Monday, November 14, 2016

THE "UNKNOWN BOY" WINS WRITING COMPETITION!

The winner of the competition with a chocolate prize!

The title of the winning story.


Based on all 'wonderfully spooky' activities we did on Halloween, students were inspired to write plenty of scary stories, which finally ended up in turning the whole project into a real writing competition. We received so many well written entries by young learners (aged 11-13), but unfortunately had to choose only one. That was created by resourceful Korina, a student in C' class. She has written her story on the class blog for all the readers to enjoy:

http://friends-eng.blogspot.gr/2016/11/the-unknown-boy.html


The plan most students used to draft their story.

A story by George in B' Class.

A story by Kalli in C' Class.

YLE COMPUTER-BASED TESTS

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

KINAESTHETIC LEARNING IN OUR SCHOOL

On 22nd October, Theodora Papapanagiotou, Senior Educational
Consultant Hyphen SA, visited our school to apply wonderful activities,
which combined bodily movement and oral practice of the language.

A sample of these activities:
Adjectives are written on some pieces of paper and
thrown randomly in the bucket.

Students choose one of these adjectives and a miniature of
their favourite animal. Then, they perform a pantomime in front of
their team so that they understand both of these words and win a point.
(e.g. a crazy giraffe, a happy hippo. etc.). 


Another activity: Letters on small pieces of paper that
make up a word are put inside a balloon. The teams need to
burst the balloon and put the letters in the correct order
in a limited amount of time.

Dora exhibiting the balloon activity.

Putting the letters in the right order.

Running dictation: The players have to run, read a given text (of their level),
run back to the writer of the team and dictate what they remember. The team
which first records correctly all the given text is the winner.

Recording the text during the running dictation.
The great thing about all activities was that older students had to
cooperate with younger ones, thus cultivating a sense of team spirit.

After a variety of activities which involved reproducing vocabulary such as the months,
animals, adjectives, numbers, the letters of the alphabet and related words,
it was time to quieten down with some children's yoga, contemplating on
beautiful scenes with descriptions of them in English.

Heartfelt thanks to amazing Dora for her time and effort! Our students had the unique opportunity to reproduce the language in a stress-free environment, which enhances learning as well as the genuine love for the language. Shouldn't that be the ultimate aim of all teaching approaches and methods?

HALLOWEEN AS A CREATIVE TEACHING OPPORTUNITY

Loads of projects with related words and drawings.

Young learners got really creative with glitter!


The necessary tools for all types of creation.









Even adult learners had fun!

A scary pumpkin brought by an enthusiastic A' Junior pupil.

Apple bobbing with the alphabet!

The Junior student who bit an apple had to quickly say a word beginning
with the letter on the apple before getting a point for their team.



Halloween cards on the iPad.

Story diagram to be followed by all participants in our writing competition.








Some of the videos we used during computer room time:





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