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Charles Dickens's descendant, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, visits QLS network online!

qls christmas    Christmas came early this year for 3000 students of the QLS network who attended a unique festive online event featuring acclaimed author and descendant of Charles Dickens, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley. In 2020 the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens's passing was honoured worldwide. To mark this occasion and to bring some much-needed festive cheer to...

Global conference highlights the practical benefits of research in raising educational standards

cambridgeassessmentnew 2020  Research is the key to raising standards in education, according to experts from the University of Cambridge who are hosting a global conference to look at the benefits of evidence-based decision making. George Heritage from Cambridge Assessment English, a department of the University of Cambridge explains ‘Educational research is often seen as...

To ‘Grammar or not to Grammar?’

word.classesNo one seriously questions the need for language students to develop a good control of grammar. Those who study English as a second or foreign language in order to use it in work or study will find themselves at a serious disadvantage if their grammar is so weak that they cannot express themselves clearly and effectively, or if their underdeveloped...

IRead - Interactive and personalised ebooks for learning to read

britishcouncilnewWe all learnt to read in English in more or less the same way. Typically we have used paper books containing activities and exercises given as practice material. One characteristic of this approach to developing reading is that the books themselves are of a static nature in many aspects. No matter how many times the readers go over the book they always see...

Helping English language teachers adapt to the changing education landscape

Cambridge Live Experience photo1Experts from Cambridge have teamed up to help English language teachers adapt to the changing education landscape as a result of Covid-19. Cambridge Assessment English and Cambridge University Press ELT are hosting a free event for teachers around the world to help them get ready for the unpredictable months ahead. The Cambridge Live Experience on...

Basic tech troubleshooting when teaching and learning online

Basic tech troubleshooting when teaching and learning onlineTechnology issues can be part and parcel of digital learning. Face-to-face teachers who use technology in the classroom are advised to have a plan B in case the technology fails. But happens when teaching remotely? Teaching and learning online rely on technology so when this fails, can there be any learning at all? From software crashing to slow...

2020-21 Annus horribilis or mirabilis? Insights and thoughts on the new academic year...

Insights and thoughts on the new academic year  By Dimitris Primalis The new academic year is about to start and millions of educators around the globe wonder whether this is going to be a horrible (horribilis) or a miraculous (mirabilis) year for education. No one can guarantee even the basics: whether lessons will be online, hybrid or face to face. Yet, as educators, we need to ensure that...

Online event on: UK Education in Greece after Brexit, 4 November 2020

bcphotoonlineventThe event was organised by the British Council in cooperation with the British Embassy with the online participation of the UK Minister responsible for European affairs, Ms Wendy Morton, the Deputy Minister of Education for Higher Education, Mr Vassilis Digalakis and the British Ambassador to Greece, Ms Kate Smith. The event, with a longer duration and...