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April 2017

The enormous amount of existing materials for the teaching of English to young learners might lead us to think that everything has been invented and nothing is left to be discovered...

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Read more ...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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Read more ...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...

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Read more ...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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Read more ...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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Read more ...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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Read more ...In our daily lives we all jump to conclusions. People make an impression on us based on the assumptions we make about their skills and abilities. More often than not the assumptions we make affect the way we behave towards these people, thus making our ‘’prophecies’’ self-fulfilling. Pygmalion in the classroom by Rosenthal and...

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Read more ...Building the initial appeal of the school may be thought to be the easy part of the deal. On the one hand it is all about words and no action and on the other it does not put the school to the test immediately. The moment the clients are at the doorstep of the school, we know two things: first that our marketing has worked and second that now is the...

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Read more ...In May’s column we took a somewhat different look on the impact of the F-crisis (F for financial or forsaken) on our schools, focusing on key members of staff leaving the school, more or less unexpectedly, and on how to cut the losses of the school. So far, we’ve explored the scenarios of losing teachers or administrative staff, but what...

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Read more ...Over the last two years I have studied change in Greek FLS extensively and in-depth. I have held sessions and written articles and I have said time and time again that change owes its bad reputation to the fact that it is unplanned, haphazard and usually comes without any back up plan. The financial crisis came to change all that, mainly because...

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Read more ...  Picking up from the last article “The secret to transforming your successful Business into a Successful Brand” (ELT News- The Consultancy Corner – March 2013), this month we will examine how we can take our brand online and safeguard it. Choice of medium The first thing to consider about having an online presence is, quite...

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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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