Brazil is the largest & beautiful country of South America. Brazil is one of the three countries in Latin America with an operational Synchrotron Laboratory, a research facility on physics, chemistry, material science and life sciences. The education system of Brazil is more advance than USA. I am also impressed by the manners of Brazilian People, they are so much cooperative. I interviewed an English Teacher; she is a decent personality of Gravata. Joseli Silva is 31 years old & she is Teaching English in School. I am so much thankful to Joseli Silva for giving me interview. This interview is very helpful for Parents, Teachers and Students.
Q: Tell me about yourself & where do you live? What is your qualification? What are your hobbies and interests?
Ans: My name is Joseli Silva, but everyone calls me Lila. (Teacher Lila). I live in a small town of Gravatá, Pernambuco in Brazil. I live with my mother, but I have four sisters and a brother, three of them are married. I am specialized in pedagogy, but next year I’ll do a postgraduate degree in Linguistics applied to teaching, to enhance my knowledge in English. I like my profession, but I would like to work as an art teacher too.
My hobby is to stay at home watching movies, reading books, or even listening to music, but I also like to hang out with friends. I love studying when I have time, but most of the time I study for the preparation of lessons for my students.
My biggest interest is speak English and Spanish fluently, last year I traveled to Sweden and Norway to practice my English, because I have friends there, although English is not the mother tongue of them, I could meet new people and new cultures, it was wonderful. I plan to save money to be able to visit other countries if so God allow.
Q: What is the importance of English in your professional life?
Ans: It is important for my social environment, because I can communicate with people from other countries, learning about new cultures and accomplish my knowledge professionally. So, pass the learned from my students.
Q: Why did you choose to become a teacher? What change you feel in your life after becoming an English Teacher?
Ans: Actually I didn’t choose to be a teacher, when I worked in a hotel, we received many tourists from Europe and when I heard them talking, my dream was to be able to understand them and be their translator. It was very funny to me, after all I thought I will never speak English and be a translator, but I didn’t give up, I started studying alone with a dictionary, then went to a course with the help of some friends, they divided the value of the course with me, so I could study English. I loved the school and my teacher as well; because of it I became interested in teaching English.
Many things have changed in my life, I earned more money as an English teacher, and was able to help my family at home, today I thank my friends who helped me get this far, but I want to continue studying and working to help my family and friends.
Q: Now-a-days in which University you are teaching? How much you been teaching in this university?
Ans: I don’t teach in the University, I give lessons at a private school called RECREARTE, and in a language course (CLIN) especially for English, Spanish and French. I’m just an English teacher, but I want to be a Spanish teacher too. I intend to study this new language. I worked there for seven years.
Q: Share your philosophy of teaching and learning?
Ans: I seek the pupils have evolved, working the daily lives of each one of them, in class I usually use DVDs, CDs, flashcards, Blackboard among other things. Try to make the lesson more dynamic possible, causing the student interest increasingly by studies. I believe in education as the only instrument capable of transforming society. Education releases!
Q: What do you consider to be a major issue in public education today? What changes should be in the education system according to you?
Ans: The biggest problem of education is the lack of incentive for teachers to carry out improvement, especially teachers who work with early-childhood education grade. For this mode are always available teachers about to retire or that are not yielding in other classes, which undermines the entire process of training of the child. The first thing to be changed is the criterion for the choice of these teachers who deal with the most important stage of child development. Should be masters and doctors.
Q: How is the performance of students in learning the English language?
Ans: The students are very interested in learning a new language, but they think a little tricky after all, any language which is not ours, will be a change for all who want to learn, anyway all interact in groups, sharing what has worked in the classroom. Making a dialogue at that exact moment.
Q: If the student to engage in the English language in that period (route) time he manages to hold a conversation in English?
Ans: If the student to engage and studying a lot, it have will be possible to have a basic conversation in more or less one-and-a-half to two years.
Q: What kind of students do you like to work with? What type of students could you teach most effectively?
Ans: I work with children from the age of four to fifteen teenagers, but I teach adults too. In fact I identify better with the children.
Q: Know that soon it will be the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, the English will have a huge breakthrough in the area of employment. What’s your idea before the World Cup and the use of English language?
Ans: The World Cup will bring to Brazil many foreigners, bringing the need to learn a new language. To be a universal language English will have a larger scope; many Brazilians are seeking since then the quickest way to learn this language. Will be quite important for us who live here, because we can expand our knowledge and share a little about our culture. The use of English will be quite visible.
Q: What are the countries visited by you that is usual the English language?
Ans: The countries that I visited were Norway and Sweden, they have their own language (Swedish and Norwegian), but they can speak English except children and some elderly.
Q: Which is the memorable event/day in your life?
Ans: What marked my life were my graduation and my trip to Europe.
Q: Suggest ideas to encourage students to study the English language.
Ans: first strive a lot, because it is not easy to learn a new language, but never give up. A very important point is everything you see (learn) during lessons or studies, repeat whenever possible, so firmly in his mind. Try to meet people from other countries for you to practice if you practice with your colleagues or teachers. Listen to music, watch subtitled movies, read interesting books; it helps a lot to the knowledge of a new language.
Q: What are your plans for continuing your professional growth? How Well you succeeded in your goals?
Ans: I plan to continue studying English, next year I’ll make my post graduation, I want to start my Spanish course, firstly I thank God to give me strength to continue studying and working and then I thank my family and friends who support me in my decisions.