The Burning Questionnaire: Bruno Andrade

mosaicb695cac27760ffcd377e4aa78e04a90bdf6ca471At the end of 2012, James Taylor wrote a post for Take a photo and…, but he didn’t write it alone. His co-writer/contributor was one of the ELT world’s favourite Brazilian teachers, Bruno Andrade. So if you’d like to learn a little more about what makes Bruno tick, read on!


What is your full name, and where did it all start?

Bruno Cesar Nunes de Andrade. Well, long ago before my mom was expecting me she met a very cute and chubby baby whom she saw through the fence of a house in the little town where she still lives. She used to see that baby every day and when she found out his name she promised that when she had a baby she would name him after that cute baby! And I was blessed with not only one name but two! The second was a tribute to my dad who had been a very good friend till he passed away a couple of years ago. Now he protects me not only with his name, but with his constant and watchful guidance. 

What music do you listen to while driving/cooking/contemplating your navel?

Image by @fionamau at ELTpics

Image by @fionamau at ELTpics


Quite frankly, I am rather eclectic when it comes to music. My tastes range from the finest pieces of classical music to the latest Madonna album. I enjoy music quite a lot. What I listen to on my phone depends overtly on my mood. Or I just shuffle (music and attitude). I regularly skateboard and I listen to Morcheeba, Corinne Bailey Rae, Ben Harper, Bebel Gilberto, Adele, Marisa Monte, P!nk, Pete Murray, Rebecca Ferguson, Tracy Chapman, Florence + The Machine, Emeli Sandé, (are you still here? Lol) Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Beyoncé, India Arie, John Mayer, Donavon Frankenreiter….

What’s the most satisfying – or frustrating – aspect of your job?

It may sound like a cliché but watching people becoming independent users of the English Language makes me feel like I have the best job in the world.

Image by @Senicko at ELTpics

Image by @Senicko at ELTpics

Writing or teaching? Why?

Both. I blog (or I used to, at least) and that gave me a window into a new world. Expressing myself and getting opinions on what I do in class through writing is the one of the best professional development tools a teacher may have.

A teacher from your schooldays:

All of them have been precious to my career and to my life. Each of them impacted me somehow.

What was the first thing you learnt as a TEFL teacher?

PPP (presentation, practice and production) I guess! lol

What motivates/inspires you most?

Doing what I like motivates me!


Image by Roseli Serra at ELTpics

More often than I would like to!

Your favourite meal? Where? And perhaps with whom?

Moqueca (depending on the dialect, also spelled muqueca) is a Brazilianseafood stew based on fish, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and cilantro. It is cooked slowly, with no water added (taken from Wikipedia and totally accurate!).

With my partner!

A dream?

NYC (for good)

Favourite film?

Any of Woody Allen’s films. But Vicky Cristina Barcelona is a masterpiece in my opinion. You got to watch to see why! (Note from Fiona: And Graham Stanley is in it.. worth watching out for 🙂 )

Beach, mountains or city?


Image by @dan64pell at ELTpics

Image by @dan64pell at ELTpics

I make no distinction! I’m happy in any of them. It just depends on my mood (again)

Cinema or DVD at home?

DVD? Isn’t that something more advanced? At home, always! I love my couch, my TV and my fridge!


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