Education

Believe it or not, there are some very reasonably priced English language courses in London – some don’t charge at all! Learning English in London, most of the time, can leave you out of pocket… However, if you look hard enough you can find some English classes that cost next to nothing and some are even free! No joke – let us explain. The reason there are free English courses out there is simple: teachers in training need to clock class time to obtain their TEFL (English as a Second Language) certificates. And, legally speaking, no course can charge…

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There are lots of options for schools, courses and lessons in London, taught by specialised teachers who are used to dealing with international students. From English courses to bilingual schools for children, and university courses in the most varied of areas, you will have little trouble finding what you need in London. As well as courses in English, which is not always easy for new arrivals to the UK – there are a few basic tips to help you in your quest for knowledge. Here is a list to help you make learning English a habit: Rent out good…

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Sayings, proverbs, teachings. We have different names for them, but when all’s said and done, we mean the same thing: expressions whose authors have long been forgotten, but which are said and repeated so often that they become part of a culture’s collective conscience. We often use such phrases in our everyday lives to express any number of different feelings and specific situations, making them important cultural items. In Brazil, sayings are used in numerous situations, usually making light of awkward or unpleasant moments. Here is a list then, of a few popular Brazilian expressions and their closest English equivalents.…

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Choosing a school for your children is never an easy job, even less so when you live in a foreign country. See some tips from international schools in London With qualified teachers and bilingual education programs there are several options in London that offer comprehensive education in environments that encourage international integration, hence providing the best possible cultural education for students of the future. The specialised English language tuition of these schools is accompanied by a solid curriculum of science, mathematics, social studies, physical education, arts and technology, all which involve students in various competitions and events designed to enhance…

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World AIDS Day is commemorated every year on 1 December, which is why the month is now known as Red December. Established by the World Health Assembly in October 1987 with the support of the UN, the date is a way of showing solidarity, tolerance, compassion and understanding for people infected with the HIV virus, which causes AIDS. In Brazil, a country which has seen more victims of the illness than many others, the Health Ministry officially recognised the date in 1988. The campaign’s most recognisable symbol is the red ribbon, created in 1991 and seen as a symbol of…

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The Embassy of Brazil in London will host an unprecedented meeting about the history of the CIEPs (Integrated Centres of Public Education) of the 1980s. Brainchild of the combined intellects of the likes of Oscar Niemeyer, Darcy Ribeiro and Leonel Brizola, the audacious project implanted in Rio de Janeiro in 1982 became an icon of architecture, inclusion and public education. The event will provide the public with the chance to find out more about the subject, thanks to a recently released book, called “Onde você encontra pessoas: as Escolas Radicais de Oscar Niemeyer, Darcy Ribeiro e Leonel Brizola” (Wherever you…

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If your dream is to study for a post-graduate diploma or an MBA abroad in the United Kingdom, then this could be your chance. Registrations for the Clevening study programme are open until 8 November, with approximately 70 places available for Brazilian students. Opportunities abound in all areas for those with the following pre-requisites; at least two years of high quality professional experience (this can include volunteer work or internships); at least ten years since completing undergraduate diploma (mid-career); an understanding of how the candidate’s chosen course will be of benefit to their home country; and an intention to return…

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Paulo Coelho’s 19th title, launched internationally in September, brings us the story of Mata Hari, who continues to capture our imagination We have no doubt about it, even if you have never read any of his books; you know who Paulo Coelho is. After all, the numbers do not lie: The Alchemist – the best-selling Brazilian book of all time – is revered as an important literary phenomenon of the 20th century. His books are in circulation in over 150 countries and have already been translated into 66 languages. He has worked as a director and playwright, journalist and composer.…

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Things are not always as they seem… and when it comes to finding the right words in a foreign language it is good to have as much information as possible to help avoid any miscommunication Despite being markedly different, English and Portuguese strangely enough share some similar roots, the result of which is evident in some of the words that appear in both languages. These common words are known as cognates. Cognates are our friends. They are words that share similar spelling and have equivalent meanings in a second language, as is the case with comédia/comedy, positivo/positive, música/music, ideia/idea and…

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In spite of its English origins, Halloween – or Dia das Bruxas (Witches Day) – is also becoming more and more popular every year in Brazil. The term “Halloween” was first used around 1745, in Scotland. The belief was that, between sunset of 31 October and dawn on 1 November, the so-called ‘hallow’, or holy, evening took place. The expression was abbreviated to Hallowe’en, and eventually took on its modern spelling: Halloween. During the 1800s, the Irish took the tradition with them to America, where it caught people’s imaginations and went on to become one of the USA’s most popular…

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