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ETUCE joins DOE fight for free and compulsory early childhood education for all

ETUCE (The European Trade Union Committee for Education) stands in solidarity with DOE, in its fight for two-year public, free and compulsory early childhood education for children as of the age of 4. Citing the conclusions of the Council of the European Union on early childhood education and care, which were also adopted by the Ministry of Education of...

Why are there so few NNESTs at the top? - the Magnifier effect

Look at the following table (Gladwell 2008 – p. 27). This is the roster of the 2007 Czechoslovakian National Junior soccer team which actually got to the World Cup finals. Do you notice anything? That’s right. Nearly 75% of all players were born in January, February and March! The odds of such a thing happening by chance are astronomically low. Nor was...

FOREIGN LANGUAGE learning in EU

Currently there are 24 official languages recognised within the European Union (EU), in addition to which there are regional, minority languages, and languages spoken by migrant populations.   In 1958, legislation specified German, French, Italian and Dutch as the official and working languages of the European Union’s (EU) predecessor, the European...

We are giving away a free issue of ELT NEWS just to see what you are missing out!

ELT NEWS has changed dramatically over the last years and has transformed to a beautiful magazine full of interesting articles from acclaimed professionals, teachers and trainers. If you haven't had the chance to get your hands on one of our latest copies, we are giving you the opportunity to download our most recent issue in order for you to see what you...

Assessment Research Awards and Grants

  The British Council has announced the procedure for the 2018 Assessment Research Awards and Grants for those who are involved or work in research into assessment. These awards recognise achievement and innovation within the field of language assessment and support British Council’s activities across the world. The awards and grants are aimed at both...

Cambridge English Language Assessment changes its name

As of 21 September 2017 Cambridge English Language Assessment changed its name to Cambridge Assessment English.    The new name makes it clearer that Cambridge Assessment English is part of Cambridge Assessment, with English at the heart of activity.   Cambridge Assessment is a non-teaching department of the University of Cambridge and carries out...

A new SIG from TESOL Greece

  The newly established Teacher Development and Research SIG’s aim of is to bring together the various entities and individuals involved in TESOL teacher training/education and research to develop professional relationships and to work towards increasing awareness of teacher training/education and research both within the TESOL profession as well as...

Why you should have an online presence

Consider the following scenarios. You wish to book your next trip abroad, find tickets, book a hotel and reserve a table at a couple of restaurants. In case you do not fancy crossing the Greek boarders think of anything that you need to get information about, whether this is an upcoming movie to the cinema, when is Easter this year or Kim Kardashian’s...

Blogging for English-Language Learners

Blogging is a very powerful tool in and of itself. Whether it’s a personal or professional blog, blogging has the power to unleash learning, reflection, and communication. Even more, a blog can help spread your words and ideas to a wider audience and, as a result, a wider reach. Blogging for English-language learners (ELLs) can tap into students' and...