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The history behind the picture

may2012I can still remember when this picture was taken and how tired I was at the end of that day. Pictures always have a history behind them, much more interesting than the developed frame most of times. Working with kids is so physically demanding as it is rewarding, you get exhausted and paradoxically at peace of mind at the same time.  All I wanted in  that particular day was to go home for my well-deserved rest. Even though, some extra work waited for me in the shape of two students. To be honest, I had quite forgotten that a couple of students would be waiting for me in order to make the most important part of the recording of a short movie we were planning for a festival in which our school was enrolled for the second year. Well, one cannot be a teacher and limit oneself to write things on the board and have the students merely to copy them.

When I arrived at the computer room he was already there, exulting happiness for everything was ready for our session. Thiago was explaining me that he and his friend Juliana had already chosen the spot where they would perform and record the movie but she was late. They wanted to use the sports court because of the monocycle, but I was worried because of the illumination and the audio effects in such opened space. However, as all my strenght had been drained from me I kept silent, just listening to his explanations and he was so excited that I didn’t have the heart to disappoint him.

As he spoke my mind would go in and out of tune as a bad radio.I had been approved to study in London and was about to travel in a couple of days, we would have a very short time to finish the whole project, the students didn’t know it yet and all these things came in and out of my mind. I suddenly looked at him and he took the picture. I’ve just had half a second to remove my glasses.

When Juliana finally managed to arrive I sort of recovered part of my senses as if she had drawn both ot us out of a trance. She had been also drained from her strenght and was tired as most evening students always are. Anyway,  the very perspective of giving life to a project of her own was enough to operate a complete change in her countenance. I automatically followed them to the place and suggested some arrangements during the last rehearsal. She gracefully rode the monocycle circling the sports court to finally stop near the goal posts. Then,  she recited a poem entitled ‘Clown’ which is very famous in Brazil . The effect of her voice remained in my head for several days. What a sad life clowns have, for heavens sake!

The result of this and other adventures can be seen at http://vimeo.com/42798263, it is one of my favorite short movies produced by students.  In fact we had just a couple of days to edit and make the subtitles before my departure to London from where I did all burocratic work to send the videos to the festival ‘Creating with purpose’ promoted by Adobe Foundation. If there is one thing I love about my job is the possibility of fostering students’ creative powers together with teaching them some English along the process. That day I went home more than two hours later than I had expected to and I can’t remember the walking, I might have levitated.

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London, London

London, London is one of my favorite songs written by Caetano Veloso .Brazil was in a militar dictatorship for 20 years and Caetano was “invited” to leave the country in the late 60’s.

Another video of London, London when he was younger.

As everybody has already noticed now, the world hasn’t finished. So, I will finish this posting with ‘Terra’ (Earth), definitely a celebration of life and surely my favorite one composed by Caetano Veloso.

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Brazilian Language Teachers in London

Gláucia Mendes is a language teacher at a Federal school in the city of Formosa, in Goias. She tells the  TVNBR about her experience of living and studying for five weeks in London due to a scholarship offered by the Brazilian Government. For more information see http://capes.gov.br/ or http://www.capes.gov.br/servicos/sala-de-imprensa/36-noticias/5737-programa-ensino-de-ingles-como-lingua-estrangeira-e-abordado-em-reportagem-da-tv-nbr

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September 7, 2012 · 1:16 am

Let’s go to London!

Programa Ensino de Inglês como uma Língua Estrangeira

O programa de Ensino de Inglês como Língua Estrangeira é resultado da parceria entre a Capes e o Instituto de Educação da Universidade de Londres (IOE) para promover a capacitação de docentes de Língua Inglesa vinculados à rede pública de Educação Básica.

Com a parceria, a Capes pretende oferecer aos professores da Educação Básica a oportunidade de aperfeiçoamento profissional por meio de ações de cooperação internacional, uma estratégia já adotada, com êxito, na qualificação de docentes e pesquisadores que atuam na pós-graduação stricto sensu.

Interessou? Saiba mais a respeito no site da CAPES http://www.capes.gov.br/editais/abertos/5712-programa-ensino-de-ingles-como-uma-lingua-estrangeira. Que fique bem claro, quem oferece essa oportunidade é o governo federal.Image

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Take a bow London!



London and its impressive landmanks in Olympic times can be seen in this site http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2187373/Take-bow-London-How-capital-took-Olympics-heart-stunning-landmarks-perfect-backdrop-gold.html

As you can see I’ve already chosen my favorite one. What’s yours?

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Institute of Education, London University

My hometown for 35 days. The virtual tour.


August 3, 2012 · 1:55 am

Yes, I have experienced London Weather!

Sunny London is lovely. The sunlit city with its squares and gardens can really illuminate the worst of moods. It’s a delight to eyes and soul.

Rainny London can kill your dearest hopes of a good day. Rain comes out of nothing, it is sudden, unnexpected. Be prepared to buy an umbrella (a good one) in case you have forgotten yours.

Cold London is … well, your skin and bones will never be the same anymore. Never had I seen my face that red before, and I am not white to get so red. Scarves, coats and gloves and you’re still cold. Hot chocolate, hot soup, hot tea and you’re still cold. So, be cold.

Even your thoughts will fly in windy London, together with your belongings if you’re not alert. I saw umbrellas going into orbit.

Useful sites to get along well with the city http://www.weather.com/weather/right-now/UKXX0085

Sunlit day in Cambridge.

Right after the rain in Candem Town.

Redfaced and happy in Canterbury.

Jubilee day, I still haven’t fully recovered from that cold.

You can get this card on  http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/37444422/BRITISH_WEATHER_LONDON_POSTCARD_USED.html


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Queen Elizabeth meets James Bond

You can check other amazing pics at http://bestmoviesevernews.com/real-animals-fake-rain-danny-boyle-olympic-opening-ceremony-vision/

You can have more of this story on http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/londonspy/mr-bond-did-think-funny-141033266.html


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Olympic Games

The flame is in London, find out everything you want to know about the Olympic Games at the official site.


July 28, 2012 · 12:07 am

London Diary, July 25.

Foreign language teachers seem to think alike no matter what language they teach or where they live. In England schools also offer classes in foreign language, usually French, German or Spanish. The teachers with whom we had contact during the time we studied in London, have the same concerns that we foreign language teachers here in Brazil have when it comes to eliciting good reasons for our students to learn English. One might think: ‘if the entire planet is learning to speak English, why do I need to worry about learning another language?’ In the photo below we can see a language teacher in action in order to answer to this question, besides to engage students into studying a foreign language.

 And you? can you think of other reasons to study a foreign language? Leave us your comment.


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