About me

Hello there, and thank you very much for the visit!

I’ve been in the ELT area for 21 years now, having worked for several language schools in Brazil as a director of studies, pedagogical consultant, teacher and teacher educator.

As a teacher, I have mostly worked with young adults and adults in the areas of General English, Business English and Exams Preparation, with only very brief stints as a teacher of younger learners. In the past few years, I have been more involved than ever in exams preparation – an area I’m very fond of -, not only as a teacher and course designer, but also as an examiner for the Cambridge Main Suite exams (KET, PET, FCE, CAE and CPE).

My experience as the director of studies of Wizard (back in 2000!) and St Giles São Paulo (2006-2008) is something I look back on fondly. Nevertheless, my favorite part of these jobs was always the contact with teachers and students, and the active participation in their development. It was during the time I worked for St Giles that I made the most important decision of my career so far: Teacher training was something I definitely wanted to be involved in forever.

Teacher training has been very good to me! I’ve met most of my closest friends and most talented colleagues (often the very same people) working in teacher development. I have traveled all over my beautiful country training teachers and doing consultancy for schools (so far it’s been over 15 Brazilian states, over 100 cities and well over 2000 teachers), and this is certainly one of the most incredible parts of the job. I have also had the privilege of presenting in international conferences such as the IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) on quite a few occasions, as well as BRAZ-TESOL international conferences and local events. BRAZ-TESOL is, by the way, the biggest association of English teachers in Brazil, and I’m currently its vice president, having been elected to be the president of the association as of January 1, 2019.

In the past decade, I’ve dedicated a lot of my time to language development for teachers (LDT), both mine and that of other teachers – especially preparing them for Cambridge CAE and CPE. LDT ended up becoming one of my greatest interests (passions!) in ELT, and I have since written a book on the subject (Inglês para professor) – published in late 2015 -, and I’m currently working on the second one, Inglês para professor 2, to be published in the first semester of 2019. I have also blogged for BlogDisal and RichmondShare – the biggest and most widely read professional blogs in the country.

As important as all that, however, and one of the most rewarding parts of teacher training for me, is how much it helps my own professional development as a teacher. Studying, the constant reading to keep updated (new books, articles from professional journals etc), participation in conferences, the contact with fellow teachers and trainers, to name but a few, is what guarantees I’m always curious, always motivated, and never suffer from burnout, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that.

Finally, I studied English at University of São Paulo (USP), hold the Cambridge CELTA, CPE (grade A), DELTA modules 1 and 2 (I’m currently working on my DELTA module 3, on LDT), and I’m preparing to start an MA TESOL soon. I am also a Cambridge speaking examiner and a CELTA tutor.


8 thoughts on “About me

    Alexandre Melo said:
    May 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    that´s great Higor. I should have been trained for you when I started teaching. I believe that many obstacles would be better managed. Anyway, I am taking the CELTA course. I really like the article about the “burnout”. Sometimes I was feeling like giving up everthing but I keep on walking more than ever,

    Rodrigo Ribeiro said:
    July 1, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Hey, Higor! I was one of your ‘TTC + TKT’ students at Seven (1st semester, 2010). I’m really glad I took that course, I sure learned a lot! Honestly, before taking the course, I had no much idea on how to teach and always felt demotivated about my own work.
    I hope being able to join your classes soon. Take good care of yourself and thank you very much for the great learning experience I had with you!

    Stephen Greene said:
    May 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Hi Higor. I have just nominated you for a Sunshine Award. If you are in to that kind of thing and would like to accept you can find out more info here http://goo.gl/zb4KR

      Higor Cavalcante said:
      June 6, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Hi Stephen,

      Wow! I can’t thank you enough! 🙂 I’m sorry it took me this long to write back, but I hadn’t seen it! I’ll click on the link right away! Thank you!

    Adriano Honório said:
    June 13, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Hi Higor
    I highly recommend this blog, if you don’t know it already

    It’s about an American living in Brazil and her impressions on our culture and way of life.

    If you have time to read some of her posts…

      Higor Cavalcante said:
      June 19, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Thank you, Adriano. I will certainly visit it!


    agiorosz said:
    November 8, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Dear Higor,

    Please can you tell me whether you are aware of the existence of any English Language Textbooks written specifically for non-native English teachers. I mean a coursebook like the ones we use to teach students, but which teach the conditional let’s say through a reading text about how to teach grammar for example.

    Thanks, Agi

      Higor Cavalcante responded:
      December 27, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      Hello Agi,

      First of all, I’m really sorry for taking so long to write back. The blog’s been a bit neglected of late, but I’m back and planning great things for 2017.

      As for your question, I unfortunately don’t think there is anything of the sort. 😦 I love ‘About Language’, by Scott Thornbury. Although it wasn’t written for non-native teachers, it’s a fantastic book!


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