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Alcino Ferreira's personal webpage

Education

  • Post-Graduate Teaching Degree (1996-1998):

Certificat d'Aptitude au Professorat de l'Enseignement Secondaire (CAPES) in English, Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maitres d'Aquitaine (Teaching College).

Equivalent to a M.Ed or a M.A. in teaching teaching ESL. The degree is a two-year degree, the first of which is spent preparing for a highly competitive exam in Anglo-American civilization, literature, translation, linguistics and didactics.

For the chosen few (about 10-15% only), the second year is spent studying didactics (of Modern Languages), and teaching, as a tutored trainee, both in junior and senior high schools, while still attending college courses.

My dissertation was about a project in which students shot and edited videos in ESL class.

  • Master of Arts (1995-1996):

Major in American Civilization. Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour.

My dissertation dealt with Franklin D. Roosevelt's foreign policy and its consequences on the United States' entry into WW2.

  • Bachelor of Arts (1992-1995):
Three-year joint degree. The first two academic years at Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, Pau, France, and the third at Staffordshire University and Polytechnic, Stoke-on-Trent, England, as an ERASMUS (Lingua) student.
  •  High School Degree (1991):
Majored in Philosophy and Modern Languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese). Lycée René Cassin, Bayonne.

Computing skills

  • Educational Technologies: I have used EdTechs for 20 years, to create and use Digital Learning Aids for my students. The technologies I know well include:
- Learning Suites: iSpring Suite, and Captivate, SCORM package editors
- Moodle, Claroline, and other LMS
- Audio and Video recording and editing (RapidMooc, Screencast-o-Matic, Audacity)
- Desktop publishing and Microsoft Office (Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, Excel)

I was a network admin for almost ten years in a previous life. I understand networks, servers, proxies, VLANs, shared drives, etc.

Languages

  • French: mother tongue.
  • Portuguese: mother tongue.
  • English: bilingual (I have taught English for 20 years).
  • Spanish: fluent understanding, good speaking and writing skills.
  • Italian, Corsican and other Romanic languages (basic understanding).