Friday, March 9, 2012

May 1st Edition of the ESL/EFL/ELL Blog Carnival!

May 1st edition will be hosted by a Brazilian blogger, and here I call for contributions for this lively and inspiring meeting. For this edition, I propose two themes:

Critical Thinking and EFL/ESL.
I've been hearing about Critical Thinking since I started teaching, but what does it mean in a 21st century learning environment? What kind of tasks can an educator design to foster critical thinking in a language classroom?

Using Technology to Raise Cultural Awareness.
Nowadays, my country has been seen in a different light. We are not only the soccer and samba country, for our economy grows stronger and so does the interest of the world in knowing more about us. However, I still think that people know very little about the real Brazil, and that we Brazilians should know more about different cultures as well. Technology has been connecting educators worlwide, but can it really help us raise cultural awareness? Can it help us see more than surface culture?

I hope we put together an interesting collection of posts. If you have a contribution in mind, you can let me know by leaving  a link to your post in the comment box below, or send it to Larry Ferlarzzo. 

Cheers from Brazil,


  1. I have learned the concept of critical thinking in a language classroom as the ability a learner has to question the information (both cultural and linguistic) that has been presented to him/her. However, due to our students' easier access to information, I believe the term has changed. What do you guys think?

  2. Hi Dani,

    You have inspired me to write about how I use technology to raise cultural awareness in my classes. Please take a look and see what you think;

  3. Hello Stephen,

    Never before has been so easy to learn about different places and cultures. Surface culture does not interest our students as much, and there is the need to collaborate and promote interaction among English learners willing to explore cultural diversity. welcome to our carnival!

  4. Dani,

    I almost forgot it! But due to a nice coincidence, I think I have something to contribute.

    Hope is somewhat in the lines of what you had in mind!

    Great to be collaborating with Larry and you!


    1. Dear Carla,

      Thanks for your wonderful post. As usual, it's inspiring and extremely useful for educators willing to add a nice pinch of cultural awareness to the language classroom.

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