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11pm on 14th April 2012 saw small family groups, all clutching candles, strolling down the port road to St Nicholas Church. Some were already chatting outside while others, more devout, were following the service within. The chanting of the priest, though low, was still audible on the other side of the road where it made a musical backdrop to the...

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It was one of those cold, blustery January days in Ano Ftocheia, when the wind blew eerily down the empty streets with a pervasive low whistle and the cold went straight through the skin and into the bones, however many layers of clothing you wore. Although a Saturday, there were few people on the street. What was the point? Even if they wanted to...

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A few weeks ago I had to take my wife for a battery of tests at a local Athens hospital. As usual the main difficulty was finding parking space so, after dropping her off at the outpatients unit, I cruised around searching for a free spot. Soon enough, I found a place with very few cars parked around it - the hospital morgue...

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Now, at this time of severe economic crisis, when both near and middle future looks extremely bleak for most working and middle class families, one hope, one lifeline, still exists for those with the mind, ability and foresight to use it. This is the ticket provided by graduation in a foreign language at a reputable Greek language school. A ticket...

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Scaffolding your Writing Class

Composition writing has always been a very demanding task for both students and teachers. Our professional experience comes to agree with what has already been reported that poor writers and students with Learning Disabilities (LDs) exhibit weakness in sequencing their...

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English Language Games for the Classroom

By Jet Hiensch, Portugal Jet Hiensch, Dutch teacher of English as a foreign language, living in Portugal, develops English language games for in the classroom. All her games are focused on the oral skills. Her slogan is: Let’s get those kids...

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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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Graded readers in language learning: the benefits and ways of using them

Extensive reading is of primary importance in language development. Graded readers make reading accessible to more learners. Teachers notice great improvement overall when they use class readers and report that reading helps learners extend vocabulary in the most natural way. Getting...

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