CLIL: Language as tool for innovation and effectiveness in teaching

Summary Purpose Objectives Summary Contemporary teaching requires up to date methods and tools. Teachers nowadays are not playing the role of the traditional master of knowledge anymore, but they are the medium and the guide in the process of acquiring the new knowledge. CLIL teaching method (Content and Language Integrated Learning) constitutes the key in methodizing the teaching act through the tools it offers to teachers worldwide. CLIL method is designed in order to make the teaching act on the one hand innovative and on the other hand…

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Greek Language, History and Culture through ICT

Summary Purpose Objectives Summary Greek language is not only one of the most ancient languages but also one of great importance due to the cultural and scientific value of ancient Greek scripts that are saved, nowadays. These scripts are the evidence, that ancient Greeks played an outstanding role on the progress of the European civilization and they were the source of timeless ideas like Democracy, Humanism, Justice and Socialization. Moreover, they greatly contributed to the formalization of the contemporary humanity and culture, as a whole. Personalities like Socrates,…

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Creative writing for creative teaching

Summary Purpose Objectives Summary Storytelling is a human need that occurred since our ancestors used to live in caves. While storytelling is a way of communication it is also a way of cultivating creativity, transforming ideas, discovering things and transmitting knowledge. Tompkins (1982) suggests 7 reasons why children should write stories (these reasons, of course, also apply to writing poetry): 1) to entertain; 2) to foster artistic expression; 3) to explore the functions and values of writing; 4) to stimulate imagination; 5) to clarify thinking; 6) to search…

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CLILing with Art and (in) Nature

Summary Purpose Objectives Summary Education with a holistic perspective is concerned with the development of the students into lifelong learners and active citizens who will take personal and collective responsibility to support themselves and the “different others” to live with dignity and self-respect in any multicultural environment they will potentially live within an unpedictably evolving globalized ‘risk society’ (Giddens, 1990; Beck 1992).  Education with a holistic perspective uses Art and Nature in an active ClILing mode to liberate students’ imagination and creativity and make teaching and learning a…

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Second Language Acquisition in Childhood

Summary Objectives Summary Learning a second language is crucial in a world with open borders and a fast pace where communication is unrestricted. According to the school curriculums, teachers play a crucial role in facilitating the children to learn a second language. A variety of teaching and learning approaches has been implemented, some of which are: learning grammar rules, vocabulary, memorizing phrases and dialogues, engagement in tasks and games while speaking in the new language. However, in order to communicate effectively with the students, teachers should not only…

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