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Teacher Feature: Mayra Alves

May 13, 2022

This article is part of a series of posts highlighting our community of teachers around the world. We hope you find their stories interesting and inspiring!

Mayra Alves became an English teacher after the school where she originally learned English asked her to work there. She worked at the school for three years before going on to teach at a local university.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Mayra decided to open her own business and teach online.

Since 2020, Mayra has been teaching remotely from her home in São Paulo, Brazil. She primarily teaches adults at the A1 to B2 (Beg – High Int) levels.

“I decided to become a teacher because I love the fact that I can inspire other people and teach them a language that changed my life,” said Mayra. “I always say that I didn't choose to be a teacher. Being a teacher chose me.”

Smiling young woman with short brown hair, small hoop earrings, white t-shirt.

Mayra Alves is pictured here.

For Mayra, a typical week begins with preparation.

On Mondays, she plans out her classes for the week. Once planned, she sends her students all the information they need for their upcoming classes. The rest of the week, Mayra is busy teaching from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday. She also teaches Saturday mornings from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm.

“The most rewarding part for me is when my students tell me they have achieved their goals because they started learning English with me,” Mayra said proudly.

How Mayra Uses Ellii to Teach Virtually

Mayra is a big fan of Ellii.

One of her favorite lessons is our Procrastination lesson from our Discussion Starters section because it includes grammar practice with the future perfect tense.

Check out Mayra's video response below to learn more about why she loves Ellii and how she uses it with her students.

When asked if she had any advice for aspiring teachers, Mayra said it’s important to never stop learning. 

“Never stop learning and improving your English and your teaching techniques. Your development is as important as your students’ development.”

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Comments (12)

Tara Benwell(Author)

Hi, Mayra! Thanks so much for sharing your teaching experience and letting us know how you use Ellii.

For teachers like Mayra who have students interested in learning about culture from Canada and other nations, here is a link to Ellii's Nations & Regions Collection.

We hope you'll also share requests for other cultural content that you want to see about other nations and regions!

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Mayra A.(Teacher)

Thank you for the opportunity to share my story!

Bárbara F(Guest)

Thank you for sharing your story, May! I deeply admire the great work you have been doing. Keep on going! Love, Barbs

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Mayra A.(Teacher)

Thank you, Barbs!
You know the admiration is mutual! <3

Milly T.(Teacher)

I am so proud of you May! You have a beautiful soul and your students are lucky to have you as a teacher! Look at you representing such a special group, entrepreneurial English teachers of Brazil! And Ellii rocks!

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Mayra A.(Teacher)

Thank you very much, Milly!
You are now a part of this and I am really grateful for that!

Letícia MAcedo(Guest)

This teacher is truly one of a kind! What inspiring work she does, very passionate, reliable and her success rate is only a testimony of that!

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Mayra A.(Teacher)

You've seen me grow not only as a teacher but also as a student. Thank you for being such an inspiration to me! Love you, my friend!

Heidi Karow(Guest)

Hello from Ottawa, Canada
That's an interesting and inspiring perspective... that teaching chose you! I love it.

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Mayra A.(Teacher)

Hello Heidi!

Thank you very much!!

Charles I.(Teacher)

Congratulations and hello from New Jersey, Mayra! Keep up the great work!

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Mayra A.(Teacher)

Hello!! Thank you very much, Charles!

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