WORKSHOPS FOR TEACHERS

I present workshops and courses for teachers in São Paulo, where I live, all over Brazil, and abroad. Here's a list of some of the workshops I have presented over the years. If you are interested in any of them or if you would like something different, get in touch with me.

CREATIVITY – THE KEY TO SUCCESS IN THE ENGLISH CLASS

 

"If you keep doing what you've always been doing, you're going to keep getting what you've always been getting." Being creative is a key element to motivate and involve your students in the English class. In this hands-on workshop we will experience creative ways to work with grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. We are going to work on activities for all age groups and all levels of proficiency. Use your creativity and turn your class into an exciting adventure of limitless possibilities and continuous success.

ENGLISH IS MUSIC TO MY EARS (TEACHING ENGLISH WITH MUSIC)

Studies show the brain takes in information faster and retains it better when that information is delivered through music. Songs are a great source of authentic language and singing helps develop familiarity with the structures, the sounds and the rhythm of English. In this workshop, we’ll practice ways to help students learn grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary through familiar songs.

FROM CLASSROOM TO STAGE

   

In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss several ways to get students to perform (sing, dance, act, etc.) We will work on activities for different age groups - children, teenagers and adults. Participants will experience activities which can be done inside the classroom, using role-play and short sketches, as well as activities involving larger groups of multi-level students. Participants will also be able to write their own sketches to suit their students' needs.

FROM SINGING TO SPEAKING

Singing is an excellent way to boost your speaking skills in English, as it can help you improve your pronunciation, rhythm, and stress. Singing is also a great way to learn grammar and vocabulary. In this workshop we’re going to sing along and see how singing can pave the way for better oral accuracy.

ONE-TO-ONE WITH A ZEST

Teaching one-to-one is a dream for many teachers, but some feel that one-to-one classes are boring and there’s very little variety of activities and interaction patterns. However, this is not true! In this workshop, participants will be able to try some activities that will enable them to make their classes even more enjoyable and efficient.

PLAY GAMES! LEARN ENGLISH! HAVE FUN!

 

Games present students with playfully competitive or problem-solving situations that are enjoyable and relatively stress free. They also provide extensive and varied opportunities for language practice, generating a high degree of student involvement, which results in long-term retention of the language forms practiced. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how different games can both help them as professionals and foster quicker learning for their students.

SONGS, CHANTS AND OTHER FUN WAYS TO HELP YOUR STUDENTS TO LEARN

 

In this very active workshop we will present several activities to make your students learn English in a fun way, while chanting, singing, moving, dancing, running and a lot more.

TEACH YOUR STUDENTS HOW TO LEARN!

 

In our globalized world more and more people want to learn English. Why do some people manage to learn it and some don’t? Is there a secret to learning English? Learning a foreign language requires discipline, dedication and, especially, discovering the right way to learn – and it varies from person to person. What works for one student may not work for others. And teachers sometimes forget that the way they learn is not necessarily the way their students learn. In this workshop we will discuss – and try – different ways to learn English. Helping your students to find out their own strategies is essential for teachers!

THE CLASSROOM IS A STAGE

 

Drama is an attempt to simulate real life interaction and bridge the gap between the classroom and the world outside. It is also motivating and fun. It can often help to bring life, vitality and creativity into the teaching of English. It can also help promote a relaxed, stress-free atmosphere in the classroom, which makes students learn without realizing they are learning. In this very active workshop, we will present and practice several ways to get students to perform - sing, dance, and act. We will work on activities for different age groups - children, teenagers and adults.

USING AUTHENTIC MATERIALS TO TEACH ENGLISH THROUGH MUSIC AND DRAMA

 

Using drama and music in the English class is not just motivating and fun, but it’s also a fabulous learning experience. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll see how we can help bridge the gap between classroom English and “real world” English by doing activities using authentic materials.

USING DRAMA TO BRING YOUR TEXTBOOK TO LIFE

 

Drama is a useful tool within the English classroom and can often help to bring life, vitality and creativity into the teaching of English. However, we don’t usually have time to put on plays in class. In this workshop we are going to see how you can do some activities from your textbook in a dramatic way.

USING SONGS, CHANTS AND DRAMA IN TEACHING YOUNG LEARNERS ENGLISH

  

Songs, chants and drama can help promote a relaxed, stress-free atmosphere in the classroom, which makes students learn without realizing they are learning. In this very active workshop, participants will be exposed to different ways of using songs, chants and drama in a way that is both educational and original.

USING SONGS TO EMBRACE DIFFERENCES

Using songs in class is a powerful tool to encourage discussion, especially concerning the delicate subject of embracing differences. In this workshop, we’ll show some songs that can be used to work on grammar and vocabulary and get students thinking about and discussing differences.

USING VIDEOS AND SONGS TO TEACH ENGLISH

  

Using videos and songs in the English class is not just motivating and fun, but it’s also a fabulous learning experience. Videos and songs are a great source of authentic language. They can help bridge the gap between classroom English and “real world” English. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll see how we can bring life, vitality and creativity into the teaching of English.

WATCH SING AND LEARN - TEACH ENGLISH THROUGH VIDEOS AND SONGS

 

Using songs and videos can help promote a relaxed atmosphere in the classroom, which helps students learn without realizing they are learning. In this hands-on workshop, we will see how we can select popular songs, movies and TV programs to work on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. The workshop will also empower teachers in making their students aware of all the language stimuli that surround them and take the best advantage of them.

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