Read more ...  Let's stop using tests and focus on alternative forms of assessment By Irini Renika Papakammenou In the educational context teachers tend to assess students in order to measure what students have learnt and to evaluate their academic achievement at the end of a unit, course, semester or school year. Teachers also assess students to determine whether...

Read more ...By Maroussa Pavli*      Are you teaching adults or thinking of doing so? Those of you who have already worked with adult learners can easily understand the relevance of the title of this article. Those who haven’t done this yet may doubt that classroom management is a topic to consider, but if you do read on, you’ll find out that everyday teaching...

Read more ...By Valia Georgilaki, Teacher of English, Doukas Primary School Are we ‘anaesthetizing’ students? A long term study in the USA, which was published recently and 1500 kindergarten children were tested, showed that 98% scored genius in creative thinking, i.e. their ability to generate ideas spontaneously. These children were tested every 5 years after...

Read more ...In the past two decades there has been a temptation to simply try to get through formal and foreign language education unscathed, to focus on the language exams success data and get the best possible place in the local market. But this short-term outlook is a barrier to genuine improvement of the human resources we have in our country. In formal...

Read more ...Listening  is receiving language through the ears. It involves identifying the sounds of speech and processing them into words and sentences. When we listen, we use our ears to receive individual sounds (letters, stress, rhythm and pauses) and we use our brain to convert these into messages that  mean  something to us. Listening in any language requires...

Read more ...  Listening actively is a body, heart and mind workout. It requires attention to self as well as a full immersion into the collective, while aspiring to keep every individual in mind. It demands that we keep our ego at bay and maintain a targeted focus on the other. The hardest part about listening is to minimize our natural tendencies to step in to fix...

Read more ...Speak Out Loud To Learn And Remember A Language Communicating verbally is a crucial part of learning a foreign language but studying any important information by speaking out loud helps you remember better than silent reading. Tests have shown that reading words aloud led to remembering 77% of them correctly, and was more effective than reading them in...

Read more ...    Key stakeholders and education groups have welcomed the UK government’s announcement that EU students attending universities in England will continue to pay the same fees as home students in the first intake after Brexit.  But there has been no decision on how EU students in the UK will be treated in the long-term. In a statement, UK Education...

Read more ...  The importance of spotting: Some people are good at generating ideas. Others collect them. I am a collector myself. I walk around with a ‘mental notepad’ and I make notes of everything interesting I see; I call these mental notes ‘discoveries’. They can be almost anything - perhaps an idea that I had not thought of; or a different way of looking at...

Read more ...Everything started with four short reading passages in a B2 level Student’s book which I am working on this year. The topic of the short texts was ‘Globalisation’ and my 13-year-old students in their first year of junior high school, did not really know what the term ‘Globalisation’ means and some mistaken views of it were heard in class. So, I realized...
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