Working with intercultural communities of teachers has become increasingly more popular in remote teaching as it is easier to communicate with teachers from the Americas. As classrooms become increasingly multicultural and multi-ethnic, teachers need to acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes to adapt successfully to culturally diverse classrooms, engage learners and promote understanding and tolerance among cultures.

Two experts on cultural engagement (one from Brazil; another from Peru) discuss their perspectives, experiences as well as share practical resources to use in your lessons.

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Mariella from Peru, was a former champion teacher who participated in the programme in 2016 and 2019. Having been part of this programme enabled her to lead a teachers learning community “English Teachers in Peru” in the remote andean region of Puno, almost 4,000 meters above sea level. Mariela holds an ELT degree from the National Pedagogical Institute - Arequipa. She’s part of the Top Teachers 2020 Program organized by the Ministry of Education in Peru & British Council. Currently, she works as an English language teacher at Jose Galvez High School in Yunguyo – Puno. She guided an English Project based on enhancing the English language communicative competencies in an intercultural context.


Rodrigo from Brazil holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Brasília (Laboratory of Indigenous Languages and Literatures). He has experience in teaching English as an intercultural language in bi/tri/multilingual contexts, based on intercultural, transdisciplinary, and translinguistic teaching theories and approaches. He also has experience in documentation, description, and analysis of Brazilian indigenous languages, and in the production of intercultural pedagogical material. Currently, he works as a professor at the State University of Goiás. Areas of interest include the following topics: Intercultural English; Bilingual education; Intercultural language teaching; Transdisciplinarity; Translinguistics.