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ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A STUDENT




One of the greatest challenges English teachers face when dealing with students is making them feel how prepared they are to use their English in real life, and also how much their English has improved throughout time. What teachers aim students to have is the so-called sense of achievement.

Here’s one example of how we worked our students’ sense of achievement in our branch. It all started when we, three Bangu branch teachers, realised our students needed to practice the language in a way that could depict reality more accurately. So, we decided we would give them an opportunity to mingle with other English speakers, in our case, some other Cultura Inglesa Bangu students.

So far, not very different from what many teachers are used to doing. In order to “spice things up”, we decided to give our students both a teaching and a coaching experience. We put together a class of Cultura Express 2, one of Cultura Express 3 and another of Master 2 to perform some speaking activities, including a BYOD one. Along with that, Master 2 students were asked to monitor and give their Cultura Express mates some feedback.

Far from being "just another project which went right", it turned out to be one of the most unexpected and rewarding moments we teachers have ever seen. Our students were definitely having a great sense of achievement! Not only were students engaged in collaborative work, but they were also able to feel the magic of being exposed to a real life English experience.

While Cultura Express students reported that they had to survive in class and therefore they needed to use every possible resource and knowledge they had to go through the task, one Master 2 student reflected upon his student life at Cultura Inglesa. "That was me some time ago. I could see myself seven years ago when I was a beginner and I faced the same difficulties and struggles with the language to make myself clear when trying to speak. I can still remember the first steps I had made to understand the new structures of that new language and how confusing it could become. I could surprisingly be conscious of how much I’ve learnt and how worthy these years as a Cultura Inglesa student have been”.

Once upon a time there was a student...and that student was me!

MARCIA MICHEL
marcia.michel@culturainglesa.net

MARIZA AVELLAR
mariza.avellar@culturainglesa.net

MARIANA SCHWANTES
marischwantes@yahoo.com.br

Marcia, Mariza and Mariana teach at our Bangu branch.





October TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY
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This video snippet was prepared by Guilherme Pacheco, Academic Coordinator, for the XXIV APIES Seminar held in Vitória, Espírito Santo in September 2014. It discusses the use of technology from a pedagogical perspective and features brief interviews with Giselle Santos, Academic Coordinator & member of the Google Teacher Academy, and Colin Paton, Head of EdTech.

To watch the video, click here.




October BECOMING A BETTER TEACHER
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How can we become better teachers?

In trying to answer this question, five internationally renowned teacher trainers give us a simple tip each. Which of these tips could you put readily into practice?

Watch the following video snippet (5 minutes only) and find out why they think these tips are important.



October TEACHINGENGLISH WEBINARS
British Council
For teachers who may be interested in their own self-development, watching webinars can be an interesting source of ideas.

The British Council TeachingEnglish website offers a range of recorded webinars ranging from teaching children and teens to learner autonomy and areas most Brazilian teachers are less acquainted with, such as CLIL.

Click here to go over the full list of recorded webinars.




October JULIAN TREASURE – FIVE WAYS TO LISTEN BETTER
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Being able to listen to our students is crucial to interaction and the monitoring of language in the classroom. Yet, according to Julian Treasure, “we are losing our listening”. Watch this 7-minute TED TALK and find out how you can improve your listening ability.

To watch the talk, click here.




October CAMBRIDGE ESOL FOR TEACHERS
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Cambridge ESOL for Teachers is the new Cambridge ESOL Brazil e-newsletter, which aims to deepen their relationship with English teachers all over the country and to help promote professional growth for these teachers.

To subscribe to their e-newsletter, please write to info@cambridgeesol.org.br.



October REFLECTIONS ON BEING A TEACHER
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Is TEFL really a profession?

Scott Thornbury, leading trainer and writer in the field of ELT, has blogged about this issue. If you would like to read his blog entry, please click here.





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