Friday, 20 March 2015

DON'T SPEND time on the Internet! INVEST TIME!

Did you Know?
 - The online population equals 30% of world's population.
 - Global time spent online per month is the equivalent to 3,995,444 years.
 - More than 56% of social networking users spend time for spying their partners.
 - More than 250 million tweets are sent per day.
 - More than 800 million updates are posted on Facebook.

So, why waste time? The internet is much more and it can help you get admitted at university or get a job:
  • The internet is the largest lobrary with 1.2 billion active websites. 
  • The online media is the No.1 source of information and learning with 1,200 Massive Open Online Courses - MOOCs - offered for free.
  • Nowadays, more and more college admission officers and employers value initiative, passion, curiosity. The internet can help you demonstrated all these qualities, the amount of reading you've done, the variety of interests you have and the experience you've acquired. Check out the amazing solution offered by
  • How People Spend Their Time Online

Infographic by- GO-Gulf

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Classroom stories

When you walk into the classroom, what do you expect? Worried faces, unapproachable teachers, a huge blackboard and piles of homework on the teachers' desks? What about smiling faces, relaxation and fun?

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

EFL METHODOLOGY UPDATE COURSE - Summer 2014 and September Workshop

Dear Colleagues,

Below is the ETC Summer 2014 program:

From July 3-18 we offer our EFL METHODOLOGY UPDATE COURSE,
with options of attending the first 4, 6 or all 10 sessions.

From September 1-6  we offer the first part of our  EFL METHODOLOGY  UPDATED
and from September 8-11, the second part:  INTEGRATED SKILLS FOR TEACHING PROFESSIONALS,
for those working in challenging situations who wish to further develop their skills.

On Sunday, September 7, we are offering the "Voice: Your Excellence in Teaching" Workshop, an 8-hour voice training, pronunciation and intonation practice workshop for English language teachers with Irene Theotokatou.

Best wishes for a cool summer,
Suzanne and Lilika

Suzanne Antonaros and Lilika Couri
Educational and Training Consultants
12 Polytehniou Street
GR  104 33 Athens
tel.:  +30 210-5232598
Νέα / Άρθρα - Columnists  

12 Polytehniou, 104 33 Athens
Suzanne Antonaros         Lilika Couri

. . . the beginning of a new career, the way to professionalism. . .


A 40-hour highly practical intensive Course specifically designed for new professionals, as well as for teachers

who have  not  received any prior training.

Suzanne Antonaros and Lilika Couri,


 The Course is held, 10: 00 - 14: 30 MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS & FRIDAYS

DATES: JULY 3 - 18, 2014

PLACE: The ETC Seminar Room (6th floor), 12 Polytehniou Street, ATHENS


Class Management, Lesson Planning, Using & Preparing Visuals, Creative, Grammar Practice & Drilling, The Four-Stages Workshop, Teaching Reading, Developing Listening Skills, Vocabulary Building, Teaching Writing and Coursebook Adaptation.


                                                       COURSE FEES:
*Full Course (40 hours): 180 €

                 *Half Course: the first 6 Sessions (24 hours): 115 € *First 4 Sessions (16 hrs): 75 €

N.B.: Participants required to pay half fees by June 25, 2014.

FOR INFORMATION, Call: 210/52 32 598, or e-mail:

COURSE PROGRAM, 10:00 - 14:30

July 3, Thursday: "CLASS MANAGEMENT & FIRST DAYS OF CLASS" The teacher as manager within the classroom. Activities and techniques to use the first days of class.

July 4, Friday: "LESSON PLANNING"

Efficient lesson planning makes teaching much more effective and stimulating to both teacher and student


What are they? How to find and/or make visuals and how to use them to teach creatively and effectively.

July 8, Tuesday: "CREATIVE GRAMMAR PRACTICE & DRILLING" Demonstrations and workshops on ways of presenting new structures in class and a discussion of various drills.


A step-by-step demonstration, lesson planning, evaluation and feedback workshop. (Active participation by all attending.)


Guidelines for evaluating coursebooks and assessing students' needs, adapting coursebook material and creating supplementary exercises.


Creative activities on how to present new vocabulary items. Practical suggestions to get learners to use and to remember new lexis.

July 15, Tuesday: "TEACHING READING"

Techniques and activities to help learners read a passage with interest and to help improve comprehension.

July 17, Thursday: "TEACHING WRITING"

Practical activities and suggestions to develop learners' writing skills from the sentence level to the paragraph.


Practical tasks and exercises to ensure improvement of learners' listeningskills.

Please call to book a place, then fill out and  mail. Send postal money order
to: S. Antonaros, 12 Polytehniou, 104 33 ATHENS
CALL: 210/52 32 598 OR  e-mail:

TELEPHONE ( Hours to be contacted): __________________________________
1. Full Course (   )  2. Half: First 6 sessions, (    ) 3. First 4 sessions (    )

Suzanne Antonaros - Lilika Couri


"VOICE: Your Excellence In Teaching"

. . . an 8-hour voice training, pronunciation & intonation practice workshop for EFL teachers (and other professionals)

Irene Theotokatou

DATE: SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 10:00 - 14:30 & 16:00 - 20:30,
TITANIA Hotel, 52 Panepistimiou Street, ATHENS


The approach to voice for an EFL teacher is two-fold. It encompasses both how you teach and what you teach. Firstly, as with any teacher, your voice is your instrument. It can be a lively and effective tool for communication, a means to presence and command in the classroom, a tower of strength that won’t let you down. Secondly, it is through your voice that you must demonstrate the language skills you desire to pass on to your students – skills such as pronunciation and intonation.

This 8-hour workshop aims at both these areas. In the first part, through the use of physical and vocal exercises, learn how to improve the vibrancy of your voice; learn how the breath can support the voice and make it a powerful ally in the classroom; learn how to preserve and protect your voice so that it doesn’t let you down and how to nurture it, if it does. The second part is an intensive one on enhancing your own English language skills. The work focuses on improving pronunciation and fine-tuning intonation -- getting the melody right. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to take some of the exercises with you and apply them in your own classroom.


IRENE THEOTOKATOU, M.A., Drama and Theatre Studies,

University of London, Royal Holloway College. Studied Voice extensively with Ulrik Barfod and Edda Heeg of the Roy Hart Theatre. Has participated in Natural Voice Training workshops with Frankie Armstrong in Hereford, UK.

FEES: 60 €

Call: +30 210 52 32 598, e-mail:,

ΔEΛTIO ΣYMMETOXHΣ Voice Παρακαλούμε, τηλεφωνήστε στο 210/52 32 598 για να δηλώσετε συμμετοχή, μετά στείλτε Tαχυδρομική Eπιταγή στην διεύθυνση: Σ. Aντωνάρου, Πολυτεχνείου 12, 104 33 Aθήνα, ή

χρησιμοποιήστε e-mail:

ONOMATEΠΩNYMO: _______________________________________________________

ΔIEYΘYNΣH:________________________________________ΤΗΛΕΦ.: ______________

Please call to book a place, then fill out and  mail. Send postal money order
to: S. Antonaros, 12 Polytehniou, 104 33 ATHENS
CALL: 210/52 32 598 OR  e-mail:

TELEPHONE ( Hours to be contacted): __________________________________
1. Full Course (   )  2. Half: First 6 sessions, (    ) 3. First 4 sessions (    )

Saturday, 18 January 2014

How to use your human - A Cat’s Instruction Manual

Are you a cat who has recently adopted a human? Watch out! Humans are bizzarecreatures who love their daily routine. They have cereals and coffee for breakfast. Boring. They sleep at night and never dream of catching a mouse. Boring. They can watch TV hours on end. Double boring! I wonder why they are called “coach potato”. You can play with a potato, while humans can sit still and watch other people play a sport.God of cats! Humans are boring!

If they don’t have a child of their own, they’ll get on your nerves buying you funny clothes that make you look stupid or toys you don’t want to play with. They hold you in their arms when you’d rather climb a tree and give a bath in their tub. Be careful when you enter a room accompanied by your human. They are so clumsy and can shut the door on your tail. Fight hard when they try to give a bath, unless you know how to swim.

 Beware of humans! They call themselves owners. Let them think they are, but follow the instructions to live a cat’s life in dignity.

I have downloaded Simon’ videos to illustrate thirty-four days in the life a VIP cat. About half a billion viewers have learned my tricks and are using them successfully at home. I hope you’ll fall in love with my personality, creativity and perseverance.

Who can use this post?
• People who need an adorable, cute companion (that's me!) and haven’t made up their mind whether they want a cat or a dog.
English teachers who want to teach their young and adult learners in a fun way. (Tip: Divide the class into pairs, one group facing the screen, the other one with their back to it. While the video is playing, the student watching it tells his/ her partner what is happening. As the videos are very short, the teacher can play it to the end. The pairs write sentences about what happened in chronological order and share with another group or discuss as a class. 
 • Don’t forget to give full instructions before the activity starts. 

According to the level of the group, the teacher can suggest the students what to pay attention to. 
e.g. Describe what you see: Who is doing what? What do they look like? What objects do you see in the video? Summarize what they are saying.( Elementary level)
Have you, your family, or friends ever experienced the problem? Describe what happened. Summarize what they are saying. (Intermediate +)

Activity adapted from Zero Prep: Ready-to-Go Activities for the Language Classroom by Laurel Pollard, Natalie Hess, and Jan Herron.
Miss Marie                                                and                            Miss Sara