leadership, Assessment, and more recently, Distance and Blended Learning. Right now I’m learning how to use MOODLE while teaching a Blended class on Writing for Teachers.
I also try to keep abreast of current developments in our field by being a member of associations, such as TESOL, ASCD, Braz-TESOL and, more recently, IATEFL, and reading interesting blogs by many inspiring colleagues in Brazil and around the world. But my greatest source of learning every day are definitely my colleagues from work.