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Leading FL schools in Post-pandemic Times

Read more ...By Emmanuel Kontovas* Leadership is a perplexing term to define, as there are more than 350 definitions of leadership in the Business literature (Kontovas, 2019). One of the most accepted ones, is provided by Dr Northouse who in his book Leadership: theory and practice, defines the phenomenon of leadership as “a process whereby an individual influences a...

Training myself to be curious

Read more ...  “The more courses I take and the more I learn, the hungrier I feel for more knowledge. It’s like training myself to be curious.” Learning for learning’s sake is a rewarding experience. And once you start learning, it’s difficult to stop. The trick is to choose a subject that you really care about and know what you want to achieve. It’s the third...

Andragogy and the Riddle of the Sphinx

Read more ...Education embodies ongoing commitment, whether practiced consciously or not. Lifelong education is influential for teachers irrespective of the sector or position they serve. A crucial element of life-long education is specialization. Beyond updating one’s education, life-long learning enables L2 teachers to gain expertise. Text by Marina...

Reflections of an active teacher of EFL

Read more ...The reasons, the means, the times, the venues and more Almost as soon as I entered the teaching profession, back in 1981, I realized that that my teaching qualifications simply were not enough to face the vocation I opted for. Fine, I had studied my literature, British and American, modern   and   classic, I had studied Linguistics...

Teaching Speaking at B2 Level

Read more ...It has been argued – with good reason one might add – that of all four skills involved in foreign language learning, the hardest to achieve yet the most rewarding is speaking the language in question. Being an FL student myself this year, taking my B2 exams in Spanish shortly, I’ve put my self in my students’ shoes and gained some empathy as to why the...

Register transfer: Sadly, a skill no longer required by exam boards

Read more ...  One of the criteria used by examiners when marking the writing paper in examinations is the so called “register transfer” i.e. whether a candidate’s answer is written in the appropriate style, if it has the right degree of formality or informality or even whether it is too personal, or not personal enough. The fact that most, if not all, C2-level...
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