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Teacher training and Development

TEFL Pursuits

<![CDATA[You all know the great board game of Trivial Pursuit . I just love this game and have had lots of fun playing with friends, although, it must be admitted that the cultural bias of many of the questions makes it a bit more difficult if you are playing in a language  other than your…
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Yes, and…..

<![CDATA[There is a specific activity I often use in creative thinking skills workshops which works wonderfully well. I learnt it from T.Richards, during a lecture in Athens some years ago (pls see note at end). It's called the “Yes, and…” activity In this activity, one person, or the teacher even, begins by positing something, anything.…
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Links for Translators and Translator trainees

<![CDATA[   Translation Portals Translatum (the Translation Vortal) – By far the richest Greek site dedicated to translation. Worth exploring the many threads to share and learn Translatio – A more recent addition, this Greek site covers different but equally interesting areas-the site also offers free space if you would like to upload your CV…
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Technology – With or Without you?

<![CDATA[A great week for me (September 14-20)  as this was the first time I was participating in an online course on the Moodle platform. The course was  organised by SEETA (South Eastern Europe Teachers Associations) The topic was “Teaching without Technology”  with Scott Thornbury as the tutor and, by the end of the week, about 100 registered participants.…
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What is a Crocodile?

Well, I guess many educators have read this post which was sent to me via e-mail. I cannot even remember who first sent it to me. The email contained the pupil’s name but I have not published it, as I recently discovered that this was not a fictitious name but a very real one –…
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Painting Pictures – Innovation sometimes takes a long time to come home

<![CDATA[In the last few months, and mainly thanks to social media like Facebook and Twitter, I have been meeting and interacting with a good number of colleagues about all things digital in general and foreign language education. There is great excitement in the air about either integrating ICT into educational programmes or, "going all the…
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Pecha Kuchas with your students

<![CDATA[What it is “Pecha Kucha (ペチャクチャ?), usually pronounced in three syllables like “pe-chak-cha”) is a presentation format in which content can be easily, efficiently and informally shown, usually at a public event designed for that purpose. Under the format, a presenter shows 20 images for 20 seconds apiece, for a total time of 6 minutes,…
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My Twitter

<![CDATA[Twitter started out with the simple question "What are you doing?", a teacher's dream for realistic writing using the Present Continuous! In 140 characters, your response to that question was supposed to keep you up to speed with friends, family and colleagues around the world. [youtube=://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGbLWQYJ6iM&w=500&h=281] One of the Commoncraft videos on Twitter   Millions…
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