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One of the things I like is attending conferences in different countries and cities. They are a great opportunity to simulate my mind with knowledge, grow my professional network and learn from experts in the ELT field. In April I attended the Eaquals (the international language school accreditation body) annual spring conference at the beautiful town of...

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  Ιχνογράφηµα:  Είναι η  αναπαράσταση κάποιου αντικειµένου, πράγµατος, τοπίου ή και ανθρώπου µε απλές γραµµές µολυβιού. Δεν χρησιµοποιούµε καθόλου χρώµατα. Σχέδιο: Πολλές φορές µπορούµε να το ταυτίσουµε µε το ιχνογράφηµα. Η σηµασία των λέξεων µπορεί να µοιάζει αλλά οι λέξεις δεν ταυτίζονται απόλυτα. Στο σχέδιο η αναπαράσταση του αντικειµένου είναι...

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Writing is a key component of language and it remains a real-world skill. Writing well is really a big challenge for both native and non-native students. In general, it is much bigger with the students of English as a foreign language. Students nowadays have very little interest in writing which is so important to fulfill the education requirements. This...

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Deciphering the “Guilty” Saga of Teacher Evaluation In today’s world of extreme specialization, educational systems are increasingly being held to account with regard to the efficiency of their processes and the standard of their outcomes. Another characteristic of the current international educational context is the idea that teachers should be...

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  Andrew Walkley is the co-founder with Hugh Dellar of Lexical Lab, a company to promote teaching lexically and provide excellence in lexical materials and training. He has taught English for over twenty years, mainly in Spain and the UK, and as a teacher trainer has given workshops to teachers in many different countries and teaching contexts. Andrew...

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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 that the rest of the world does not understand.  Professor Jennifer Jenkins, chair of Global Englishes at the University of...

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