PDPI Brazil English Teachers Program

The purpose of this 6-week certificate program is to offer English language enrichment and professional training designed specifically for high school English teachers from Brazil to:

  • Strengthen teachers' English language proficiency, with emphasis on conversational fluency and pronunciation
  • Enhance teachers' English language teaching capabilities in the Brazilian high school context
  • Foster opportunities for the teachers to network with US ESL faculty members and education specialists
  • Offer the cultural experience of US campus life and opportunities for cultural and social activities in the US Midwest

Travel Information

The Brazil High School Teachers Program arrival date is June 30, 2019.

Flying into Kansas City International Airport, Missouri (MCI)

  • The Kansas City airport is a one-hour drive from Lawrence, Kansas where the University of Kansas is located.
  • Staff from the AEC will meet you at the airport and assist you in catching the bus to Lawrence.
  • Once you have gotten off the plane, AEC staff members will be waiting for you at the gate with a sign that reads: The University of Kansas Welcomes PDPI - Brazil English Teachers
  • The staff members will help you find your luggage and catch the bus to Lawrence.
  • If you have a delay at any point on your journey that will chanage the flight number on which you will arrive, please call or text 785-521-5944 with the new flight number.
  • The staff will ride the bus back to Lawrence with you and help you get settled into the residence hall where you will be living during your program.

We hope your journey is a safe one and we look forward to meeting you.

Housing and Meals


Participants will live with a roommate from the program in a double occupancy room in Downs Hall on the University of Kansas campus. You will be provided with sheets, a blanket, a pillow and a towel for use during your program.

  • All rooms are suites
  • Private bedrooms in both 2-person and 4-person suites
  • Free laundry rooms are located on each floor
  • A recreation room is available
  • The hall comes equipped with a full kitchen


  • You will have a Breakfast/Dinner meal plan and will eat your meals at Mrs. E's. Mrs. E's features “food court-style” service, where different stations offer specialized items such as pasta, salads, sandwiches, a pizzeria, and a grill. Diners can choose from 8-10 different entrees at each meal.
  • You will be provided with Dining Dollars on your KUID cards so that you will be able to eat lunch on campus. There are a variety of restaurants available on campus for you to choose from.

In case of sickness, you should first go to the Watkins Student Health Center on campus.

  • They will decide whether to treat you at the Health Center or to send you to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Do not go to the hospital without a referral from the Student Health Center. It will be expensive, and the insurance company may not reimburse you.


  • As a student at the Applied English Center, you will be eligible for the full services offered by the Watkins Student Health Center at KU. You must have your KUID with you to receive medical treatment.
  • There is a charge for many services, including medications, x-rays and minor surgery. You and your health insurance company must pay these charges.
  • Prescriptions filled at the Student Health Center are not free, but they are less expensive than other pharmacies.
  • Dental care is not available at Watkins.
Watkins Hours of Operation

Appointment Line: 785-864-9507
Pharmacy: 785-864-9512
Automated Line: 785-864-9500
Emergency: 911

Health Insurance

You will be covered by KU student health insurance.

As a student at the KU, you will be able to see a doctor for free while you are at here. 

Any medical tests, medications or treatments you receive will be partially covered by your insurance but you will also be responsible for part of these costs.  The exact distribution of charges will depend upon which tests, medication or treatments you require but, in general, insurance covers about 80% of your medical charges. 

Medical Check-in

As an ISP student your medical requirements will be:

  • Two (2) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination
  • Answering a Tuberculosis questionnaire

If you have an official vaccination record that shows you have already taken the MMR vaccinations in your home country, you can bring it with you. The record must be in English, show the date you took the vaccination, and be signed by a doctor.

If your vaccination record is not in English, you can print the form found at this link and ask your doctor to fill it out and sign it.

In the U.S., the MMR vaccination contains three vaccines – one each for Measles, Mumps and Rubella.  In your country each of these vaccines might be given separately.  Your records must show two vaccinations for each disease.

If you do not have the correct vaccination record, you will be required to take the vaccinations here. 


Communicating in English for Brazilian EFL Teachers

  • This course emphasizes conversational fluency, including prosody (e.g., phrasal stress, intonation, etc.), key segmentals such as vowels, oral grammar, and organization.  The course will also focus on pedagogical strategies starting with the language of classroom management.  Other pedagogical strategies include the ability to use English to introduce, define, explain and demonstrate relationships among key concepts in the teacher’s discipline.

Pronunciation Enhancement for Brazilian EFL Teachers

  • This course focuses on the Brazilian teachers’ English pronunciation.  Teachers will do a variety of exercise to increase awareness of American English pronunciation.  They will also work on pronunciation of sounds compared to those of a native speaker.  The courses include discussions on what is learned in the course that could be adapted into lessons for their students.

Teaching Methods for the EFL Classroom

  • This course will introduce a variety of strategies for student communication and engagement in English as a foreign language teaching.  Participants will familiarize themselves with various lessons and teaching approaches in listening, speaking and pronunciation accuracy and fluency. 

Technology in the EFL Classroom

  • This course will use the TESOL Technology Standards as well as 21st Century Learning Skills as a framework for developing teacher foundational technology skills and abilities.  The focus is on helping the teachers discover ways to use technology effectively in their EFL classroom context and learn about useful digital resources.

Guest Lecture Series: Topics for EFL Teachers

  • Participants will attend lectures on topics of interest to EFL teachers in Brazil.  Sessions will focus on areas of curriculum and instruction for EFL students.  Ample time will be reserved for group discussion.  
Field Trips

You will take two out-of-town field trips during your program. One to Kansas City and one to Topeka (the state capital of Kansas). Possible destinations in each city:

  1. Kansas City Trip
    • Legends Outlet Mall
    • Cabela's
  2. Topeka Trip
    • Kansas History Museum
    • Brown vs. Board of Education

You will also have several cultural activities in Lawrence while you are here.  Included:

  • Independence Day Activities
  • Cook out at Clinton Lake
  • Dinner in an American Home
Optional Activities
Contact Information

The office is open from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. You may call the office to contact ISP staff during those hours. During the evenings or weekends, if you need to speak with someone from the ISP, you should call 785-521-5944.

Emergency phone:  785-521-5944

ISP Office phone:  785-864-6161

Mindy Van House
Office: (785) 864-1496

Erin Greer Smith
Office: (785) 864-1557

Grace Marco
Office: (785) 864-6161

Geri Lamer
Office: (785) 864-1321

Aaron Huerter
Office: (785) 864-5316