Monica Freire

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Hi everyone! I must confess that however many times I've had to write my 'profile', I never find it an easy task. It always starts like this: "I've been an English teacher, teacher trainer, course/materials designer/writer for almost 30 years now." And every time I have to write or say this sentence I'm surprised at how long it's been since I first stepped into a classroom as a teacher - an exciting yet terrifying experience since I was younger than all the students in the class.

Like some - or maybe most - of you, I once was a novice, inexperienced teacher. (And believe me when I say I still remember those days quite vividly.) I've been in the same position you are now: eager to learn and to develop, yet overwhelmed at times by the amount of information I was expected to digest and put to practice. Well, I soon realised one thing: there's no free lunch! The path to becoming a professional - in any field - involves dedication, discipline, and a lot of hard work. But don't worry: you are not alone! You'll have a lot of support - both from your tutors and your peers - and we'll learn a lot from each other along the way. I'm a firm believer in collaborative work so to me this is one of the most precious things in my career: the possibility to exchange knowledge, skills, strategies, experiences.

On a more personal note, in my spare time I enjoy travelling, going to the cinema, reading, and listening to music (I must say my taste in music is rather eclectic!).

So this is it for now. I hope we have a great ride together. Cheers!


City/town:Rio de Janeiro
Courses:EARLY INSET 2011-2, INDUCTION ONLINE 2011_2, INDUCTION ONLINE 2012-2, EARLY INSET 2012-2, EMODERATING - INTRODUCTORY MODEL, INDUCTION ONLINE 2013-1, TRAINEE TEACHER PROGRAMME 101, EARLY INSET 2013-2, EARLY INSET 2011-2 copy 1, INDUCTION PORTFOLIO , Early Inset 2014-1
Last access:Friday, 3 February 2017, 05:22 PM  (310 days 15 hours)
Interests: travelling, learning, cinema, reading, my pets, music, sports (mainly volleyball and football).