Every student has a history with language learning. A mistake I've seen teachers (and institutions) make  is "ignore" that history while conducting needs analysis interviews. Not deliberately, of course. When a school or teacher interviews a prospective student (PS) to solely assess their language level and talk about administrative aspects, I'm sure they don't mean to bypass their entire language learning experience. I understand the need to work smarter and more efficiently, but we must remember that your needs analysis is your postcard. A first interview may actually be the...

“What do you think of Glenn Greenwald’s Portuguese?” That question came out of the blue to me, but there I was, chatting to an air traffic controller before we started his English proficiency interview about a third person’s Portuguese language proficiency. I thought of a video I saw after the first Vaza Jato news: “Well, I find his pronunciation a little difficult to follow.” “Yes, it’s heavy.” “Especially because we’re not used to listening to a foreign accent in Portuguese, I think.” “That’s true. But you can understand him, right?” he shot at...