Category Archives: Cultural differences

ELT: On working with readers

 Last semestre I had an intermediate group which had a mandatory reading – the Slumdog Millionaire graded reader, adapted and published by Macmillan. Even though many (if not all) of my students had seen the film, I made a point of … Continue reading

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What is ‘feijoada’?

 Last week one of my groups was working on the topic “Ordering food at a pub or restaurant” and as a warm-up for the subsequent lesson we did a role play in which one of them would be a gringo … Continue reading

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Brazil on the spot: News Reading and EFL

Very sad news here in Brazil, regarding the fire in a nightclub in Rio Grande do Sul, where more than 230 people died. This is how the Daily Telegraph reported the tragedy:   Although it’s a decidedly grieving topic, my … Continue reading

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Britishism

Did you guys know that in Britain people use the term “ginger” to describe someone who’s red-haired? And did you know that, apparently, in 1998 people in the United States started using “ginger” instead of “red-haired”, due to the publication … Continue reading

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The lost art of defining a concept

During the last weeks I’ve come across two texts in English which were dealing with concepts that are intrinsically Brazilian: first, the setting up of university quotas to state school students (published by the BBC World News) and, second, the introduction … Continue reading

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