About a Boy (2002) is one of my top 5 favorite movies ever. If you haven't seen it yet, I strongly recommend it. The movie starts with the main character -- Will (Hugh Grant) -- jokingly attributing the quote "No man is an island" to Jon Bon Jovi. A little-known fact, perhaps, is that this… Continuar lendo The power of collaboration: a brief reflection on 2019
On February 28th, I delivered a webinar hosted by Livraria Disal on The Importance of Language Awareness in our CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and it was a fantastic experience. Thanks Disal and the BRAZ-TESOL TD (Teacher Development) Sig for the invitation, and I'd also like to thank everyone who attended the Webinar and sent me… Continuar lendo Disal’s Webinar: The Importance of Language Awareness in our CPD
Passing Delta Module 1 with Distinction: I did it and so can you! This is my first post for BrELT and I can barely put into words how delighted I am to have been invited by Natália Guerreiro to share some of my experience with Delta Module 1 and how I got a Distinction in it. The reason why… Continuar lendo Delta Module 1 with Distinction? Done!
At the very beginning of Delta Module 2, candidates are asked to state some of their core beliefs with relation to language learning and teaching. As one of them, I also had to state mine, and with the benefit of hindsight, I must confess that a few of my beliefs were rather half-baked. After four months,… Continuar lendo Good teaching, lists and feedback
When reading About Language (Thornbury, 1997) for the very first time, one word in the introduction caught my eye. Thornbury argues that “it would seem to be axiomatic that knowledge of subject-matter is a pre-requisite for effective teaching, whether the subject is mathematics, history, geography, or, in this case, a second or foreign language”. Prior… Continuar lendo Helping teachers build up their confidence: it is not as axiomatic as it seems