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

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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

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

BrELT on the Road in Rio – Part I

Alberto Costa, a professional I admire, once wrote a comment about my blog entry describing the Braz-Tesol SIG Symposium. He said that I "had a way with words". I was really flattered to read that but somehow I now struggle to find the words to describe the fantastic experience I had on Saturday. Perhaps it's … Continue reading BrELT on the Road in Rio – Part I

While Finnish students study Karl Marx and embody Paulo Freire’s view of education, Brazilians want to ban their most quoted author from schools

"Teacher is assaulted by 15yo student" "Student breaks both arms and six teeth of a teacher" "I'm still afraid of saying no to a student and be physically attacked" Says teacher who was pushed against the wall and suffered a head trauma. "Student attacks 56yo teacher who asks him to put away his cell phone" … Continue reading While Finnish students study Karl Marx and embody Paulo Freire’s view of education, Brazilians want to ban their most quoted author from schools

Do fun and meaningful learning experiences walk hand in hand? A student’s perspective

I know what you're thinking. I have too many students named Julia. Actually I have just two and they're both very bright young ladies. My other student Júlia talked about curiosity and changing the world. Read her text here. This time this Julia shares her feelings about class and meaningful learning experiences. Hard to disagree … Continue reading Do fun and meaningful learning experiences walk hand in hand? A student’s perspective

5 activities to get your students to speak more in class

Are you struggling to make your students use the language in the classroom? If the answer is yes, then I can tell you that we've all been there. Maybe not for every group or in every class, but I dare say that you've gotten frustrated once or twice (or a thousand times) because of a … Continue reading 5 activities to get your students to speak more in class

13 Tips to Help You Start a Great Semester and Keep on Track

Materials I bought to keep track of my students' learning and to motivate them Are you excited about the second semester? I truly hope you are. As you can see from the picture above, I am really excited and I have a great feeling about my classes. Last year I posted some principles I follow … Continue reading 13 Tips to Help You Start a Great Semester and Keep on Track