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English For 21st Century Skills

English for 21st Century SkillsThis book, co-edited by Daniel Xerri and Sophia Mavridi, showcases cutting-edge theory and practice in the development and integration of 21st-century skills in the language classroom. Well-known ELT experts as well as teacher educators, practitioners and leaders from around the world explore how creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, inclusion...

CELTA Certification for ELT teachers: Could it be a rainbow at the end of the storm?

celt certificationUnprecedented circumstances have “temporarily” brought about monumental changes to our life, as we knew it. Indeed, millions of people expect and hope that sooner or later we will go back to the way we were before it all started. And although this may be true where social relations, enjoyment and travelling are concerned, I can’t help feeling that, at the...

De-Mystifying Mindfulness

Mindfulness  I am attending an online course on Mindfulness at the University of Leiden in Holland using the Coursera platform. Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on the present moment, and doing it intentionally and non-judgmentally. Mindfulness helps you regulate attention, emotions and body states, among others. I enrolled in the course, along with...

It’s all about synapses! We are all about synapses!

Its all about synapses We are all about synapsesWhat is Teacher Development to me? It’s the air that I breathe, exhilaration, edutainment, juggling, invention, connection, an exciting game of discovery and suspense! It is a treasure hunt, in the course of which I collect chunks of knowledge which unravel puzzles and riddles I constantly encounter on my personal journey and professional pursuits. From...

The Child and the Screen: what now?

The Child and the ScreenIf you’ve been reading my articles, I wrote one a year ago, called ‘The Child and the Box’ and it was about the use of technology in education and my educational decision to stop working with any ed tools that require tablet or smartphone use on the part of the child (especially for very young learners, i.e. children up to the age of 6). So I said back...

Kahoot! & Cambridge English partner

Kahoot CambridgeCambridge Assessment English has teamed up with game-based learning platform Kahoot! to launch a range of games that help young learners practise English and build their language skills. Nine games are already available and are specifically designed to help learners to explore, practise and review language and reading skills at Pre A1, A1...

EFL Teachers are Tree Trunks

EFL Teachers are Tree TrunksThe metaphor used in the title successfully illustrates in my view, the special place an EFL educator has in the learning environment when using the tree analogy.  Teachers are the predominant support of the tree’s structure and as such we need to grow solid and strong providing a constant flow of nutrients via the roots and the soil- that being our...

Online teaching: Some thoughts!

thoughts online teaching    Online teaching is teaching that takes place over the Internet in a virtual classroom and not in the traditional one. Online teaching is not something new. Lots of universities around the world have adopted this way of teaching at a BA or at an MA level. Ιn adult education it is a common approach and lots of adults seem to have adopted the...

New study gives insight on effectiveness of language learning apps

women on cell phonesNow more than ever, people who want to learn a new language turn to their mobile devices for help as language learning applications have become increasingly available. While these apps allow users to study a new language from anywhere at any time, how effective are they? That is a question Shawn Loewen, professor in the Department of Linguistics and...

Dust settles, I don’t

Dust settles I dontWhile the world has come to a halt due to the pandemia of the COVID-19 and everyone has been asked to stay indoors, in order to protect themselves and others, I was asked to write an article about professional development. By Anna Karanikola, Teacher, Teacher Trainer, FLS owner, Leros As most of you know, I have been teaching for almost 30 years now...