Monday, 3 December 2012

Today we'll talk about shopping. Have you ever gone on a shopping spree?

Teenage shopping habits are commonly stereotyped on television and in the media, but not as often examined intensely. Every teen is thought to love shopping for clothes and spending money at the mall as frequently as possible, but is this actually true? Do teens actually enjoy shopping more than other age groups, or is this just a misconception? There are numerous teenage shopping habits that, as a teen, learning more about can help you on your next trip to the mall!

Let's read this article to find out what research has to say! 

... and here's an all time classic. Let's sing to it!

Monday, 19 November 2012

We connect with the Global class in Canada!

A few days ago we connected with Mrs Esther's Enriched English class from Canada. We loved sharing information with them about their school and we realised that we have a lot in common. What was really impressive about  is that students of 83 different nationalities attend their school!!!  Even Mrs Esther is of Greek origin!
We really enjoyed meeting you, everyone!

Monday, 29 October 2012

ANTARCTICA calling Winners Education!!!

Our class communicates with The Amudsen-Scott station in the South Pole!
Johan, one of the scientists working in the station is open to our questions!
Here's some of the information he has sent us so far:

.... Due to our remote
location, actual telecommunications are problematic (though not
completely impossible), but we do welcome email correspondence.
The most frequent type of interaction that we have is more of a one-off,
where classes that are studying Antarctica put together a list of
questions, which we answer......

.....We are, by the way, scheduled to "open" tomorrow, though

the weather suggest that we may be a few days behind
schedule.  The temps are warm enough, but we've got high
winds and low visibility.

...and here are some photos of the station that Johan sent us....

It must be quite exciting to live and work in Antarctica, don't you agree?
So, what more would you like to learn about the conditions there?
Write your questions as a post 

Monday, 15 October 2012

City vs Country Life

Are you a city fan or would you rather enjoy quiet country life?
Take this quiz to find out!

What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
Write your comment in 100-120 words

Lots to do today but there's always time for a song! Let's sing out loud together!!

Thursday, 11 October 2012

m-learning survey

Have you ever heard of the term m-learning? What do you think it means? See if these pictures can help you.

Take this survey and let's find out how m-learning is used in Greek schools and how YOU would like to use technology in class.

Find information and write a comment on what m-learning is and what positive or negative effects you think it'll have on students.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Romance... in the Past!

We often have to make decisions that put us in a difficult position.
Read this story and fill in the gaps. Then discuss in class and write your comment here.
What would YOU do if you were in Julie's shoes?
What do you usually do when you have to make a serious decision?
Write a comment of about 100 words.

Let's sing to the tune of a great classic!

Monday, 1 October 2012

Getting along....

Building healthy relationships with family and friends means we're comfortable with ourselves and our feelings.
Let's watch this video about anger, one of the most common feelings at teenage-hood.

So, what can we do to learn to deal with our emotions?
Read the article here  and write a comment of about 100 words with the most useful advice you discovered. 

How can someone feel optimistic? Let's listen to what Travie thinks...

Thursday, 27 September 2012

You're not finished when you lose, you're finished when you quit

What do you think about these amazing athletes?
What personal traits does it take to be a winner like them?
Is it a matter of circumstance or what do you think it depends on?

Write  a comment about your ideas and a story of someone you think is a winner against all odds

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

As fluent as it gets...

As learners of English, we often find ourselves struggling to improve our speaking skills and accent.
Here's one way a speaker tried ... and made his listeners laugh...

So, if transating from the mother tongue doesn't help much, what does?

Singing is also a GREAT way to improve speed, accent AND vocabulary, so let's sing one
of your choices!

Practice at home and learn to sing it fluently. 
Write a comment with the songs you choose to sing in class



·         Read the task & the title to get an idea of what the text is about.
·         Read the questions only. Underline the key words.
·         Scan the text to spot the answer. Underline it in the text.
·         THEN read the distuctors to see which matches your answer.

►The questions follow the order of the text in FCE and ESB but not in ECCE
► Do not choose an option because it contains a word of of the  
                   text. The correct choices will be in the form of a synonym

Monday, 24 September 2012

Successful Listening Tips

All English learners agree that English is much easier written than heard and for many
listening is a struggle.
Well, here's the good news. You've already learned to understand one language, your nativew tongue, so you're definitely able to learn one more!
Here's a video to help you with improving your listening skills. We'll be having a lot of speaking and listening practice this year, so let's started!

Now watch this story and write a comment on what YOU think happened.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

The 3 Rs!


Fluency in any language just takes .... practice.
Watch the video again and find 5 expressions without make / do!

We speak in class to improve our communication skills
...and practice at home to become more fluent...
Youtube videos and songs are great ways to do that!

Write a comment to share  up to 10 songs you want to sing in class this year!

Successful Reading Techniques

Helen Keller - An Amazing Fighter for life!

Tackling the READING PART -Multiple matching

Tests: ability to read for the main point of the paragraph
  • Read the task & the title to get an idea of what the text is about.
  • Go through the headings underlining the key words.
  • Read the text paragraph by paragraph .
  • Match the headings as you go. Look for synonyms of the heading words or ideas in the text.
Look for synonyms or explanations of the key words! The exact same words are usually a trap!
Change your mind if you feel a heading fits better in a later paragraph. 

and  simply remember: Δεν θέλει κόπο, θέλει τρόπο!

Create a Voki and post the code here as a comment

Each one of us is UNIQUE and we learn in completely different ways...
School practice should reflect and cover our needs....

It's essential to LEARN HOW TO LEARN so that we are the learners BEST we can!
Visual learners
 are those who learn through seeing things. Look over the characteristics below to see if they sound familiar. A visual learner:
  • Is good at spelling but forgets names.
  • Needs quiet study time.
  • Has to think awhile before understanding lecture.
  • Is good at spelling.
  • Likes colors & fashion.
  • Dreams in color.
  • Understands/likes charts.
  • Is good with sign language.
Auditory learners are those who learn best through hearing things. Look over these traits to see if they sound familiar to you. You may be an auditory learner if you are someone who:
  • Likes to read to self out loud.
  • Is not afraid to speak in class.
  • Likes oral reports.
  • Is good at explaining.
  • Remembers names.
  • Notices sound effects in movies.
  • Enjoys music.
  • Is good at grammar and foreign language.
  • Reads slowly.
  • Follows spoken directions well.
  • Can't keep quiet for long periods.
  • Enjoys acting, being on stage.
  • Is good in study groups.

Kinesthetic learners are those who learn through experiencing/doing things. Look over these traits to see if they sound familiar to you. You may be a kinesthetic learner if you are someone who:

  • Is good at sports.
  • Can't sit still for long.
  • Is not great at spelling.
  • Does not have great handwriting.
  • Likes science lab.
  • Studies with loud music on.
  • Likes adventure books, movies.
  • Likes role playing.
  • Takes breaks when studying.
  • Builds models.
  • Is involved in martial arts, dance.
  • Is fidgety during lectures.

So, let's find out how WE learn and BOOST our learning techniques!!!
Take the quiz here to find out!

Then decide which of the STUDY TIPS in this article YOU are going to use to improve your learning!
Write your ideas as a comment.