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Christmas is a time we view in many different ways. Some see it simply a a holiday, others as a time to come closer to religion. And others, still, as a time to give and receive presents and eat and drink themselves silly! But there is still one aspect that may have been forgotten by many: it is also a time to say thank you to those who have shown you...

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N.B. For those unpractised in Latin, a dictionary is advisable Ronald Vellars was in front of a pint at the ‘Goat,’ rabbiting on to anyone who’d listen. As most tales were fairly humorous, his performances were generally well received and usually earned him complimentary drinks. However, for the past two days he’d been coming in...

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Packing and Unpacking August came and, as we have done for years immemorial –barring those times abroad– we loaded up the cars and dutifully trooped down to our little cave (as such I view the mini-flat) at Porto Rafti. Jenny took the suitcases while I took the electrics and cats, with the other extras divided between us according to...

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So you are pink-cheeked, bright eyed,ambitious, energetic and want to be an EFL teacher; and you think that having passed Proficiency with an A, a degree with a creditable mark, and having a Greek Ministry Teaching licence under your belt (plus having coached your little cousin for some of the B2 Exam), fully qualifies...

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Well, another year’s gone by and we’re back to registration, enrolment and hopeful financial solubility. By now, you will know whether you’ve succeeded. But, certainly in my area, there is a fly in the ointment. As happens every few years, a new company has raised its head and jumped onto the scene, offering everything student and...

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After reading both the BBC write-up on the Kalavryta Massacre (also known as the Kalavryta Holocaust) and subsequent developments on Germany’s refusal to entertain the notion of compensation for the 1943 murder of all males over the age of 12 (in retaliation for the Andartes killing 79 soldiers), I started to think back to when I first visited...

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Outsmart any multiple-choice test

Ideally, multiple-choice exams would be random, without patterns of right or wrong answers. However, all tests are written by humans, and human nature makes it impossible for any test to be truly random. Because of this fundamental flaw, William Poundstone, author...

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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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Using Comedy to Develop Listening Skills

Motivation – The Acid Test: There is one thing the Brits are experts at – and that is not cooking. It is a pity though that Comedy Clubs are not as popular as restaurants, or we would all be ‘Going...

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Ten Ideas for Interactive Teaching

While lecturing tends to be the easiest form of instruction, studies show that students absorb the least amount of information that way. Interactive teaching methods are an effective way to connect with a generation of students used to consistent stimulation. Education...

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