A position has opened at Lancaster University for a Lecturer in Language Testing. Details about the position can be found here: https://hr-jobs.lancs.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=A1744

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 28 February 2017. Interviews are scheduled for Friday 24 March 2017.

People who struggle to learn foreign languages may simply have brains that are not wired to retain linguistic skills, a new study suggests. 
Learning a second language is far easier for some people than others because of innate differences in how the various parts of the brain "talk" to one another. 
The difference is so striking that researchers can even predict who will succeed in language skills, and who will fail, simply based on brain scans. 
 
It is all to do with how well language centres of the brain communicate when resting. Most learning occurs when the brain is at rest, which is why sleep is so important. 
Scientists at McGill University in Canada found that if left anterior operculum and the left superior temporal gyrus communicate more with each other at rest, then language learning is easier. These findings have implications for predicting language learning success and failure. 
 
For the study, researchers scanned the brains of 15 adult English speakers who were about to begin an intensive 12-week French course, and then tested their language abilities both before and after the course. 
 
Participants with stronger connections between the left anterior operculum and an important region of the brains language network called the left superior temporal gyrus showed greater improvement in the speaking test. 
However, that doesn’t mean success at a second language is entirely predetermined by the brains wiring. 
 
The study is a first step to understanding individual differences in second language learning. In the long term it might help us to develop better methods for helping people to learn better. 
 

The research was published in the Journal of Neuroscience. 

 
 

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Μπορεί οι διαδικασίες για το «διαζύγιο» της Μεγάλης Βρετανίας με την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση να έχουν ακόμη αρκετό δρόμο, ωστόσο ο όρος «Brexit», ο οποίος χρησιμοποιήθηκε ευρέως την τελευταία χρονιά στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο και ολόκληρο τον κόσμο, κέρδισε ήδη μια θέση στο Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

Σύμφωνα με το λεξικό, στον απόηχο του βρετανικού δημοψηφίσματος της 23ης Ιουνίου, ως Brexit ορίζεται «η (προτεινόμενη) αποχώρηση του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου από την Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση και η πολιτική διαδικασία που σχετίζεται με αυτήν».
Σε ό,τι αφορά την ετυμολογία του Brexit, αποτελεί συνδυασμό των λέξεων «British» και «Exit» και ακολουθεί χρονικά την εμφάνιση του «Grexit», το οποίο επίσης αποτελεί νέα είσοδο στο λεξικό, σύμφωνα με το Associated Press.

Μεταξύ των λέξεων που καταχωρήθηκαν στην τελευταία επικαιροποίηση του λεξικού είναι και ο όρος «YouTuber», που περιγράφει εκείνους που παράγουν βίντεο, προκειμένου να τα δημοσιεύσουν στον συγκεκριμένο ιστότοπο.

Το λεξικό της Οξφόρδης συγκεντρώνει περισσότερες από 829.000 λέξεις, καταγράφοντας διαχρονικά την εξέλιξη της αγγλικής γλώσσας.

πηγή: naftemporiki.gr

 

To provide the best possible service to English language teachers and learners, Oxford University Press is pleased to announce that as of 5th April 2017, all OUP ELT titles in both Greece and Cyprus will be distributed exclusively by Lexis, one of OUP’s longest serving and most-trusted distributors. Lexis will be your single point of contact for all OUP ELT titles and will provide comprehensive support through a local sales and marketing team, dedicated to OUP products.

This represents a new era of strategic partnership, where Oxford University Press and Lexis will work closely together to serve the needs of ELT customers across Greece and Cyprus.
During the period until 4th April 2017, OUP materials remain fully available and will continue to be distributed by both of our existing distributors, Tsigaridas and Lexis.

To find out more about OUP’s exciting range of ELT courses, please visit www.oup.com/elt

 

Pursue an MA in TESOL at Deree now: Winter Term classes start January 9, 2017

The Deree School of Graduate and Professional Education now offers prospective students of the MA in TESOL program the opportunity to enroll for its Winter Term and start pursuing their master’s degree with the beginning of the new year, on January 9, 2017.

The MA in TESOL at Deree is ideal for English language educators who wish to improve their skills in order to be fully able to employ technologies that make their teaching more engaging and effective. The program is innovative both in its content and delivery. Mark Osborne, the coordinator of the program, talked to us about all the reasons that make Deree’s program stand out as an excellent choice for working professionals, experienced or not!

“One aspect of the carefully designed program is that it caters for both new teachers – or individuals wishing to change career – as well as more experienced ones,” Mark said, referring to a two-track approach that also offers students the option of a Trinity College London Certificate in TESOL as part of the MA award.

The program focuses on effectively utilizing new innovations in educational technology; “but we aren’t advocating the use of technology for technology’s sake,” said Mark adding that, “we want teachers to think critically about how they choose digital tools, and under what circumstances their use is most appropriate. Technology is just another tool, and you can use tools well or you can use them badly.”

Digital innovation is reflected in the program’s curriculum and content, and through the blended teaching approach, which combines face-to-face classes and online learning. Mark added that, “The blended learning approach makes studying possible while working, as attendance on campus is only required every second Saturday for part-time students, making it convenient even for students who live outside Athens. The online component is asynchronous, meaning that you can arrange your studying time according to your schedule.” The coordinator of the MA in TESOL added that, for Deree students, the cherry on top of the cake is that, “our campus in Aghia Paraskevi offers unrivaled sports and leisure facilities, and a true flavor of international student life with various social and cultural events.”

If you wish to find out more about the MA in TESOL, click here or contact 210 600 9800 ext. 2208.
 

 

PEOPLECERT, one of the leading certification Awarding Organisations globally, offering more than 500 exams in 160 countries worldwide, has expanded its activities in the field of English language assessment and competence and has recently become an Official IELTS Test Centre in Greece.

The Greek-Australian partnership of PEOPLECERT with IDP Education Ltd (www.idp.com), the Australian co-owner of IELTS, further enhances PEOPLECERT’s ambition to become one of the leaders in the field of English language qualifications.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is now delivered by a company with 20 years of experience in the global field of certification. Such experience and the resulting know-how in fact empowers PEOPLECERT to administer IELTS:
• on multiple dates
• in several major cities around Greece
• by responding to local demands and offering test dates accordingly
• by providing free online preparation material for test takers
• by offering excellent customer service, available 24/7/365.

The official announcement of this partnership was made during “The new era for IELTS” events on Saturday 12 November, 2016 at the Divani Caravel Hotel, in Athens and on Sunday 13 November, 2016 at the Makedonia Palace Hotel, in Thessaloniki. In both events the turnout was substantial, as the number of the English teachers as well as owners of schools of foreign languages exceeded 1,000.

The participants were given the chance to listen to interesting presentations by PEOPLECERT Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Byron Nicolaides, and by IDP Education Ltd Regional Manager in Western Europe, Melissa Cudmore. They also had the opportunity to listen to valuable information from Marios Molfetas, Business Development Director (Languages), and from Nikos Pylarinos and Ellie Noitsi, Corporate Executives, as well as to attend two academic presentations by PEOPLECERT Academic Associates, Marili Kousteni and Tina Karalis, which focused on the tasks of IELTS Writing and Speaking.

“IDP Education Ltd chose PEOPLECERT to deliver IELTS in Greece, which once again proves our outstanding reputation for technology robustness and service offering, as well as our commitment to the core values of “Quality, Passion, Innovation and Integrity” which guide everything we do” stated Byron Nicolaides, Chairman and CEO of PEOPLECERT. “The celebration for PEOPLECERT becoming the Official IELTS Test Centre in Greece highlights our ongoing investment in providing opportunities for students” he concluded.

“We are excited to join forces with PEOPLECERT, a highly professional and innovative company with similar values, aims and standards” noted Melissa Cudmore, Regional Manager Western Europe, IDP Education Ltd.

At both events the publishing houses of Andrew Betsis ELT / Global ELT, ELT News, Express Publishing, Grivas Publications, Macmillan Education and Super Course ELT Publishing exhibited their IELTS preparation material for instructors and test takers.

About IELTS

IELTS is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test, measuring four skills – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking, with over 2.7 million tests taken in 2015. It opens the door to study, work and migration opportunities in Greece and foreign countries where English is widely spoken. IELTS is a high-stakes test that is accepted by more than 9,000 organisations worldwide – including higher education institutions, professional associations, private employers and governments. In Greece it is also recognised by ASEP, as well as by public and private sector bodies, no matter when the test results were issued.

About PEOPLECERT

PEOPLECERT is a global leader in assessment and certification of professional skills, partnering with multinational organisations and government bodies for the development and delivery of standardised exams. Delivering exams across 160 countries over its state-of-the-art assessment technology, PEOPLECERT enables professionals to boost their careers and realise their life ambitions.

About IDP Education Ltd

IDP Education Ltd is a global leader in international student recruitment and a co-owner of IELTS (International English Language Testing System), a leading English language proficiency test. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, IDP Education Ltd is 50% owned by 38 Australian universities through Education Australia Limited, with the remaining 50% traded on the ASX.

For more than 45 years, IDP Education Ltd has played a major role in international education and placed more than 400,000 students into quality institutions in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada and New Zealand. IDP Education Ltd has also been involved in English language teaching since 1988.

IDP Education Ltd employs more than 1,600 staff globally, has 90 student recruitment offices in 30 countries and more than 400 IELTS test locations in 60 countries.

For further information on IELTS through PEOPLECERT, please visit the Official IELTS Greece website: www.ieltsgreece.org.

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