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Why should an English-language proficiency test be backed by research?

Read more ...“Test providers should carefully research the types of tasks students need to perform and replicate such tasks as accurately as possible.” English-language classrooms around the world all look and function differently, writes Spiros Papageorgiou of ETS. But one common thread among them is that teachers of English consistently look for reliable...

Deeper Learning: focusing on what matters

Read more ...  By Maria Davou* and Angelos Evangelidis* Our school is in a heavily exam-centered setting, but we identify ourselves as a language learning school and not an exam prep center. This has surprisingly been welcomed with commercial success and educational prestige. To reinforce this image of an educational institution, focusing on educational and...

Helping English language teachers adapt to the changing education landscape

Read more ...Experts from Cambridge have teamed up to help English language teachers adapt to the changing education landscape as a result of Covid-19. Cambridge Assessment English and Cambridge University Press ELT are hosting a free event for teachers around the world to help them get ready for the unpredictable months ahead. The Cambridge Live Experience on...

Pilot programme for English language certification in state schools in Cyprus

Read more ...The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth has signed an agreement with Cambridge Assessment, - a department of the University of Cambridge -, for a pilot programme, leading to English language certification in state schools in Cyprus. The pilot project will start in September 2020, and will include a series of teacher training seminars...

English For 21st Century Skills

Read more ...This 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...

CPD for teachers: why do we need to unlearn, re-learn, keep learning?

Read more ...Try this thought experiment: you are in your class with your students, writing on your board (or typing on your screen projected on your board), the rules for ‘less’ and ‘fewer’. You give nice, solid examples, you feel proud of yourself, you test your students on this point, they do well, everything is settled. Then let’s say your students travel to the...

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

Read more ...What 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...

EFL Teachers are Tree Trunks

Read more ...The 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...

Dust settles, I don’t

Read more ...While 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...

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