Cambridge Day 2013 – Part 2 – Cidadão pró-mundo

For our second post about the Cambridge day 2013, we’ll talk about the presentation of Cidadão pró-mundo – an NGO that aims to bring English lessons for free to disenfranchised  children and teenagers  from poor communities in Brazil.

cidadão pró-mundo

This edition of Cambridge Day was really great at showing social responsibility. Besides taking food donations as admission fee, which added up to around 1ton. food to be given to  Associação benção de paz – www.bencaodepaz.org.br, Cambridge University Press has also invited the NGO Cidadão pró-mundo to show their work to the attending teachers and also have a booth in the event where they could talk more about the work they do, take donations and get the contacts of possible volunteers.

Sarah Morais presented Cidadão pró-mundo, an exciting young NGO where volunteers give up one day a month teach children and teenagers on the weekend. Founded in 1997, the NGO has been expanding yearly, having a 400% growth over the last two years. Now they have eight  branches Both in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro states with 700 students.

Sarah presented a great video that could show both the team of volunteers and the effects the NGO has been causing on the lives of their students.

Something that really impressed me was the fact that the majority of the volunteers in the project are not professional English teachers and that’s where we  professional teachers could really come in, lending them a helping hand and providing training to those volunteers.

Besides, Cidadão pró-mundo is also looking for donations to help them maintain and expand their work. You can adopt a student for R$15.00 a month (which is less money than a Hamburger costs in many places, but can make a huge difference in a kid’s life). You can help them donating on their website through paypal.

Visit their website: http://www.cidadaopromundo.org.br/, like their page on facebook, and learn more about this amazing job.

On the next post, we’ll have something about Michael McCarthy’s talk on Spoken Fluency and the CEFR. Check also our post on the first talk of Cambridge day 2013 with the highlights of John Corbett’s Talk.

Cambridge Day 2013 – Part 1 John Corbett

Something new here for the teachers who visit the website: We’ve been to Cambridge Day 2013 in São Paulo – the special edition, and even though it was a full house I know many of you couldn’t be there, so I’ll post here some of the highlights of the event.00002966After a nice warm up, Professor John Corbett took the stage to deliver his talk on Intercultural Language Activities.

The intercultural aspect of learning a language can help a lot, not only in communicating with natives, but also by lowering barriers students may have against learning the language. It is a great way to show how a language – English – can be present in the local culture, even if you’re not traveling abroad.

Some interesting ideas he mentioned:

Exploring Signs in English

It’s a good idea to have students go around the city and check the signs that use the English language in Brazil. Have them analyze the sighs:

  • what signs use English?
  • Are there signs in other languages too?
  • Is this use of english or other languages recent, or has it happened for a while?

Loafing and Lurking

This activity is great for students learning about a culture when they are abroad, it is actually, nothing more than going to a cafe and paying attention to other people and making notes while students are there eating.

  • What is the place like?
  • Do cafe employees wear a uniform?
  • What do people do there?
  • What kind of people go there?
  • How is the process for purchasing the coffee?
  • What is the expected behavior?

Such questions can bring some interesting insight on the  local culture.

Exploring domestic spaces

Another great idea for when students are abroad or come from different backgrounds is comparing homes in the different countries. What is there, what is different in home layouts? Is there a reason for those differences?

Building online communities to explore culture

With all new social networks online it is getting easier and easier to have your students meet online and exchange experiences with foreign students of English, so they can exchange experiences.

A website he recommended was  www.epals.com that has many interesting resources.

If you are interested in learning more about intercultural language education,  a great resource is Professor Corbett’s blog: Loafing and Lurking

Probably my longest post here and it was only the first part… coming up: Michael McCarthy, ONG cidadão Pró-mundo e Michael Tomlinson (with a video) .