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I have often wondered why Greek foreign language schools are perhaps the only formal institutions without clearly stated out procedures. When I visit schools and ask this question, the answers I get vary. Some owners tell me that they have never got round to it and others wave around to show me the few members of staff their organisation employs...

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So, summer is over and as we all try to find our notes from last June and dolefully gaze at those books we meant to read during summer but didn’t, the registration monster unlocks itself out of the closet and paces slowly towards us. Need it be seen as a monster? One might ask. Can it be tamed? Can we befriend it and add it on our...

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On the surface it might seem a bit pointless to discuss school rhetoric. After all, schools are run by teachers and teachers teach writing, so they know all the proper ways to write in an appropriate style and register. Also, why does a school need to discuss and analyse its written communication? It’s not like we write letters to parents...

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The end of the school year tends to find school owners and teachers wishing for only one thing: peace and quietness, preferably away from the school. Although it is perfectly natural to feel physically and emotionally drained, locking up the school at the beginning of June and coming back in September does not work out anymore. Nowadays, the...

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The development of the social media has reshaped the rules of marketing and the way we do business. Still, we should not forget that this inexpensive, attention-grabbing and far-reaching means of promoting businesses comes with its own challenges and users’ manual. Unfortunately, the social media came into existence so quickly, that we first...

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Last March we had the chance to attend yet another TESOL Macedonia-Thrace, Northern Greece Convention. It was our last one before our 20th milestone (which implies that most of us who were in our early twenties when we first joined, are slowly but steadily hitting forty). It was also our first one without our ‘’mother...

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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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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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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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A teacher's body language can be just as important as what they say, argues Amy Cuddy

Harvard academic Amy Cuddy, famous for her work on 'power poses', talks to Jon Severs about the impact of body language in the classroom. According to a feature on TES (tes.com), those teachers who plan their classroom speeches to the...

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