14 big questions

Willy Cardoso

1. Is it the role of language teachers to address social issues in the classroom? Why (not)?

2. If languages constitute identities (personal and social) aren’t language teachers in a privileged position to teach for social change?

3. If so, this also means they are in a position of power. How is this power used?

4. What if you don’t want this power? Who will grab it? And what use will they make of it?

5. If we choose to take a de-politicised position, aren’t we just helping to maintain the status quo?

6. If so, so what? Is the status quo so bad? Says who? And why?


7. Can an investment in serious conversations about the -isms affecting our lives everyday make a difference in our students’ lives? How can we know?

8. Do we need evidence to support where we stand, how we act, and react in the…

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Technology to Empower Learning?


As a blogger and a teacher of English, I have a habit of reading a lot of posts and other internet sources to keep myself updated with what is going on in E.L.T. and what other teachers are doing to promote better learning in classrooms. I also like to think that this habit is most beneficial for me that I usually feel refreshed especially when I read reflections of those who try new practices or integrate technology into their lesson plans.

However, life in reality is never so perfect and teaching is never a walk in the park at all times.


My students don’t even know why they are at school. I ask them what they hope to gain from the day ahead, the response is a group of individuals with empty looks. They at times get bold enough to counter ask ” What sort of a question is that?”.

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Dr. Diane Larsen-Freeman

NNEST of the month Blog



Dr. Diane Larsen-Freeman received her PhD in linguistics from the University of Michigan. Following appointments at UCLA and the Graduate SIT Institute (where she remains affiliated as distinguished senior faculty fellow), she returned to the University of Michigan in January 2002 to direct the English Language Institute for six years. She is currently a research scientist emerita at the English Language Institute, as well as a professor of education emerita and a professor of linguistics emerita. She is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Larsen-Freeman has made presentations in seventy countries around the world and is the author of eight books. She was also the editor of the journal Language Learning for five years.

  1. Thank you very much for joining us on the NNEST Blog, Diane. To start, could you tell us a bit about your educational and professional background, and how you got interested in languages…

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The ESPecialist. Pesquisa em Línguas para Fins Específicos. Descrição, Ensino e Aprendizagem. ISSN 2318-7115

The ESPecialist. Pesquisa em Línguas para Fins Específicos. Descrição, Ensino e Aprendizagem. ISSN 2318-7115

Segue o link para a revista The ESPecialist. 


The ESPecialist é uma publicação semestral aberta a colaboradores de todas as partes do país e do exterior, interessados em áreas como: abordagens teóricas e aplicadas ao ensino e à aprendizagem de línguas maternas e estrangeiras e à formação de professores e coordenadores de programas de ensino de línguas; descrições teóricas e aplicadas de comunicação verbal (lingüística aplicada, análise do discurso, interação em sala de aula, análise contrastiva, análise de gêneros linguísticos, linguística de corpus, metáfora, etc.); e relatos de experiência docente sistematizada, entre outros.

sexta-feira, 23 de maio de 2014


VIII Encontro de Professores de Língua Inglesa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro  – 2014

Local de realização (Venue): UERJ (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro) 
Data (Date): 26 e  27 de setembro de 2014 
Propostas de Trabalho (em inglês ou português): até 25 de junho
Presentation Proposal (in English or Portuguese) – Deadline: June 25th 

Valores das Inscrições (Enrollment – Fees):

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Non-members or members who haven’t paid the 2014 fee (membership included):
Professores (Teachers): R$ 55,00
Estudantes Universitários (University Students): R$ 45,00

APÓS  21  DE SETEMBRO (After September 21st):
Membros em dia (anuidade de 2014 paga) / Members (2014-fee paid): R$ 30,00
Demais participantes (já incluída a anuidade) / 
Non-members or members who haven’t paid the 2014 fee (membership included)
Professores (Teachers): R$ 65,00
Estudantes Universitários (University Students): R$ 55,00

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