Saturday, September 27, 2014

Free flights offer

We are offering free flights from London to Athens for the November 24 - December 19 TEFL course in Corinth. The offer is valid for enrollments made by October 31 and must be claimed at the time of enrolling. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Part-time TEFL course in Corinth

The next part-time TEFL course in Corinth is October 20 – December 19.

For the first four weeks, October 20 – November 14, take the morning sessions, 10.00 - 1.15.
Week off between the two halves of the course.
For the next four weeks, November 24 – December 19, take the afternoon sessions, 2.15 - 8.00.

  • Less pressure to complete the intensive course
  • You receive all the theoretical training before you start teaching
  • Plenty of time to absorb all the new information
  • Spare time to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings
  • No extra cost apart from accommodation for the second month 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Is this a pen?

"We studied English in high school, but when I hear them talk in films or on the subway, it's like they're speaking Martian. They never want to know, 'Is this a pen?'"

David Mitchell, Variations on a Theme by Mister Donut

It's the start of a new school year so a few weeks into the book, seven-year-old learners of English will soon be inquiring "Is this a pen?" But as the quotation above indicates, this is a question it's quite unlikely they'll be faced with in real life - most speakers of English recognize a pen when they see one and have no need to ask. 

In fact, a quick search of the British National Corpus, returning 50 random results for the phrase "Is this" doesn't contain a single example of "Is this a [singular noun]?"

The most common types of question in the 50 examples are:
  • five examples such as "How is this done?", with this used for anaphoric, not exophoric reference
  • two examples of "Is this the ..." as in "Is this the start of a new series then?
The great majority of the examples showing how "Is this..." is actually used in authentic discourse are affirmative statements where "is" and "this..." happen to co-occur in cleft sentences such as:

  • It is this state that fascinates particle physicists.
It's a relatively simple matter to avoid teaching the obviously useless vocabulary contained in coursebooks for beginner students, but we should take an equally critical eye to the grammar in our lessons.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

TEFL Corinth trainee feedback

"I really enjoyed the course, it was informative and educational. My teacher was friendly and energetic, making each lesson personable and easy for me to ask any questions necessary. I feel more confident and comfortable teaching students at any level.."

Maria Ezanidou

"The best thing about the course was its great learning environment. The teacher produced a very positive and healthy learning atmosphere. I very much enjoyed the course. It has helped me get a better grasp of the English language, rules and guidelines, and practical teaching practice. ."

Bill Sinis

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience. The course has not only given me experience as a teacher but it has also helped to build up my confidence. I enjoyed the teaching practice, and socializing with my classmates. I have learned so much over the past four weeks and I am so grateful for all the support I have received."

Eleni Demetriou

"The whole course has been a positive experience – the support and encouragement from Georgia has kept me going. The different teaching opportunities were invaluable as they allowed me to gain a true experience of what TEFL would be like. I would recommend the course to anyone as whilst being challenging, you get opportunities that you would not get online."

Helen Daley


"It was an intensive four weeks of learning but it was honestly great! Georgia was very patient despite my lack of grammar and teaching experience. She balanced all of our weaknesses and strengths so well. Angeliki was so welcoming, Vrahati was the perfect location, the teaching experience was invaluable, and all the TEFL training classes were informative and beneficial!."
Liana Sinclair

"I have had a great time!!! The class sessions were interesting and engaging. I really appreciated the teacher Georgia’s attitude. She has been supportive, patient and very professional.."

Elisabetta Boatti

Monday, September 8, 2014

Try something new

New tools for the new school year

 Here are collections of links to lots of tools for digitally-enhanced teaching:

TEFL Greece collection of links to resources for recording and editing audio, downloading podcasts, and creating activities using songs.

TEFL Greece collection of links to resources for downloading and converting video, recording, editing, hosting and sharing video, and video podcasts.

TEFL Greece collection of links to online dictionaries and translation tools.
TEFL Greece collection of links to useful sites for finding and editing pictures and creating cartoons.

TEFL Greece collection of links to useful sites for creating, hosting and sharing presentations.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Teach English in the Greek Islands

We currently have two last-minute vacancies for English teachers in the Greek Islands, one in Lixouri, Kefalonia, and one in Halkida, the capital of Evia.

Terms and conditions as per our standard contract

For further information, please email or phone +30 27410 53511.

Teach English in Athens

We have immediate vacancies for English teachers at two associated schools in the Zografou area of Athens close to the university. 

Terms and conditions as per our standard contract

For further information, please email or phone +30 27410 53511.