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)

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)

Using video in the language classroom (2010)

This was originally posted on June 29, 2011 at https://higorcavalcante.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/using-video-in-the-language-classroom-new-routes/ I’m going to kick things off here on the blog by posting an article I wrote for New Routes about a year or so ago, on one of my favorite topics, using video in the classroom. Most of it was based on Jeremy Harmer’s The Practice of English … Continue reading Using video in the language classroom (2010)

A blog about teaching (2011)

This was originally posted on June 28, 2011 at higorcavalcante.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/a-blog-about-teaching/ This is something I’ve always wanted: my own blog about teaching. 🙂 I’ve been an English language teacher for over 12 years now, and I like to believe I’ve grown a lot professionally in this time. I went from teacher to pedagogical coordinator to teaching … Continue reading A blog about teaching (2011)