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Saturday, August 18, 2012

English Language Certificate Program for Brazilian Teachers

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to take part in a special scholarship program called "English Language Certificate Program for Brazilian Teachers". It was offered by Capes-Brazil, Fulbright - U.S. Embassy and University of Oregon, where the course took place.

Chalk Talk during
a teaching workshop
The course was very practical and consisted in workshops on different aspects of language teaching and it was a great opportunity for my professional, linguistic and cultural development.

I also had the chance to learn a little about the North American Educational System, visiting public schools and talking to American principals and teachers, which undoubtfully broaden my view on Education in general.

And of course, there are all these wonderful people I had the privilege to meet: the great UO staff, the other international students, the friendly Eugenean people and my unforgettable Brazilian fellows.

On my next posts, I'll share a bit of what I learned during the program.

And to give you a glimpse of what it was like living in Eugene, Or and the effect this experience had over me, I'll leave you with two songs.

The first one, "Back in Eugene", which I wrote the day after my arrival back to Brazil, is about how I was feeling (actually, how I still feel...) about everything that had happened.

The second one, called "Sweet Eugene", had its lyrics written by a fellow participant (Mr. Flávio "Nickel Noisy", who has a very nice blog about English Language and Culture that you can check by clicking here) and I was given the opportunity to turn it into a song whose result I'm really proud of. It is about our routine and all the places we could visit during our stay in Eugene.

Enjoy it!


  1. I'm so glad to read this post,Jean.
    I'll share it with the AEI teachers and all the ones involved in the organization of the Program.