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How important is pronunciation for the teacher’s and student’s confidence?

Author: Anthony Antonopoulos
  By Anthony Antonopoulos, BA & MA EFL Teacher specialized in ICT- Vlogger A year or so ago, I met my partner in a conversational class while I was teaching in Scotland. Ever since, we’ve been continuously exchanging languages. She’s learning English and I’m learning Italian. We’ve spent hours talking about English and Italian grammar, vocabulary...

Breathing Life in L2 Teaching

siskouUpon learning a second language, learners and teachers alike, imperceptibly, undertake major risks. Originally, both march towards the acquisition of the target language, having no suspicion about the success of the venture, an initiative to be appraised as optimism and trust in practice. By Marina Siskou In second language learning terms, we usually...

CopyCats (or the use of Copywork in language learning)

Author: Maria Davou
By Maria Davou “You can’t really copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling.” — Billie Holliday It’s been more than 15 years now that I have asked my teaching team to stop assigning Copywork to our students. I found zero resistance from them. I think everyone was relieved to get rid of this...

“Μα δεν ξέρει ακόμα τη διαφορά μεταξύ Present Simple και Present Continuous!”

element5 digital 352043 unsplashDisclaimer: Αυτό δεν είναι ένα επιστημονικό άρθρο. Είναι η προσπάθειά μου ως επιστήμονα, να αναλύσω ένα θέμα που απασχολεί πολλούς γονείς, με απλό τρόπο. by Maria Davou Είναι αγαπημένο θέμα των γονιών. Τους βασανίζει, τους ταλανίζει, τους προβληματίζει. Είναι καθοριστικό στην αξιολόγηση της αποτελεσματικότητας ενός καθηγητή ή ενός συστήματος. Είναι θέμα...

Grammar in EFL teaching

raptopoulos grammar  By George Raptopoulos, Teacher and Teacher Trainer In this article, we will explore why we must teach grammar, when, how and how much. Why teach grammar? Well, if words are the building blocks of a language, then grammar is the mortar we employ to connect the lexical content into meaningful utterings (phrases, sentences, paragraphs), so eventually we...

Effectively Teaching Grammar: What Works (and What Doesn't Work)

Boys with glasses write books and think in the classroom    All educators agree that students are better writers when they have an understanding of grammar. To be effective writers in school and to effectively communicate later in life when in the workplace, students need to use proper grammar.  But, what are the best methods for teaching grammar, normally thought of as a very boring...