‘Celebrating the World Tourism Day’

“The 2020 Global Week to Act4SDGs, on September 18-26, is a joint call to action for everyone‚Äď leaders, citizens, organizations, and institutions- to commit making this a Turning Point for People and Planet and put the Goals at the heart of their recovery plans, to use the next ten years to deliver all the Sustainable …

The ‘World Tourism Day’ is the 27th of September 2020

and I’d like to share with all my readers a fantastic online course run at Future Learn by The Global Travel & Tourism Partnership (GTTP). 

On the 27th of September, I’ll be thinking of Guinea Bissau ūüá¨ūüáľ and celebrating its huge potential to grow in the tourism sector. 

In a modern and connected world, I’d like to raise awareness and leave room for discussion on the reasons why written English and digital skills combined are important to be learned and can enhance intercultural communication. 

Intercultural communication refers to communication between people from two different cultures. (Chen & Starosta, 1998:28)

So, kindly leave a comment if you wish to take part in my little project that aims to reach only 20 people, or instead like it if you really do! 

GTTP is a charity funded by the travel and tourism industry which helps young people across the globe access the skills and experience they need for a career in the sector.”¬†

Each year, the GTTP supports more than 800,000 young people across 16 countries.” with English language as a medium of instruction and in my humble opinion this way enhancing intercultural communication.¬†

English is also used in interdisciplinary subjects and fields of research. The aim of this blog is to raise awareness of the United Nations Goals up to 2030. Whereas I support Quality Education (Goal 4) through Partnerships (Goal 17) would be a good idea to look at them all as they are inter-connected.

The 17 statement goals of the United Nations are clear and set to be achieved by 2030. The questions arise such as: 

  • Do governments want their citizens to be more international?
  • Which governments?
  • And if so, what are leaders performing to get this done?
  • Why are written English and digital skills combined important to enhance intercultural communication in a modern and connected world?

Academically, English is one of the main languages used “as a global for communication” and the aim of this short blog is to explore its benefits to enhance business in the tourism sector through partnerships such as the GTTP.¬†

Here is the link for the course!

This blog looks at tourism, business, science, and arts, through education.

In the 21st century desirable skills like enhancing intercultural communication and establishing partnerships towards achieving the 17 United Nations’ goals such as fighting poverty through quality education and partnerships through the medium of English language and technology.¬†

Is it important for everyone to learn English?

In my opinion, it is very important to learn English because I live in a country where many people are bilingual and it would take me longer to learn their second language besides English was a mandatory subject in secondary school, looking back at the 20th century together with French, German, and/or Latin but it’s up to each one of us.

Nowadays, English is still mandatory in my country and now children start learning English in primary school.

I wouldn’t say that is important to everyone though as it depends on other factors and there are other important languages such as Spanish. It is helpful to know two foreign languages at least out from those assigned from the United Nations as the official languages and they are: Arabic, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and English.

English provided me with great opportunities, allowed me to access knowledge in the United Kingdom where I’m now starting my MA Education Studies, and gave me more employable chances than I had before, and opened up better-paying opportunities internationally. I lived, worked, and traveled in Asia (several countries including China) and Europe.

With that said, learning English can be beneficial, and learning it has changed my life so I want to carry on practicing my writing skills and pass on my ideas in a more efficient way but cannot generalize. 

I however would like to add that most info is written in English and being informed is a good status! 

I’m grateful to the British Council and the University of Groningen and to all classmates and supportive lead educators at Future Learn through the pandemic period from March to May 2020.¬†

To sum up, English skills and digital tools combined can possibly create stronger and effective partnerships to work on the United Nations 17 goals.

In the 21st century, digital tools are a key skill and no longer should be seen as a distraction or merely used as so. Social media and networks are useful to build upon the partnership to networking though English written skills and digital skills are needed and must be used by leaders to build-up to the benefit of their communities. Indeed, a powerful tool to be integrated into the curriculum and to be used through the medium of quality education and the tourism pillars despite seasonality.

COVID-19 cross frontiers faster than the speed of wifi. Who wins the marathon?


British Council

Exploring English: Shakespeare 

University of Reading

A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study

United Nations ūüáļūüá≥ 


English as a medium of instruction by British Council

10 Free Literature Online Courses

There are hundreds of free and paid online courses in literature. This small list consists of some of my favourites regarding platforms, easily accessible, specific topics, university providers and availability which I can confirm ‚ėĎÔłŹ

1 ūüĆ∑Jane Austen: Myth, Reality, and Global Celebrity

Map of south-east England showing locations of importance to Jane Austen© Shutterstock/Pingebat 2018

I found this course a bit hard. However, Jane Austen’s journies are still worth following. I love the gardens and mansions. Her museum, in Bath Somerset in the UK, is also a must-see. ūüá¨ūüáß This course is provided at FutureLearn by the University of Southampton

Follow in Jane Austen’s footsteps at ‘Historic England‘ and become a contributor whether with photographs or reviews while traveling and exploring this stunning source! I’m positive that soon we’ll be all around the most amazing stunning views worldwide…

Discover the fascinating story of author Jane Austen, from her own life in Hampshire to what she means to a global audience today.

The British Council website has many lesson plans for teachers and students, in case you wish to use them. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is only one out of many ready to use in your classes may you wish.

Pride and Prejudice – Lesson plan’s answer key ūüĒĎ from the British Council website

2 ūüĆ∑Fairy Tales: Meanings, Messages, and Morals by the University of Newcastle Australia ūüá¶ūüáļ

“Little Red Riding Hood”

Build your skills in literary analysis and creative writing by exploring the meaning of fairy tales.

Build your skills in literary analysis and creative writing by exploring the meaning of fairy tales. This course is part of the program Stories in Context: Fiction, Drama, Film, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Bachelor of Arts. Find out more.

3 ūüĆ∑How to Read a Novel by the University of Edinburgh

We are the oldest department of English Literature in the UK, one of the longest established in the world. Edinburgh is the first UNESCO World City of Literature, a fantastic literary city that many greats of English and Scottish literature have called home.

Get underneath the skin of a novel by understanding some of the main building blocks of modern fiction.

The four novels explored for this course are:

  1. Girl by Edna O’Brien
  2. Sudden Traveller by Sarah Hall
  3. Travelkers by Helon Habila
  4. Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

4 ūüĆ∑The literature of the English Country House by the University of Sheffield

Financial help from the University – bursaries are available if you’re a UK student.

Take a journey through the literature of English country houses from the time of Thomas More to Oscar Wilde.

5 ūüĆ∑Penshurst Place and the Sidney Family of Writers

Lancaster University

Lancaster Words Festival at Lancaster University

In the 16th century, Penshurst Place was the home to the Sidney family, renowned for their literary works in the age of Shakespeare. The family, including Lady Mary Wroth and her uncle Sir Philip Sidney, wrote poetry and prose that still appeal to audiences today.

6 ūüĆ∑Poetry: How to Read a Poem

University of York

Discover what poetry can tell us about human emotion and learn key ideas and techniques for understanding and interpreting verse.

7 ūüĆ∑Shakespeare‚Äôs Hamlet: The Ghost

Topic(s): Shakespeare, theater, culture, literature, Europe

An exploration of the haunting figure at the heart of one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays.

A man in a hat and cloak looks with uncertainty toward a woman in white, who looks back at him.

8 ūüĆ∑Exploring books for children: words and pictures

Free statement of participation on completion

More about this course

Many people have fond memories of the stories they encountered in childhood, perhaps especially of those wonderful picture books and illustrated tales that fired our young imaginations and transported us to magical worlds. To an adult’s eye, some picture books may seem remarkably simple, even oversimplified. However, in this free course, Exploring books for children: words and pictures, you will learn how children’s books use words and pictures together in remarkably sophisticated ways to communicate both to young and older readers, drawing on examples from the classics, such as Beatrix Potter’s Tales of Peter Rabbit, and from contemporary children’s authors such as Anthony Browne, author of Gorilla.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand how images communicate meanings to the readers of children‚Äôs books
  • understand the role of cultural knowledge in making sense of images
  • understand how words and pictures can reinforce or contradict one another in a text, with interesting results
  • recognize the work of some famous illustrators for children
  • understand how the use of images in children‚Äôs books has changed over time and what it means to create books for the specific audiences of children and their carers.

Miss Potter is a 2006 biographical drama film directed by Chris Noonan and it is based on the life of children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter and combines stories from her own life with animated sequences featuring characters from her stories, such as Peter Rabbit. Full movie

9 ūüĆ∑Exploring Virginia Woolf‚Äôs Between the Acts with a free statement of participation on completition

Introduction. This free course, Exploring Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts, is designed to explore the historical context of the final work of Virginia Woolf, one of the most significant modernist writers of the twentieth century.

10 ūüĆ∑Reading Cookbooks: from The Forme of Cury to The Smitten Kitchen

Online courses in literature are also available from the Department for Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, most of them with a course fee of £300.00 but available for less and starting in September 2020.

10 cursos online gr√°tis de coreano

Tendo em conta que muitos colegas professores n√£o conseguem regressar √† China, achei interessante partilhar os cursos de coreano online. Relembro que tal como os de irland√™s anteriormente publicado por mim, estes cursos online tamb√©m s√£o gratuitos. Obter os certificados tem um custo mas isso, deixo ao crit√©rio de cada um.

Os professores em miss√£o al√©m fronteiras, sobretudo os de ingl√™s, encontrar√£o mais facilmente trabalho se souberem o b√°sico de coreano, outros poder√£o fazer pesquisa online, preparar uma viagem futura, fazer um interc√Ęmbio de l√≠nguas ou qualquer outra que seja a motiva√ß√£o.

Na minha humilde opinião, chegar a um país e saber algumas palavras essenciais, (magical keywords!) pode ajudar e saber dizer algumas frases mostra interesse e respeito pelo povo.

Todos os meus colegas relembram a Coreia do Sul com saudade e como um pa√≠s civilizad√≠ssimo, fascinante e de chorar por mais! Eu, relembro os apenas todos os amigos maravilhosos de Seul.

1)Curso de introdu√ß√£o √† l√≠ngua coreana 1 


2) Curso de introdu√ß√£o √† l√≠ngua coreana 2 para aprender sobre a cultura coreana, explorar a cultura desenvolvendo a compreens√£o da l√≠ngua com estes dois cursos promidos na plaforma FutureLearn, pela Universidade de Hanyang em Seul.

Enquanto estive fora de Portugal, onde pretendo continuar, senti muita falta de falar portugu√™s e estava notoriamente a esquecer a minha pr√≥pria l√≠ngua, da√≠ tentar escrever em portugu√™s. Para al√©m do mais, e tendo em conta que mais de metade do que √© escrito e acess√≠vel no Google nos aparece em ingl√™s n√£o me faz muito sentido escrever numa l√≠ngua que n√£o a minha.  Em √Āfrica n√£o nos faltam nativos da l√≠ngua portuguesa assim como no Brasil e tamb√©m n√≥s precisamos de oportunidades de trabalho. 

3) Curso de introdução à Filosofia coreana pela Universidade Sungkyunkwan (SKKU) na Coreia do Sul: conheça a filosofia coreana ao mergulhar na história e cultura coreanas.

Trabalhei na China, aprendi um pouco de chinês mas infelizmente o governo chinês não nos permite o regresso. Assim sendo vamos mudar a rota e seguir vida, com espírito de equipe e desportivismo. E aos que tal como eu, ainda pensem participar nos Jogos Olímpicos em Tóquio, as candidaturas para voluntários já terminaram há muito mas ainda podemos comprar bilhetes e quiçá, dar uma voltinha pelo Japão. De Seul a Tóquio a viagem dura menos de duas horas e são em conta!

4) Curso de alfabeto coreano e introdução ao Hangeul oferecido pela Universidade de Sungkyunkwan (SKKU), onde podemos descobrir e aprender este sistema de escrita da Coreia, que remonta ao século XV. 

5) A app Duolingo oferece coreano.

Esta app hei-de recomenda-la sempre porque aprendi muito nela. A √ļnica l√≠ngua em que n√£o consegui progredir foi em chin√™s. Passava o tempo a baralhar a m√°quina!

6) Para coreano a app LingoDeer é apreciada por muitos e funcional.

7) Para todos aqueles que j√° conhe√ßam o alfabeto Hangeul, a Class Central come√ßou no passado dia 3 de Agosto um curso para desenvolver a fala e tem boas classifica√ß√Ķes atribu√≠das por quem j√° o experimentou. Caso lhe convenha, a Class Central tamb√©m oferece sistema de afiliados, onde poder√°, eventualmente, ganhar comiss√£o atrav√©s do seu website, ou de outras formas que lhe sejam mais oportunas. Neste blog, n√£o lhe estou a vender rigorosamente nada.

8) O sétimo evento sobre a Coreia online já começou. Aqui encontrará 5 segredos infalíveis para aprender coreano e creio que vallha a pena espreitar! Não estou certa de que seja gratuito mas apreciei a continuidade nos eventos, por ser organizado por pessoas experientes, no Brasil e por estar a decorrer.

9) √Ā semelhan√ßa da Babbel (a minha app de l√≠nguas estrangeiras preferida), encontrei a LingQ com conte√ļdos sobre cultura, viagem, tecnologia, ci√™ncia, pol√≠tica, gastronomia, entretenimento, desporto, livros e neg√≥cios.

10) Por √ļltimo a Easy Languages, canal do YouTube √© uma forma divertiva de explorar a cultura, viajar online pela Coreia e trabalhar a audi√ß√£o.

Easy Languages

Fiquem bem, protejam-se na medida do possível e vamos estudar mais um pouco, porque as oportunidades surgem a qualquer momento.

3 Tools For Learning European Portuguese

ACM Alto Comissariado para as Migra√ß√Ķes (High Commision for Migration )

I want to learn European Portuguese

Practice Portuguese language by completing the available exercises, tests and exams throught ACM’s website (High commission for migration).

Cost: Free

Level: A1 and B1

High Comision for migration Read in: Portuguese, English, Spanish and Arabic at ACM website.

Requirements: Willingness to learn Portuguese, patience and resilience.

Overview: Learning or deepening the Portuguese language is an important tool for a life project in Portugal, whether it is to study, live or work.

Now you can do it through this platform, autonomously, free of charge and at your own pace.

I want to write Portuguese characters

Pleco offers several characters foreign language options for writing in English, Chinese, PinYin, Japanese, Russian, Pinyin, Greek, and Latin. You only need to install the app on your iOS or Android mobile phone. It’s also free.

Pleco was useful while living in China and learning writing PinYin on the first two levels of Chinese as it was to write in Portuguese. My English and Dutch friends in Portugal had never heard of it but it makes difference in both languages.

I want to translate from English to Portuguese

At last, I’d like to mention the Cambridge English Dictionary, one more helpful online tool that I’ve been using for many years, and allows all my English and Dutch friends residents in Portugal to search for vocabulary. It’s a great tool to look for translating a sentence up to 160 characters, enough for writing an email in Portuguese and very accurate.

Learning a foreign language is funny, it can help while travelling and make friends, when we experience other countries’cultures. Life skills are essential, too!

Specialit√° – Specialism

Aos portugueses: se quiserem e precisarem de editar textos, vou escrever um blog post sobre o tema: English writing skills essential tools. As ferramentas de trabalho são todas gratuitas e a trabalhar bastante já nós estamos habituados. Com a internet, fazemos tudo sozinhos e chegamos onde nos proposermos.

Aos portugueses emigrantes que começam finalmente a chegar, bem-vindos!

Exploring English: Shakespeare

A quem se dirige este curso?

Exploring English: Shakespeare, é um curso para pessoas que estão a aprender inglês e estão interessadas na língua e no legado que nos deixou William Shakespeare.

Exploring English: Shakespeare
Neet, United Kingdom

O material foi desenvolvido para falantes de inglês não nativos que estudaram inglês até ao nível intermediário e (aproximadamente B1 no QECR) está disponível na plataforma FutureLearn.

Este curso de inglês desenvolvido pela British Council continua disponível online e tem uma duração média estimada de seis semanas, foi apoiado pela instituição de caridade Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, que reabrirá as suas portas no próximo dia 1 de Agosto.

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Explore o idioma inglês através de cinco peças de Shakespeare.

Este curso aborda a vida e as obras de William Shakespeare e leva-nos a Stratford-upon-Avon e ao Globe Theatre em Londres, onde William Shakespeare garantiu o seu lugar central na literatura inglesa, que seguimos até hoje.

Neste curso de inglês online, gratuito, da British Council poderá melhorar as suas habilidades na língua inglesa através de cinco das muitas peças de Shakespeare:

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Hamlet
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • The Tempest
  • Macbeth

Neste curso muito interactivo, os atores e especialistas de todo o mundo explicam e exploraram os temas universais que Shakespeare abordou em seu trabalho.

Gostei particularmente de aprender com as palavras e express√Ķes que Shakespeare introduziu na l√≠ngua inglesa, das observa√ß√Ķes dos v√°rios actores que participaram neste curso e dos muitos recursos que s√£o facultados, como os quizzes, para al√©m de se poder interagir com os outros alunos e professores com as nossas dificuldades e ou ideias e opini√Ķes. Uma das professora deste curso responde, semanalmente, √†s quest√Ķes que lhe colocam. Esta √© uma das abordagens que mais gostei, dos cursos que frequentei at√© agora. Algumas curiosidades sobre a vida pessoal de William Shakespeare s√£o apresentadas. √Č um curso estimulante, cheio de recursos variados, os professores s√£o super atenciosos e eu adorei complet√°-lo, por isso, recomendo-o no meu blog post de hoje. 

Para quem queira assistir a audios, recomendo a Folger Shakespeare Library que presenteou os seu subscritores, no in√≠cio da pandemia, com in√ļmeras pe√ßas, algumas delas acima mencionadas. Assim sendo, mais uma vez, muito obrigada √† biblioteca digital e aos artistas. E vamos fazer figas para voltarmos ao teatro, o quanto antes!

Irish 101: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

Irish 101: An Introduction to Irish Language and Culture

Familiarize-se com uma introdu√ß√£o √† cultura da Irlanda aprendendo o b√°sico da l√≠ngua irlandesa, neste primeiro curso de uma s√©rie de oito. 

Quais os tópicos que serão abordados?

  • Introdu√ß√£o √† l√≠ngua irlandesa;
  • Ogham e a primeira escrita em irland√™s;
  • O alfabeto e a pron√ļncia;
  • Sauda√ß√Ķes, b√™n√ß√£os e maldi√ß√Ķes;
  • Nomes e mitologia irlandeses;
  • Eu, a minha fam√≠lia e de onde eu venho;
  • Uma vis√£o geral dos Gaeltachta√≠* e outros lugares culturais na Irlanda;
  • N√ļmeros e contagem;
  • O lar e a vida social;
  • Comodidades, orienta√ß√Ķes e desporto ga√©lico;

*Plural de Gaeltacht

Este curso é promovido por uma equipe de professores extraordinária, através da plataforma FutureLearn, é gratuito e acessível em qualquer ponto do planeta, incluindo na China.

Desta sequência de oito cursos que equivalem ao nível A1, deixo os links que os direcionam a cada um deles.

Irish 101

Get an introduction to Ireland’s culture by learning the basics of the Irish language.

The learning outcomes are as follows:

  • To provide an introduction to Irish grammar, vocabulary and basic phrases.
  • To enable learners to have a conversation about themselves and their families.
  • To enable learners to describe hobbies and interests.
  • To enable learners to write a short passage about themselves in a text message, email or postcard.
  • To enable learners to learn functional, everyday Irish such as how to greet others and count.
  • To provide an introduction to the cultural context of Ireland and the Irish language.

Irish 102

Find out how to speak, write and understand basic words, phrases and dialogues in Irish.

Irish 103

Learn to talk about occupations, daily life and personal skills in this third introductory course on the Irish language.

Irish 104

Learn to talk about arrangements and give commands, whilst discovering the role of women in Irish myths and legends.

Irish 105

Deepen your understanding of Irish culture and language, exploring new conversational subjects such as the family and pastimes.

Irish 106

Delve deeper into Irish language and culture. You’ll explore past and future tenses Рplus new subjects, like food and drink.

Irish 107

Continue on your Irish language journey and explore conversational themes and gain new insights into Irish culture and language.

Irish 108

Build on your existing knowledge of the Irish language and culture; cover topics like giving directions and making arrangements.

O curso Irish 201, e seguintes dirigem-se a adultos, que queiram progredir para o nível intermediário / nível B1, especialmente desenhado para adultos que tencionem estudar na Irlanda, ou por hobbie, e sempre com a cultura irlandesa em destaque. Para além dos emigrantes espalhados pelo mundo, o conhecimento de uma segunda língua é cada vez mais importante. Eu e outros, preservamos esta língua minoritária com o grande suporte da comunidade e apoio da Dublin City University.

Entretanto já surgiram três cursos novos e estamos a desenvolver as nossas capacidades a caminho da fluência.

NEW COURSES – Novos cursos

Irish 202 Irish Culture and Language For Adults

Develop your ability to speak and write in the Irish language and learn more about traditional Irish culture and mythology.

Irish 203 Irish Language and Culture For Adults

Develop your Irish language skills whilst discovering Irish culture with Dublin City University.

Irish 204 Irish Language and Cultute For Adults

Discover the wonders of the Irish language and the rich history of Irish culture in this language course for adults.