Spring 2017

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In this month's issue we explore the value – or lack thereof – of coursebooks in the ELT classroom. Most teachers would agree that no matter how attractive an ELT coursebook might look, its real strengths and hidden weaknesses will unfold only in action, that is, in actual classroom use. The process of choosing the right course book is a serious task. More often than not the course book has been pre-selected by the Academic Director and we just have to make do with what we have.

 
 

Setting Achievable Goals for our EFL Writing Class

“Scaffolding” describes a performance enhancement procedure which can make teaching composition meaningful and support learners. However, despite teachers’ and students’ good efforts, EFL composition writing still remains a very demanding task which more often than not surrounds a great deal of...

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Idiomatic English means Brits struggle to communicate with the world

It's a theory which is bound to put the cat among the pigeons.  The british are proud of the idiomatic humour of their language. But an academic has argued that they are actually falling behind because they insist on using phrases...

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Games: A strong teaching tool

There has been a great effort to develop teaching techniques especially when young learners are involved, unfortunately their attention span is quite short. So Teachers should be creative and capable of arising the learners’ energy, enthusiasm, curiosity. One way to...

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Μαθησιακές δυσκολίες και ξένη γλώσσα: Ο ρόλος της μνήμης εργασίας

Στον τομέα της εκμάθησης ξένων γλωσσών, οι παρατηρούμενες ατομικές διαφορές έχουν προσφέρει έδαφος για θεωρητικές συζητήσεις και έρευνες αφ’ ενός πάνω στην ύπαρξη ή όχι ενός ταλέντου για ξένες γλώσσες (Grigorenko, Sternberg & Ehrman, 2000. Dörnyei & Skehan, 2003) και...

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