sequoia_marca_ell_fundo_transp-2ELL is a Sequoia Foundation project that aims to implement high quality English Language methods in public city schools or independent educational projects for children from low income communities.

For children, the contact with a second language results in significant improvements in learning their native language (in this case, Portuguese), as well as expanding students’ cultural horizons.

The main guidelines of ELL are:

  •  adopting innovative teaching techniques, along with efficient use of technology;
  •  intense training of teachers involved in the project; as part of this process, we promote an exchange between Brazilian and American teachers.

In the cities where it has been implemented, more than 2,000 children are currently benefitting from ELL and improving their chances of a better future.

Teaching Techniques
Based on technologies used in American public schools, ELL’s literacy and teaching methods have proven to be highly effective because they capture students’ interest.

Unlike traditional methods, our approach attempts to bring children into the universe of the English language through playful elements, such as music, oral language, and literature.

In addition to providing a more efficient and long-lasting learning experience, this offers an important expansion of our students’ cultural knowledge.

Another outstanding advantage of the project is individual monitoring, which allows each student to develop naturally, acquiring the ability to speak and write in English, regardless of how young they might be.

In another successful partnership, we use the expertise of renowned project Piraí Digital to provide technological resources in the various levels of ELL.

Technology plays an extremely positive role in the learning process, allowing for a dynamic and agile interaction among students, teachers, and project coordinators. A great example of that is the use of Moodle, an open-source software package used in educational projects.

In addition to working as a source of reference for planning classes, Moodle (Visit our Moodle system website) allows online interaction between teachers and students, while facilitating communication between teachers and project coordinators, working as a support system for professionals at the locations where ELL is being used.

We also have a tutoring program that parents and students use to do extra class activities, always focusing on the content taught in class.

Teachers training
The Sequoia foundation invests in the professional development of teachers involved in its projects because we believe that one of the pillars for the success of educational projects is recognizing that the  teacher is a fundamental agent in the teaching and learning processes.

This is why ELL carries out constant training for teachers, promoting an exchange of experiences among Brazilian teachers. Brazilian teachers are also given the opportunity to renew their practices through the use of new technological resources.

Through our partnership with Casa Thomas Jefferson teachers in different cities receive professional development using video conference tools to learn and exchange ideas with the professionals at Casa Thomas Jefferson.


The positive results generated by ELL are constantly increasing, both in dimension and consistency. This encourages us to continue to expand the reach of the project. Check out some highlights:

  1. promoting digital inclusion in the low income communities that participate in the project;
  2. overall improvement in language learning;
  3. improvement in cultural knowledge;
  4. appreciation of teachers;
  5. improvement in teaching quality;
  6. positive effects over the school as a whole;
  7. concrete opportunities of a better future for children.
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