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  • Coffee@IH


    Coffee@IH is a place teachers can use to share experiences, frustrations and doubts with one another and IH Porto experienced teachers.
    These informal sessions are totally FREE.

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  • IH Porto@your school

    IH Porto@your school

    If you can't come to us, we'll go to you. Contact us and we'll work with your school to create a programme that best meets your teachers' and learners' needs.
    This year we've got a special offer. Find out more bellow !

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  • You@IH Porto

    You@IH Porto

    Every workman has their tools and teachers are more resourceful than many. Here are a few that can be added to your toolkit. Join us and benefit from our expertise. Each session has a cost of 10€.

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IT@IH Porto New

  • 50€
  • In the afternoon
  • Online
  • Apr 17, 2020 - May 22, 2020

    IT @ IH – Online, technology bring us closer together

    IH Porto is looking to help teachers in this time of COVID-19, a dark moment in time, but one where we have a chance to learn and grow too. As the world of IT is constantly evolving, our world and way of working have also recently changed drastically. At IH Porto we are offering a mini-course to help teachers learn about tools that can help reach out to their students. Let us help you do your job! Whether you e-mail homework, record tutorials or give online class sessions, this course will lead participants through a variety of tasks and will end in small individual projects, which are meant to be helpful during this period.

    10-hour course, Fridays 4-6 pm
    Dates: April 17, 24 & May 8, 15, 22

    As we go through the course, we will see materials that are great for YLs and adults alike, while also having opportunities to produce our own personalized materials making the most of technology, either in preparation of materials to send to students or in a virtual classroom.

    You will have live classes on an online platform. You will have a few tutorials and also learn how to make tutorials for your students. This will help you gain skills in online teaching and learning at the same time we look at content related to technology.

    The following is a technical breakdown of the course meant to help you in “working visually, audially, textually, creatively and, of course, technologically”.

    Module 1 – Working visually

    Content: getting materials prepared from material in digital format, preparing video resources for student viewing. Introduction to making video tutorials.

    Module 2 – Working audially

    Content: preparing listening materials for students, working with music to enhance in- and out-of-class experience, doing speaking tasks online.

    Module 3 – Working textually

    Content: using virtual whiteboards, online message boards, setting up a collaborative writing task online, introduction to webquests. Write up proposal for our final presentation of project (5-10 minutes). Preparing presentations using slides with images and text.

    Module 4 – Working creatively

    Content: mixing together our skills from previous sessions to make creative projects. Research and guidance on tools and materials that would enhance each participants’ personal project. Working with online tools (Kahoot!, Padlet, iSL collective)

    Module 5— Working technologically

    Content: presentation of individual projects (integrating technology). Further work with online game platforms and online resources.

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  • Free
  • Limited to 10 seats per session
  • IH Porto, Foz
  • Oct 9, 2019 - 17:00

    The Big 10 to Bring Us into 2020

    This session kicks off the year with 10 fun ideas to maximize communication and student interaction in the classroom. You will leave with some ideas for reading, listening and viewing activities that you can use to spice up this school year!

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  • Oct 23, 2019 - 17:00

    Developing and Maintaining Motivation in the Classroom

    What is motivation? There are various shades of motivation we should understand so we can foster it in our classrooms. We like English, so how can we help our students work harder at it? Several considerations will help us motivate our students.

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  • Dec 4, 2019 - 17:00

    What’s up for 2020? Goals & Methods

    The year 2020 has been hyped up as a year by which we’re supposed to accomplish so many things in so many areas – health, economy and, of course, education. Let’s look at student profiles of this famous year and ways in which we English teachers work toward this. Last but not least, we’ll have time to share things we are doing in our classes to help shape students for 2020 and beyond.

    Past Event
  • Jan 29, 2020 - 17:00

    Turning Listening into Speaking

    We do listening activities. We do speaking activities. Textbooks aim to make a bridge between the two, yet there is so much more that can be done to take advantage of the richness of listening texts or to use authentic listenings, even at the lower levels. By getting the most out of listenings, students should be better able to get speaking.

    Past Event
  • Mar 18, 2020 - 17:00

    Picturebooks for Student Work

    Taking a few moments to get out of the textbook can be a way to mix up our classes a bit and give them a bit of a different focus. Picturebooks can work very well to not only boost reading skills, but also to practice speaking and writing, while at the same time being useful tools for presenting vocabulary and grammar.

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  • Sep 28, 2016 - 14:30

    Difficult Learners

    Some students are more challenging than others and everything we try doesn't seem to work. In this informal session we'll talk about our students, how we've been dealing with the ones who are "not that easy" and share strategies.

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  • Oct 26, 2016 - 14:30

    Special Needs Learners

    Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity Disorder, Dyslexia... The list goes on and on. In this informal session we will share our opinions about how these special conditions interfere with our lessons and how different teachers have been dealing with them.

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  • Nov 23, 2016 - 14:30

    Using L1 in the classroom

    Should we? Shouldn't we? But how can we get students to learn if we don't? And how much of it should we allow them to use? These are questions we've all asked ourselves at some time or another. In this informal session we'll be talking about these and other issues related to L1 in the classroom.

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  • Jan 25, 2017 - 14:30

    Learners and their low grades

    It is so frustrating marking tests and realizing what we thought our students had learnt isn't actually there, isn't it? We wonder what went wrong and what we can do to make it better. In this informal session we'll be sharing stories and listening to how some of us deal with it.

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  • Mar 22, 2017 - 14:30

    Tired Teachers

    What to do when we're running out of energy? In this informal session we will be talking about us, the teachers, and how the job can affect our health and our personal lives.

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  • May 24, 2017 - 14:30

    Looking back, looking forward

    In this informal session we will be looking at what we have accomplished throughout the year. What went well, what we'd like to change and improve and what our plans are for the coming academic year.

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  • Sep 27, 2017 - 14:30

    How do students learn?

    Ever wondered about how your students learn? Ever thought about how to get them to learn what you're teaching them? We all have, so in this informal session we'll be sharing experiences and looking at some ways to help you and your students.

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  • Oct 18, 2017 - 14:30

    Neurolinguistics in the Classroom

    The brain is a mysterious country, land of secrets and intriguing plots. Much has been written and said about it, and about how Neurolinguistics can help teachers improve their students' performance. In this informal session we'll be looking at some myths and truths and find out a little bit more about this "uncharted" territory.

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  • Nov 22, 2017 - 14:30

    Digital Literacy in ELT

    Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? For many of us the advances of technology in the last couple of years have left us with the feeling that we need to be a tech wizard in order to be good teachers. Nothing could be further than the truth. However, technology plays an important role in 21st century learning which is what we'll be discussing in this informal session.

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  • Jan 24, 2018 - 14:30

    All alike but all different

    Dyslexia, ADHD, ODD... the list can go on and on. All students are different, all need different things in a lesson, all learn differently. In this session we'll be looking at some of these "differences" and share experiences about how we can work with all our "different" students.

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  • Feb 21, 2018 - 14:30

    Mindfulness in the Classroom?

    What is Mindfulness? And is it really useful for teachers? In this informal session we'll be discussing and sharing experiences about these and other questions.

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  • Mar 21, 2018 - 14:30

    Teacher Stress and Burnout

    Teacher stress and burnout is to be taken very seriously. The amount of stress and the workload most teachers face can affect their health as well as their families and personal life. In tis session we'll be sharing stories and looking at some strategies to help us cope with the most demanding parts of our jobs.

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  • May 16, 2018 - 14:30

    Reflecting and setting goals

    Another school year has come to its end and it's time to look back at what was achieved, what we could improve and what we want to work on next year. In this informal session, we'll be sharing our thoughts, our goals and reflect on our teaching practice.

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  • Oct 24, 2018 - 14:30

    Games we love: real & virtual

    Of course, when we say games, we mean “activities”! The session focusses on activities which can be done using a computer as a group or ones on paper. Let’s look at some old and new favourites which have their own objective and focus.

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  • Nov 7, 2018 - 14:30

    Digital Literacy in ELT

    What does it mean to be literate using digital tools? Is it knowing all the bells and whistles of cell phones and tablets? In fact, digital literacy is so much more and comes down to better understanding of how to filter information, to knowing what can be trustworthy and to processing the wealth of resources available to us.

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  • Jan 23, 2019 - 14:30

    Mistake or Error? Correction & Constructive Feedback

    Slips, mistakes, errors and interference from Portuguese all are what we are trying to avoid in our English learners. But what is the difference between these areas? By learning the difference and choosing you battles you can better understand what to correct and when as well as how to give more constructive feedback. The session will explore theory to apply to practical examples.

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  • Feb 20, 2019 - 14:30

    Making the coursebook more humane

    Coursebooks are carefully created, colourful and coordinate the sequence of language learning. Yet, living they are not. We, as teachers, need to bring them to life and to humanize them, adapting them to students’ interests and needs.

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  • Mar 20, 2019 - 14:30

    Testing what we teach

    This coffee session will focus on test items and different ways of assessing students’ skills. We’ll explore the match-up between classroom activities and the tests we give. Last but not least, we’ll discuss ways of challenging students during the testing process.

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IH Porto@your school

We pride ourselves on being there for English language teachers

This year we've got a special offer. Each term we'll be going to two schools and run a workshop for free. Contact us to learn how your school can get this special session.

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You@IH Porto

  • 10€
  • Monthly (17:00 - 18:00)
  • IH Porto, Foz | Rewind @ IH Leça
  • Nov 6, 2019 - 17:00

    Games We Love: Real & Virtual

    Of course, when we say games, we mean “activities”! The session focusses on activities which can be done using a computer as a group or ones on paper. Let’s look at some old and new favourites which have their own objective and focus.

    Past Event
  • Nov 20, 2019 - 17:00

    Making Grammar Fun!

    We have lots of grammar to get through in our books and how do we get through it? Grammar needs to be brought to life and we have to also work on a lot of vocabulary at the same time. Making grammar more visual and linked to topics, we can make grammar more fun and more useful.

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  • Jan 15, 2020 - 17:00

    YouTube & Video in the Classroom—Culture and Content

    Spice up this cold time of the year with some videos in the classroom. We’ll talk about how to “get” videos from YouTube to avoid internet issues at the same time discussing ideas for developing lessons around those new videos you come across. Several video lessons and resources will be shared to help your students better tune into English.

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  • Feb 12, 2020 - 17:00

    Emotions and Learning

    New scientific results show that without emotion there is no learning. We will take a look at some of the latest theories from cognitive science and what affects us as language teachers. What makes language “stick”? What creates road blocks for our students? By being aware of these theories, we can better assess the development of our students as English speakers.

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  • Mar 4, 2020 - 17:00

    Mixed Ability Classes

    From fast finishers to those who lag behind. Our classrooms, while having students of similar ages, bring together young people with lots of different backgrounds, experiences and abilities. Luckily these differences can also be a resource, as long as we can manage to keep everyone roughly on the same page!

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  • Sep 28, 2016 - 15:30

    Back to school

    It’s a new year and you are feeling all energetic to start on the right foot. Well, so are we and we’ve got a bag full of ideas to help you get the game started so that you and your students can get the most right from the beginning.

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  • Oct 12, 2016 - 14:30

    Learning? Sorry. Not interested

    We all have them. The kids sitting at the back that make a classroom look like a gladiator arena. Kids unwilling to learn, disrupting the lesson every 5 minutes. Are they really that terrible? We’ll be looking at a few ideas that might help them and you have a better lesson.

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  • Nov 9, 2016 - 14:30

    Games in the Classroom

    In this session we’ll be looking at tips to help teachers and learners use computer games to enhance English language learning and promote motivation and cooperation.

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  • Dec 7, 2016 - 14:30

    Getting learners to speak

    It is quite common to have students who are semimotivated or unmotivated passively waiting for the end of the lesson. The question is how to make the unmotivated or
    semimotivated students speak? As teachers who too has faced the problem of passivity, we will share some strategies that have proven to be effective in getting students to speak more.

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  • Jan 11, 2017 - 14:30

    Bringing Culture into the Classroom

    Since incorporating cultural material into the teaching syllabus not only makes learners familiar with the English/American culture but helps them to recognize and combine form and meaning in their language learning, in this session we shall be looking at numerous ideas regarding how to integrate culture into the textbooks and classroom activities.

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  • Feb 8, 2017 - 14:30

    Teaching Mixed Ability Classes

    You may be teaching a class which has students who are clearly of different levels in their English language skills. In this workshop we will be looking at several strategies that a teacher can use to deal with this situation, engage all the students and make for a more homogeneous class.

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  • Mar 8, 2017 - 14:30

    Adapting the Coursebook

    How can you adapt and supplement your course book to make the class you are going to teach more exciting? How can you move from passively teaching the book you’re assigned to active teaching and active learning? And when are you going to find the time to do all of this? In this workshop we shall consider approaches to personalise the lessons and make them more engaging for both you and your students.

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  • Apr 19, 2017 - 14:30

    Practical ideas for all Skills

    Being a teacher sometimes feels like being a magician and pulling some rabbits out of a hat. By this time most teachers are running out of ideas, so in this session we’ll be looking at some hands on, readymade activities you can use in your next lesson.

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  • May 10, 2017 - 14:30

    Revising for Exams

    The school year is almost over and it’s time to start preparing for exams. Join us for some fresh activities you can use and help your students get better results while still making them feel motivated and engaged.

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  • Oct 4, 2017 - 14:30

    Portfolios for ELT

    Portfolios are sometimes used to motivate young learners, but what about older students? In this session we’ll be looking at practical ideas and tips for using portfolios in the classroom regardless of level or age.

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  • Nov 8, 2017 - 14:30

    Leave me alone! I said I don't want to learn

    Frustrated, challenging, disrespectful and sometimes aggressive. Sounds familiar? You're not alone. Teachers all over face the same problem: students unwilling to learn. Are they really that bad? Is there anything we can do? In this session we'll be looking at some strategies and activities that might help you turn little monsters into learners.

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  • Dec 6, 2017 - 14:30

    Adapting authentic materials to the classroom

    The English we hear and read in class is not always the English we hear and read out there, in the real world. Would you like to use that in your lessons? Need some tips on how to make the most of it? Then this session is for you.

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  • Jan 10, 2018 - 14:30

    Classroom layout and dynamics

    Classrooms are not always the friendliest of places. Sometimes they aren’t even comfortable but cramped with chairs, desks and people. This then interferes with how we teach and how students learn. In this session we’ll be looking at how classroom layout and dynamics can make the difference in students’ behaviour and learning progress.

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  • Feb 7, 2018 - 14:30

    Warmers, fillers and... what else?

    “Good morning, everyone. Let’s start by checking the homework.” If this sounds familiar then you’re also familiar with what comes next… In “warmers, fillers and… what else?” we’ll be looking at very practical ideas for you to use any time you need.

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  • Mar 7, 2018 - 14:30

    How to test, how to correct

    Not many students find the experience of being tested a pleasant one. From writing to speaking and from reading to listening, we’ll be looking at activities that can be adapted to your tests, always bearing in mind that correcting a test can be turned into a learning experience for the student.

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  • Apr 18, 2018 - 14:30

    Mobile Learning

    Mobiles: as teachers we hate them, but students can’t seem to live without them. So what should we do? The saying goes “If you can’t beat them, join them” and that’s what we’ll be looking at in this session: different ways of incorporating mobile devices in our class.

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  • May 2, 2018 - 14:30

    Teacher Talking Time vs Student Talking Time

    As teachers we are naturally communicative people, as language teachers we see it as our role to model the language we want our students to use. But are we giving them enough space to do so? In this session we’ll be looking at TTT vs Student Talking time and ways to shift the focus of our lesson so our students can make the most of it.

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  • May 30, 2018 - 14:30

    Student Centred Activities

    In our previous session “Teacher Talking Time vs Student Talking Time” we started to look at ways in which to centre our lessons more in our students. In this sessions we’ll continue developing the topic and will be sharing activities which you can use with different ages and levels to make your lessons more student centred.

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  • Oct 10, 2018 - 14:30

    Getting the speaking going with commercials

    Commercials? They do so much more than sell products—they sell English through providing opportunities for students to tell stories, narrate and describe what they’ve seen. Plus the visual quality of commercials grabs students’ attention, offering chances for them to really use English.

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    Also available in Rewind Session !
  • Nov 21, 2018 - 14:30

    Turning listening into speaking

    We do listening activities. We do speaking activities. Textbooks aim to make a bridge between the two, yet there is so much more that can be done to take advantage of the richness of listening texts or to use authentic listenings, even at the lower levels. By getting the most out of listenings, students should be better able to get speaking.

    Past Event
  • Nov 28, 2018 - 14:30

    Catching teens with classroom projects

    Classroom projects require planning, coordination and analysis of possible outcomes, but they are so rich! Students can achieve a great deal and have a memorable learning experience through class projects, and in this session, a variety of classroom projects will be presented that you can later adjust to get your students engaged.

    Past Event
  • Dec 5, 2018 - 14:30

    10 things to do in 2019

    This You@IH session will highlight some useful and entertaining goals for 2019 and will place emphasis on new beginnings, fresh starts and the “New Year”. Activities and suggestions will engage a wide variety of learners, regardless of their learning styles and preferences. Get inspired and gain some new ideas!

    Past Event
    Also available in Rewind Session !
  • Jan 9, 2019 - 14:30

    Teacher Talk Time vs Student Talk Time

    As teachers we are naturally communicative people. As language teachers, in particular, we see it as our role to model the language we want our students to use. But are we giving them enough space to speak? In this session we’ll be looking at TTT vs Student Talk Time and explore ways to shift the focus of our lessons so our students can make the most of them.

    Past Event
  • Jan 16, 2019 - 14:30

    Minding your P’s & Q’s: Quantum pronunciation techniques

    Pronunciation: it’s “oh, so” important, but “oh, so” stuck into the margins of the textbook and on scattered tracks of our CDs. In this session, we’ll explore how to make pronunciation more visual and also more prominent in our classroom. Rather than treating pronunciation as separate mini-lessons, let’s try to make it a common practice!

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  • Feb 6, 2019 - 14:30

    Twisting those listening & viewing activities

    Publishers provide us with audiofiles and videos and tasks to go along with them. Students, however, can get bored or may struggle at times with the types of tasks presented. With twists, we can help students succeed and challenge them more, while we can even make our own listening and view activities.

    Past Event
    Also available in Rewind Session !
  • Mar 13, 2019 - 14:30

    Student in the centre: Collaboration & Projects

    IH Porto shares the projects we’ve done over the year, showing how we’ve aimed to put the students in the centre of their learning. Lucky as we are to have an institution focused solely on language learning, we will share how we’ve collaborated and show our projects, while giving suggestions you might like to take advantage of for end-of-year projects.

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  • Mar 27, 2019 - 14:30

    Mobile learning

    We’ve got our “toys”, our tools and let’s take a look at some possibilities of using them. Any digital device that’s not bolted down can be used for mobile learning and we’ll share some of our favourites. This is a chance for you to bring some fresh new practices into your classroom and try out new things through the end of the schoolyear.

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  • May 8, 2019 - 14:30

    The Creative Classroom & Creativity in the Teacher

    We as teachers have a creative “rib”, so to speak. If we don’t, years of practice have helped us get around some of the monotony and bring in fresh and new things. But do are students “get it” right away? Let’s look at what creativity is and how we can use it to teach language. At the same time, these activities might just rub off on our students.

    Past Event
    Also available in Rewind Session !
  • May 29, 2019 - 14:30

    Reflection: Mirroring the positive next year

    Reflection is such a personal thing, so how can this be done in a group? Well, let’s work together to look back at the school year, taking advantage of our successes and thinking about where we’d like to improve for the next. This is meant to be a session where you take note of what you can feasibly do in the coming year, so let’s formulate some realistic expectations together.

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Teachers' Room - By teachers for teachers...

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