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THE HISTORY OF OUR SCHOOL CONTEST

Publicado em 30/04/2013

About the school


As industries were developing in Brazil and all over the word in the 60’s, English schools to supply the need for more English-speaking workers were lacking in Joinville.


An attempt to start regular English teaching was made by Mr. Egon Freitag, one of the most dedicated citizens that Joinville has ever known. He went to the United States Information Service (USIS) in Curitiba to make contacts in order that somebody might come to our city being the director and teacher of an English teaching school.


Moreover the whole community had already been involved in the project and took part in the foundation ceremony of Centro Cultural Brasil-Estados Unidos de Joinville (CCBEUJ), that was held at Sociedade Harmonia Lyra on the early days of September, 1967. Classes started immediately at Buschle Lepper Building on Príncipe Street. Carol Jane Lee accepted the challenge and proved to be hard working and energetic as a director and as a teacher. She also did all the ordinary everyday tasks of a school. After one and a half years she left and the vacant job was offered to the sweet Kathleen Klee, the second director.


At that time Ms. Carmen Boehm and Mrs. Lieselotte Freitag had become teachers of the school. However it was difficult to get American teachers because of hard long-term integration into our environment. Therefore Mr. Egon Freitag suggested to hire Brazilian teachers that would be trained by professors contacted at IBEU – Rio by Mrs. Marga Metz, one of the teachers of CCBEUJ.


Ms. Maria Muniz and Ms. Magdala Raupp came several times to our city for teachers training courses. Mr. Dennis Troyer was the third director. Responsible for organizing the legal register of documents, he was qualified for keeping records of school attendances. This duty was really fundamental to the principles of the school.


Mr. Dennis Troyer went back to the USA and Mrs. Arlete Brüske Cordeiro was invited to be the fourth director. She had already been a teacher at this school and was returning from England, where she took a course.

Since the very beginning the help of USIS of Curitiba, and Brasília as well as IBEU of Rio was substantial and indispensable with the organization of courses and teachers training. Needless to say that the way of welcoming American visitors at the Freitags’ own home made friends that admitted having become impressed by the sympathetic attitude of director and teachers.


Laying emphasis not only on language teaching but also on culture, our Binational Center headed by the Directory Staff and Director Mrs. Arlete Brüske Cordeiro, has kept in mind what the founder Mr. Egon Freitag considered essential: “The philosophy of this school is to make enrollment and tuition fees accessible to everyone”.


In 1994 CCBEUJ was awarded with the recognition of an outstanding center for excellence in promoting Brazilian-American mutual understanding through quality English teaching and cultural programs, which made us more responsible for the ones who trust us.

English Learning Process

Students are sending HW and doing exercises through Internet. All teachers have their e-mails and the students love to use technology.

This is not only the use of technology but it is the use of the philosophy of the new technology. Working together or sharing shows a necessity of rethinking the structures of education in patterns of radical changes.

We have a very interesting Cooperative Model of Administration. It is effective; it works. Maybe it is a success because we are a small group of teachers. We know each other pretty well. So it is easy to share experiences and get cooperation.

Each student gives a different dimension to his/her learning. We believe that effective learning depends on emotional energy. We give the confidence to our students to manage their own learning. “LET ME DO AND I LEARN AND UNDERSTAND IT.” (Chinese Proverb).

This intrinsically driven learning gives our students a greater sense of mastery and control and is what leads to successful life learning.

During all our successful history we have celebrated many American Holidays and special cultural events: Thanksgiving, Halloween, Saint Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, Independence Day , Easter, Labor Day, Christmas, and so on.

We have explored all American States, so that students made presentations to show their culture.

We have had musical concerts exploring American Music as well as Musical Contests.

We have had Garage Sale, Flea Market and Theater Plays. Our students are fantastic playwrights and very talented artists – you can’t imagine how creative they are!

Learning has to be about more than simply just schooling. The empowerment of the human mind is to learn spontaneously, independently and collaboratively with coercion.

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