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Brené Brown, vulnerability and courage: why we should step out of our comfort zone and be seen

The first time I heard about Brené Brown was probably around 2 years ago back in Brazil. As I've mentioned before, I'm a big TED Talks fan and have literally watched over 100 of them. They do deliver a powerful message in just a few minutes. Brené's talk wasn't any different. In fact, it was … Continue reading Brené Brown, vulnerability and courage: why we should step out of our comfort zone and be seen

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Avengers Endgame, Game of Thrones, and Spoilers: how to work with expectation and reward in the class

This is definitely a great year to be alive if you're a Marvel Universe fan. After watching the exciting Captain Marvel movie on the big screen (check my blog post about it here), the Avengers saga comes to an epic end this month. More than 20 films later! Nothing has been more epic than that … Continue reading Avengers Endgame, Game of Thrones, and Spoilers: how to work with expectation and reward in the class

What can Tabata Amaral’s story tell us about Self-Efficacy and opportunity?

I write this blog post on Easter Sunday. A time for renewal, for new beginnings. It is true that in many parts of the world this is the period, after New Year's eve, that most makes reference to starting anew. I, for one, particularly like this metaphor. Whatever your beliefs, your religion, or lack thereof, … Continue reading What can Tabata Amaral’s story tell us about Self-Efficacy and opportunity?

Including inclusion in your classroom: a lesson from diversity

I've had two incredibly stimulating weeks. Last week I attended, for the very first time, the IATEFL Conference in Liverpool. It was a wonderful chance to meet old friends and, particularly, learn from great references in ELT. One of those references is John Gray, professor at UCL and an expert in LGBTQ+ issues in ESOL. … Continue reading Including inclusion in your classroom: a lesson from diversity

Portugal, Captain Marvel, and learning: the role of emotions in academic achievement – spoiler alert

One of the most beautiful countries I've been to is Portugal. This tiny land, at the far end of Europe, on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean is both beautiful and full of history. It was there, in the city of Guimarães, that one of its oldest castles was built giving rise to the united … Continue reading Portugal, Captain Marvel, and learning: the role of emotions in academic achievement – spoiler alert

Part 3. Consolidation

We finally got to the end of this three-post series on how to use the Science of Learning to make learning more effective! Check out Parts 1 (ENGAGE) and 2 (BUILD) right here and here. Ok, so we've discussed how you need to first ENGAGE your student (or yourself as a learner) and BUILD on … Continue reading Part 3. Consolidation

Part 1. Engage your Student

Hello, everyone! I'm excited to write my second blog post of the year and I hope you make good use of it. This will be the first part of a trilogy, so stay tuned for more in the coming weeks. Not sure I have mentioned this enough and, if I'm getting annoying, it's just to … Continue reading Part 1. Engage your Student

Ode to Viking: Storytelling as a powerful learning tool

In loving memory of my father Sven Åke Lennart Hedlund (1942 - 2019)   “To him an heir was afterward born, a son in his halls, whom heaven sent to favor the folk, feeling their woe that erst they had lacked an earl for leader so long a while; the Lord endowed him, the Wielder … Continue reading Ode to Viking: Storytelling as a powerful learning tool

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