A critical period for language acquisition: let’s get critical

Ever heard that kids are naturals when it comes to learning a language? Or maybe you know someone who gets easily discouraged from attending a second language course because they say they’re too old. Whatever you might have heard about this, whether you can remember or not, I’m positive it’s related to one of the … Continue reading A critical period for language acquisition: let’s get critical

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How I got a Chevening Scholarship #chosenforchevening

I’m an English teacher and have been working since 19 teaching in the private sector. I once wanted to be a doctor and went to a prep course to pass the medical school entry exam. I failed. To be quite honest, I never really knew exactly what career I wanted to pursue. I ended up … Continue reading How I got a Chevening Scholarship #chosenforchevening

Como eu consegui uma Bolsa Chevening

Sou professor de inglês e trabalho desde dos 19 anos ensinando na rede privada. Já quis ser médico e fiz cursinho para passar no vestibular de medicina. Não consegui. Pra ser bem sincero, nunca soube exatamente o que eu gostaria de ter como profissão. Acabei entrando num curso de Relações Internacionais simplesmente porque eu falava … Continue reading Como eu consegui uma Bolsa Chevening

Two Valentine’s Days, another Ancient Greek lesson, and 5 tips to wrap up the semester with lots of LOVE

I had never thought about it but I've just realized most English classes in Brazil start a couple of weeks before the official Valentine's Day in February, which celebrates love worldwide, and finish a couple a weeks after our national Valentine's Day in June. What a lovely way to think about it, don't you agree? … Continue reading Two Valentine’s Days, another Ancient Greek lesson, and 5 tips to wrap up the semester with lots of LOVE

High or Low-tech? A collaboration with Stephan Hughes on how to teach it and (or not) tech it

Striking a balance between extensive and minimal use of technology in the language learning classroom is paramount to learner progress and sense of achievement. Jaqui Murraw”s thirteen reasons for using technology in the classroom aside (http://www.teachhub.com/13-reasons-using-technology-classroom), I advocate for a moment of less tech and more human in our day to day teaching practice. Here are … Continue reading High or Low-tech? A collaboration with Stephan Hughes on how to teach it and (or not) tech it

English ID 3, Unit 3: A Lesson Plan with Authentic Materials about traveling and cities

Hello, everyone! Hope you're having a great Monday so far. As I know nobody really likes Monday and some of you might be using Richmond's English ID 3, here's the link to a lesson I prepared for my teenage group. All the instructions are in the SPEAKER'S NOTES section below every slide. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1-ZDS0u9gCrqXH5ruDzf1UyM65NfiQ_x1Lf7CHr_k9f0/edit?usp=sharing The idea … Continue reading English ID 3, Unit 3: A Lesson Plan with Authentic Materials about traveling and cities

Let your students do the hard work! Game design, brain activity, and learning

If we could measure brain activity through the fumes each brain releases into the atmosphere when it's working, which of the following activities do you think are more costly: Watching TV Watching a lecture Sleeping Well, assuming brains work like cars and release gases (that's true only of our digestive system), we'd probably see a … Continue reading Let your students do the hard work! Game design, brain activity, and learning

My account of BRAZ-TESOL Goiânia/Brasília Joint Event

This last Saturday I attended the BRAZ-TESOL Goiânia/Brasília Joint Event. It was held at the school I work for, CCBEU-GO, in the lovely Jd. América neighborhood in Goiânia. It was a warm morning (as pretty much all the mornings here) and one could hardly see a single cloud in the sky. The event was wonderful … Continue reading My account of BRAZ-TESOL Goiânia/Brasília Joint Event

Socrates and Teaching: Past, Present, and Future

After a long (sort of) hiatus, I'm glad to be back. If you must know, I was focusing all my efforts on the Chevening Scholarship with its application process and interview at the British Embassy. So I have a favor to ask: If you think my blog is interesting and you like my posts, send … Continue reading Socrates and Teaching: Past, Present, and Future

English as a Lingua Franca: A case between Brazil and Iraq

About a year ago, quite unpretensiously, checking my Facebook timeline, a message popped up on the right corner. It was a woman from a city in Iraq. She had sent me a message with a very simple request: help her improve her English. Unfortunately, as I think many people would have felt, I was initially … Continue reading English as a Lingua Franca: A case between Brazil and Iraq