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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. The course was announced via […]

Companions: an aid, a crutch, a snag?

Here are a few of the comments from the Twitter conversation with Ken Wilson that led to this post. I have written about companions before but thought that this blog post might be useful to a lot of educators who have never seen them, never used them, as well as to many new TEFL teachers in Greece who may be […]

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 – the young man even has […]

Η Ξένη Γλώσσα στον Εργασιακό Χώρο – Μύθοι και Αλήθειες

*Το άρθρο πρωτοδημοσιεύθηκε στην εφημερίδα ΚΕΡΔΟΣ και αργότερα αναδημοσιεύτηκε στην επιθεώρησηΞενόγλωσσης Παιδείας  Το σχετικά πρόσφατο στη χώρα μας ενδιαφέρον και η αυξημένη ζήτηση προγραμμάτων Ειδικών Γλωσσικών Μαθημάτων για Επαγγελματίες όπως έχει αποδοθεί στην Ελληνική ο όρος Language for Specific Purposes (LSP), είχε σαν αποτέλεσμα την ανάλογη αύξηση στην προσφορά για τέτοιου είδους μαθήματα από μεγάλη μερίδα ξενόγλωσσων εκπαιδευτικών οργανισμών και μεμονωμένων καθηγητών.  Η επιλογή […]

The power of play for education and language development

R.F.Dearden’s (1967) definition of play,  ‘a non-serious and self-contained activity which we engage in just for the satisfaction involved in it’, suggests that any activity that takes the mind of the learners away from language as a focus, any activity which gives them enjoyment and satisfaction simply through participating in it can be called a game. Given this description, many activities […]

How many books to teach a six year old?

<![CDATA[Yannis is 6 years old and last year his parents decided it was about time he started learning English. So they enrolled him in the local foreign language centre, part of a big franchise of similar centres in Greece and the Balkans. What is the best way of teaching young pre-school children English? Well, this blog post is not about […]

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 way". Pictures of another reality […]

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, 40 seconds. It was devised […]

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=://] One of the Commoncraft videos on Twitter   Millions of users do just that. […]