Espresso English: My new “baby”

January is a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad month for English teachers in Brazil. My group classes are on break until after Carnaval, and my individual students have been canceling classes left and right because of travel, vacation, beginning-of-the-year work, and just generally not wanting to study over the summer.

I’m trying to see this month not in light of the inevitable 30% pay cut, and rather as an opportunity to work more on my own projects – one of which is, an English learning website that I launched on New Year’s Day!

The idea behind Espresso English came from my students, many of whom would like to study English outside of class, but don’t have the time to sit down and slog through a textbook for half an hour. So the Espresso English lessons are designed to be small “bites” of English that only take around 5 minutes to do.

Take a look – and if you like the site, please share it with any English learners you know!

Espresso English is also on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Wow! It looks really good (and very professional – I particularly like the look of that wordpress theme!). I will definitely be spreading the word. So often it is people asking me how my Portuguese is going, I would like to turn the tables once in a while… 😀

    • Shayna

      Thanks, Tom!

  • Great site! Love the name. I’ll pass it along.

    • Shayna

      Thanks! 🙂 I picked “espresso” because it also fits with the mini-lesson theme – small but full of “punch.” I would’ve named it “Cafezinho English” but that doesn’t quite have the same ring!

  • nina

    kudos! I will give it to my students!!

    • Shayna

      Thanks Nina!

  • Jan Moy

    As a former ESL teacher (I got my M.A. in 1983 – when you were but a dream), I think this is terrific!!!! Way to go! And just the right way to deal with the “no good, terrible, awful” days!!

  • Nice work, Shayna! I’m sending the link to all my friends in Brazil who are learning English.


    • Shayna

      Great! Thank you so much!

  • Parabéns to you.
    I will also be spreading the word.

  • Pretty cool to see it in retrospective! 😉