Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Donald Freeman


This project is the result of efforts to set up a teacher­ training program for the Centro Cultural Brasil-Estados Unidos de Curitiba in Brazil. It is especially designed for teachers who have been using teacher-centered classroom techniques and the traditionally structured approaches to teaching, and who are willing to change to a student-centered communicative approach to teaching English.

In chapter one, I give a general overview of the program Iset up and a short description of the Centro. I also state the reasons why I decided to set up this teacher-training program for the Centro.

In chapter two, I describe the training program, giving a detailed week-by-week description. In the training program, trainees reevaluated their personal assumptions about language, learning, and teaching. Micro-teaching activities and a shock language experience were also of great importance. They helped trainees to review their teaching, guiding it to a more student-centered communicative approach. Emphasis was given to the functional notional communicative approach to teaching ESL. To finish this chapter I make some suggestions for changes in this program.

In chapter three, I describe my conclusions about the program, about my work, and the effect it had on me professionally and personally.


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