Catarina Chase Aleixo

Catarina is a content writer, journalist, and translator based in Portugal. She started her professional journey as an ESL teacher and later transitioned to writing. She is bilingual in Portuguese and English and loves to discover new places and experience different ways of life.

Posts by Catarina

6 Best EFL Blogs All Teachers Should Check Out

We interviewed the creators responsible for 6 of the best EFL blogs around today to find out more about why they started blogging, who should read their posts, and how their ideas can help ESL teachers in the classroom.

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Bridge Partners With Latin American Governments to Support English Teacher Development

Education systems in Latin America are prioritizing English language proficiency as a necessary skill for graduates to be equipped for success in an increasingly globalized world, according to a report from the Inter-American Dialogue think-tank, which covers several policy areas in every geographical region from Canada to the southern tip of Chile. In the last ten […]

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Spitting Rhymes in the Classroom: Bridge Partners With Lo-Fi to Mix Hip-Hop and EFL

In 2019, Miles Iton found himself in a classroom full of Taiwanese sixth graders who were looking on as he put together his entire DJ set-up at the front of the class. The kids were expecting to be taught an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) class by an American Fulbright scholar at Sheng-Li Elementary […]

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An ESL teacher works with students abroad

Pipe Dream or Possibility? Moving Abroad to Teach English During the Pandemic

Missouri resident, English teacher, and blogger, Kristin Blake, has wanted to move to France since high school when her French teacher introduced her to French language and culture. She made good on that plan in January 2020 by applying for an English teaching program in the South of France and expected to hear if she […]

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ELT marketplace teacher profiles

Online ELT Marketplaces: How They Work, What They Charge & How to Make the Most of Them

When thriving language–learning app, Busuu, acquired video-tutoring language marketplace, Verbling, back in mid-January 2020, it was perhaps not fully aware of quite how prescient its “double-digit million dollar acquisition” had been. At that point, projections for the expansion of online learning were already robust, with one source expecting the online English language learning industry alone to grow […]

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native speakerism

Native Speakerism: Discriminatory Practice or Response to Market Demands?

English has become the world’s first truly global language. It is the global lingua franca for business, diplomacy, and tourism; it is the unofficial first language of the Internet; and its use, thanks in great measure to the ELT industry, is growing daily. There was a time when learning English from a so-called NEST (Native […]

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