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In the last ten years, the ease with which technology can be used and applied either for communication, teaching or simply marketing, has completely altered the landscape of indirect marketing. A few short years ago, a marketing campaign involving custom-made videos or publications  and reaching, if well-targeted and carefully-planned, hundreds of...

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Sometime in the 1990s, when I was a novice teacher, an incident happened at the FLS where I was currently employed. The new French language teacher showed up on that Monday for her first lesson, wearing a tight, blue-jean dress which admittedly looked great on her but revealed a lot of flesh. There was quite a buzz about her in the teachers’ room but...

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Schools, as any organization, cannot be run by single people. More and more we realize that the long-term success of any organization in not just due to the brilliant professionals it employs, but mainly due to the effective, coordinated work produced by these professionals. In order to do that, team members and their leaders need to put themselves second...

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Learning foreign languages has always been important for the Greeks. What initially started as a status symbol gradually became available to the masses. Nowadays, everybody learns English and manages to pass some sort of exam and get a kind of qualification. This happens so naturally and so frequently that our students have come to believe that language...

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Over the years I have stressed time and again the importance of hiring procedures in order to create a functional teaching team which can ensure the longevity of the school and the efficacy of the work produced.  The role of the school owner in this endevour cannot be stressed enough as s/he is usually the person on whose vision the school is based and...

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In October’s column we attempted to examine an analogy: how the expectations a mentor (Pygmalion) has can affect the mentees (students’) performance. I called the Pygmalion Effect an analogy because what we examined was not how it works in class between teachers and learners, but in the staffroom between manager and teacher. October’s...

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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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You probably use tons of expressions, idioms, and slang phrases every day that don’t make literal sense. If you ever thought long and hard about why you say something a certain way, you could probably make a guess. However, some...

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