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I am a freelance teacher trainer and course writer in English Language Teaching.

I enjoy reading, writing and talking about critical methodologies, complexity theory, philosophy of education, and teacher training and development in general.

I’m the editor of IATEFL Teacher Development Newsletter. You can see a call for articles and a free downloadable issue here.

More about my work at: willycardoso.com (articles, interviews, videos etc)



15 thoughts on “About

  1. I like your philosophy 🙂

  2. Hi Willy,
    I like you philosphy, and your hobbies. I hope the career break is fruitful. Thanks for the links to complxity theory.

    • Hi David,

      Thanks for taking the time to write that. It’s very important to know that some people appreciate our work. I have visited your blog too and liked it much.

      If you want more literature on Complexity theory in relation to anything more specific or if you have questions or answer about it, please let me know and I’ll be happy to share it with you.

      • David Warr says:

        Hi Willy, yes, I do. What is complexity theory? What is Chaos Theory? Fractals. I think they’re like Thornbury’s no.7 in “Ways of looking at grammar”, fish creating a shoal. I mentioned on Rick’s blog the book Fuzzy Thinking. From what I remember, only our invented number system has pure 0% and 100%. In the universe, everything else is somewhere in between, fuzzy. But I haven’t read it for quite a few years now. 10 minutes maximum to write, boy, no more, got it… oh go on then, if you must. Thanks for the comments on my blog, by the way. Much appreciated.

      • Sorry for taking so long to reply!

        I’ve been thinking about the best way to explain that in 10 minutes and it’s impossible. It wouldn’t be interesting for you in fact, I’d have to reduce the concepts too much, even if it were for one hour of writing. What I can do for now is to offer you some reference and what I can do later is to make myself available for a chat about it. Hope that’s reasonable for you.

        In the field of SLA and Applied Linguistics the seminal work comes from Larsen-Freeman in this article

        This is a great website with an intro to the sciences, notice that it has nothing to do with language teaching in there but it’s good to make one familiar with Chaos theory mainly and its lingo, such as fractals, edge of chaos and the butterfly effect.

        If you’re more into the Philosophy of Education you can read this one.

  3. Dory says:

    Hi Willy,

    I am an assistant professor in a teacher education program in Wisconsin. I am also a former ESL teacher. I am also interested in complexity theory and write about it, among other things you might like to explore, such as critiques of neoliberalism. I think you have some good ideas.I found your webpage while exploring readings on authentic teaching. I think you have some good ideas here, but many of them will be hard to implement in the U.S. with our educational policy No Child Left Behind, which pretty much mandates fragmented and reductionist teaching, without overtly saying so. Good luck with your graduate studies. There are a LOT of interesting ideas out there to explore. Enjoy your time to read and think.

    • Hello Dory!
      Thanks for taking the time to leave me a message!

      Complexity Theory is hard to implement anywhere in the world I guess, I understand the constraints and old-fashionism of NCLB though. On the other hand, American universities are quite prolific in Complexity Theory as far as I know. The old challenge, aligning academia with policy-making.

      How can I read your writings?

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  5. Ana Tetley says:

    Oi Willy! Tudo bem? Welcome to London, though I don’t live there anymore…based in Germany now. Nice to see a fellow Brazilian making the right moves on the blogosphere and online in general re. all things learning! I lived in England for many years, and still have many friends ther…amongst them there is a paraglider.
    Then off to live in Japan, which then brought me to Germany. I teach grade 5, but taught EFL and Portuguese for many many years. I’m now facilitating learning for 18 grade 5 students at an International school. V curious about complexity Theory now…will be following you on Twitter!
    Tchau Willy and Boa Sorte!

  6. Congrats for your blog, and it seems we share a point iof view on complexity-education-learning. Regards

  7. Hala says:

    I don’t know how I ended up here, but I really sent almost half an hour (that’s too much for me) really enjoying reading your posts.
    Excellent, simple and direct to the heart words.
    Hala (an English language teacher in KSA).

  8. […] class in a room with fixed chairs and tables, laid out in rows facing the blackboard, I thought of Willy Cardoso and his comments on space and environment and emergence – the emergence of a group dynamic […]

  9. Simon Franks says:

    Eazy Willy!

    What a fascinating blog, I’d had a very, very quick look at it before but I’ve just read some more this evening. Wow! I think you’ve really hit the spot with this, there are tonnes of eye-opening, thought-provoking, self-reflecting thoughts and ideas here – thanks. I think the idea of a blog is incredibly powerful, I like its lack of formality and rigidity. And yours feels very original, and well, erm, authentic?!

    It’s bizarre how when you (read ‘me’) look back, as you suggest, on your childhood memories of schooling or even sixth-form college and realise quite how stifling it was, and probably still is, or maybe more so what with all those targets, milestones, deliverables, assessments, attainment tests, league tables etc. Can there be anything left of teaching when we’ve professionalised it and operationalised it to death and are digging its grave and planning to fill it in with corporate-sponsored concrete? Working where I have now left having requested voluntary redundancy has left me with a very sick feeling particularly about the higher education system (whatever that means?) in the UK. I’d like to brain-dump some sort of diatribe somewhere on the internet, but I can’t – I’m gagged, yes, literally, I signed a dreadful Compromise Agreement – which probably says enough in itself about where I worked (which shall remain nameless here publicly).

    I noticed you mentioned a few thinkers in your interview on Facebook, one of whom was Paulo Friere. I’ve just ‘found’ him in a roundabout sort of way – his ideas really strip teaching, or at least the foundations of conventional orthodox education, down to the bone. I plan to read some more of him but it’s time-consuming as I’m reading in Portuguese and I keep getting distracted by other stuff. I hadn’t heard of the other two you mention in the interview, one sounds Russian, but I’ll look them up.

    Thanks for all the material here. As we’re heading back to Brazil, I might have to go back to teaching, so it’s great to read things written here and by the community. I realise that my own belief and approach mixed with formalised learning systems and methodolgies turned me off teaching a lot latterly – I think I would have done (many!) things differently in Brazil looking back. I would quite like to explore in some way, shape or form, how I can can build some connectivity between learning, pedagogy and International Relations, and maybe this blog has just opened my eyes a little bit more as to the depth and breadth of EFL-related subjects which would be really exciting to explore…

    Thanks mate, sorry about the rant. Looking forward to catching up at some point…

    Well done on your blog – it’s quite some achievement!!!

    Give my (our) love to Fernanda



  10. Eric K. says:

    Found my way to your blog from your interview with the NNEST Blog.(http://nnest.blog.com/2013/07/28/willy-cardoso/). Always glad to read about other ELT professionals’ thoughts and experiences.

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