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A Teacher’s Springtime Quarantine

A Teachers Springtime QuarantineIt is March again. Spring has officially arrived and the equinox is promising more sunlight and longer warmer days. After a gloomy winter this is the time to open the windows and let the fresh air in. It is the time to step outside and enjoy the birds singing sweetly, the wildflowers coming into bloom, the trees displaying vibrant colors. It is the time...

Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The hallmarks for designating students to the appropriate exam

The hallmarks for designating students to the appropriate exam  TEFL professionals are admittedly presented with an ample range of examination selections.  To be driven to the appropriate examination that will benefit the student both officially and essentially, teachers should anchor their expectations regarding all aspects of the examination. Teachers are expected to judge wisely which examination...

Washback effect: from assessment theory to teaching and learning practice

LessonBanner 2 1The idea that testing holds a major role in language teaching and learning practices is nothing but knew. It can be traced back to the 1990s (Beikmahdavi, 2016) and since then, many terms have been employed to describe the aforementioned relationship (ibid.). Shohamy (as cited in Amini & González, 2012) narrows the number of the proposed terms down to...

Learning Challenges

     by Dimitris Maroulis Paul Dirac was born in 1902, in Bristol. He is considered as one of the most important physicists of the 20th century. He was the father of antimatter created by the annihilation of positrons which he described in the so-called “most beautiful equation in the world of physics” (see the title of this article). He...

CLEVERLANDS: The Secrets Behind the Success of the World’s Education Superpowers

By Dimitris Maroulis There is a castle in Cork, Ireland, the Blarney Castle which hosts the Stone of Eloquence, kissing it you get the gift of the gab. Legend has it that an Irish king rescued a woman who fell into a river. As a reward the woman cast a spell over him, the ability to speak so well that he could persuade people to do whatever he...