Category Archives: Speaking

Focus on: like

We very often sound redundant by sticking to same old words and expressions. Especially when it comes to a foreign language – after all, why should I do it differently, as long as such words and expressions have proved themselves effective … Continue reading

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Listening: Ira Glass on Storytelling

This video is aimed at writers and people who do creative work, but the first time I’ve seen it I was so inspired by it that I thought it could easily apply to other contexts, other professionals and to people … Continue reading

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Using electronic gadgets in class

Mobile phones in class? Yes! I can recall at least 4 situations which involved the use of electronic gadgets in my English lessons throughout the last semestre. Some of my colleague teachers were so interested that I thought it might … Continue reading

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Focus on: the date

 Hello-o! Here’s a quick take on basics, because there is a difference between the way we say a date in English and the way we write it. We can write: 16th June, 2013 or 16 June 2013 or 16/06/2013. We can say: … 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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