Friday, August 7, 2015

SUMMER COURSES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Terri Assimakopoulou, an amazing EFL teacher, our friend and allegedly an American spy (!) had a discussion with our Proficiency students, who adored her sense of humour and positive attitude. Heartfelt thanks to Terri and "Victoria's school" which kindly lent us one of its superb teachers.
  • With E' Class students, we have had thought-provoking presentations and debates concerning George Orwell's "1984". Thought control, distortion of the news and history and the effort to control and repress individualism are just a few signs of how accurate Orwell's predictions of the future were going to be.
  • The Proficiency students reflected on the various ways blogging has helped them to master the language by leaving written comments on their class blog.
http://markaki-literature.blogspot.gr/2015/07/reflecting-on-our-blogging-practices.html

This reminded us of a video we have uploaded on the school's YouTube channel, which is an actual interview of some of our student- bloggers.

  • One of the most energetic, resourceful and good-humoured teachers ever, Ruth Jenkinson, has just had her fourth child. Congratulations, Ruth!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

MORE SUMMER FUN

New students' blog posts on a variety of topics:

Proficiency blog (C2 level): http://markaki-literature.blogspot.gr

Lower blog (B2 level): http://markaki-b2.blogspot.gr

E' Class blog (B1+ level): http://bitsandpieces-english.blogspot.gr

Adults (B1 level): http://markaki-language-to-go.blogspot.gr

"Keep calm and learn English", as sweet Vassiliki's mottto goes!

 

Βooks from the lending library of the school.
 

We agree that "You can never be overdressed or overeducated."
 

Watching the video about time travelling (see our previous blog post).

 

More summer fun in pictures:

https://picasaweb.google.com/106576925145604672862/SummerLessons201502

AN INTERVIEW ABOUT CLASSROOM BLOGGING

We were thrilled to be interviewed by Andromahi Kesoglou, a postgraduate student interested in how blogging functions in the foreign language classroom. The "girls' team" enthusiastically elaborated on the ways they use http://markaki-language-to-go.blogspot.gr to practise English in and out of the classroom and how they feel about the process. We would like to wholeheartedly thank Andromahi for her positive attitude and encouraging words. For those students of the group, being interviewed in English on Skype was a unique learning experience, owing to Andromahi's initiative.

 

Older related links:

 

A written interview about blogs and wikis and their connection with students' motivation:

http://www.slideshare.net/mobile/cm24/my-experience-ousing-technology-in-efl-lessons

 

A video of some of our students explaining how blogging has helped them learn English:

https://youtu.be/2hcHWx1gGdU

 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

SUMMER LESSONS 2015

Positive attitude is the key to efficient learning.

Students will keep enriching their phrasebooks.

A huge bravo to Nick who is now an ECPE holder!

Monday, June 8, 2015

INTERESTING VIDEOS FOR OLDER LEARNERS

Questions no one knows the answers to (Full Version) - Chris Anderson
In the first of a new TED-Ed series designed to catalyze curiosity, TED Curator Chris Anderson shares his boyhood obsession with quirky questions that seem to have no answers. View full lesson.

Dream - Motivational Video
A beautiful combination of different movie scenes, music and motivational words.

CGI Animated Shorts HD: "Taking The Plunge" - by Taking The Plunge Team
When a young man's ideal marriage proposal is put in jeopardy he is forced to dive into unknown waters to salvage his plans...
*This may easily be used with younger learners, who could describe the action or make up their own dialogues.

Small Pleasures (Μικρές Χαρές) 2008
Once upon a time in a country far far away a boy lived, very different from all the others. His name was Eftichis. Everything ran smoothly in his life until one day, many many years ago an incident made him see life from a different perspective. And suddenly, a big secret was revealed.
*A shorter video: The Small Pleasures

Stand-up comedian Katerina Vrana talks about stereotypes and makes us all believe that the reason that they are funny is that they are true. This 16 minutes performance has everything; from humor, inconvenient truths and family secrets, to the actress's plan for global domination. One thing is for sure: it will make you laugh wholeheartedly.
*Warning: A little classroom-inappropriate language is involved.
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EFL LINKS FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

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WIKI WITH READING TEXTS AND ACTIVITIES

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