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This blog is aimed at professionals who seek professional excellence and are tireless in learning more and more... Here you will find classroom management tips, teacher development issues and a myriad of class games and activities to enhance your lesson plan. Many thanks for your visit!!

sexta-feira, 20 de outubro de 2017

Reflection on adequate teacher talking time

At the simplest level, teacher talk time (TTT) refers to how much the teacher talks during a lesson. However, this will vary according to the stage of the lesson. For example, the teacher needs to speak more when providing explanations of and examples for the target language early in the lesson. These moments have activities and practices more teacher-centered. The adequate teacher talking time is 30% for these moments. Elsewhere he may speak less as students need ample opportunity to practice the new material. This is when learner-centered activities take place and adequate TTT is 20%. 
Overall, however, the teacher should roughly limit his speaking to 20% to 30% of the class time, with the remainder devoted to speaking/use of the language by the students.
On the other hand, Student Talk Time (STT) should be around 80% during the course of the lesson.
Hey teachers, beware your TTT!!! :)

Learn how to say "gambiarra/ quebra galho" in English.

Existem várias formas equivalentes para esta expressão mas a forma mais prática é "to make a quick-fix".
E.g. I didn't have to buy a new plug because I managed to make a quick-fix. (Eu não precisei comprar um plugue novo porque consegui fazer uma gambiarra/quebra-galho).

quinta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2017

Learning another language....

I found this image talking about learning another language and it is so true....

"Aprender outra língua não é somente aprender palavras diferentes para as mesmas coisas, mas sim aprender outra forma de pensar sobre as coisas"

quarta-feira, 18 de outubro de 2017

English Certificate GET YOURS NOW!

Below I am going to go over a few key reasons why learning the English language and having a certificate are so important to the professional world:
  • Being fluent in the English language can improve your chances of obtaining a job. It allows many applicants to market themselves as bilingual which is a trait that many companies seek. It is crucial when working for international firms and organizations.
  • People who have undertaken English language courses find that it is easier to travel anywhere they please. 

  • English is the unofficial language of business. It is a key language in business both domestic and international and many different components of business are completed in English.
  • Many universities, colleges, and institutes of higher education are making English a requirement before enrolling in their programs.
  • Being able to understand the English language makes surfing the internet easier. Most of the computer programs and computer software in the world today is coded or written in English. Many search engines use English as their primary language.
  • So what are waiting for? Validade your knowledge or start studying as soon as possibIe. Above I send an institution which certifies your knowledge. Have a go!

sexta-feira, 13 de outubro de 2017

Approach, methodology and techniques. All you should know in a simple way!

Whenever a teacher starts working for a new school he/she will always be asked to follow a new approach, methodology and techniques. I have already gone throught this situation a number of times and here I try to explain this terminology in a simple and short way. Hope it can help you somehow! 😄

terça-feira, 10 de outubro de 2017

Isto são outros "quinhentos"....

Você sabe dizer a expressão isto são outros quinhentos em inglês? Observe o exemplo:
Writing a paragraph is easy but writing a 200-word essay is A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME.
(Escrever um parágrafo é fácil mas escrever uma redação de 200 palavras é outros quinhentos)

segunda-feira, 9 de outubro de 2017

The Limitations of spellcheckers


  • "In fact, you have to be quite good at spelling and reading in order to use a spellchecker effectively. Typically, if you have misspelled a word the spellchecker will offer a list of alternatives. Unless your initial attempt is reasonably close to the correct spelling, you are unlikely to be offered sensible alternatives, and, even if you are, you have to be able to make sense of what is on offer. You and your pupils also have to be aware of the limitations of spellcheckers. First, you may correctly spell a word but simply use the wrong one; for example, 'After I had eaten my super I went straight to bed.' A spellchecker will not spot that it should be 'supper' not 'super' (did you spot the mistake?). Second, the spellchecker does not recognize some perfectly acceptable words."
    (David Waugh and Wendy Jolliffe, English 5-11: A Guide for Teachers, 2nd ed