Sunday, March 18, 2018

Mobile phones: activities in the classroom

Today was seminar day in German, held by a very popular publisher in Greece.
Most presentations were about their books and there was also a big book exhibition.
One thing that intrigued me to was a session about mobile phones and ways to use them in the classroom.
I thought they would introduce us to apps that we can use with our students, like some apps they have developed at Goethe Institute, games, words etc,
But, the session was more practical, using almost no apps.
Some suggestions were:

  • use the video to record students mime words and then show them to class or in pairs and try to guess the words
  • use video to record students introducing themselves and writing down information
  • use recording device to read words or text so that other students listen to it and write dictation.
  • take pictures of items and make collocations or compound words
  • use the calculator to practise numbers 
  • record noises to practise vocabulary
  • use the weather app to talk about weather
  • use your phone calendar to make dialogues about meeting on a specific time and date
  • use messenger/ what's up / viber to set a date instead of speaking activity

I believe that all these ideas are very practical, but I would also suggest some apps.
  • I use duolingo to practise vocabulary in different languages and the constant repetition has helped me a lot. 
  • Another game that my students absolutely LOVED is The mystery of Nebra. The language level has to be A2 or more, but it is an adventure game that you will definitely enjoy.
  • Another fun game to play is Der heisse Kartofel
  • For more beginners, there is also Deutchtrainer A1 with  basic vocabulary practice.
I also use my phone as a dictionary, there are several online dictionaries that you can use.
Last but not least, I use You Tube to watch clips, songs and everything I can find in the target language.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Guest teaching day 2

Another wonderful opportunity to work with children!
This week I used material from the British Council site Learn English Kids.
The older ones watched Shakespeare's Midsummer's dream, did the activities that followed online and talked about the play.

The younger ones watched Ali and the magic carpet. The specific story is about weather conditions. We explained vocabulary and there were some wonderful online and worksheet activities.

To make it a bit more interesting, I printed some phrases from the video,  cut the words and created a running game for the kids. They were separated in 3 teams, one of them had to run, find the suitable words to make a sentence, go back to their team and create the sentence. When the sentences were ready, they had to connect them to a topic word. For example: This place is hot and dry - desert.

The youngest ones played running dictation with a text from their books.

 It is really interesting that young children want to be up all day, so instead of reading the exercises from their book, I told them to run around and tell me in turns the correct answers, which were shown in the interactive board.

In the end, we practised colours. First we used a soft ball to revise (a ball is always a good way to revise vocabulary) and then we played colour dictation. I used a sample of the Starters booklet of the Cambridge British Council exams, but any colouring worksheet will do.

It's always a pleasure creating new games for the kids! I get even more enthusiastic than them!!!
Thank's again Ms Psarra for giving me the chance to explore more opportunities of learning!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

When my students are in a roll....

Ich bin ein großer Bär 🐻 
Eine gescheitere Person 
Ein freundlicher Hund 🐕 
Ein großer Bruder für alle 
Ein Motorrad 🏍 und ic sehe die Welt 🌎
Eine Blume 💐
Ein Meer 🌊
Ein offenes Buch 

von Stergios Gouras

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Journey out of burnout: Links

  • The iTDi blog with articles about mental health, burnout and mindfulness:

  • A blog and online lessons about self love, mindfulness and gratitude:

  • Monash University courses about mindfulness and well being:

  • Future Learn courses on Mindfulness and well being:

  • A collection of teachers' articles on Mental Health and ELT:

  • Benefits of meditation:

  • Video with the 'jar of life' story:

  • Buddhist Monk on how to meditate:

  • How to stop overthinking:

  • Teachers talking about their everyday lives:

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Goal-Minded Teacher Live Expert Teacher Panel Discussion

Click here for the video!

 I had the honour to participate in the first live hangout of this wonderful MOOC:

The EDU Goals MOOC helps you to become a goal-minded teacher who sets small achievable goals throughout your teaching year and teaching career. Each unit motivates you to accomplish a goal to enhance learning in your classroom.
The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers is the inspiration behind this MOOC. Over 10,000 teachers have joined The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers since 2010. After you complete this MOOC, you will be able to receive support from teachers worldwide who are also goal-minded on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks.

A tired teacher: A journey out of burnout

We've all been there!
I have always wanted share my thoughts and try out things that might also help you overcome this!

TESOL Macedonia Thrace 25th Jubilee International Convention:
Thessaloniki, Anatolia College
Sunday February 25th, 11.45

TESOL Greece 39th International convention
Athens, Deree College
Saturday March 3rd, 18.30

Join me!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

What's new?

I've got news for you guys!

1. The #EduGoalsMOOC is launching today! There are going to be live hangouts - first one this Saturday at 18.00 (GMT+2) and guess who one of the guests will be!!!!

2. TESOL Macedonia Thrace 25th Jubilee International Convention on February 23rd-25th at Anatolia College and Theodora's journey out of burnout on Sunday 25th, at 11.45

3. TESOL Greece 39th Annual International Convention on March 3rd-4th at Deree College in Athens and Theodora's journey out of burnout on Saturday 3rd at 18.30 right after Theodore Lalos ' Escape Master: The New Breed of Educator at 17.30

4. And don't forget the February issue of the Humanising Language Magazine where you can find my short article on creative exam prep!
I hope to meet you virtually or in flesh and blood real soon!!