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April 2021

Major changes are happening in ELT triggering new educational models and transformations. New technologies are being developed creating opportunities and challenges for the sector. In this issue we accommodate the views of some of the most influential FLS owners and practicing teachers whose innovative and creative ideas have had an impact on the ELT...

March 2021

A couple of months ago, I was having lunch with some friends. After lunch I was approached by the host’s daughter, a beautiful teenage girl. She would sit for a B2 exam in May and she was not sure which one to take. She needed advice. I asked her if she had ever heard of the Common European Framework. She hadn’t. I agree with Maria Davou (read her...

January 2021

jan2021 coverIn 2020, online learning leapt to new levels of prominence as people all over the world adapted to challenges imposed by the pandemic. Students found new ways to learn, instructors found new ways to teach, and organizations found new ways to support their communities. In 2020, a record number of people turned to online learning as a source of hope...

December 2020

dec2020Teaching will be online for the foreseeable future As the COVID-19 Pandemic runs its course, many governments are implementing measures that limit the number of people congregating in public places. Such measures have disrupted the normal functioning of schools and universities. The duration of such measures has been extensive – and is likely to continue...

November 2020

ELT issue November 2020 ekso 2How long does it take to reach C1 and C2 Level? It takes at least 18 years in general for a native speaker to reach C1 level in his own language, so you can hardly expect that a teenage or adult foreigner can take any less than a decade to approach that level. The CEFR framework is a quantitative indication of a qualitative set of complex social skills...

October 2020

ELT issue October 2020 ekso final 1However, the question of how grammarHowever, the question of how grammaris to be taught is at the heart of oneof the most enduring controversies inEFL. A wide range of opinions is foundin the field. Some maintain that explicitgrammar rules absolutely must betaught and drilled, or students will becondemned to a lifetime of fossilizationat an early stage of...

September 2020

Pages from ELT issue September 2020 ekso final webEditorial: Learning new stuff and master new skills is unavoidable We all want to acquire new skills and master new material more easily and with less angst. There is the sheer joy, the feeling of satisfaction, and the sense of achievement in mastering something. And we hate to feel overwhelmed, stupid or frustrated because things don’t seem to come...

July/August 2020

eltnews July 2018 336 web  Back-to-school is looking a little different for many teachers nationwide this year, as they grapple with returning to their classrooms amid a pandemic.Whether your school is planning on a virtual, in-person, or hybrid approach, you can count on us to help you navigate the new year. July/August's issue is out, full of ideas to ease your way to the...

June 2020

eltnews june 2020 cover  Training myself to be curious “The more courses I take and the more I learn, the hungrier I feel for more knowledge. It’s like training myself to be curious.” Learning for learning’s sake is a rewarding experience. And once you start learning, it’s difficult to stop. The trick is to choose a subject that you really care about and know what you...

May 2020

eltnews may 2020 cover  During my long career in ELT I have attended numerous seminars, conferences, workshops in Greece and abroad and I still do. As I reflect on all those events, I am so grateful to the amazing teacher leaders I have encountered; their impact on my own practice was immeasurable. I returned to my classroom reinvigorated and ready to shine my own...

April 2020

ELT issue April 2020 ekso final 1  Some of the topics featured in this month's ELT NEWS   The CiELL project team is developing open educational resources based on comics that are highly visual and free for English Language teachers and learners to use. - Learn more about this amazing project by reading the related article at ELT NEWS April issue. How hard is it to...

March 2020

ELT issue March 2020 ekso final 1  Teaching English to young learners Early learning of English in the school context is becoming more common in our days. However, for a class of youngsters to flourish we need to create a pleasant climate in the classroom where kids can communicate through movement and play. The best way of working with very young learners is to set goals and...

January 2020

83057911 480278805966448 7816057317203378176 nLanguage  testing is a powerful social tool used by language policymakers to promote a desired and favoured section of society as winners and accepted ones, and the rest as losers, failures and rejected ones. Though voices have been raised against the door - keeping nature of tests and attempts have been made to make testing student - and...

December 2019

eltnews december 2019 teaser Page 01  Learners carry around dictionaries not grammar books   In the current issue of ELT NEWS we focus on vocabulary learning. Vocabulary is central to any language because without sufficient vocabulary students cannot understand others or express their own ideas. A favourite quote of mine comes from linguist David Arthur Wilkins who said: “While...

November 2019

eltnews november 2019 teaser Page 01What would you expect from a nurse from Greece who works in a hospital in the UK? To be able to talk about the environment in English or to give an English speaking patient clear and detailed instructions on how to take medication? You’d expect from a Greek hairdresser who runs a beauty salon in Nottingham to be able to explain the latest techniques they...

October 2019

  Teaching to the test Standardized tests are primarily associated with large-scale tests administered to large populations of students.   A standardized test is any form of test that requires all test takers to answer the same questions, or a selection of questions from common bank of questions, in the same way, and that is scored in a “standard” or...

September 2019

Why Are Teachers Underappreciated? Most people have a kind of metaphor in their minds when they think of teachers and what they do. They see something like a conduit. Educators are people who know things and can pass that information along in the same way a pipeline moves a fluid from one location to another. In this case, the “fluid” is knowledge or...

July-August 2019

   Is it possible to learn a foreign language online? I always wanted to learn foreign languages especially French, Italian and Spanish. Alas no time…Getting two university degrees, working and raising my two sons was not an easy task. My first attempt to learn French was quite an experience. It was some ten years ago when I enrolled in a French course...

June 2019

What is teaching and its future?   Where does the word ‘teach’ derive from?   Origin   According to Oxford Dictionary ‘teach’ derives from old English tǣcan which means ‘show, present, point out’, and is of Germanic origin. It is related to token, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek δείχνω ‘show’, δείγμα ‘sample’. a In theory...

May 2019

Improve Classroom Behaviour   We need a culture where pupils learn from their behaviour mistakes as much as from academic ones. I have no issues with the fact that clear structures need to be in place in schools to challenge negative behaviour and promote positive behaviour. In fact, children who have the most extreme emotional and behavioural needs are...