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ACE TEFL: a new EFL teacher development centre in the heart of Athens

George Vassilakis and Alexander Makarios are both well known in the ELT community: between themselves they have trained literally thousands of English teachers in Greece and abroad and have given more than 200 presentations at ELT events and conferences. After working together for many years, they have decided to start their own teacher development...

How Foreign Speakers of English Can Boost Their Employability (for Free!)

erasmuseurospeakLet’s face it. EU citizens have it rough. Unemployment has been compounded over the last twelve months with the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst some jobs have remained unaffected and continued as normal, others have had to change. Many employees have to work from home or have been furloughed. Worse still, many thousands of people in the European workforce have...

ELT 2021 Excellence Awards

image home intro 900 500 v1 optimizedWhether you are a Foreign Language School owner or a individual teacher in the private or state sector, do not miss the opportunity to showcase the work you have done during this school year. Showcase that you have been running a Foreign Languages School that values  language learning and that you view education as a holistic approach to student...

PeopleCert signs 4-year contract with the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research & Innovation

peoplecert 12 20Starting in year 2020-2021, PeopleCert will provide English language exams to all French students in Metropolitan France and Overseas departments and territories at the end of the first cycle of higher education. Paris, France: PeopleCert, a global leader in the development and delivery of examinations, is proud to announce the signing of an exclusive...

Charles Dickens's descendant, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, visits QLS network online!

qls christmas    Christmas came early this year for 3000 students of the QLS network who attended a unique festive online event featuring acclaimed author and descendant of Charles Dickens, Lucinda Dickens Hawksley. In 2020 the 150th anniversary of Charles Dickens's passing was honoured worldwide. To mark this occasion and to bring some much-needed festive cheer to...

To ‘Grammar or not to Grammar?’

word.classesNo one seriously questions the need for language students to develop a good control of grammar. Those who study English as a second or foreign language in order to use it in work or study will find themselves at a serious disadvantage if their grammar is so weak that they cannot express themselves clearly and effectively, or if their underdeveloped...

Online event on: UK Education in Greece after Brexit, 4 November 2020

bcphotoonlineventThe event was organised by the British Council in cooperation with the British Embassy with the online participation of the UK Minister responsible for European affairs, Ms Wendy Morton, the Deputy Minister of Education for Higher Education, Mr Vassilis Digalakis and the British Ambassador to Greece, Ms Kate Smith. The event, with a longer duration and...

Global conference highlights the practical benefits of research in raising educational standards

cambridgeassessmentnew 2020  Research is the key to raising standards in education, according to experts from the University of Cambridge who are hosting a global conference to look at the benefits of evidence-based decision making. George Heritage from Cambridge Assessment English, a department of the University of Cambridge explains ‘Educational research is often seen as...

IRead - Interactive and personalised ebooks for learning to read

britishcouncilnewWe 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 see...