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Grammar in EFL teaching

raptopoulos grammar  By George Raptopoulos, Teacher and Teacher Trainer In this article, we will explore why we must teach grammar, when, how and how much. Why teach grammar? Well, if words are the building blocks of a language, then grammar is the mortar we employ to connect the lexical content into meaningful utterings (phrases, sentences, paragraphs), so eventually we...

Effectively Teaching Grammar: What Works (and What Doesn't Work)

Boys with glasses write books and think in the classroom    All educators agree that students are better writers when they have an understanding of grammar. To be effective writers in school and to effectively communicate later in life when in the workplace, students need to use proper grammar.  But, what are the best methods for teaching grammar, normally thought of as a very boring...

Breathing Life in L2 Teaching

siskouUpon learning a second language, learners and teachers alike, imperceptibly, undertake major risks. Originally, both march towards the acquisition of the target language, having no suspicion about the success of the venture, an initiative to be appraised as optimism and trust in practice. By Marina Siskou In second language learning terms, we usually...

The Art of Cheating on Tests and How to Make the Best out of it

03 The Art of Cheating on Tests and How to Make the Best out of itby Maria Davou Students cheat. I cheat, you cheat, they cheat. It’s a fact. Students cheat, we cheated as students. Teachers take measures, threaten, build walls, get vigilant but students keep cheating because students cheat. It’s cross-cultural and eternal: students have been cheating and will be cheating. I don’t want my students to cheat. Not...

A Fresh New year-a Better Me

StudentTeachingIn teaching practice there is perpetually room for development. Some of the most heatedly discussed qualities of a good teacher are: Competence and expertise: Teachers need to be profoundly knowledgeable. Dearth or compromise of mastery in the content is not only reflected upon, but also perpetuated by the learners. Language teaching has scientific...

“Μα δεν ξέρει ακόμα τη διαφορά μεταξύ Present Simple και Present Continuous!”

element5 digital 352043 unsplashDisclaimer: Αυτό δεν είναι ένα επιστημονικό άρθρο. Είναι η προσπάθειά μου ως επιστήμονα, να αναλύσω ένα θέμα που απασχολεί πολλούς γονείς, με απλό τρόπο. by Maria Davou Είναι αγαπημένο θέμα των γονιών. Τους βασανίζει, τους ταλανίζει, τους προβληματίζει. Είναι καθοριστικό στην αξιολόγηση της αποτελεσματικότητας ενός καθηγητή ή ενός συστήματος. Είναι θέμα...

Who says managing a preschool class is a mission impossible?

01 who says managing a pre school class is a mission impossibleBy Valia Georgilaki   In any educational setting, classroom management plays an essential role in creating a safe environment where meaningful learning takes place. Teaching English to preschool students can be an exciting yet challenging experience in the sense that students at this young age are not usually equipped with the knowledge of...