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Read more ...Christmas is a time we view in many different ways. Some see it simply a a holiday, others as a time to come closer to religion. And others, still, as a time to give and receive presents and eat and drink themselves silly! But there is still one aspect that may have been forgotten by many: it is also a time to say thank you to those who have shown you...

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Read more ...Packing and Unpacking August came and, as we have done for years immemorial –barring those times abroad– we loaded up the cars and dutifully trooped down to our little cave (as such I view the mini-flat) at Porto Rafti. Jenny took the suitcases while I took the electrics and cats, with the other extras divided between us according to...

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Read more ...Well, another year’s gone by and we’re back to registration, enrolment and hopeful financial solubility. By now, you will know whether you’ve succeeded. But, certainly in my area, there is a fly in the ointment. As happens every few years, a new company has raised its head and jumped onto the scene, offering everything student and...

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Read more ...N.B. For those unpractised in Latin, a dictionary is advisable Ronald Vellars was in front of a pint at the ‘Goat,’ rabbiting on to anyone who’d listen. As most tales were fairly humorous, his performances were generally well received and usually earned him complimentary drinks. However, for the past two days he’d been coming in...

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Read more ...So you are pink-cheeked, bright eyed,ambitious, energetic and want to be an EFL teacher; and you think that having passed Proficiency with an A, a degree with a creditable mark, and having a Greek Ministry Teaching licence under your belt (plus having coached your little cousin for some of the B2 Exam), fully qualifies...

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Read more ...After reading both the BBC write-up on the Kalavryta Massacre (also known as the Kalavryta Holocaust) and subsequent developments on Germany’s refusal to entertain the notion of compensation for the 1943 murder of all males over the age of 12 (in retaliation for the Andartes killing 79 soldiers), I started to think back to when I first visited...

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Read more ...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, Ilias is...

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Read more ...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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Read more ...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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Read more ...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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Gamified Activities for Young Learners

Educators are aware that one of the main aims of teaching should be to involve all students in a classroom all the time and make them active learners who follow the lesson and the teacher, build on what they learn...

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The Michigan ECPE Survival Guide

How to do well in the different sections of the Michigan ECPE test of English and how best to prepare for the ECPE exam ECPE Listening In general, don't underestimate the listening. It can be very difficult. To make it especially difficult...

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The history of the Cambridge Exams

Cambridge English Language Assessment is part of the University of Cambridge and has been providing English language assessments and qualifications for over 100 years. The first Cambridge English examination, the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), was launched in 1913. The...

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