Short Stories for teenagers!

October 13, 2009

Our Teen sts and Teps will soon face some reading either from books of short stories in order to do their Book reports. For this level I´d rather have then read an online short story, because they can choose at their own pace in an environment they are quite used: the internet. I selected some websites tha t I´ve analysed to check: – Easy reading for beginners. The T can have the stories on boar and there is the possibility for LISTENING to the stories. Great choice. – this works the same way, but for higher levels.

Now if you want to learn more about how to work with short stories for adults, I´d recommend this one, it´s full of ideas and reference:

Now, if you´re looking for short stories for kids, you could really take a look at these websites:

Come with more suggestions if you have any, and before I forget: HAPPY TEACHERS´DAY! =D

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Al Pacino in “Any Given Dogme”

October 1, 2009

Hello, everyone!

For those who haven’t grasped what Dogme ELT is all about, this video should make it clear. =D

“And now for fun, the video, Any Given Dogme, starring Al Pacino as Scott Thornbury, directed by Lindsay Clandfield.”

Watch it here:



Embromation III: Chester

September 29, 2009

Straight from Going Webby course

September 28, 2009

I planned two activities based on some “Going Webby course” ideas. The first one was an online activity which the sts wouls create their own cartoons. You read it well guys, the is an awesome website for alowing sts to use reading and writing skills. This activity was designed for my tep 2 and tep 4 groups but you can use for adults as well. There goes the email I sent to my sts (you can borrow it as you please).

Hello everyone!
This is our first online activity and it will take you about 40 minutes to do it:

Zimmer Twins and their cat ’13’ need your help to continue their stories, so  I am inviting you to do it!
Time needed: 40 minutes (minimum).
1- You click on this link here: and go to “JOIN THE SITE”. There you fill in (preencha) with some information and you will receive a PASSWORD. Use your password to log in the website.
2- Logged in? GREAT! Now you can make your own cartoon! Watch the video I made: and watch some others if you want.
3- Now it´s the best part: please click on MAKE A MOVIE and in the page click on HOW TO MAKE A MOVIE. Watch a small video teaching how you can make a movie.
4- go back to MAKE A MOVIE page and end up (termine) a story you choose (the YOU DECIDE ones).
5- after finishing your story, please copy the link where your movie is and send it as an email to your teacher or to all your classmates (click ‘responder à todos’).

You will have 1 point for this activity and the best movie will have a prize. 🙂
Thank you kids and have fun!
Dyego Saraiva.

The next is a project in which can take the whole semester. We (my sts and me) had a survey about what was the best way to keep sts producing written texts online. They voted for a group in Google groups ( so I did. Here goes the project:

Any suggestions? improvements? ideas? Just let me know. 🙂

Title: Our first webgroup
Aim: By the end of the semester Sts will have:

–       practised off-class activities related to reading and writing.

–       had opportunities for developing creativity through various activities.

Time: the whole semester
Age group: Teenagers to adults
Level: Pre-intermediate levels to upper levels
Syllabus links: The activities will be connected to the topics of every lesson
Instructions: –       The T will decide with sts their online server for their webgroup: exs: ning, google groups etc;

–       The T will create an account in one of the servers they chose, make a welcome page and the first activity will be an introductory page where sts will write about themselves;

–       The written activities can be for all the group at once or for a group of sts (like producing a text in group so the others will have the chance to comment);

–       Some tasks will make sts get used to the webgroup, such as creating a new topic, giving a reply or adding a new link;

–       The activities can include forum discussions around a polemical topic, webquests, the T can put a quotation so sts can discuss about it, etc.

–       There should be a page for sts suggestions for websites, youtube videos, etc.

Materials: –       Internet available (for the T and for the Sts);

–       Multimedia center for the sts who do not have computers;

–       An account created in any webgroups available online.

Additional comments: –       For this project it feels the necessity of discussing some nettiquete attitudes, as well as how sts will be benefited from these online activities.

Embromation II: The Book is on the Table.

September 19, 2009

Here’s episode 2 in the Cultura Inglesa embromation series.

If you haven’t seen episode 1, click here.



Cambridge Celta 2010 in Recife, Brazil

September 14, 2009

Cambridge Celta 2010 in Recife, Brazil


CELTA 2010

When will the course take place?

From Monday 4th January to Friday 29th January, 2010.


At Cultura Inglesa, Recife (Rua Mamanguape, 411 – Boa Viagem)

How much will it cost?

The investment for the course is R$ 2.250,00 (payable in six installments of R$ 375,00 via post-dated cheques). Besides this, there is a Cambridge course assessment fee of R$ 350,00 (payable to UCLES, due on the first day of the course).

Fee for overseas candidates: US$ 1,350 + US$ 200 Course assessment fee (Total: US$ 1,550)

How can apply for the course?

There is an application form that may be downloaded from the web (click here to download this file) Once filled in, you may forward it to the Main Course Tutor (Dominic Walters, e-mail:, or fax it to the Cultura Inglesa +55 (81) 33271910).

How can I arrange for an interview if I do not live near Recife?

In cases where it is not possible to arrange face-to-face interviews, the applicant may make arrangements with the course tutors to be interviewed by phone. Once a candidate applies for the course, the course secretary will contact the applicant to arrange a convenient time for this interview.

Will I get any help in finding accommodation?

The course Secretary will try to help candidates find accommodation somewhere near the school. The usual type of accommodation chosen by candidates are bedsits or flats available in the area. The earlier he is contacted about your interest on the course, the more choices of accommodation you are likely to have. (his e-mail: .)

Who should I contact to ask to make any other enquiries about the course?

Dominic Walters, the course Director:

When is the closing date for applications?

October 16, 2009.

An overview on “Teaching English”

September 10, 2009

When I think I´ve found all the best things on the internet I discover “Teaching English”, a website by the British Council. It was introduced to me by Ana Falcão through her lovely course “Going Webby” and I am inviting you do a “Test Drive” with me:

– The Interface:

The interface is simple and intuitive. The Opening page leads you to the highlights for the ones who do not have time to waste. In some clicks you can find what you want!

– Going deeper:

Ok, you enjoyed the website and would like to be part of the community: Go for it and Join in! But remember: This is web 2.0, pals, so once a member, you are invited to contribute with the website as long as it was made by and for teachers, just like our WEBLOG!

– Try:

I can say that here we can find the ‘hands’ of the website. in ‘try’ session the user will find useful production from other users and try them in class to give some feedback. It is the most pragmatic session of the website.


In ‘Think’ the user is invited to reflect upon the methodologies and practices; It´s the ‘brain’ of the website.

– Talk:

In “Talk” the user joins in blogs, forums and polls to discuss the various topics related to efl; It´s the ‘mouth’.

– Transform:

In ‘transform’ the user will get to know how to develop as a professional or help others to; It´s the ‘soul’.

There  are many other features in this website, just take your time and join in this community which has a huge potential.