Monday, September 11, 2017


What makes a person a hero? My teenager daughter is crazy about super heroes, she loves spiderman and the flash. I started thinking about the role of these guys in our lives. We are always waiting for someone to rescue us or save us from something, even if this something is ourselves.
I have 2 sisters, a mom and my dad is the only man in the family. As I was growing up I saw the real hero was not someone from the movies or the comics. Not a person who could fly. But a super hero was someone that helped me understand my position in this world. My dad talks to us about everything, about our feelings, about our dreams and goals. It is pretty close to being a superhero to me. What about you?

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Father X Daddy

It was father's day in Brazil last Sunday. I am crazy about my daddy but I know some people hold a grudge when it comes to their own dad. This lesson plan is for low intermediate students who need some extra practice on simple past

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Hot dog competition - simple present

Well, I know this is a blog that intends to promote deeper conversation and discussion but I really wanted to talk about tis famous eating competition once it is such a cultural event. I used this lesson with some basic students, and it worked pretty well.
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

friendship - simple past

People in Brazil celebrate "friendship day" on July 20th, I know that it is different in other parts of the world. But it is always nice to talk about friends. This is a lesson that has 2 nice videos and 1 famous song and some simple past activities.
have fun

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Stop this train

Every time I think about a class it starts differently. It is sometimes a topic I want to work on or it is a grammar subject I need to find attractive ways to involve my students. This one started because I have a lovely student who likes to have songs in her class, but then I found this great animation film and I wanted to use it with her as well. How would I bring a song with this video together? This film is about fate, so I looked up songs about fate, then I realized I'd better go after the singers my students like and I like as well and try to find something related to this issue there. John Mayer is deliciously interesting, he has bunch of cool songs, till I came across this one- stop this train, it is abt the inevitability of death. It may sound like a sad topic but I hope it brings more joy than sadness.
Have fun

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Life choices - simple past

It is hard to fight to be happy everyday. There are days that I feel really blue, it has to do with health issues I face. But a heartbreak can also make you fight for your happiness. This lesson is again about simple past, some students struggle to use it well.
video for the composition
who knew lyrics

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Disabled people - simple past - touching

A woman got deaf at the age of 18 and learned how to sing without being able o listen to any musical instrument and her own voice.
She got the golden buzzer at america's got talent.
Grab some tissue and share it with your students!
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