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Learning from Movies 1 – Now You See Me
26-05-2014

Are you a movie lover? Many of my students love learning from movies, and I love preparing movie activities  because motivation level is high and we learn more when this happens! Have you seen ‘Now You See It’? Yes? It’s great, right? No? Maybe you should give it a try! The plot is very interesting […]

Learning from Movies 1 – Now You See Me

by Dani Lyra

Are you a movie lover? Many of my students love learning from movies, and I love preparing movie activities  because motivation level is high and we learn more when this happens!

Have you seen ‘Now You See It’? Yes? It’s great, right?

No? Maybe you should give it a try! The plot is very interesting and fun.

But do you know what’s amazing about it? We can practice English while we watch a scene from this movie. Explore the features on the site and have fun.

 

 

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Have a great one,

Dani

Tags: communication / english / english central / english tip /


About Dani Lyra

Apaixonada pela minha profissão, sempre procuro ajudar meus alunos a gostarem de aprender. Para mim, o aprendizado exige muita interação e motivação; experiência que permite ver o mundo sob uma nova perspectiva.


English for Travel
02-05-2014

Here goes a short movie activities to help you sharpen your ears for some English during your next trip.

English for Travel

by Dani Lyra

Love traveling? Meeting new people? Having fun? So, here goes a  short movie activities to help you sharpen your ears for some English during your next trip. Click here.

Tags: CTJ BLOG / English Tips / travel / trip /


About Dani Lyra

Apaixonada pela minha profissão, sempre procuro ajudar meus alunos a gostarem de aprender. Para mim, o aprendizado exige muita interação e motivação; experiência que permite ver o mundo sob uma nova perspectiva.


Eat Your Way to Learning English: Pesto
03-03-2014

Learning a language can be a daunting task, but it can also be a lot of fun! On this post, I invite you to learn English and learn how to make two delicious recipes to wow your family and friends.

Eat Your Way to Learning English: Pesto

by Dani Lyra

Learning a language can be a daunting task, but it can also be a lot of fun!  On this post, I invite you to learn English and  learn how to make two delicious recipes to wow your family and friends. So, ready for some action in the kitchen? Watch the video below and make your own pesto, which you can keep in your fridge for quite a while and use it on salads and pasta. Totally yummy!

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Ready for some more? Here goes an easy pineapple chutney recipe that will turn your next barbecue into a delicious feast!

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Tags: chutney / cooking / efl / esl / gastronomy / pesto / recipe / tefl /


About Dani Lyra

Apaixonada pela minha profissão, sempre procuro ajudar meus alunos a gostarem de aprender. Para mim, o aprendizado exige muita interação e motivação; experiência que permite ver o mundo sob uma nova perspectiva.


Never Fail a Test Again!
11-11-2013

Do you have a test coming up and need to study some concepts, words, or ideas? Are you traveling and need to learn some expressions to get by? Nowadays, we can use our gadgets to help us learn on the go. Organize a set of flashcard on your device and get ready to learn in […]

Never Fail a Test Again!

by Dani Lyra

Do you have a test coming up and need to study some concepts, words, or ideas? Are you traveling and need to learn some expressions to get by? Nowadays, we can use our gadgets to help us learn on the go. Organize a set of flashcard on your device and get ready to learn in no time. As a teacher, I know that repetition really helps our brains retain the information we need to develop our own ideas later on, and having your set of flashcards ready with the content you need to focus on can prove very handy.  Below are some of my favorite apps.

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This app uses the iPad’s SmartCover to do its magic. Simply close and peek inside for your question. If you lift it a bit higher you will see the answer. You can set up flashcards for free using your Evernote account.

 

 

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In this free app you can create flashcards with text, pictures, and audio right on your iDevice. Although the app offers lots of updates, the free version has everything a student needs.

 

 

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This super user friendly app is really intuitive and helps learners test themselves as well. The great advantage is that you can download on the app the flashcards you find or make on Quizlet.

 

 

Let me know if you decide to try any of those,

Dani

 

Tags: app / efl / english / learning strategy / study / tefl /


About Dani Lyra

Apaixonada pela minha profissão, sempre procuro ajudar meus alunos a gostarem de aprender. Para mim, o aprendizado exige muita interação e motivação; experiência que permite ver o mundo sob uma nova perspectiva.


How Do You Spell It?
09-11-2013

Many words are  misspelled in English, but why do English learners make these mistakes, and how to avoid them? First, many words do not follow familiar spelling rules, and they can`t be spelled phonetically. The most commonly misspelled words can trouble even experienced writers, and the best thing is to learn from the mistakes we make […]

How Do You Spell It?

by Dani Lyra

Many words are  misspelled in English, but why do English learners make these mistakes, and how to avoid them? First, many words do not follow familiar spelling rules, and they can`t be spelled phonetically. The most commonly misspelled words can trouble even experienced writers, and the best thing is to learn from the mistakes we make so that we learn a little every single day. A large number of commonly misspelled words have combinations of double letters, which can be very confusing. Some of these words include accommodation, embarrassmentunnecessaryoccasion, and commitment. Others have letter combinations that may seem strange.

Twelfthacquaintance,  fierymedievalacknowledgment, and fluorescent are some examples.

The spelling patterns in these words must be individually learned; twelfth, for example, contains an awkward letter combination which you are unlikely to encounter in other English words. Other numbers can also be tricky; a good example is the word forty because many people add the letter u to it. Making mistakes is part of the learning process, and the best way to learn is to pay attention to details and find ways to review and visualize the correct spelling. Here is a poster to help you visualize the words to help you learn. What about making your very own poster to learn from your mistakes?

Start paying attention to the words you usually misspell.

Create a poster using http://www.easel.ly, and keep it somewhere you can see it. Please, take a look at mine to get inspired to make your own.


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Tags: efl / spelling / tefl /


About Dani Lyra

Apaixonada pela minha profissão, sempre procuro ajudar meus alunos a gostarem de aprender. Para mim, o aprendizado exige muita interação e motivação; experiência que permite ver o mundo sob uma nova perspectiva.


When X Factor Meets Learning
09-10-2013

Part of studying a foreign language is devoting some of our time to having fun with the language. As a teacher, I usually try to find materials that are motivating and fun, and learning through media (movies, music, etc.) is one of the best ways to motivate practicing a new language. The clips below will […]

When X Factor Meets Learning

by Dani Lyra

Part of studying a foreign language is devoting some of our time to having fun with the language. As a teacher, I usually try to find materials that are motivating and fun, and learning through media (movies, music, etc.) is one of the best ways to motivate practicing a new language. The clips below will improve your listening comprehension skills and help  you  learn and practice English as spoken by native speakers.  Last night , I was watching one of my favorite shows, The X Factor, and then I realized that my students could enjoy it too. It is a television  singing  competition tat tries to find new singing talents, contested by aspiring singers drawn from public auditions.

 

 

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Tags: grammar / quiz / xfactor /


About Dani Lyra

Apaixonada pela minha profissão, sempre procuro ajudar meus alunos a gostarem de aprender. Para mim, o aprendizado exige muita interação e motivação; experiência que permite ver o mundo sob uma nova perspectiva.


MailVU – Unleash the Power of Videos
30-09-2013

  I sometimes need to answer many mails, and I found an easy way to do it more meaningfully in no time. Have you heard of mailVU? This simple site lets you record messages really easily and send them via email. It can be used to improve your English too. You can just record a […]

MailVU – Unleash the Power of Videos

by Dani Lyra

 

I sometimes need to answer many mails, and I found an easy way to do it more meaningfully in no time. Have you heard of mailVU? This simple site lets you record messages really easily and send them via email. It can be used to improve your English too. You can just record a message or a question to your teacher or classmates in order to practice more and interact. If you want to unleash the power of videos in your mails and look good in the picture, give it a try. I recommend it!

 

Tags: email / english / englishpractice / mailvu / practice /


About Dani Lyra

Apaixonada pela minha profissão, sempre procuro ajudar meus alunos a gostarem de aprender. Para mim, o aprendizado exige muita interação e motivação; experiência que permite ver o mundo sob uma nova perspectiva.


Cognates – When Looks Are Not Deceiving
29-08-2013

There are words in English that look like words in our mother tongue, but mean something totally different. If we take the word actually  as an example, we notice that it looks like the word “atualmente” in Portuguese, but in English it does not have this meaning; These words are called false cognates and we […]

Cognates – When Looks Are Not Deceiving

by Dani Lyra

There are words in English that look like words in our mother tongue, but mean something totally different. If we take the word actually  as an example, we notice that it looks like the word “atualmente” in Portuguese, but in English it does not have this meaning; These words are called false cognates and we can make many mistakes when trying to use them. However, there are other words that have  the same meaning in both languages(true cognates), but we still have to be careful when using them because they might be pronounced differently.

Here goes a list of some true cognates to help you learn new words and how to pronounce them. Please, listen to the words and check pronunciation – Are they pronounced in the same way we pronounce them in Portuguese? Do you remember other true cognates to add to our list?

 

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Can you think of other words that are true cognates?

 

 

Tags: cognates / efl / english / tefl / true cognates / vocabulary /


About Dani Lyra

Apaixonada pela minha profissão, sempre procuro ajudar meus alunos a gostarem de aprender. Para mim, o aprendizado exige muita interação e motivação; experiência que permite ver o mundo sob uma nova perspectiva.


The Difference between Do and Make
15-07-2013

Many students have a hard time using make and do correctly , and it`s not  complicated if we understand the basic difference and also understand a little about collocation.Many of my Brazilian English students get confused because in Portuguese, both verbs can be translated as “fazer”. In Brazil, we usually say “fazer um favor”. So, […]

The Difference between Do and Make

by Dani Lyra

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Many students have a hard time using make and do correctly , and it`s not  complicated if we understand the basic difference and also understand a little about collocation.Many of my Brazilian English students get confused because in Portuguese, both verbs can be translated as “fazer”. In Brazil, we usually say “fazer um favor”. So, English language learners just do not know if they should use “make” or “do” a favor. The right way to say it is do a favor, but why is that? The word favor collocates with the verb do, in other words, that`s the way people say it, and we need to learn the correct collocation if we want to avoid making mistakes. So, what`s the trick? Instead of concentrating on do or make alone, we need to also focus on the words that come after the verb. Let me give you an example of a good strategy you could use. Let`s say you want to use the word comment, but you are not sure whether you should write do a comment or make a comment. You look the word comment up in a good dictionary (read this post for some suggestions) and look for examples. If you do that, You will learn that the right collocation is make a comment. If you use the dictionary for examples and keep an eye on the correct collocation, you`ll avoid making many mistakes. Even though I strongly suggest you think collocation, it does not hurt to also understand  the basic difference between make and do. To make is very often about creating something and making something new, and to do is about general activities, tasks, or work. Please, take a look at the sentences below and what they mean to practice a little.

What do you do for a living? This question means: what is your job?

Let`s do something together! This one means: Let`s do an activity together, like go to the movies, have lunch in a restaurant, etc.

Let`s make something today! This means: let`s create something together like a video, a meal, etc.

The student will do a test today. This means he will take the test.

The supervisor made the test. This means: he created the test.

Made in China. Produced, created in China.

You make me happy. This means: You produce a reaction in me!

He made a nice comment. He created a comment.

My sister made a nice noise. She produced a noise.

I am going to bake a cake. I am going to produce a cake.

To help you remember the difference, I made (produced) a poster for you, and I hope you do your best (activity) to use these two verbs accurately.

All the best,

Dani

 

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Tags: Brazilian Speakers of English / do / efl / english / englishpractice / englishtip / language / language structure / learning / make / tip / tips for Brazilian speakers of English / words /


About Dani Lyra

Apaixonada pela minha profissão, sempre procuro ajudar meus alunos a gostarem de aprender. Para mim, o aprendizado exige muita interação e motivação; experiência que permite ver o mundo sob uma nova perspectiva.


Learn Words about Soccer
08-07-2013

Even though there has been many protests on the streets in Brazil, they are not necessarily  against our beloved national sport. We love soccer, and this post is meant to help learners talk about our most popular sport. In English, there are many specific words one should learn to be able to talk about soccer […]

Learn Words about Soccer

by Dani Lyra

Even though there has been many protests on the streets in Brazil, they are not necessarily  against our beloved national sport. We love soccer, and this post is meant to help learners talk about our most popular sport. In English, there are many specific words one should learn to be able to talk about soccer with people from all over the world. Please, observe how the images help you understand and remember the words; writing personalized sentences does it too, so get your notepad and go for it!

To talk about games and teams

To support a team; to cheer for a team; to root for a team.

Brazil’s National Team; Mexico’s National Team; Argentina’s National Team

“Brazil will play England”

The positions

I have always been the forward on our team.

He plays midfielder on his team.

He is the fullback.His favorite position is fullback/midfielder, etc.

He likes to be the goalkeeper.

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THE FIELD

Goal area: The rectangular area (20 yards wide by 6 yards deep) in front of each goal from which all goal kicks are taken.

Goal-line: The field boundary running along its width at each end. Also called the end-line.

Halfway line: The middle line that divides the field into two equal halves. Also known as the centre line.

Penalty area: A rectangular area (44 yards wide by 18 yards deep) with its long edge on the goal line; the goalkeeper may use his hands to block or control the ball only within this area. Also known as the 18-yard box.

Penalty spot: The small circular spot located 12 yards in front of the centre of the goal-line from which all penalty kicks are taken.

Sideline: A line that runs the length of the field on each side. The line from which all free throws are taken. Also known as the touchline.

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RULES AND LAWS

Play the advantage: A judgement made by the official to allow play to continue rather than stopping play to call a foul. The official makes this decision when he thinks the foul did not put the offended team at a disadvantage, or if the foul, should it have been called, would take away a scoring chance for the offended team.

Corner kick: A restart of the game where the ball is kicked from the corner arc into the middle of the penalty area in an attempt to create a scoring chance. Awarded to an attacking team when the ball crosses the defending team’s goal-line after being last touched by the defending team.

Direct free kick: A kick awarded to a player after being fouled by the opposition. The player kicks a stationary ball while opposing players are forced to stand 10 yards away from him. A goal can be scored directly from this kick without the ball touching another player.

Extra time: If the score is tied after 90 minutes of regulation, the teams must then play two 15 minutes halves to decide the game. Sort of like overtime in hockey, expect the extra time periods are not sudden death; if one team scores a goal, they must still play both 15 minutes halves.

Foul: A violation of the rules – including kicking, pushing, shoving, tripping and dangerous or aggressive play – for which an official awards a free kick.

 

Tags: Brazilian Speakers of English / efl / english / englishtip / language / learning / tip / tips / tips for Brazilian speakers of English / vocabulary / words /


About Dani Lyra

Apaixonada pela minha profissão, sempre procuro ajudar meus alunos a gostarem de aprender. Para mim, o aprendizado exige muita interação e motivação; experiência que permite ver o mundo sob uma nova perspectiva.