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Who needs critical friends? by Patritsia Andrioti

Written by Patritsia Andrioti on Tuesday, 04 May 2004. Posted in in English

Published in newspaper ELT News in May 2004

It is true that ‘the art of teaching’ is a complex process that requires certain skills and techniques, and of course the ability to use them strategically and effectively. This ‘skill’, however, of becoming an effective and successful teacher also requires self analysis and feedback from others.

Professional development usually starts with initial training courses (pre-service or in-service) and is followed up with shorter seminars or courses, reading, personal effort and desire for improvement. How do you keep up professionally? How do you ensure your continuing development as a teacher throughout your years of work? Is it time then, you found a critical friend?

All PRO teachers pack and go! by Patritsia Andrioti

Written by Patritsia Andrioti on Friday, 04 April 2003. Posted in in English

Published in newspaper ELT News in April 2003

Spring is already knocking on the door and most of us are already counting down the days to the peace and quiet of the last weeks of the school year. Some of us have even started planning our summer holidays; September is a long five months away and a well-deserved break is just ahead, so don’t worry! Just think of what you are leaving behind; classroom stress, exams stress, syllabus stress, parents stress, financial stress, competition stress ... hmm … packing and going doesn’t seem like a bad idea, after all. However, are you sure you won’t face all this again come September? Will all the stress be blown away in the summer breeze?

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU and winks knowingly (part II)

Written by Patritsia Andrioti on Monday, 04 March 2002. Posted in in English

Published in newspaper ELT News in March 2002

Another winter evening in, comfortably sitting on my sofa with my lap top on my, well… lap, thinking of possible ways the popular TV ‘show’ can be adapted for our learners. As promised in the previous article, I should be providing you with a plan for organising possible activities.  Just to recap- the Big Brother TV programme had given me an idea that it could be easily adapted for our language classes. I made the association between the TV programme's contestants’ TBL (Task-Based Life) and TBL (Task-Based Learning) in ELT. The semi-real situations/tasks that we could devise for our students are unlimited and could provide us with the golden key to the much-discussed authenticity issue in language classes. So how can we develop BB tasks and what’s their value?

BIG BROTHER'S WATCHING YOU and winks knowingly!

Written by Patritsia Andrioti on Tuesday, 04 December 2001. Posted in in English

Published in newspaper ELT News in December 2001

The idea
So here I am comfortably sitting on my sofa waiting for the Big Brother 'show', wondering whether our everyday heroes have managed to succeed in their weekly mission. Just let me get a nice cuppa and then I can satisfy my nosiness, a secret intruder in their TBL. Now, wait a minute, did I just say TBL? Has BB got an educational value after all?!

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