Cecilia Nobre ELT Blog

Disal’s Webinar: Teaching 1:1 Online

So yesterday I delivered a webinar hosted by Livraria Disal on teaching 1:1 Online and it was great! There was a staggering number of 650 subscribers and once there were over 200 participants in the room. That blew my mind! I’d like to thank everyone who attended and wrote comments and questions.


You can read the presentation here ( all the links are clickable and you can watch a sample lesson)


  • If you’re interested in joining the course Teaching 1:1 Online, fill out the form here. The course will start in January 2018. It’s a 3-week course full of hands-on tips and support from me.

A Conversation lesson: Is saving money worth it?

Almost everybody needs to save money, so I thought this lesson plan may come handy.

Topic: Taking extreme measures to save money and saving money in the household bills

Aims: Debate the best and worst ways to save money through analysing a humourous text and watching a video.

Age/Level: Adults / B1, B2

Time: 1 1/2 hours

Materials: Presentation, Timeout article and Youtube video

 Worksheets: Article1 – ways to save money  & Videoactivity – ways to save money

You can use the presentation here

Lesson outline

Lead-in: Discuss Rita Rodney’s quote. Ask students: How do you save money? What’s the most extreme or embarrassing thing you’ve done to save money?

Pre-reading task: Show collage of 5 pictures and tell them: You are going to read an article where some Londoners share the most extreme things they have done to save money. Can you predict some of the things they did by looking at the pictures?

Talk about the picture from the article. How can students relate the picture to the heading of the article?

Reading for gist: Ask students to read the text quickly, without focusing on single words or expressions. Ask them the questions.

Answer key: a) False  b) True  c) False  d) True

Reading for specific information: Read the text thoroughly and ask the questions.

Answer key: a) 70p pretzel and free coffee  b) 30 minutes  c) Answers vary  d) To save up to move to Manchester.   e) Answers vary   f) Answers vary   g) Answers vary

Pre-listening task: Show them the pictures and ask: What are the best ways to save money on your utility bills, phone, TV and rent?

While-listening task: Tell them that they are going to watch a video on how to save money on your monthly bills. Ask them: Have they mentioned any of the tips discussed in the previous task?

Post-listening tasks: 

  1. Students watch the video again up to 2:48 and fill in the sentences.                       Answer key:  a) pricey   b) Binge-watching / a little bit / hundreds of dollars                 c) willing to / satisfied   d) apps / track / monthly   e) When it comes to / homeowners
  2. Students watch the video from 2:48 and answer the questions.                                             Answer key:  a) pre-paid and family plan   b) they can get tax deductions for your phone expenses  c) Housing   d) It may bring substantial discounts    e) answers vary   f) answers vary   g) answers vary   h) answers vary

Focus on Grammar: May, Might and Could for giving suggestions

Answer key:  Top-down ( 5 ) ( 4 ) ( 1 ) ( 3 ) ( 2 )


Interview with Jamie Keddie

I have been a fan of Jamie Keddie’s work for quite some time and, it’s no surprise that I’ve been chasing him for an interview for a while as well.

I finally managed to interview him and it was a delight! We talked about videos in the classroom, his inspiring book Videotelling and the plenary he’s going to deliver next month in Rio de Janeiro for BrELT on the road, Rio edition ( there’s still time to enroll, just check it out here)


Interview Part 1 is here

Interview Part 2 is here

You can also subscribe to receive his lesson plans every Sunday here

BRAZ-TESOL Webinar : Rapport Me Up!

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I love talking about rapport and I cannot lie. It’s one of my favourite subjects in ELT, I’d say.

I had a great time yesterday delivering a webinar on establish rapport to 63 engaged teachers, and, as promised, I’d like to share a handout and the slides to those who are interested in the subject.

Here’s the handout: RapportMeUp-

Here are the slides:  BT_WEBINAR rapport pptx

Thank you!