Sunday, June 19, 2011

Jane Austen na Biblioteca Pública

Tenho o prazer de convidar a todos os leitores e amigos para o Projeto Aula na Biblioteca, da Biblioteca Pública de Minas Gerais. Será no dia 21 de junho às 15:00, com direito a certificado de participação. Além disso, os interessados poderão visitar a exposição sobre a obra de Jane Austen no Setor de Coleções Especiais. Maiores informações e inscrições gratuitas para o evento:

Biblioteca Pública Luiz de Bessa
Coleções Especiais
Praça da Liberdade, 21 - 2o andar
Telefone: (31) 3269 1209

Fiquei muito feliz por esta parceria, a biblioteca foi meu refúgio durante os 3 anos que cursei o Ensino Médio no Colégio Estadual Central de Minas Gerais. Veja abaixo algumas fotos da Biblioteca Pública:

Setor de Coleções Especiais

Setor anexo (atual setor de empréstimos):

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I will miss you all!

Dear students, this semester was a great opportunity to meet you all! Thanks for these moments really important for me!

If you want your photo, please visit this albun to pic your picture there!

If you photo is not here for any reason, please send it to me!


Monday, November 26, 2007

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Theme for the last composition: Living without ...

Can you think your life without tv, computer or other thing that you consider important?
You must write an article for a student magazine about the advantages and disadvantages of living without: Tv, computer or other object.

Think about:
1) What are the three advantages of life without this object?
2) What are the two disadvantages?
3) Are you for or against having this object?

Useful language:

- Listing advantages: First, / Firstly, ... Secondly, ... Thirdly...

- Listing disadvantages: On the other hand, there also (some) disadvantages, for instance,... For example... Also...

- Conclusion: In conclusion, / To sum up, I think ...


* Paragraph 1 - Begin the article with an introduction such as this: "Almost everybody has a mobile phone. But is it a great invention? I think there are both advantages and disadvantages.

* Paragraph 2 - Write two or three advantages.

* Paragraph 3 - Write two or three disadvantages.

* Paragraph 4 - Conclusion - decide if you think this object is a great invention or not.


the article for mistakes (grammar, puntuation and spelling).

Monday, November 12, 2007

Compositions about movies

Hi dear all!

Do you want to read films reviews? Do you want do know what our students say about a specific movie?

This topic is to show you our compositions about movies.
Please click in the links below to read our production. To see the compositions, click in the mode: full screen.

Luisa Francisca - No one Less

Marilene Leroy - La vita è Bella

Vanessa Almeida - Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Theme for the Third Composition

Do you know famous children's story or fairy tales? Can you remember these stories?
The theme for our next composition is to write about fairy tales or children's story. But, you cannot tell the story! you MUST re-write the story using different adjectives, characteres and scenes. For example, if you decide to write about a new version of Cinderela, you can change the story, Cinderela could be a bad girl, no prince in the story, and so on...

These words are often used in fairy stories to describe good and bad characters:

cruel - wicked - beautiful - ugly - kind - gentle - bad-tempered - mean - stupid - good-natured - handsome - nasty - charming - good-looking - ridiculous - shy ...

Please don't forge that your text must be written in this way:

1) Introduction (1st paragraph)

2) Development
(2nd and 3rd paragraphs)

3) Conclusion (4th paragraphs)

For ideas to write about, please visit these sites:
Grimm Fairy Tales

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

A Film Review (Theme for the second composition - Writing activity)

Hi Folks,

This week is the last time you have to write about A FILM REVIEW!!
Students from Basic 3, you will have until thursday to write it.
Students from Basic 4, you will have unitl saturday to write it.
So, don't forget it!

Here are some tips to help you write a film review:

a film review about a film you wuld recommend people to see it on DVD.

what you're going to write in the four paragraphs. Suggestions:
1) Paragraph 01 - write about the name of the film, the director, the stars and any prizes it won.
2) Paragraph 02 - The plot.
3) Paragraph 03 - where and when it was set.
4) Paragraph 04 - Why you recommend this film.

Useful Language:

I was directed / written by...
It is set in...
It is based on the book...
It's about...
It stars...
My favourite scene is...


audience - cast - director - extra - plot - scene - script - sequel - soundtrack - special effects - star - subtitles ...

Kinds of films:

action movie - comedy - horror - musical - science fiction - thriller - western - romance ...

Please, send me by e-mail your corrected compositions in order to be published here!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Do you like poems?

Our friend Akram writes poems in English in his blog, take a look:

My Sweet Angel

I believe that angel Are in heaven above
Sparkling like shooting stars From their inner love.

I believe in a fairy tails Without even a clue,
From the very first moment I laid my eyes over you.

passing every night by your door
inspiring the charm of your perfume
willing if I can be able to soar
following your magical winsome

letting my fingers dallying your hair
feeling that tender hiding there
plenty of stars are laying beneath
waiting for your night to blare.

I can see them all standing there
The moon , the stars , the clouds & the sea
A truly moment of natural love affair
Gathering around surrounding me

.... (to read more, click here)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

An Interview With Our Special Guest!

This is my friend! He will be our special guest during this week!
I won't tell you what's his name, where's he from...

You must ask questions to our guest, okay?

He's logged too, so it will be easy for him to answer you!

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Improve your english reading short stories

According to Claudia Ceraso, "the best way to get inspiration to write is to read stories. What kind of stories do you like? Children's, crime, fiction, horror, humour, non-fiction, romance, sci-fi? Here is a great site with all these genres -some of the stories are just two pages long!"


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

English Tenses – Graphic Comparison

Problems with the English tenses? Have a look at the time line, it might help you understand when to use which tense. As there is a similarity between past, present and future tenses, there are just a few rules to keep in mind.

If you know how to use the present progressive correctly to express present actions, you will as well be able to use the past progressive correctly to express past actions.

(You can click in the pictures below to see in a large size)


To practice with some grammar tests, please visit:

Monday, September 24, 2007


Attention Basic 3 students!!

Next tuesday, october 02 we are going to have:
Written Test

Units 1 - 5, grammar topics:

- simple present X present continuous
- adjectives: comparatives and superlatives
- adverbs of manner
- stative verbs
- quantity expressions
- giving advice: could, should, ought to, had better
- polite requests: could, would, can, will ...

Our oral test will be on october, 04.


Attention Basic 4 students!!

Next class, september 29 we are going to have:
Oral Test and Written Test

Units 1 to 6, grammar topics:
- simple and continuous tenses (present, past)
- tag question
- present progressive x simple present
- who x that
- gerunds and infinitives
- times clauses (future)
- first and second conditionals: if and unless

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Our Second Survey

So, people would like to visit different countries, but England, Italy, Portugal and Egypt are on the top of the list!

Example of a Personal Narrative

Hi! Here is an example of Personal Narrative,
from - To see this text in detail, please click in the picture below.

Title: The Fourth of July

Thursday, September 20, 2007

How To Write: Personal Narrative

Take a look in these tips below:

Click on the right bottom to open it at Slideshare site and see in full screen.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

It's time to Peer Editing

Do you know what Peer Editing is?

Take a look in the slide below, from

Monday, September 17, 2007

Let's talk about movies

One of interisting topic to talk is movie. I'm a fanatic of this topic.
My favorite movie is The fabulous destiny of Amelie Poulain, it's a French film. It's a real and simple storie. It's amazing.
I usually watch Europeans films: Spanish, England, Italian and French films, but sometimes I watch American too.
One of my favorite directors is Almodovar and Wood Allen.
When I have time I watch 1 movie per day, but sometimes I only watch 1 or 2 movies per week.
If you want a company to go to the cinema, call me.

Tell us wat is your favorite and style of movie.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Exciting Destinations

Hi guys!
What are some places you've visited? What did you do on those trips?Let's make an intinerary in order to help our friends to decide which place to go?You can search on internet or in a tour book. Collect information on any of these topics:

- hotels - sights to see- shopping- restaurants- cultural events and festivals - customs

Try to use strong suggestions, for example:

If you go to San Francisco,
be sure not to miss the Golden Gate Bridge.
you must see the Golden Gate Bridge.
a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge is a must.
It's essential that you see the Golden Gate Bridge.

You can use some modifiers too, for example:
affordable - appetizing - exciting - exotic - breathtaking - busy

Take a look in my example in the comments.

Adriana Zardini

Our first survey

Our first survey was really balanced!!