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About Me

I'm an EFL teacher and have been one for more than 15 years. I have also taught Portuguese to expats and taught French for a while.

Unlike other foreign language teachers, I have always made it a point to ONLY use the target language when teaching, e.g. only use English when teaching English, even when students were just starting out. Some might wonder how and that's one of the reasons I've started this blog: to share what I have learned so far.

I love coming up with new and better ways of getting a grammar point through to students or making them learn new strategies to read texts more closely.

Unfortunately, I'm no longer in a classroom. Leaving the classroom was a very difficult choice to make, but let's just say that teachers don't get the respect they should around here. I guess a lot of teachers out there will understand what I'm talking about. I've been tutoring for a while now and I'm at peace with my decision.

My students would tell you that my lessons are lively with lots of hands-on activities.

My colleagues would tell you that I'm reliable and generous (I actually asked them, so I'm not making this up!).

My husband would tell you that I worry too much (but he thinks it's cute!).

I will tell you that I'm getting on this blog journey with an open heart and faith that life will take me where I have to go!

Oh, one more thing, my name's not really Lucy. When I was a teenage exchange student in Chicago back in the 90s, nobody at my school could pronounce my name correctly. So, I would tell them to call me Lucy, which is kind of a shorter version of my real name. To this day, whenever I'm in the US, I say Lucy when Starbuck's employees ask me for my name.

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  1. Hi Lucy! Are you in Portugal, or Brazil, maybe? My best friend in college was born in Brazil (where she spoke Portuguese), moved to Texas when she was eight (where she learned English and Spanish), and went on a two year mission to Japan (where she learned Japanese) as an adult. It's a small world!

    1. Hi Carol! I was born and raised in Brazil. I think I ended up forgetting to add that to my "About me" :D

  2. Hi Lucy! Que bom ve-la por aqui!
    I'm so glad your blog is up and running! Can't wait to read all you have to share!
    Always a Teacher & Forever a Mom

    1. Hi Catia! I'm glad to see you here!
      Obrigada pelo seu apoio constante :)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Now you really have me wondering what your real name is. :)

    1. Oui, tu as capté mon attention, quel est ton nom réel?

  4. I lived in Sao Paulo in 1974-75 as a Rotary Exchange Student! Eu falo melhor doque escrevo, mas entendo bem o sentido de saudades! :)

    1. That's really cool, Sheri! São Paulo is very different nowadays.
      O seu português é ótimo!! :)

  5. Hi Lucy!
    I love your blog! I am wondering if I might be able to join your "Math" collaborative inboard. Here is the link to my pinterest account:

    Thanks for your consideration!

  6. Hello Lucy,

    Well my name is Lucy too! I have no other name. :) I'd like to join your arts and crafts for kids board on Pinterest.

    Here is my Pinterest account:

    Here's my website:

    My e-mail:

    Thank you!


  7. Hi Lucy,
    I found you because of your pinterest board about Science:
    About that, great job! I'm your newest follower! :)
    Since I'm also a Science Teacher, I was wondering if I can collaborate with you on that board!
    My profile is this:
    I would also love if you would accept to collaborate on my board about Teaching Science!
    Thanks and keep on the good work.

  8. Hola? I have used your resources for Halloween in French for over 3 years now...I see them on your website but when l click on them they connect to an ESL website and those files are not there. Any chance you could share them with me?