Why I know Open English is not worth it (May 2012)

This was originally posted on May 25, 2012 at https://higorcavalcante.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/why-i-know-open-english-is-not-worth-it/ The facts I had never heard of Open English. Never. Having been in the business for over 13 years, worked for various schools and given training courses to and studied with teachers from an even wider variety of institutions, I believe that that in itself … Continue reading Why I know Open English is not worth it (May 2012)

Starting over, part 2: lesson planning (Blog da Disal, May 2012)

Last month I wrote a rather… different post here. It talked basically about how I’d been a bit demotivated with the whole teaching thing, and how important it was for me to turn things around and find that spark again, that curiosity again, that fun again. I asked you people to help out, to send in … Continue reading Starting over, part 2: lesson planning (Blog da Disal, May 2012)

Starting over (Blog da Disal, April 2012)

This was originally posted on April 20, 2012 at https://higorcavalcante.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/starting-over-blog-da-disal-april-column/ This will be a slightly odd post, so bear with me. First of all, it’s great to be back. I’ve always been a big fan of Disal’s and writing for the blog has always been an honor. I’m back, and back to stay! That being … Continue reading Starting over (Blog da Disal, April 2012)

Life post-IATEFL (2012)

This was originally posted on April 1, 2012 at https://higorcavalcante.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/life-post-iatefl/ I got back from Europe – after yet another amazing IATEFL conference – last Wednesday, and tomorrow, Monday, a new teaching life begins… some 13 years down the road! It was really invigorating to hear so many new ideas, to see so many incredible people … Continue reading Life post-IATEFL (2012)

Peer observation (Disal column Dec. 2012)

This was originally published on November 21, 2011 at https://higorcavalcante.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/disal-column-dec-2012-peer-observation/ Why observe your fellow teachers? – A case for peer observation I can’t say how many times, visiting schools as a consultant, I’ve had people – especially administrative staff, supervisors, directors etc. – suggest I observed a certain teacher’s lesson on the grounds that s/he … Continue reading Peer observation (Disal column Dec. 2012)

Lesson observation (DISAL article, November 2011)

This was originally posted on November 22, 2011 at https://higorcavalcante.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/lesson-observation-disal-article-november-2011/ A very important teacher development tool: Lesson Observation Shout if you’ve ever panicked before having a lesson observed by your coordinator, supervisor or even a fellow teacher. Yes, I know. I can almost hear you! There aren’t many absolute certainties in the world of ELT … Continue reading Lesson observation (DISAL article, November 2011)

O Mundo de Sofia (New Routes – Janeiro 2012)

This was originally posted on November 21, 2011 at https://higorcavalcante.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/o-mundo-de-sofia-new-routes-janeiro-2012/ I was invited last week to write something different. Daniela Mafra, from DISAL, asked me if I wouldn’t like to contribute a suggestion of a book to their next issue of New Routes, to be published in January 2012. The biggest shock: It was supposed to … Continue reading O Mundo de Sofia (New Routes – Janeiro 2012)

Learning while teaching, teaching while learning – DISAL article 2 (2011)

This was originally published on October 25, 2011 at https://higorcavalcante.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/learning-while-teaching-teaching-while-learning-disal-article-2/ In his book Learning Teaching, Jim Scrivener suggests that “there is a kind of teaching that is also a kind of learning – a ‘learning teaching’. It’s not just the students who do the learning, but you do as well. You teach and you learn – … Continue reading Learning while teaching, teaching while learning – DISAL article 2 (2011)

Scott Thornbury’s post on his blog: B is for Bad Language Learner (2011)

This was originally published on September 29, 2011 at https://higorcavalcante.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/scott-thornburys-post-on-his-blog-b-is-for-bad-language-learner/ Following a discussion I had with Scott Thornbury via Twitter on whether or not Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York city, should address citizens in his less-than-communicative Spanish, Scott wrote the following post on his blog: http://scottthornbury.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/b-is-for-bad-language-learner/ This was my reply: Dear Scott, First of … Continue reading Scott Thornbury’s post on his blog: B is for Bad Language Learner (2011)

Teacher Development (2011)

This was originally posted on September 19, 2011 at https://higorcavalcante.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/teacher-development/ Find below my first column for the DISAL blog. It will available from tomorrow: Brief intro First of all, it is a great pleasure to be writing my first post for my first column ever. I’ve been giving workshops at DISAL for nearly six years … Continue reading Teacher Development (2011)