On 5 May 2017, two of the pioneers and leading proponents of Exploratory Practice gave a workshop for student-teachers and members of APIBA, the Association of English teachers of Buenos Aires, at the Instituto de Enseñanza Superior en Lenguas Vivas “Juan Ramón Fernández”. This was the third event in the International Festival of Teacher-research in ELT.
Exploratory Practice (EP) was first developed in the 1990s in Rio de Janeiro by Dick Allwright with teachers and teacher educators in Brazil (see Exploratory Practice: Some Introductory Readings), and Inés and Bebel have been tirelessly promoting it ever since, both with their own students at PUC-Rio and with teachers in the Rio area. Three teachers who’ve accompanied them to Buenos Aires will be presenting tomorrow at the Teachers Research! conference. In their pre-conference workshop this evening Inés and Bebel will be defining EP, helping participants focus on puzzles in their and their students’ practice, and then showing how puzzlement can be integrated into regular pedagogic practice via ‘Potentially Exploitable Pedagogic Activities’ (PEPAs). ‘Action for understanding’ will be the watchwords, and notions such as ‘planning for understanding’ and ‘quality of classroom life’ will also be explored.
For Inés Miller this was a homecoming, as she grew up in Buenos Aires and attended Lenguas Vivas as a student before moving to Rio de Janeiro some years ago.