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Dust settles, I don’t

Dust settles I dontWhile 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...

CELTA Certification for ELT teachers: Could it be a rainbow at the end of the storm?

celt certificationUnprecedented circumstances have “temporarily” brought about monumental changes to our life, as we knew it. Indeed, millions of people expect and hope that sooner or later we will go back to the way we were before it all started. And although this may be true where social relations, enjoyment and travelling are concerned, I can’t help feeling that, at the...

The Child and the Screen: what now?

The Child and the ScreenIf you’ve been reading my articles, I wrote one a year ago, called ‘The Child and the Box’ and it was about the use of technology in education and my educational decision to stop working with any ed tools that require tablet or smartphone use on the part of the child (especially for very young learners, i.e. children up to the age of 6). So I said back...

Online teaching: Some thoughts!

thoughts online teaching    Online teaching is teaching that takes place over the Internet in a virtual classroom and not in the traditional one. Online teaching is not something new. Lots of universities around the world have adopted this way of teaching at a BA or at an MA level. Ιn adult education it is a common approach and lots of adults seem to have adopted the...

De-Mystifying Mindfulness

Mindfulness  I am attending an online course on Mindfulness at the University of Leiden in Holland using the Coursera platform. Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on the present moment, and doing it intentionally and non-judgmentally. Mindfulness helps you regulate attention, emotions and body states, among others. I enrolled in the course, along with...

Kahoot! & Cambridge English partner

Kahoot CambridgeCambridge Assessment English has teamed up with game-based learning platform Kahoot! to launch a range of games that help young learners practise English and build their language skills. Nine games are already available and are specifically designed to help learners to explore, practise and review language and reading skills at Pre A1, A1...

New study gives insight on effectiveness of language learning apps

women on cell phonesNow more than ever, people who want to learn a new language turn to their mobile devices for help as language learning applications have become increasingly available. While these apps allow users to study a new language from anywhere at any time, how effective are they? That is a question Shawn Loewen, professor in the Department of Linguistics and...

Talks continue for urgent British Council funding

2018 britishcouncil3British Council staff and unions are still waiting to find out whether the organisation will receive additional funding from the government after the Public and Commercial Services Union warned in April that it was in desperate need of support due to revenue lost during Covid-19. The PCS previously told The Independent that the ...

Promoting quality language education through learning environments where modern languages flourish

News Promoting quality language education visual EnglishThe European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) of the Council of Europe is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource website of particular relevance to language teachers, subject teachers, teacher educators and headteachers at a time when schools are cautiously reopening across Europe. “EOL – Learning environments where modern languages...

David Attenborough is teaching online geography lessons to kids at home

David Attenborough is teaching online geography lessons to kids at homeChildren all over the world are adapting to a new way of learning as schools closed due to the new coronavirus pandemic. In the UK, schoolchildren are in for a treat during these unprecedented times. Sir David Attenborough will be teaching kids about oceans, mapping the world, and why animals look the way they do. The veteran broadcaster is just one...