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Christmas is a time we view in many different ways. Some see it simply a a holiday, others as a time to come closer to religion. And others, still, as a time to give and receive presents and eat and drink themselves silly! But there is still one aspect that may have been forgotten by many: it is also a time to say thank you to those who have shown you...

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N.B. For those unpractised in Latin, a dictionary is advisable Ronald Vellars was in front of a pint at the ‘Goat,’ rabbiting on to anyone who’d listen. As most tales were fairly humorous, his performances were generally well received and usually earned him complimentary drinks. However, for the past two days he’d been coming...

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Packing and Unpacking August came and, as we have done for years immemorial –barring those times abroad– we loaded up the cars and dutifully trooped down to our little cave (as such I view the mini-flat) at Porto Rafti. Jenny took the suitcases while I took the electrics and cats, with the other extras divided between us according to...

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So you are pink-cheeked, bright eyed,ambitious, energetic and want to be an EFL teacher; and you think that having passed Proficiency with an A, a degree with a creditable mark, and having a Greek Ministry Teaching licence under your belt (plus having coached your little cousin for some of the B2 Exam), fully qualifies...

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Well, another year’s gone by and we’re back to registration, enrolment and hopeful financial solubility. By now, you will know whether you’ve succeeded. But, certainly in my area, there is a fly in the ointment. As happens every few years, a new company has raised its head and jumped onto the scene, offering everything student and...

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After reading both the BBC write-up on the Kalavryta Massacre (also known as the Kalavryta Holocaust) and subsequent developments on Germany’s refusal to entertain the notion of compensation for the 1943 murder of all males over the age of 12 (in retaliation for the Andartes killing 79 soldiers), I started to think back to when I first visited...

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Presentation Skills? Seriously? (Part Seven)

An integral part of preparing and carrying out a presentation has to do with the selection of the appropriate software. Most of us would tend to use what is readily available: the software that is installed on the computer we...

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English Language Games for the Classroom

By Jet Hiensch, Portugal Jet Hiensch, Dutch teacher of English as a foreign language, living in Portugal, develops English language games for in the classroom. All her games are focused on the oral skills. Her slogan is: Let’s get those kids...

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Presentation Skills? Seriously? (Part Eight)

"This One's for the Children" Telling a story has been used almost since the beginning of time as a means for sharing and interpreting experiences, as a means of instruction, as a means of transferring knowledge from the expert to the...

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A teacher's body language can be just as important as what they say, argues Amy Cuddy

Harvard academic Amy Cuddy, famous for her work on 'power poses', talks to Jon Severs about the impact of body language in the classroom. According to a feature on TES (tes.com), those teachers who plan their classroom speeches to the...

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