Talk to the Expert: interview with Isabela Villas Boas

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This week TEFL Equity Advocates had the pleasure to talk to Isabela Villas Boas, who is the Academic Superintendent at Casa Thomas Jefferson, one of the biggest and best-known English language schools in Brasil. Recently, I’ve added the school to the Hall of Fame for their long-standing commitment to giving both native and non-native speakers equal employment opportunities. So, among other things, in the interview we discussed their hiring policy, part of which involves the candidates – native and non-native alike – taking an English proficiency and language awareness exam. Watch the interview below to find out why Isabela thinks both groups should take this test. Do you agree with her?

For more interviews visit the Talk to the Expert section. You can watch other video interviews on TEFL Equity Advocates’ YouTube channel.

Isabela Villas BoasIsabela Villas Boas holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in Education from Universidade de Brasília. She has been at Casa Thomas Jefferson for 28 years, where she is currently the Academic Superintendent. Her main academic interests are second language writing, teacher development, ELT methodology, and assessment. She blogs at and is a member of the NNEST-of-the-month Blog team.


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