Sunday, May 3, 2020

AMAZING NEW EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM

https://myschool.markoulaki.gr 

We proudly present you with the school's brand new educational platform. Lessons are going full online for the time being, with all sorts of surprise activities and loads of fun!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

NETFLIX GREECE LIST FOR ADVANCED LEARNERS OF ENGLISH

👉 Minors must have parental permission to watch any of the following. 

👉 Tags have been added next to the titles with a clear reference to the topics discussed in Advanced/ Proficiency classes. 

👉 New titles will constantly be added. 


  1. Non- English films/ series or including little English or heavy accents or slang, but with very thought- provoking material to draw from when writing or speaking:

The Platform- injustice, redemption, crime, future (some violent content)

Unorthodox - women, empowerment

The boy who harnessed the wind- empowerment, inequality

The colour purple- women, empowerment, injustice 

The African doctor- real life, injustice

The photographer of Mauthausen- history, real life, injustice



  1. English- language films or series with linguistically rich and thought- provoking material: 

Black Mirror - technology, future, life (some violent content)

Marriage story - relationships, life, success, women, empowerment

Our planet- documentary, ideal listening practice, environment

Explained- documentary, ideal listening practice, an array of topics -> the spin-off series 'The Mind Explained' is a must-watch

Greatest events of World War II in colour- history

The Freedom Writers- empowerment, history, injustice

Darkest hour- history

The Crown- history

When they see us- real life, injustice

Lion- real life, injustice

Unbroken- real life, empowerment

The social network- real life, social media

12 years a slave- history, real life

Into the wild- real life, empowerment

King’s speech- history

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind- relationships, technology, future

Our souls at night- relationships, ageing

Lady Bird- teenagers, relationships

Blue Jay- relationships, life, memories, regret

To the bone- anorexia, teenagers, life

I am mother- technology, future, relationships

La la land- musical, life, relationships, goals

Hugo - society, love, technology, past

The Great Hack - technology, Internet, personal data, privacy



  1. Hilarious sitcoms about family life, relationships& ageing:
The Kominsky Method

Grace and Frankie

One day at a time



  1. Period pieces:
Sense and sensibility - love, society, family, women

Lady J - love, deceit, society, success

Alias Grace - crime, hypnosis, relationships, life

Sunday, April 5, 2020

POETRY AND SPRING HAND-IN-HAND

We are celebrating April as poetry month in our own unique way! Chatterpix videos, improvised poems and colourful projects are simply some of the work our students send us every day, as a follow-up to activity package they received together with the second episode of our YouTube series.

Some information on the poem we analysed in the 2nd episode called 'Spring is like a perhaps hand' by e.e. cummings and more Chatterpix student videos can be found here.




Saturday, April 4, 2020

FREE PERFORMANCES ONLINE & BONUS LINK

1) Watch One Man, Two Guvnors with James Corden - a comedy hit filmed live on stage at London’s National Theatre: Free National Theatre Full Performance

If you’re watching One Man, Two Guvnors at home and would like to find out more about the production, there are a number of different resources that you can explore. Find out more here: One Man, Two Guvnors: Exploring the Play at Home


2) More plays from the National Theatre Collection: The new National Theatre Collection makes the best of British Theatre available worldwide to libraries, schools, universities and the wider education sector. Our unique collection presents high quality recordings of world-class productions, giving you the best seats in the house whenever you want.


3) Shakespeare Lovers & Students: BBC & Royal Shakespeare Company are making available six shows from the comfort of your own home over the next few weeks. Alongside these productions, there will be activities to support students as they watch the plays in their homes. Watch this space for broadcast details.


4) Bonus link: Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!

Find the free audiobook of the first Harry Potter story here: https://stories.audible.com

Monday, March 30, 2020

REFLECTION ON OUR CURRENT SITUATION: A BLOGGING MISSION FOR OUR ADVANCED STUDENTS

Step 1: Watch this informative video. You can also activate the English subtitles. Notice the vocabulary which is used. 




Step 2: Read these articles and/or other related ones on the web, concerning the recently imposed lockdown and quarantine due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The causes and effects of our current situation could easily be topics of discussion in all the official oral exams in June.

Suggested reading:










Reflect on this quote, too.




Step 3: Now answer at least two of the following questions in the comment section below or in your own post on your class blog. Click on the image to read the questions more easily.

Typo in question number 5: Have your eating habits...?

Monday, March 23, 2020

TED RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS

From TED's newsletter:
As the world faces the coronavirus crisis, TED is committed to being a resource for information, inspiration and hope. We’ve curated talks and interviews to help provide some perspective. Here’s where to start:
  • TED Fellow Alanna Shaikh shares why COVID-19 is hitting us now — and what we’ll learn from it.
  • Infectious disease expert Adam Kucharski discusses what the future may hold. (Listen to his full episode on The TED Interview.)
  • Public health expert David Heymann answers 11 questions about the novel coronavirus.
  • This playlist draws from our archive of talks on infectious diseases, vaccines and pandemics.
  • Kids at home? Keep busy with hundreds of free animated lessons from TED-Ed. If you're an educator, learn more about how to create your own TED-Ed lessons. And check out this helpful round-up of TED-Ed lessons about understanding the outbreak of a virus.
  • Finally, these talks offer simple ways to stay healthy — both physically and emotionally.
And keep your eye on the homepage — we'll continue to share new TED Talks every week day on TED.com.


Submit your email address here: https://ed.ted.com/daily_newsletter

Saturday, March 21, 2020

EMILY DICKINSON: THERE’S A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT

On this very special international day of poetry, my recent obsession immediately sprang to mind; Emily Dickinson, a divinely talented poet who, within a self-imposed quarantine, managed to praise the beauty of Nature, Life and Death in equal excellence. This poem of hers, always lacking a title, but never deprived of distinctive punctuation and arbitrary capitalisation, introduces us to the melancholic time of day when shadows conquer light. This certain slant of light is the definitive factor, subtly bringing about external and internal change. I truly had my breath taken away as I stumbled upon this masterpiece, where some of the Meanings seem to lie hidden in the shadows - or in plain daylight.

There's a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons—
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes—
Heavenly Hurt, it gives us—
We can find no scar,
But internal difference,
Where the Meanings, are—
None may teach it—Any—
'Tis the Seal Despair—
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the Air—
When it comes, the Landscape listens—
Shadows—hold their breath—
When it goes, 'tis like the Distance
On the look of Death –


Here is the poem on a blog dedicated only to Dickinson’s poetry with marvellous accompanying analysis. I invite my advanced students to pay a visit. 

Friday, March 13, 2020

REVISION AND PRACTICE AT HOME: A LINK LIST FOR ALL AGE GROUPS AND LEVELS

For children in junior levels:

Alphabet games:
https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/category/topics/alphabet

More alphabet games:
https://www.education.com/games/alphabet/

Word games:
http://www.wordgametime.com/grade/kindergarten

Disney games:
http://disneyjunior.disney.com.au/games

Songs for children:
https://www.youtube.com/user/SuperSimpleSongs


Intermediate/ Upper intermediate levels:

Word games:
http://www.wordgametime.com/grade/all-ages 

A series of videos for beginners with comprehension activities

Grammar videos

Vocabulary practice 

Dialogues with common expressions 

Young learners' activities

Graded reading activities 

Learn English with Cambridge
https://www.youtube.com/channel

Read the news and choose the language level 
https://www.newsinlevels.com

Fairy tales in video

Monday, March 9, 2020

International Women's Day seen from a different perspective

Image may contain: 4 people, text
Credit to the artist Karen Hallion


* Having watched the short film Sitara: Let Girls Dream on Netflix*

"Sitara reminds us that every day, millions of young girls are forced into child rape, losing their ability to have a life that so many of us take for granted," Wengoff told Refinery29. "International Women's Day is a reminder of the work to be done to provide a better future for the next generation, before the bias of the patriarchy has claimed them. Our girls and boys can be anything they dream of, we just have to continue to remove the barriers.”

Related links:

- The complete version of the text above was found here, where you can also read the director’s interview: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/03/9514279/sitara-let-girls-dream-netflix-international-womens-day 

-The film’s official website: https://www.letgirlsdream.org 

-What are the universal human rights? - Benedetta Berti on Ted.ed

-Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Wants You To Learn Why Activism Is Fundamental

Sunday, March 8, 2020

KINAESTHETIC ACTIVITIES AND MORE

Discovering the hidden shapes outdoors and producing the related vocabulary.

Our special game of 'vocabulary hopscotch'.

Pop-up books for the B juniors.

Touching the dinosaurs....

...and unfolding the hidden parts of the book...

.... allowed us to read the story cheerfully!

Spring cootie catchers...

... which were an excellent opportunity for...

...word revision...

....playful learning...

....interaction with classmates...

.... bodily movement ...

and fun! 

I love you 'three', sweeties!

Cambridge Starters Listening on Youtube.

The children had great listening scores and so much fun!

Children's love is the most valuable gift on this planet.