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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

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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

There is Hope! Growth Mindset and the New Year

First of all, I'd like to thank each and every single person who has ever read my blog and helped me spread some knowledge out there. I truly wish you success in any endeavor you choose to pursue. After all, success is pretty much all we discuss during and after this festive and fattening period, … Continue reading There is Hope! Growth Mindset and the New Year

The Pomodoro Technique, Brain Breaks, and TED Talks: How to Increase Focus and Improve Memory Retention

Extracted from BRAZ-TESOL MBE Facebook page “Brain breaks were, by far, one of the most interesting things I heard in a presentation about neuroscience. I would love to know more about the activities you usually carry out with your students following this trend.”   María Eugenia Alvarez, British Council Argentina   “Brain breaks have proved … Continue reading The Pomodoro Technique, Brain Breaks, and TED Talks: How to Increase Focus and Improve Memory Retention

PBL Taken Further: 5 Ps to Get your Students Around it on International Trips

  Hello, folks! First of all, I'd like to apologize for not writing for some time. I've been quite busy and involved in many projects. But I'm back and I have great news, which will be duly announced soon. One of the main reasons why I've been absent is the wonderful Goiás Without Borders program … Continue reading PBL Taken Further: 5 Ps to Get your Students Around it on International Trips