Sunday, March 7, 2010

What about a third draft?

After the last post, I decided to follow the suggestions and reduced my introduction. Here's the result.

My name is Claudio Fleury Curado Sasse, which I find a very long name. Some people call me Claudio, others Fleury, others Sasse. I am 36 years old and I was born in Goiânia. I have been living in Brasilia for 16 years, I am not married and don’t have any kids. My family still lives in Goiânia and I visit them often.

I love living in Brasilia. I moved here in 1994, to study at Universidade de Brasilia. I had already taken three years of Civil Engineering when I decided I wanted to be an Architect. I graduated in 2000, and worked as an architect until 2005. Nowadays I only get involved with architecture in very special occasions, for my family or friends, for example.

When I was 11, in the 5th grade, I had English and French classes. I loved French, but I hated English and simply could not understand it. I almost flunked 5th grade because of English, so I started an English course to help me in school. That was when I discovered English and how easy it was. I learned that it was useful, and knowing English was something extraordinary for me. With English I could read American magazines, not to mention the songs, which I could understand.

Today I am really glad I almost flunked English, because it was a turning point in my life. The first time I taught English was in 1991. While I was taking Civil Engineering I took a course for English teachers, and had some more classroom experience. Shortly after that I moved to Brasilia.

In Brasilia, while I was in college, I worked as a trainee architect and an English teacher. In 2005, however, when I started working at Casa Thomas Jefferson, I realized that I really wanted to be an English teacher. I took the Teacher Development Course, and I soon got involved with technology in education. I have never studied or lived abroad, and I like to tell it to my students. You don’t actually need to spend time abroad to learn English, but it definitely helps.

English teachers don’t have much free time. Whenever I have some extra time, I read books and comics, I surf the net and watch movies. If I really want to relax, I do some crosswords, and I especially like the difficult ones. I love listening to jazz, classical music and some pop. It helps me concentrate when I am preparing classes or studying.

Well, it’s time I finished this. I did not intend to make this a long introduction, but I really wanted it to show you a bit about who I am and how I got here. Thanks to your questions, I had a lot to write about.


2 comments:

Marcia Pinheiro said...

Hi, Claudio! I think you've achieved your goal ! In a concise way your introduction shows who you are and what you like doing in your free time. Besides, we can get to know your pathway to become an english teacher.

karina said...

Hi, Cláudio! I loved your third introduction because was simple and had only information necessary as I said in another post.I'll take it to my introduction life.