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THE 1ST QLS ONLINE BOOK CLUB COMPETITION 2021

    The inaugural QLS Online Book Club Competition took place on Saturday 17 April 2021, to celebrate World Book Day. More than 550 students from across Greece participated in 5 sessions according to linguistic level. 45 winners received medals, certificates and special prizes. The first cycle of the QLS Book Club, including the Competition, was kindly...

2021 ELT Excellence Awards winners announced

The evaluation process for the 2021 ELT Excellence Awards has been concluded by this year's judging committee. It was a long and difficult process as the number of entries surpassed not only last year's number but also our expectations. We would like to thank the judging committee for their effort and hard work as well as all of the participants who...

Edutainment-ing your course book!

  I am pretty sure you are all using a high quality and well-designed course book which offers both teachers and students a wide variety of activities to make your lessons fun and engaging. However, is there a way to adapt some activities in our course book to spice up our lessons even more? Text By Myrsini Verdoukas - FLS owner, Author Yes, there is! It...

So you think you can teach?

I got a message from a friend asking me whether it is OK that her 5-year-old daughter was asked by her kindergarten teacher to sit on the ‘punishment chair’ (or the ‘naughty chair’ or the ‘time-out chair’ or the ‘you name-it-how-you-like-to-hide-the-word-punishment’). Her daughter was sad and did not know why she had to go to this (pretty scary, if you...

Do we only learn from coursebooks?

For most educators the textbook represents the main source of ideas for teaching. Therefore little attention is paid to other resources such as videos, interviews, popular TV series adapted for teaching, songs suitable for teaching on Youtube, virtual tours and visits to places of interest –museums, galleries, libraries, archaeological sites...

iRead - Interactive and personalised ebooks for learning to read

We all learnt to read in English in more or less the same way. Typically we have used paper books containing activities and exercises given as practice material. One characteristic of this approach to developing reading is that the books themselves are of a static nature in many aspects. No matter how many times the readers go over the book they always...

I play, you play... the power of playing in the EFL classroom.

Have you ever thought about why we were so happy as kids? Have you also considered the differences between being an adult and being a child? Well, the main difference is that we (at least most of us) have stopped playing. Text by Tanya Livarda(BA/ MA in TESOL, CELTA), EFL teacher, Oral Examiner The importance of play As it has been acknowledged and...

Process approaches to the teaching of writing

  Teaching writing is, for both teachers and students, challenging as writing is a complex cognitive activity in its own right that incorporates linguistic, mental, cognitive and social features. Tribble (1996) states that “an ability to write appropriately and effectively is.... something which evades many of us, in our mother tongues or in any other...

Never mind a ‘To-do’ list, here’s a ‘Ta-da’ list!

I have always loved making “to-do lists”, and I rely on them to be productive, but I’ve recently started a new list that I like even more – my “ta-da list”. Ta-da is an imitation of the sound of trumpets making a great announcement, and my ta-da list is made up of all the things I accomplished that day. By Michael Robbs, Business English Teacher...

Moodle adds Poodll tools for language learning to its suite of Certified Integrations for Moodle LMS

Poodll’s collection of add-ons for language teachers includes activities and tools that extend the functionality of Moodle LMS to teach and learn languages online. Designed specifically to build dynamic language courses, the Poodll suite of plugins for Moodle includes tools to evaluate student’s speaking and listening, audio/video recording, or vocabulary...