Dealing with errors in class

Como devemos proceder quando nossos alunos cometem erros ao falar ou ao escrever? Devemos corrigi los no momento em que cometem o erro, devemos esperar e comentar sobre o erro depois ou ainda não comentamos sobre nada e deixamos que o tempo se encarregue disso? Em grupo ou individualmente?

Essa é uma dúvida difícil e muitos professores não saber como proceder! 

Segue alguns conselhos e dicas de especialistas: 

Dealing with errors in class
Teachers often correct spoken errors as soon as they hear them, sometimes called immediate or on the spot error correction.
This has both advantages and disadvantages. Consider the following:
Advantages Disadvantages

Learner is aware of their error Can affect learner confidence. They may feel embarrassed or unwilling to speak.

Learner might have the opportunity to correct their own error (if the teacher prompts them to) Learner may not be able to get their message across due to interruptions, so communication is impeded.

Can improve accuracy Has a negative effect on fluency

For on-the-spot correction, you can:

– Help the learner to correct themselves (self-correction)

– Help other learners to correct the error (peer correction)

– Correct the error yourself (teacher-led correction)
Which type of on-the-spot correction do you use with your learners? (Self-correction, peer correction or teacher-led correction). Share with us!
Source: © British Council

Aprender idiomas faz o cérebro crescer

img_0102-2Você sabia disso!

Um recente estudo de uma universidade sueca descobriu que partes do cérebro de estudantes de idiomas desenvolveu e aumentou em tamanho enquanto que o dos alunos regulares, não!

Leia a matéria completa abaixo.

Language learning makes the brain grow

Have you ever thought that learning new languages would help develop your brain?

A recent study at Lund University in Sweden investigated the effect on the brains of students who were learning a new language intensively compared to other students who were studying intensively, but not languages. Remarkably, they discovered that parts of the language learners’ brains had increased in size, while this was not the case for the non-language learning group.

At the Swedish Armed Forces Interpreter Academy in the city of Uppsala, young people with a flair for languages go from having no knowledge of a language such as Arabic, Russian or Dari to speaking it fluently in the space of 13 months. From morning to evening, weekdays and weekends, the recruits study at a pace unlike on any other language course.

Young recruits learn a new language at a very fast pace. By measuring their brains before and after the language training, a group of researchers have had an almost unique opportunity to observe what happens to the brain when we learn a new language in a short period of time.

As a control group, the researchers used medicine and cognitive science students at Umea University – students who also study hard, but not languages. Both groups were given MRI scans before and after a three-month period of intensive study. While the brain structure of the control group remained unchanged, specific parts of the brain of the language students grew. The parts that developed in size were the hippocampus, a deep-lying brain structure that is involved in learning new material and spatial navigation, and three areas in the cerebral cortex.

“We were surprised that different parts of the brain developed to different degrees depending on how well the students performed and how much effort they had had to put in to keep up with the course”, says Johan Martensson, a researcher in psychology at Lund University, Sweden.

Students with greater growth in the hippocampus had better language skills than the other students. In students who had to put more effort into their learning, greater growth was seen in an area of the motor region of the cerebral cortex. The areas of the brain in which the changes take place are linked to how easy it is to learn a new language. The development varies according to individual performance.

Previous research from other groups has indicated that Alzheimer’s disease has a later onset in bilingual or multilingual groups.

“Even if we cannot compare three months of intensive language study with a lifetime of being bilingual, there is a lot to suggest that learning languages is a good way to keep the brain in shape”, says Johan Martensson.

Source: http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/top-stories/language-learning-makes-your-brain-grow

Fazendo uma apresentação oral em Inglês. 

Você terá que falar em inglês para uma audiência específica em breve?

Está com dúvidas de como melhorar sua performance?

Relaxe! Acredite em seu potencial e tenha confiança de que está bem preparado. 

Seguem algumas dicas:

1. Faça um exercício de respiração profunda e pelo abdômen antes de começar. 

2. Procure manter-se calmo e focado sobre os temas que vai abordar. 

3. Certifique-se que possui todo o material necessário para a apresentação. 

4. Faça um teste anterior à apresentação, olhando-se no espelho enquanto fala. 

5. Hidrate bem sua garganta. 

7. Fale pausadamente, pense e elabore bem suas frases. 

8. Tenha confiança em você e em sua capacidade. Você está no comando!

Seven Habits for Effective Behaviour Management:

Disciplina é um dos grandes problemas dentro de sala de aula. Leia a seguir sobre 7 efetivos hábitos para gerenciar melhor a disciplina.
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1 – Meet and greet at the door – the best early intervention in behaviour management is at the door.
 
2 – Catch students doing the right thing – nobody wants insincere praise and it can be easy to catch children doing the wrong thing so develop the ability to catch those more challenging students doing the right thing.
 
3 – Deal with poor behaviour privately and calmly – avoid as much as possible the public humiliation or public sanctioning of students
 
4 – Relentlessly build mutual trust – the relationship you have with students sustains you and carries on into the future.
 
5 – Directly teach the behaviours and learning attitudes you want to see – have a plan so that you know the behaviours you are trying to teach and the students know what behaviours they are trying to learn.
 
6 – Talk about values – never talk about behaviours in isolation – always relate them back to the culture you are trying to build and the values and truths you have as a class and as a teacher.
 
7 – Follow up follow up follow up – teachers who follow up are the ones the children decide to behave differently for. Write it down if you have a difficult incident with a student, then you have the control back – you can decide when and how to follow up.
 
© Pivotal Education

Expressões Idiomáticas com “Head”

img_0102-6Saber usar ou entender expressões idiomáticas em Inglês é importante e difícil.

Seguem algumas explicações e frases com exemplos interessantes.

The following idioms and expressions use the noun ‘head’. Each idiom or expression has a definition and two example sentences to help understanding of these common idiomatic expressions with ‘head’.

able to do something standing on one’s head -> do something very easily and without effort

He’s able to count backward standing on his head.
Don’t worry about that. I can do it standing on my head.

bang your head against a brick wall -> do something without any chance of it succeeding

I’ve been banging my head against a brick wall when it comes to finding a job.
Trying to convince Kevin is like banging your head against a brick wall.

beat something into someone’s head -> teach someone something by repeating it over and over again

Sometimes you just need to beat grammar into your head.
My father beat the importance of kindness into my head.

bite someone’s head off -> criticize someone strongly

Tim bit my head off last night at the party.
Don’t bit my head off just because I made a mistake.

bring something to a head -> cause a crisis to happen

We need to bring the situation to a head to get a resolution.
The immigration situation brought the political crisis to a head.

bury one’s head in the sand -> ignore something completely

You’re going to have to face the situation and not bury your head in the sand.
He chose to bury his head in the sand and not confront her.

can’t make heads or tails out of something -> not be able to understand something

I hate to admit that I can’t make heads or tails out of this math problem.
The politicians can’t make heads or tails out of the current employment crisis. 

drum something into someone’s head -> repeat over and over until someone learns something

I had to drum German grammar into my head for two years before I could speak the language.
I suggest you drum this into your head for the test next week.

fall head over heels in love -> fall deeply in love

She fell head over heals in love with Tom.
Have you ever fallen head over heels in love?

from head to toe -> dressed or covered in something completely

He’s dressed in blue from head to toe.
She’s wearing lace from head to toe. 

get a head start on something -> begin doing something early

Let’s get a head start on the report tomorrow.
She got a head start on her homework immediately after school.

get your head above water -> keep going in life despite many difficulties

If I can find a job I’ll be able to get my head above water.
Study these pages and you’ll get your head above water.

get someone or something out of one’s head -> remove someone or something from your thoughts (often used in the negative)

I’m really upset that I can’t get her out of my head.
She spent three years getting those experiences out of her head.

give someone a head’s start -> let someone else begin before you in  a competition of some kind

I’ll give you twenty minutes head’s start.
Can you give me a head’s start?

go over someone’s head -> not be able to understand something

I’m afraid the joke went over her head.
I’m afraid the situation goes over my head. 

go to someone’s head -> make someone feel better than others

His good grades went to his head.
Don’t let your success go to your head. Stay humble.

have a good head on your shoulders -> be intelligent

She’s got a good head on her shoulders.
You can trust him because he’s got a good head on his shoulders.

head someone or something off -> arrive before someone or something else

Let’s head them off at the pass.
We need to head the problem off.

hit the nail on the head -> be exactly right about something

I think you hit the nail on the head.
His answer hit the nail on the head.

in over one’s head -> do something that is too difficult for a person

I’m afraid Peter is in over his head with Mary.
Do you ever feel that your in over your head?

lose your head -> become nervous or angry

Don’t lose your head over the situation.
She lost her head when he told her he wanted a divorce.

Source: http://esl.about.com/od/idioms-intermediate/fl/Idioms-and-Expressions-with-Head.htm?utm_content=20160927&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_campaign=list_esl&utm_term=list_esl

Websites that help to learn English

There are lots of ready-made materials available for you from different websites.

Look at the materials below and choose one that you think would be good to use.

This is a song.

This is an audio series.

This is a game.

This is a short video to explain language.

This is a short video and lesson plan.

Aprenda Inglês no 2o Semestre

Não desista de seu sonho de falar Inglês

PARA

  • Viajar sozinho ao exterior;
  • Conseguir um emprego melhor;
  • Navegar na Internet com facilidade;
  • Falar com fluência com estrangeiros;
  • Passar num exame de proficiência;
  • Possibilitar aos seus filhos um aprendizado bilíngue;
  • Enfim, curtir um novo aprendizado.

Ainda há tempo. Você merece!

Fale comigo e aprenda no seu ritmo, com uma profissional exclusiva para as suas necessidades.

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Erros comuns que se deve evitar ao aprender Inglês

img_0102-4Você acha que só ir à aula vai te ensinar a falar Inglês?

O professor apenas apresenta o material, cabe ao aluno internalizar depois o que foi aprendido. O tempo de aula não é suficiente para fazer a memorização e fixação do conteúdo aprendido e nem para começar uma prática suficiente. Os alunos devem estudar e praticar fora da sala de aula, para se tornar bem sucedidos.

 

Não seguir os seus interesses

O professor e o livro didático são apenas o ponto de partida, não o fim para tudo. Não se limite a isso, procure coisas que te interessem em Inglês como: músicas, filmes, programas de TV, livros, jornais, vídeos virais, anúncios engraçados, blogs, fóruns, desenhos animados, histórias em quadrinhos, jogos, receitas e sites de perguntas e respostas. Consulte traduções no início, mas depois fuja delas!

 

Recusando a língua por ser diferente

Haverá muitas de coisas que funcionam de forma diferente em Inglês do que em Português. Algumas delas podem parecer (ou ser) ilógicas. Ao invés de ficar com raiva, frustrado, ansioso; sinta-se feliz por poder explorar essa nova maneira de se expressar.

 

A aprendizagem de línguas não tem que ser extenuante

Você pode conseguir bons resultados com aulas de 2 vezes por semana e se comprometendo a estudar em casa e fazer suas tarefas.  Desenvolvendo um ritmo de estudo frequente, você estará treinando e mantendo sua prática constantemente.

 

Odeio aprender Gramática!

Na verdade, aprender gramática raramente é alegre, mas isso não deve ser algo aterrorizador! Um estado de espírito positivo vai ajudar muito e tornar os estudos memoráveis. Não hesite em trocar de livros textos ou utilizar múltiplas fontes ao mesmo tempo. Use materiais autênticos sempre que puder.

 

Encontrar desculpas para não usar a língua, ao invés de motivos para usá-la.

Há diversas razões para não usar o idioma que você está aprendendo. Talvez o seu nível linguístico ainda esteja muito baixo. Talvez você não conheça nenhum falante nativo nas proximidades. Talvez você nem pretenda viajar ao exterior. Estas são todas boas razões.

 

Resumindo

Portanto, não desista de seu sonho de aprender Inglês. A prática leva a perfeição e você ainda chegará lá. Bons estudos e confiança em você!

Os cinco erros mais comuns no aprendizado de inglês.  

 Por que todo mundo acha que é tão difícil de aprender uma língua? E que requer muito tempo para praticar? Poderia ser porque todos nós temos alguns maus hábitos que não estamos cientes?

Vamos dar uma olhada nos erros mais comuns e descobrir como podemos evitá-los.

1. Vá devagar
Quando a aventura de uma nova lingua começa, o seu entusiasmo não conhece limites. Isso é algo muito positivo. Por outro lado, é importante não depender de entusiasmo sozinho. Quando a novidade e excitação inicial terminarem, você pode não saber onde encontrar a motivação para aprender. É melhor ir devagar.  Controle  o seu entusiasmo e certifique-se que a aprendizagem de uma língua se torne uma atividade diária e regular.

Dez minutos por dia é melhor do que ralar durante uma semana e nada depois disso.

2. Os benefícios da memória 
Memorizar frases inteiras podem ser úteis em determinadas situações, como pegar sua bagagem no aeroporto, Mas não vai ser útil quando temas surgem em conversa que não estavam no livro que você memorizou. 

Use sua memória para torná-la sua aliada. Saiba frases e palavras com as quais você pode fazer associações. E quando uma palavra não parece querer sair, procure uma alternativa do que você quer dizer. 

3. Ninguém é perfeito
Ninguém é perfeito e você não deve tentar ser! Um dos obstáculos no caminho para o domínio fluente de uma língua é a necessidade que você coloca em si mesmo para falar com pronúncia perfeita e livre de erros de gramática. Claro, você pode e vai chegar lá com muita prática, mas não deve ser a mais alta prioridade quando você está começando a conhecer uma linguagem completamente nova. 
 Dê-se uma pausa e não tenha medo de errar. 

4. So trabalho e nenhuma diversão 
Quando você defini um grande objetivo, como aprender uma nova língua é importante desenvolver alguma práticas regulares. Voce deve estudar com rotina, procurar assistir a filmes sem legenda, aprender a cantar uma música, praticar com um nativo. 

5. O objetivo é sempre importante
Manter um objetivo em vista aumenta a motivação. Antes de começar, defina uma meta! Por que você quer aprender inglês? Para um crescimento profissional, para viajar, para estudar fora ou para interagir com estrangeiros?

Boa sorte nos estudos e siga praticando 

In English. 

Let’s take a look at the most common mistakes and figure out how we can avoid them.
1. Take it slow
When the adventure of a new language starts, your enthusiasm knows no bounds. On the one hand, that’s something very positive. On the other hand, it’s important not to rely on enthusiasm alone. When the newness and initial excitement has worn off, you might not know where to find the motivation to learn. That’s why it’s necessary to steer your initial exuberance in the right direction, and not let it disappear like a flash in the pan. It’s better to take it slow – tame your enthusiasm and make sure that learning a language becomes a regular daily activity.
Otherwise something like this might happen: You’ll study every day for the first week. Already in the second week you’ll skip a day because you’re too tired. The following week it happens again, and then again the week after that. Soon, you’ll be staring, frustrated, at that pile of language books on your desk.
Our Tip: Steer your initial exuberance in the right direction and make sure that learning a language becomes a regular daily activity. Ten minutes a day is better than full-on for a week and then nothing after that.
2. The benefits of a bad memory
No, we’re not crazy. We’re talking to all those people who think that memorization is the key to everything, to everyone who boasts about their photographic memory, and to everyone who gets stuck on vocabulary lists. Don’t get us wrong: a good memory is definitely helpful, but one should not forget (no pun intended) to use and train it the right way.
Memorizing entire phrases can be helpful in certain, clearly-defined situations (like picking up your luggage at the airport, for example). But it won’t be of any benefit when topics come up in conversation that weren’t in that book you so diligently memorized.
Use your memory and make it your ally. Learn phrases and words with which you can make associations or create mnemonic devices. And when a word doesn’t seem to want to come out, find an alternative or paraphrase what you mean. In this way, you don’t only get your synapses firing, but you can also remember things better and for longer periods of time. Try it for yourself!
Our Tip: Your memory is an important ally if you use it intelligently.
3. Nobody’s perfect
No one is perfect… and you shouldn’t try to be! One of the first obstacles you encounter on the path to “fluent mastery” of a language is the absurd and premature demand you place on yourself to speak with perfect and error-free pronunciation and grammar. Of course, you can and will get there with a lot of practice, but it shouldn’t be the highest priority when you’re getting to know a completely new language.
If you get lost in especially complicated grammar when you’re trying to say something simple, or if you’re only sure of yourself when you don’t make even the smallest pronunciation mistakes, then it’s highly likely that within a few weeks, you’ll give up out of total frustration.
“Until I can speak perfectly, I won’t speak. But if I don’t speak, I’ll never improve and can give up hope of ever being able to speak perfectly”. It’s a Catch 22!
Our Tip: Give yourself a break and don’t be afraid to make mistakes! You’ll soon see the progress that’ll bring you closer to your goal.
4. All work and no play…
It’s exactly you – so tirelessly and steadfastly learning – who we’re speaking to here: Are you finally going to get up out of that chair, or do you want to put down roots right where you’re sitting? You’re diligent and persistent. You’ve used your memory and your desire to learn in the best way possible. You’ve trusted yourself to speak to people because you understand that we all learn from making mistakes. And now? Now it’s time to give yourself a reward!
When you set such a big goal as learning a new language, it’s important now and then to pat yourself on the back and enjoy the success you’ve achieved. You’ve managed to have your first real-life conversation? You’ve got all that difficult pronunciation down? You’ve gotten through the jungle of pronouns? Then you should celebrate it and do something fun! Watch a film, sing a song at the top of your lungs, or listen to the radio… but, of course, in the language you’re learning! When you couple language learning with activities that bring you joy, you’ll learn more effectively and remember what you’ve learned more easily.
Our Tip: You don’t have to learn like a crazy person. There should also be time to combine the enjoyable with the practical, and have fun while learning!
5. The goal is always within sight
Learn the art of always keeping your goal within sight. Of course, anyone could say that learning for learning’s sake is the ideal picture of education… that goes without saying. But if you want to reach the end of the road, it’s important that you’re aware of why you stepped onto the path in the first place.
Why are you learning a new language? For love? To get a raise? Because you want to try your luck in a new country? Because you can’t stand films that are dubbed? Very good. Keep your goal in sight and imagine that with every tiny step forward, the path to your goal gets shorter and the top of the mountain gets closer.
Our Tip: Keeping a goal in sight increases motivation. Before you start, set a goal!
Ready to learn a new language? Use the tips above for a fresh start.

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Welcome Back to Class!!

Queridos Alunos,

Depois dessas semanas de férias no USA, vamos reiniciar nossos trabalhos com muita alegria e energia!

Trouxe materiais bastante interessantes para animar nossas aulas e facilitar a compreensão dos conteúdos aprendidos.

Para quem não reservou seu horário, ainda há vagas disponíveis pela manhã, porém a tarde já estão esgotadas.

Agradeço o carinho de sempre e aguardo por todos com um sorriso.

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