Archive | 2009

About ECML and LACS

On December 10-11, 2009 I attended a Workshop in Graz, Austria, organized by the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) within the activities of a four-year Project called “Language Associations and Collaborative Support”. The ECML was established in 1993 by the Council of Europe and currently runs a four-year programme under the motto “Empowering Language [...]

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The 17th annual convention of TESOL Macedonia Thrace Northern Greece – Thessaloniki 2009

The ever changing world of schooling … the sky is the limit!!! I always like to go to conferences. For me they are both useful and enjoyable. Apart from the opportunity to keep up-to-date with the modern ELT world, I love gathering with colleagues, meeting new people, making friends. I find the sense of togetherness [...]

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A joint event of 88 School “D.Popnikolov”, HRDC, SLBE and BETA

Dear colleagues, The board of directors and the foreign language department at the 88 School in Sofia are pleased to welcome you to the seminar: Good teaching practices, which will be held on 17th September 2009 (the place and time will be confirmed at the beginning of September). The seminar will offer presentations of the [...]

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2009 BETA Competition results

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People are strange creatures

People are strange creatures. They are more like cats – they get attached to places rather than people. I’m not much different with some places. I just fall head over heels in love the minute I set foot in a new place. It happened so with Barnstaple, which is absolutely irrational considering that only a [...]

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My SOL Experience

If I have to come up with one word to describe my SOL Teacher Training Course experience, that will be sharing. As the SOL slogan reads, we all shared one language. My hospitable hostess shared her typical English home with me. Then I had to share my lovely pink room with a friendly and charming [...]

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Skimming, scanning and inferring

In a presentation at the 2008 Exeter IATEFL conference, Catherine Walter and Michael Swan suggested that the use of a number of familiar reading tasks in the L2 classroom may be a waste of time. Similar claims have been made by Scott Thornbury among others. The tasks coming under attack include skimming, scanning and guessing [...]

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eTwinning and Comenius Projects in ELT

There was the Lost Generation, The Beat generation and we are now the BBC generation. Let’ prove we can cope with the new challenges. How did my story start? I had been teaching for 3 years and I applied for a Comenius teacher’s methodology course in London. My application was approved by the Human Resource [...]

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Why do I want to be an English teacher?

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Some Ideas on Classroom Management in YL Classes

During my career as an ESL teacher I have come across plenty of teachers who dread teaching children. Because they are naughty. Because they cannot concentrate. Because all they want to do is run around and make a lot of noise. Having taught kids for a couple of years now I wholeheartedly agree with all [...]

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