Um Pouco de Sabedoria por Diana Princesa de Gales.

Little Bit of Wisdom …

… from Diana, Princess of Wales

“Carry out a random act of kindness with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

“Family is the most important thing in the world.”

“I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved. I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give.”

“Everyone of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.”

“I want my boys to have an understanding of people’s emotions, their insecurities, people’s distress, and their hopes and dreams.”

“Hugs can do great amounts of good – especially for children.”

Source: editor@activityvillage.co.uk

Em português

Um Pouco de sabedoria …

… de Diana, princesa de Gales

“Realize um ato aleatório de bondade sem expectativa de recompensa, sabendo que um dia alguém pode fazer o mesmo por você”.

“A família é a coisa mais importante do mundo”.

“Acho que a maior doença que o mundo sofre neste dia e idade é a doença das pessoas que se sentem amadas. Eu sei que posso dar amor por um minuto, por meia hora, por um dia, por um mês, mas posso dar.”

“Todos nós precisamos mostrar o quanto nos cuidamos e, no processo, nos cuidamos”.

“Eu quero que meus meninos tenham uma compreensão das emoções das pessoas, suas inseguranças, angústia das pessoas e suas esperanças e sonhos”.

“Os abraços podem fazer grandes quantidades de bem – especialmente para crianças”.

Fonte: editor@activityvillage.co.uk

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Nunca é tarde para aprender a falar Inglês!

A revista Veja publicou um artigo interessante sobre este tema. Era a história de capa e muitos dos meus alunos compraram a revista influenciados pelo artigo. Como esta é a minha área de especialização, corri para ler a história, também.

Infelizmente, o que a maioria dos adultos acha que é que eles passaram da idade adequada e que não serão capazes de aprender a falar Inglês. Já ouvi frases como “papagaio velho não aprende a falar” ou “Eu tenho muito vocabulário, mas eu não sei formar frases” ou “Eu fico muito nervoso e me dá um branco.”  Atualmente tenho alunos de 60, 70 anos que têm um excelente desempenho e muita satisfação com o aprendizado!

Qualquer aprendizagem é mais difícil ao longo dos anos, mas isso não pode ser motivo de desistência. É comum nos justificarmos com desculpas de falta de tempo, dinheiro, transporte,  inibição e não ter a coragem de arregaçar as mangas para superar os obstáculos.

Em termos de educação, pesquisas colocam o Brasil no fim da linha entre países com conhecimentos de Inglês. Isso é deprimente, especialmente se pensarmos em todos os eventos mundiais que ocorrem no Brasil e que envolvem conhecimentos de Inglês.

Quando temos sucesso ao fazer alguma coisa, o sentimento de vitória por superarmos as dificuldades é imenso! Especialmente quando você cresce em sua profissão devido à aprendizagem de línguas.

Algumas pessoas já sofreram humilhação ao falar Inglês e usar uma palavra ou frase erroneamente e acabaram envolvidas em grande dificuldade ou constrangimento. Eu sei de alguns casos de pessoas no exterior que passaram por situações tão embaraçosas que se tornaram cômicas.

Todas essas experiências bizarras durante viagens internacionais, entrevistas de emprego, ou reuniões são válidas e fazem parte do processo de desenvolvimento da aprendizagem de uma nova língua. O aluno tem que seguir em frente, não se sentir desanimado, ele deve saber que tudo isso faz parte do processo de aquisição da linguagem e que essas situações estranhas são importantes para a fixação do conteúdo.

Então, meu amigo que está aprendendo Inglês depois de adulto, parabéns! Não tenha vergonha de cometer erros, falar sem a certeza das palavras, ficar tenso, ou errar na concordância. Vá em frente, porque é só assim para aprender uma nova língua. E para aqueles que, ainda têm medo de tentar, de dar o primeiro passo, é mais fácil do que você pensa!

Paula Lyra e Alves

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In English

It´s Never too late to learn to speak English

The Veja Magazine published an interesting article on this topic. It was the cover story and many of my students bought the magazine influenced by the article. Once this is my area of expertise, I rushed to read the story, too.

Unfortunatelly, what most adults think is that they have passed the appropriate age and that they will no longer be able to learn to speak English. I’ve heard phrases like “old parrot does not learn to talk” or “I have much vocabulary, but I don´t form sentences” or “I get too nervous and forget everything.” Currently I have some students with 60 and 70 years old who have excellent performance and are very happy with their outcome!

Any learning is more difficult over the years, but this may not be cause for discontinuance. It is very common to justify ourselves with excuses of lack of time, money, transport, inhibition and thereby avoid having the courage to roll up the sleeves and overcome barriers.

In terms of Education, researches put Brazil at the end of the line between countries with knowledge of English Language. This is depressing, especially if we think of all the world events that occur in Brazil involving the knowledge of English.

When succeding to do something, the feeling of victory for those who managed to overcome the difficulties is immense. Especially when you grow up in your profession due to language learning.

Some people have suffered humiliation when speaking English after using a word or phrase and mistakenly ended up involved in great difficulty or embarrassment. I know of some cases of people abroad who have been through such embarrassing situations that have become comical.

All these bizarre experiences during international travels, job interviews, or meetings are valid and are part of the development process of learning a new language. The learner has to move on, do not feel dejected, he should know that it’s all part of the process of language acquisition and that these strange situations are relevant to the fixing of the content.

So my friend who is learning English as an adult, congratulations! Do not be shy about making mistakes! Talk even without the certainty of words, tenses, or of concordance. Go ahead, because it’s just so that you learn a new language. And for those of you who are still afraid to try, take the first step. It’s easier than you think!

Paula Lyra e Alves

BULLYING – O que Escolas e Professores Podem Fazer

Segue um texto para treino de leitura e compreensão sobre um tema bastante atual.

BullyingBullying can be found in every school. It is often part of how young people interact in our society. Each school must recognize the extent and impact and take steps to prevent that from happening. When bullying is ignored or underestimated, students will suffer permanent torment and harassment. It can cause lifelong damage to the victims. Both bullies and victims are more likely to become criminals. A failure of the school to deal with bullying endangers the safety of all its students, allowing a hostile environment that certainly interferes with learning. There is clear evidence that school can dramatically reduce the incidence of bullying. We need to make schools free of bullying, take immediate action; every student has the right to a safe environment free from bullying.

The size of the problem

Scientific studies show that bullying is an international problem that affects all schools. There is a remarkable similarity in the incidence of bullying from country to country and from school to school. Bullying knows no international boundaries, socio-economic status or ethnic boundaries. This usually has three common characteristics: it is a deliberate and hurtful behavior is repeated and it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves. There are three main types of bullying: physical type: hitting, kicking, taking belongings; verbal type: name calling, insults, racist comments and indirect type / emotional: spreading nasty stories, excluding groups.

How to deal with an incident of bullying

Students bullied are typically passive or become so because of intimidation. Avoid concentrating the focus on the shortcomings of the victim of bullying. Focus on the immediate problem is that the behavior of the aggressor. The objective of any intervention must stop the abuse immediately. Make sure that the abuser changes his behavior. Provide support for the victim, ensuring the same access to an environment free of bullying at all times.

Teacher and School Action

Not only the teacher, but all school staff must be committed to a common response to bullying when it happens, because immediate action is crucial. Clear procedures should take place when a case of bullying is discovered. The school needs to provide the necessary support for the individual teacher, so that he is able to maintain a classroom environment safe. There should be clear guidelines that stipulate that teachers have responsibilities when it comes to a case of bullying. A teacher who is conscious of their role should observe when a student is isolated, sad and should seek the reasons for this. Teachers must recognize that a safe classroom is the most effective way to develop a positive learning environment free from bullying. Bullying 2

Sources:

http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Bullying_Schools/ http://www.stopbullying.gov/prevention/at-school/ http://www.popcenter.org/problems/bullying/

 

 

Are you sad or lonely? Find 8 solutions!

Hera are some ideas I have just found on Twitter from Sue Ellson by” The Tiny Buda”. I think they are very true and helpful. I hope you´ll like them.

People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.” ~Joseph F. Newton

1. Connect through sports, hobbies or interests.

.Meet likeminded people who share something that you also love. They will make time for you; other people already have full calendars.

2. Borrow or adopt a dog and go walking.

People talk to people with dogs.

3. Talk to senior citizens.

They have plenty of wisdom, time, and advice that they can share. By listening, you are also validating them as well as yourself.

4. Expect it to be challenging.

It may be difficult for you, but don’t give up. Keep going but start with the easiest options first.

5. Find out why you feel lonely. 

Perhaps there is some bitterness, resentment, or guilt that you are carrying around. It is time to forgive and forget.

6. Celebrate

Develop new routines and rituals to celebrate special occasions and reward your new healthy behaviors.

7. Be brave.

It takes courage and persistence to overcome your bad habits—but it all starts with you, not someone else. Ask for help, seek some guidance, but take full responsibility for your happiness.

8. Dream big.

Visualize what you want in the future and watch it materialize. Keep your vision sharp and clear.

Can you see how none of these suggest finding a partner or fixing the one you have? Isn’t that liberating? By connecting through various people, activities, or regular commitments, you are no longer dependent on a partner to complete you or help you overcome your feelings of loneliness.

And you may just find that when you are no longer lonely, you will be happy—with or without a partner.

 

About Sue Ellson

Sue Ellson BBus AIMM MAHRI is the Founder and Director of Newcomers Network, a socially responsible business providing information, events and advocacy for newcomers and networkers in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. Sue started this enterprise in 1999 as a result of her own difficult transition from Adelaide to Melbourne. Connect directly to Sue via LinkedIn.