Teacher on Demand

English Language Teaching in Brazilian settings

Vidas digitais

As tecnologias digitais fazem parte da vida diária de quase todo mundo a ponto de dar forma a demandas de letramento específicas, bem como definir comportamentos e práticas sociais. Retratos – alguns deles extremos e irônicos – dessa força sobre a vida das pessoas têm sido publicados no meio digital, alguns deles reunidos pelo TOD nesta nova série de postagens que começa aqui:

"Em caso de incêndio, saia do edifício ANTES de tuitar sobre"

Divulgar tudo o que se vê ou se vivencia com o mínimo possível de atraso é um princípio comum entre usuários do Facebook e, principalmente, do Twitter. Este aviso instalado nas escadarias de um edifício é evidência da notoriedade desse tipo de comportamento social na rede, e explora de maneira bem humorada os riscos que corre o usuário por priorizar a divulgação.

Obcecados por mídias sociais ganham, ainda, outras caricaturas, como as que aparecem nessas tiras:

Ciúme na pós-modernidade

Discernimento digital: ele não tem


October 21, 2011 Posted by | Digital Life | , , , , | Leave a comment

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 | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Monica for export

Jimmy Five, Smudge, Maggy and all other characters in Maurício de Sousa’s Monica’s Gang speak English!

Comic strips are a type of narrative text designed to entertain their reader. Apart from novels and short stories, this kind of narrative lays not only on language to tell the story, but also on visual resources. Such theoretical definition shows that, besides being fun, comics may be helpful exploring text genres.

Web address www.monica.com.br/ingles/index.htm offers a variety of comic strips and other stuff in English related to Brazil’s favorite comic characters so it is a great source of appealing lesson material containing:


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is one of the various literature works Monica's Gang stories are clearly inspired on.


When students are invited to distinguish narrative, description and essay, the gang may offer them a complementary chance to figure out each aspect of each text genre. This one, for example, is a descriptive informative text.


Whereas this one is a narrative entertainment text.

Issues of social interest

Sousa's strips provides not only linguistic material to work on. Social issues and situations of educational interest like bullying are commonly portrayed.

Teachers say another reason why Sousa’s stories might make appropriate teaching material is that, besides motivating pupils to learn, they’re also part of their knowledge background and portray the very culture students are in.

Click here to visit the English speaking Monica's Gang.

May 16, 2011 Posted by | Teaching resources | , , , , | 3 Comments


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