Meet Prof. Danielle Freitas (ESL)

Danielle Freitas

Photo: Danielle Freitas

Danielle has a Bachelor of Laws from Brazil, an MA in Second Language Education and in Comparative International Development Education from OISE, University of Toronto, and  several teaching qualifications from the University of Cambridge, including CELTA and DELTA. She is completing her second Master’s degree, an MA in Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages from IOE, University College of London, and also her PhD in Language and Literacies Education and in Comparative International Development Education from OISE, University of Toronto. Danielle’s main research interest and expertise lie in the area of language teacher education. She is a TESL Canada, a TESL Ontario, and a CELTA trainer and has been involved academically and professionally in English language teaching for over 10 years. She has taught ESL and trained English teachers in Brazil, England and Canada and also worked as the Academic Program Director in a private career college in Toronto. Danielle is also an IELTS Examiner and a Cambridge Main Suite Speaking Examiner and is passionate about language learning and assessment. She has published papers and presented at local and international conferences on the topics of teacher training, teacher learning and development, and assessment.

Danielle Freitas answers Alchemy’s Proust Questionnaire:

Favourite virtue: Determination.

My favourite qualities in a teacher: Openness, and willingness to be a lifelong learner.

In my opinion the secret to success is: To be passionate about what you do and never give up!

My favourite word: You-can!

My least favourite word: You-can’t…

The talent or skill I wish I had: Singing, but I’m terrible at it!

Language I’d love to be able to speak: French. And I do intend to start learning it next year…

My favourite food/meal: Sushi and sashimi.

My guilty TV/film/gaming pleasure: Eating popcorn while watching Suits with my hubby!