Πέμπτη, 29 Μαρτίου 2012

Live Broadcast National Awards eTwinning 2012


The european award ceremony for the best Etwinning project is held in Berlin from 29-31/3/2012.
The award winning projects are
  •  "The new adventures of the twinnies around the world" (age category 4-11)
  •  "A taste of Maths" (age category 12-15)   
  • "Reporting without borders" (age category 16-19)
For more information about the prizes http://www.etwinning.net/en/pub/awards/european_prizes.htm

CONGRATS to all the Greek schools (and there were many) who received prizes!

Τετάρτη, 28 Μαρτίου 2012

The Olympic Torch Relay in Serres!

Line the Streets for the Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic Torch Relay will be travelling in Greece in May, before going to the UK!
It will be in Serres in less than two months!!
To all my students: Let's come up with original ideas on how to celebrate it!


6th DAY 15-5-12


 (by Sakis Gr.)

Τρίτη, 27 Μαρτίου 2012

What it takes to be a winner-Listening Activity (part II)

  1. Watch the video and note down some key words  
  2.  Read Lee Pearson's life story in http://www.leepearson.co.uk/ 
  3.  Write a short paragraph about a paralympic athlete to present him/her to your classmates

Here is some of the key vocabulary:

(LEE PEARSON – the Colour Gold





Born with a talent

Awful sense of humour


Unique sport

28 gold medals in total/1 silver

Top competition rider

Kick asses)

Πέμπτη, 22 Μαρτίου 2012

Jamie Keddie's interview in IATEFL Conference 2012

I had heard of Jamie Keddie and his lesson plans in www.lessonstream.org in the past, but  I attended one of his seminars for the first time a couple of weeks ago, in the TESOL Macedonia-Thrace Convention, in Thessaloniki.

I was impressed by his liveliness and energy, the way he used his body as a resource in the classroom, trying not simply to “deliver” the material as a postman (this was the topic of his presentation there) but to demonstrate how we, teachers, can actually mediate between the teaching content and the learner. In addition I had always been interested in teaching with multiple modalities and I was fascinated by the way he integrated visual prompts in the EFL classroom so as to teach lexis and pronunciation in the most motivating way.

So, as soon as I traced his IATEFL interview with Nick Peachey and Kirsteen Donaghy I wanted to hear him talk..His interview revolved around two main topics: Video story telling and quality Teacher Talking Time.

Video story telling is a way of bringing together traditional story telling and videos by deconstructing them. Jamie’s presentation focuses on the idea of Courage and putting your life in danger, by using a video regarding a rugby team of disabled people in wheel chairs, who are getting ready for the Paralympics.

Two are the main issues discussed: the content on one hand and the medium on the other. Content wise, the teacher can explore stereotypical representations of disabled people as objects of pity as well as introduce and practice topic-related vocabulary. The question raised by N. Peachy is to what extent there is a place in the language classroom for such issues. Well, “language works in multiple levels, not just the lexical one”, Jamie claims; therefore not only is there space for such topics but also children can be helped to develop critical thinking in a stimulating way. However, we, as teachers, should be careful when dealing with such matters.

Regarding the use of the video itself, Jamie claims that motivation increases due to the fact that none of the students has seen the video, which is delivered through the medium of the teacher himself. Also teachers are given the opportunity to grade their material and adapt it according to the age and level of their students, modifying, simplifying it or changing the focus. The magic of it is that the pictures stay the same but the language changes!

Jamie’s next topic is how to make teacher talking time more valuable for the learners. Teachers are often reluctant to talk too much in the classroom for fear of conducting monologues. What Jamie suggests is constructed dialogues, well prepared in advance, which are rather beneficial for their learners as along as they include talking with and not to our students. Teacher talking Time should not be kept to a minimum as long as it is quality time!

You can enjoy the full interview in the video above!

Τετάρτη, 14 Μαρτίου 2012

A Tale of two Cities - Dickens

Getting our students (B1 level) ready for the Dickens drama workshop..also it could be used as a stimulus for a CLIL lesson..

  1. Look at the book cover, describe it and discuss it. What information does the title and picture give you about the historic period and the country where this story takes place? What could its main theme be about?

  1. Now watch these two videos and take some notes:
  • Who are the main characters?
  • When and Where is the story taking place?
  • A brief summary of the plot (no more than 150w)
  • What are the main ideas discussed in this story?

3This is a quote from the first chapter of the book. What do you know about
the historical era when the story takes place? Can you find any similarities to the present?

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,
 it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,
 it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, 
it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness,
 it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, 
we had everything before us, we had nothing before us,
 we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, 
the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, 
for good or for evil,
 in the superlative degree of comparison only."

  Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, Book 1, Chapter 1

4. At the time in France...

5. While in Britain....
 During the Victorian times there were special conditions of living for the children. Find out more here


  • The Movie (1958)


     Η ετήσια Διάσκεψη του eTwinning θα λάβει χώρα στο. Βερολίνο στις 29, 30 και 31 Μαρτίου 2012 Στη διάρκεια της διάσκεψης θα βραβευθούν Ευρωπαϊκά έργα και θα συγκεντρωθούν περισσότεροι από 500 εκπαιδευτικοί από ολόκληρη την ήπειρο, για να συζητήσουν τρόπους ανάδειξης και ενίσχυσης των σχολικών ομάδων.


    Δευτέρα, 12 Μαρτίου 2012

    The Best Extreme Sports

    Follow up activity (Unit 5 / Lesson 2 / Think Teen 1 Αρχάριοι)

    Watch the video and list 10 extreme sports that you can see on the video

    suggested answers: white water rafting, snowboarding, scaling, canoeing, BMX, rock climbing, parachuting, mountain biking, abseiling, paragliding, skydiving, cliff jumping, parkour, skateboard,
    bungee jumping

    Τρίτη, 6 Μαρτίου 2012

    Olympic Games Posters from 1896

    The students can watch this video that contains a beautiful record of all posters from 1896 onwards and get inspired to create their own poster so as to participate in the "English for the Games" competition organised by the British Council. Enjoy!


    Olympic Games Mascots

    • LONDON 2012


    BEIJING 2008

    ATHENS 2004


    Choose one of the mascots and find the following information:

    • The Origins of their names
    • The Artist who created them
    • The Philosophy behind them

    International Women's Day - 8th March

    International Women's Day - Παγκόσμια ημέρα των Γυναικών from lefteris hristou on Vimeo.


    Κυριακή, 4 Μαρτίου 2012

    Dickens' LIfe (BBC)

    Here is the script of the video.
    We can use it with our students in different ways (jumbled sentences, gapped text etc)
    1. • Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, England, on February 7, 1812, to John and Elizabeth Dickens. He was the second of eight children.
    2. • He moved to London in 2022
    3. • At 12, Charles Dickens went to work at a blacking factory, labelling bottles for 11 hours a day
    4. • His father was imprisoned for debts
    5. • He began work as a solicitor’s clerk in 1827
    6. • He began to collect names and characteristics of the people he saw
    7. • He began a journalistic career in 1831
    8. • Writing became his passion
    9. • He was beginning to taste success
    10. • His first piece of fiction was published in 1835
    11. • The same year he met Cathering Hogharth, fell in love and got married
    12. • The next few years resulted in much writing and many children
    13. • As his writing became more popular and his fame more widespread, rumours were spread of his drunkenness and admission to an asylum
    14. • He kept a pet raven
    15. • In 1842 Charles and Catherine set sail for America with his family
    16. • On landing in Boston they were mobbed by crowds
    17. • He visited the unusual that inspired his writing
    18. • In summer of 1844 he went to Italy
    19. • Upon his return he started editing a new radical newspaper
    20. • He founded a refuge for homeless women
    21. • He performed his works at public readings
    22. • Aged 44 he bought the house his father had pointed out at him years before
    23. • It symbolised achievement
    24. • Whilst he was organising a theatrical project, he met and was spellbound by a young actress, Ellen Ternan
    25. • This relationship caused the end of his marriage
    26. • In 1865, while Charles and Ellen were returning from Paris, their train crashed
    27. • Only at the last minute did he remember to retrieve from the wrecked carriage the final part of “Our Mutual Friend”
    28. • The incidence left Charles very shaken
    29. • For a while he kept his busy itinerary, but then his health began to fail
    30. • He died of a stroke in 1870, at the age of 58.
    31. • He is buried at Westminster Abbey.