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CLEVERLANDS: The Secrets Behind the Success of the World’s Education Superpowers

By Dimitris Maroulis There is a castle in Cork, Ireland, the Blarney Castle which hosts the Stone of Eloquence, kissing it you get the gift of the gab. Legend has it that an Irish king rescued a woman who fell into a river. As a reward the woman cast a spell over him, the ability to speak so well that he could persuade people to do whatever he...

Classroom Motivational Strategies

The Concept of Motivation   The eternal question over how to conquer learners’ hearts and minds is being confronted by foreign language teachers since the foundation of learning and teaching methodology. Motivation is a multi-dimensional concept and the exact nature of its components depends greatly on human cognition and complex contextual...

Course book: A master or a servant?

  The course book constitutes the compass for the completion of the syllabus (mid-term) and the curriculum (long-term) development of the E SL/ EFL school year. It serves as the foundation for the development of cognitive and linguistic skills of second language learners. Course books are necessary for the successful outcome of language instruction and the...

Coursebook selection: What to look for

    There are a number of factors to take into consideration when deciding on a coursebook, the first one being whether one is necessary or not. This, in turn, is dependent on the students’ needs. For example, if a student needs a certain IELTS score by a certain date, using a coursebook may mean that a large part of it may remain unused. However, if the...

Learning contracts: A fundamental component to worthwhile adult learning experiences

In modern multicultural communities there are abundant lifelong learning opportunities that many adults willingly exploit despite their busy daily routines. In fact, there are multiple reasons why adults take up foreign language learning nowadays. For instance, many of them long for job satisfaction or pursue increased employment opportunities so the...

Coursebooks: Why Should I Change or Replace Parts of It?

Many times, usually in the beginning of each year, I find myself, immersed in thoughts regarding the right course books I should choose for my students. Other times, (most of the times), this is a decision made by the school owners and as teachers we have to make do with what we have. However, there are many cases where I do not know how useful they are...