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Supplementary Material in ELT: Is it really worth the trouble?

It is the first day of a new school year and your students have just unveiled their shiny new books. As they eagerly flip through the pages to familiarize themselves with the characters and feel of the book, you prompt them to turn to the first lesson and get things going. A few moments later, the enthusiasm on everyone’s faces slowly drifts away and is...

OK HOW DO I TEACH THE VERY LITTLE ONES?

The teaching of English in the pre-primary classroom is often characterised by a blended whole-child/academic approach to learning. What is the difference between the whole-child and more traditional language-focussed or academic approaches?  The whole-child approach, rather than directing teachers in their explicit academic instruction, seeks to promote...

Teacher Development: Educational Trend or Necessity?

Teacher educators must now, more than ever, direct learning beyond mastery of core subjects to improve students’ 21st-century skills and make education more responsive to the challenges of a knowledge-based society. This is an exciting challenge for those who are minded to be involved in a lifelong learning process attending various courses, professional...

Teacher Collaboration: a science fiction film or a reality?

How many times have we given the instruction ‘please work together’ or ‘in groups’ to our students? How many times have we expected from our students to work together, cooperate and collaborate with their classmates in order to do a task? But what about us? Are we open to collaboration and working with other teachers? Are we open to a collaboration or a...

Knowedge-Based Leadership in Language Education

Author: Maria Davou
I have a new morning routine: cycling around the hill in my neighborhood, listening to podcasts. It makes me forget about the struggle of cycling and it gives me fantastic ideas! Only problem? I can’t take notes so I might forget some of the wonderful things I learn or some of the things I seriously disagree with (which is again a learning process). By...

The strategies begin with lesson one at the start of the course

Like most teachers, I use the first lesson for a ‘getting to know you’ period to establish a harmonious classroom community. There are three activities that we do at this time: By Helen Papadopoulou, EFL Teacher 1. Play 10 questions Before the students enter the classroom, I write five statements on the board about myself. Two of them are true; the...

How To Succeed In An Online Learning Course

  In 2020, we saw a growing number of MOOCs offering online learning opportunities. While this trend existed before the pandemic, there is an even stronger appetite to ‘come out stronger’ post-Covid that’s resulting in doubling down on these opportunities. If you’ve sought out, or been the recipient of one of these opportunities, you likely felt excited to...

Lifelong Learning and Educators: Do We Really Need to Pursue Further Studies?

‘Accomplished’ is a word used most often than not to describe fulfillment or the realization of one’s goals. Although the maximum potential reached in any endeavor is clearly of a subjective perspective, the demands of both the current and emerging job markets have become quite challenging, thus rendering further education an essential element to keeping...

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