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Aged 78 – he still logs 10 hours a week! Ilias Boznos is a pilot and aviation teacher, with about 24,000 flight hours, who has never ceased to amaze me; both by his attitude to life and the amazing energy and zest he puts into it. At a time when most older people search for their slippers and curl up in front of the TV and a warm fire...

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First I must thank Mr George M. Tzanakis for his illuminating letter concerning the thoughts of some of our ancient philosophers. I must admit to being a little mystified at first, as he purported to be answering my December article (concerning the threats made by some Golden Dawn members of parliament against Greek residents and nationals who were not...

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In line with our traditional policy of having an April laugh, two of the following news snippets are totally genuine but the third contains a lie. Answers given next month. Why do Americans speak with a nasal twang? You may have wondered how the distinctive US vocal sounds came about; that is to say the distinctive ‘twang’ of the...

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A salute to a brave man! You will understand the meaning of this later. As most foreign language school owners are aware, the government has decided to enact new laws (4093/2012 and 3057/2012) that will probably have the effect of closing down many schools. Some will not be able to comply with the legislation, particularly with regard to the...

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Drachmophilos Scroutzos, owner and director of the fairly well known School of Eloquent English, in Ano Ftochia, was in the kitchen. In front of him were several kilos of Seville oranges cut in halves, and on the stove a huge pot of water was simmering. With a strange gleam in his eye he methodically picked out the pips from each half and carefully...

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Anyone following the meteoric rise of Golden Dawn (Greece's extreme right party with a Nazi/fascist style agenda) is well aware of their well-published, wide-ranging and openly stated aims should they gain office regarding all migrants, immigrants and non-Greeks. This article, however, focuses solely on threats made to deport those who (a)...

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Helping young learners to speak English in class

One of the challenges that teachers face when teaching young learners is to encourage them to speak English throughout the lesson and gradually establish L2 as the main means of communication in class. Challenging though it may be, once achieved...

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Hellenic American Union introduces a new B2 Level Exam

    Hellenic American Union introduces a new B2 Level Exam Assessment Board for Language Examinations: Level B2 (ABLE B2) The ABLE B2 is a standardized examination designed for candidates who wish to obtain certification of their competency in English as a second or...

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EFL Vocabulary: How to teach adjectives with Instagram

Learning new vocabulary can be challenging.  But is teaching English vocabulary easy-peasy?  If you want to witness some serious results in your classroom you’ll be most delighted to explore this new strategy! Teaching adjectives with Instagram works wonders with teenagers and...

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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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