Wednesday, October 18, 2017

USING THE WEB TO PRACTICE ENGLISH

1) Using Quizlet to learn and practise new vocabulary has been amazing for learners of all ages in our school. Future exam candidates also get to check their understanding of new words by matching them to their English synonyms through a variety of pleasant tasks, which has proven valuable for the consolidation of knowledge at such a high level. https://quizlet.com/markakischool 




2) Creating the basis for web searches and other online content on various school blogs and wikis has been a standard teaching practice of our school for years.  Here you can find a list of student blogs and wikis created throughout the years, most of which are still used for practising purposes.


4) Write and Improve by Cambridge English has also been another extremely useful website where learners can demonstrate their writing skills and get feedback by formally trained Cambridge raters. 

5) Employing Pearson coursebooks has allowed our students access to an amazing website called My English lab where they can complete different activities and watch videos related to each unit of their books, either in the computer room of the school or at home. Teachers can then track the attained scores as well as electronically assign homework to be done till a certain deadline. Teachers and learners can log into the site here

Saturday, October 14, 2017

HOW PHOTOGRAPHY CAN ENCOURAGE THINKING AND WRITING

There was a photo contest in our school among those older learners who chose to participate in a triple challenge: discover their best shot on their camera, write an enticing English caption and publish both on their class blog. We have had quite amazing entries on the D' and E' Class blog and on the Β2-level blog of the school; therefore, the judges-teachers of the school had a hard time choosing, but eventually opted for Theodora's photograph as the one deserving the first prize, which was a magnetic construction for some of her photographs to be decorated into her bedroom. The rest of the imaginative participants got some delicious chocolate and the promise for more such creative initiatives in the future!


Theodora and her prize.

Her message on Instagram showing
her beautifully exhibited photographs. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

CERTIFICATES, QUIZZES AND TREATS!

Cambridge certificates, smiles, quizzes, use of the English language and, of course, pizzas! That was the final back-to-school teen event, before the official winter courses start on 18th September and we enjoyed every minute of it. Happy school year to all children and teenagers, ready for new learning adventures!

More photos here.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

LIFE IN THE UK AND TEA PARTY: BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT


Life in the UK from Maria Markaki Language School












What a wonderful experience it has been for everyone involved! Employing the CLIL method, we followed the British tea making process step by step, even holding the cup appropriately, while using the language in a brand new context. The geography, climate, lifestyle, royal family and other cultural aspects of the country immensely appealed to our intermediate-level students, who now wish to travel to London one day. If interested in the material we compiled for this event, have a look at the slides above. 
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