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Read more ... When people come to Fullspate and confess that they are thinking of doing a proficiency exam in English we often tell them to sit down, take a deep breath and think again. In Greece, where we are based, hundreds of thousands of families are absolutely sure that their kids MUST get the proficiency. Little Nick and Maria down the road got the...

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Read more ...IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a high-stakes test for the assessment of English language proficiency. Candidates are mainly prospective undergraduate or postgraduate students who plan to study in English-medium institutions, or individuals who are interested in gaining admission to secondary schools and vocational or training...

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Read more ...As English teachers, we’re almost always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to stimulate our language learners. It was ELT author and researcher Stephen D. Krashen who gave us his Affective Filter hypothesis of Second or Foreign language acquisition. (Krashen – Terrell, 1983) His hypothesis states, that conditions which promote low anxiety levels...

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Read more ...The British Council announced the finalists for the ELTons 2017. The ELTons are now in their fifteenth year and are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English language teaching (ELT).The ELTons are the only international awards that recognise and celebrate innovation in English language teaching (ELT). They reward...

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Read more ...How can you make the classroom engaging and motivating to all students, even the most reluctant learners? When students are engaged, predicting answers, talking with one another and sharing with the class in ways that follow safe routines and practices, they not only achieve more but they also act out less. And everyone, including the teacher, has more...

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Read more ...Speed and extent of learning determined by innate differences in how the various parts of the brain "talk" to one another 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...
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