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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...

Basic tech troubleshooting when teaching and learning online

Basic tech troubleshooting when teaching and learning onlineTechnology issues can be part and parcel of digital learning. Face-to-face teachers who use technology in the classroom are advised to have a plan B in case the technology fails. But happens when teaching remotely? Teaching and learning online rely on technology so when this fails, can there be any learning at all? From software crashing to slow...

Deeper Learning: focusing on what matters

deeper learning  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

Cambridge Live Experience photo1Experts 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...

2020-21 Annus horribilis or mirabilis? Insights and thoughts on the new academic year...

Insights and thoughts on the new academic year  By Dimitris Primalis The new academic year is about to start and millions of educators around the globe wonder whether this is going to be a horrible (horribilis) or a miraculous (mirabilis) year for education. No one can guarantee even the basics: whether lessons will be online, hybrid or face to face. Yet, as educators, we need to ensure that...

English For 21st Century Skills

English for 21st Century SkillsThis 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...

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

Its all about synapses We are all about synapsesWhat 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

EFL Teachers are Tree TrunksThe 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...