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English Language Teaching in Brazilian settings

Bullying and school

According to IBOPE survey held in 11 schools in Rio de Janeiro, 22% of 5th through 8th grade students have been bullied by peers. In the United States, surveys say 39% of middle-schoolers report feeling unsafe at school. Moved by the alarming statistics of suicide among teenagers bullied at school, celebrities like Madonna and president Obama have engaged in anti-bullying campaigns. “It’s unfathomable. It’s like lynching black people or Hitler exterminating Jews” – says Madonna.

Given recent debates and the clear relevance of discussing bullying at school, I designed the following online activities for school students:

Text 1:


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bullying is abusive treatment, the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when habitual and involving an imbalance of power. It may involve verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and may be directed persistently towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, sex or ability.
The “imbalance of power” may be social power and/or physical power. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a “target.”
Bullying consists of three basic types of abuse – emotional, verbal and physical. It typically involves subtle methods of coercion such as intimidation. Bullying can be defined in many different ways. Although the UK currently has no legal definition of bullying, some US states have laws against it

Text 2:

Online exercise form: (answers will be automatically sent to teacherondemand@grupos.com.br and therefore to each group member)


More on bullying:

UPDATE! 26/08/2011
Besides the online form, TOD has also designed the following printable material on bullying:
Bullying activities (for high schoolers in Brazilian settings): click here to download PDF file.
Bullying activities with answers (for teacher support): click here to download PDF file.

June 8, 2011 - Posted by | For students, Printable Material | , , , , , , ,

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