Visual Arts Circle
Moderation: Oksana Hera

The Visual Arts Circle is a community of practice made up of language teaching professionals, teachers, teacher trainers, writers, editors, researchers, designers, illustrators, artists, photographers, and filmmakers, all with a shared belief in the value of visual arts – drawing, painting, sculpture, design, crafts, photography, video, and filmmaking – in language education.They are best known by their conference, the Image conference in Barcelona.

Valéria Benevolo França (PhD.) is the Head of Teacher Development at Cultura Inglesa In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a Past President of BRAZ-TESOL & and an interviewer and member of the Visual Arts Circle.

RECORDING (34min):

Moving Stories – Narrative and the Moving Image

Kieran Donaghy is a teacher, trainer, and award-winning writer. He currently teaches and trains at UAB Languages, Autonomous University of Barcelona. His website Film English has won a British Council ELTons Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources. He is the author of Film in Action (Delta Publishing). Kieran is the founder of The Image Conference and co-founder of the Visual Arts Circle. You can find out more about Kieran and his work at his author website

RECORDING (43min):

Magdalena Wasilewska – a graduate of Warsaw University – Teacher Training College and American Studies Center. Teacher with over 20 years of experience, DOS in a private school of English „Green Hills Academy“, a graduate of Teacher Trainer Academy – DOS-ELTea, Cambridge examiner, conference speaker and a blogger ( Member of IATEFL Poland, FILTA and VISUAL ARTS CIRCLE. Her main interests include Cambridge exams preparation, visual literacy and the use of images and films in the classroom.

RECORDING (25min):

Mura-love. Street art in EFL classroom

Magdalena Brzezinska is a graduate of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. She is an EFL teacher with over 20 years of experience, a teacher trainer with over 10 years ofexperience, an international conference speaker, and a sworn translator and interpreter. She taught Practical English andSociolinguistics to English Philology students at the University of Warmia and Masuria, Poland. At present, she teaches General and Business English to students of the WSB University in Poznan, Poland. She enjoys regular and online PBL, and she believes in the value of visual arts in language education. She is a member of FILTA and Membership Officer for the international Visual Arts Circle. In her free time, she organizes international collaborative projects featuring participants’ art and literature (

RECORDING (31min):

Rob Howard is the owner of Online Language Center, partner at Business Language Training Institute and founder of EFLtalks. He is a speaker worldwide on Teacher Development, Continuing Professional Development, Student Retention and Image Presentation. He is Joint Coordinator of the IATEFL BESIG Online Team, Online and Video Coordinator and Video Interviewer for the Visual Arts Circle, President of the BRAZ-TESOL BESIG as well as co-founder with Dorothy Zemach of the Independent Authors & Publishers Group. He has authored and coauthored several books for EFL. He was nominated for the 2016 British Council’s ELTon Award for Innovation in Teacher Development.

RECORDING (31min):

SYMPOSIUM Visual Arts Circle

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