Friday, February 23, 2024

February Webinar: Mr Eftychis Kantarakis Presenting for TESOL MTH NG


February Webinar & Call for Papers

We are incredibly happy to be welcoming a loyal friend of TESOL Macedonia-Thrace, Northern Greece and a TESOL Greece ex-board member, Mr Eftychis Kantarakis. 
Eftychis is an ELT professional who knows the Greek as well as the International EFL Market better than anyone. He is a teacher, teacher trainer EMEA, Sales Manager for NGL Greece and Cyprus and he's also a TESOL Greece advocate.
On Sunday 25th February 2024 at 17:00 we will have the pleasure of listening to Eftychis who will be presenting on 
Social & Emotional Learning towards SDGs in ELT

The link has alreayd been emailed to TESOL MTH NG Members

​The speaker wrote about the event 

Education does not change the world. Education changes people. People change the world (Paulo Freire). The principles of SEL can shape the way we teach in ELT. But can they change the world? In this talk we will ponder how SEL can also be used towards achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals and making a difference in our world. Exciting existing projects towards that will also be discussed.

​We thank Eftychis for accepting our invitation and we do hope to see you all there. 

Our call for papers for the 29th Annual International Conference of TESOL MTH NG  (digital) to be held on 30th and 31st March  is out and you can find it here: 
You can share a lesson idea, a way you worked out to solve a problem you were facing, or your action research.  
​The deadline for paper submissions is March 5th 2024

​During this month's webinar with Eftychis we will announce our Plenary speakers. 

Monday, February 5, 2024

Call for papers 29th Annual Conference TESOL MTH/NG: 30th and 31st March 2024

Our 29th Annual International Conference of TESOL MTH/NG will be held on Saturday and Sunday 30th and 31st March 2024

  •     Call for papers: 
  •     Deadline for submissions: 5th March 2024 
  •     Programme announcement: 21st March 2024 

Plenary speakers to be announced soon. 

            Events for February - March & April 

Our next webinary is on Sunday 25th February 2024 at 17:00. The topic of the session is Social and Emotional Learning towards SDGs in ELT. Join us on Zoom. The link will be sent to members on Friday 23rd February. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

TESOL Macedonia-Thrace, Northern Greece January 2024 Event


     Adrian Underhill presenting a webinar in January 2024 

  We are delighted to be inviting you to a webinar with the one and only Adrian Underhill. 

The session will be held on Sunday 14th January 2024 at 17:00. 
The link will be sent to only the members of TESOL MTH/NG on Friday 12th January 2024. 

The speaker wrote about his webinar:

In this webinar I  will suggest that our current system of pronunciation teaching is based on several faulty assumptions and as a result our pronunciation teaching methodology is in an evolutionary cul de sac. For example, pronunciation work is (still) a kind of add-on rather than being fully integrated into everything that happens in the classroom. And behavourist assumptions are still alive and well although perhaps in a more colourful and usable form. I will propose some contrasting assumptions that could free us up to see the experience of pronunciation differently and to imagine different learning activities with different outcomes. I will illustrate some of these activities.

 Adrian Underhill needs no introduction. He is the series editor of the Macmillan Books for Teachers, author of Sound Foundations: Learning and Teaching Pronunciation and an advisor in the development of Macmillan English Dictionary. After working as a teacher and trainer for many years and as director of the International Teacher Training Institute at International House in Hastings, Adrian now works as an ELT consultant and trainer. As past president of IATEFL, Adrian started the first IATEFL interest group which was in Teacher Development. His current interests include not only pronunciation teaching, but applications of complexity theory and holistic thinking to learning and to the way we teach and work. Find out more about our speaker by visiting his website:

Sunday, November 19, 2023

TESOL MTH / NG CHRISTMAS EVENT Sunday 2nd December with Maria Polychrou

 Christmas Event 2023 
Ms Maria Polychrou presenting: SantAct!  
Sunday 2nd December 2023. 

   Join TESOL Macedonia-Thrace, Northern Greece on the first Sunday of December (3/12) at 17:00 

   on Zoom to see what we can do for Christmas in your classroom. 

The title of the session is 

Let's SantAct! 

  Dropping a lot of fairy dust and ample Christmas Spirit the one and only Maria Polychrou will take us through activities that bring the spirit of Christmas to our classroom, while promoting language learning activities. 

 The speaker has written about the event: 

Is Christmas just around the corner but still you haven’t planned anything regarding classroom activities? This is the webinar you need! All these drama-based activities, Santa’s Christmas whispers, improvisations, Christmas drama challenges and differentiated role playing ideas will definitely inject some festive holiday spirit into your lessons!

Would you like to hear Maria and Maria being funny about the event? Well, watch a live done spontaneously at the Foreign Language Forum this past August! Press the link below! 

Video on our Christmas Event

Join us! The link will be sent to members on Friday 1/12! 

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Caterina Skiniotou Presenting for TESOL MTH / NG on Sunday 19/11


          November Webinar: Skills and Strategies for Reading and Writing Exams in 21st Century. 

On Sunday 19th November members of TESOL MTH/NG are invited to a webinar at 17:00 on Zoom. 

The topic of our session will be directly related with exam skills and our speaker is the IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG Member and ex-Chair of TESOL Greece, Ms Caterina Skiniotou. 

Watch this short video to find out more about the session. 

 Caterina Skiniotou has told us that she will share active links to tools that teachers can use for exam training. The link to the session will be sent to members on Friday 17th November 2023. 

Thursday, October 5, 2023

OCTOBER EVENT on SUNDAY 15th OCTOBER 2023 at 17:00

 Our next event is a digital one. It will take place on Sunday 15th October 2023 at 17:00. The room will open about 5 minutes before. Members need to be there to honor our speaker and to start promptly. 

Our speaker is Ms Magdalena Wasilewska, who has been a teacher for over 25 years. She's a graduate of the American Studies Center at Warsaw University and postgraduate studies in Psychology of Children and Teens at SWPS University. Magdalena specializes mainly in teaching teens and preparing them for Cambridge exams. Her interests include brain friendly teaching, neuroscience, using videos and films in the class and building strong relationships with students because children and teenagers don't learn from the teachers they don't like.

The speaker wrote about her session: 
The brains of teenagers develop in a completely different way during adolescence and that fact directly influences the way they should be taught. In this practical webinar you will learn how teens' brains function and how we, as teachers, should put this knowledge into practice. You will leave the webinar with hands-on tips and exercises ready to use on Monday classes.

​We will send you the zoom link on Friday 13th October 2023. 

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Welcome Back Day Conference of TESOL Macedonia-Thrace, Northern Greece


   Let's celebrate together our Welcome Back Day Conference face to face. 

Sunday 24th September 2023 at 11:00 

(Arrival time 10:30 and approximate end round 13:00)  

at the Amphitheatre of the Central Library of AUTH (map below)

We are happy to invite our members and friends of TESOL MTH/NG who would like to join our association to a wonderful opportunity to discuss Reading Comprehension Skills for different levels of the CEFR. As mentioned before, this event is a spin-off from last year's conference in Larissa. 

We would like to present our two speakers Ms Marina Kollatou and Ms Zafi Mandali and their sessions.   

  Ms  Marina Kollatou holds a BA from the faculty of English language and Literature of the University of Athens. She has completed her postgraduate studies in the Organization and Administration of Education (University of Thessaly) and in The Teaching of English as a Foreign/International Language (Hellenic Open University). She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Ioannina. Marina is an EFL teacher in the public sector and a Senior High School Head teacher who currently works as an Education Consultant for English teachers. She is also President of English Teachers’ Association of Larissa (ETAL). In our WBDC, Marina will be presenting a session entitled: Teaching reading strategies. Why, how, what for? The speaker has written about her session: In an era characterized by generating too much information for us to access, let alone process and digest, in the little  spare  time we have for reading, youths do not usually demonstrate any keenness on reading long texts, articles, or literature in their mother togue, even worse in a foreign language like English. They prefer to have a look at titles or read short texts by people summarizing or commenting on either fiction or non-fiction texts. Therefore, now it is more necessary than ever before that teachers should guide learners so that they develop into strategic readers or, in other words,  effective, self-regulated readers.

Μs Zafi Mandali, holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Essex. She is an active teacher, teacher trainer, storytelling coach and educational consultant who has given a number of presentations, published a number of articles and authored four books, E.A. Publications. She has recently retired from the position of director of studies, Department of English of Ελληνογερμανική Αγωγή, after a tenure of 25 years. Her soft point is storytelling in education and samples of her work are uploaded on  and her Eltstorytelling facebook group. In our WBDC, Zafi will present a session entitled: Keys to unlocking new reading texts.

The presenter has written about her session: Different points of entry to reading texts unlock different angles of its context. How do we best set the stage for the new text and which mechanisms do we use to link existing to the new knowledge? With the moving image, as vital communication medium transcending languages and cultures, teachers have fresh points of entry to texts in class. Our workshop will showcase tried and tested reading techniques, adjusted to present day educational needs and means. Participants will walk off with concrete evidence of how to help students understand, personalize, organize and assimilate lexical, grammar or content information in texts.

The board of TESOL MTH/ NG would like to remind all members who would like to renew or all prospective members of our association that this is your last opportunity to join with the reduced price of 30 euro instead 45 euro for 12 months, including our conference and the conference of TESOL GREECE as well as reduced membership rate for IATEFL. Additionally, this Sunday 24.9 the board has decided that all proceeds will go to the victims of the Thessaly floods as a small token of our concern and worry. 

Between the two sessions, there will be a coffee break with coffee and cookies from Miltos Catering.  

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