Friday, September 30, 2022

Professor Sifakis interviewed by Dr. Vicky Papachristou, TESOL MTH/NG Vice-Chair.

 

Professor Nicos Sifakis has honoured us once again by accepting our invitation to be our plenary speaker in the Two-Day Conference ''Sustainability and Innovation''  organised by TESOL Greece, ETAL (The Larissa Teachers' Association) and TESOL MTH/NG. Dr Sifakis is a long-time friend and supporter of our TA who needs no introduction as he has educated generations of EFL teachers through his lectures and his research papers. He is Professor of English for specific purposes at University of Athens. Dr. Sifakis gave us some of his precious time to be interviewed by TESOL MHT/NG Vice Chair Dr. Vicky Papachristou.




Monday, September 19, 2022

Welcome Back Day Conference 2022: Neurolearning in ELT with Effie Kyrikakis and Dr. Dimitris Maroulis



Welcome Back Day Conference 2022: 

Neurolearning in ELT

 with Effie Kyrikakis and Dr. Dimitris Maroulis 


Our Welcome Back Day Conference is going to take place on Sunday 25th September 2022 at 10:30 on Zoom. The link will be sent to active members of TESOL MTH on Friday 23rd September 2022. 
Our event is entitled Neurolearning in ELT. We are very happy to be welcoming  our two well-known and distinguished speakers: Ms Effie Kyrikakis and Dr Dimitris Maroulis. 

Effie Kyrikakis1.jpeg Ms Effie Kyrikakis is the creator of NeuroLearningPower® the only evidence-based, structured mentoring method for women educators, supported by Effie's research on resilience and well-being for her MSc in Applied Psychology.
A global educator, certified coach, international NLP trainer, and mentor of women educators for over 35 years, she is a trainer in the Coaching/Mentoring sector of the University of the Aegean Lifelong Learning Programs. Effie loves sharing her passion for personal and educational leadership and has certified hundreds of teachers through her NeuroLearningPower® method training in Greece, Cyprus and worldwide. Her vision is the transformation of education paradigms from success at all costs to happiness at all levels.


In her session entitled Brains singing together - neuroscience lessons for captivating your students Ms Kyrikakis is going to discuss how having engaged, motivated, gritty students is a teacher’s dream. How can you become the educator that captivates your student’s attention and promotes their flourishing in learning and life -along with your own? Neuroscience points the way. In this one-hour webinar we will embark on a journey of experiential discovery of brain synchrony and the reason it is so vital for education. We will also share tested, effective NeuroLearningPower® tools for optimal engagement and learning.

Maroulis-1024x765.jpg Dr Dimitris Maroulis holds a Doctorate in Education, and his thesis was entitled "Language Learning Strategies in EFL". He holds a Masters of Arts in Education and his thesis was entitled "Language learning Assessment Instrument: the case of "Excellent". He also holds a Masters of Science in Applied Neuroscience from King's College London and his thesis was entitled: "Mindfulness & Meditation therapies in EFL". He is a Unicert College Module leader, a Staffordshire University lecturer, a teacher of English and a lifelong learner.


The title of Dr. Maroulis session is Alice in...Neuroland= Established ELT pedagogical practices and how neuroscience findings dispel these myths.
Dr Maroulis is planning to discuss the following: Much of what happens in an ELT classroom, pedagogically speaking, looks like teachers' meme. These unquestioned, hold-back practices are simply myths which hinder learning and cause the "jukebox effect". This presentation explains how neuroscience findings can dispel these myths and through a "transition pedagogy" may lead to a more effective and brain-friendly pedagogy.

We will be very happy to see a large audience greet these two renowned speakers. 



 

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Winners of the two sets of Lucky Draw at the PALSO 33rd Conference and Exhibition and at IP (AUGUST 2022)

 


Congratulations, winners! 
         
The members of the TESOL MTH Board at the stand at both Exhibitions. 

The exhibitions in Thessaloniki were both highly successful events for our association. We have had the chance to present our work, showcase our new events (planned in detail until June 2023) and were happy to see that our members old and new were eager to renew their membership or join our association, which is now turning fully digital to ensure that you can all join in our events no matter where you live. 

During the Palso two-day Conference and Exhibition at Porto Palace Hotel, we had the chance to put in Lucky Draw e-books donated by Rob Howard. The e-book was entitled ''10x10 EFL Talks: the companion volume''. 
The winners were: 
1 Ms Xenia Maglousidou 
2 Ms Kiki Xynta 
3 Ms Eftychia Massoura 
4 Ms Olympia Andreadou
5 Ms Natasa Sarafidou  
Congratulations to all and many thanks to Rob Howard who never gets tired of supporting us. Many thanks to the Board of PALSO Northern Greece for their warm hospitality. 


At the IP Exhibition we gave away TWO free memberships open to our new members. 
The winners were 


1  Ms Christine Sariyanni 

2 Ms Theodosia Karathanasiou 


We wish them both best of luck in our association and hope TESOL MTH becomes their CPD Family! Our thanks go to all of you who stopped at our stand, shared your thoughts, and got information. Many thanks to Philip Dietschi for his warm hospitality and support. 

More gifts and lucky draws will follow in almost all our events! 













Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Join us at the PALSO and IP in August 2022 in Thessaloiniki!

 

We are back with events, discounts and presents! 


It is amazing that we can meet up at Exhibitions 
after such a long time! 

TESOL Macedonia-Thrace Northern Greece would like to thank the board of Palso Norhtern Greece who are hosting TESOL MTH/NG entirely free of charge in the 33rd Two-Day Conference organised by Palso Northern Greece on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th August 2022 at Porto Palace Hotel. 

                            

During the two days of the conference, you can come by our stand and meet us personally and find out how you can join our TA and what it means to be a member of TESOL MTH/NG, the benefits and the opportunities you get. You can also benefit from the special exhibition rate and find out about our Events which have been planned until June 2023! 

Find out more information about the 4th International Conference on Language Education and Research on the topic: Empowering Educators: Benefits, Best Practices and Acceleration of Language and Literacy, which is organised in the city of Thessaloniki (AUTH Research Dissemination Centre)  by the Applied Language Studies House and Dr Paschalis Chliaras. We would like to thank Dr Chliaras for offerinTESOL MTH / NG Members the opportunity to attend this conference at 55 euro (original price 70). TESOL MTH/NG will also be represented at this conference and those who want to register will be able to do so there as well.   


Also, get some information about our Two-Day Conference in Larissa in October (22 and 23/10/2022) in conjunction with TESOL Greece and ETAL. A face-to-face conference which TESOL MTH / NG members can attend free of charge. 

Do not miss our TESOL MTH/NG Presentation on Friday 26th August at 15:30 at Porto Palace Hotel 

         
 TESOL MTH/NG Vice-Chair Dr Vicky Papachristou and TESOL MTH/NG Member Ms Tanya   Livarda will present a short session on the benefits of joining our community of teachers 

You don't have time to come to PALSO on Thursday or Friday? 

Join us at IP on Sunday 28th August 2022!


The TESOL MTH / NG Board would like to thank Mr. Philip Dietschi for hosting TESOL MTH/NG and offering us a 50 minute session

to register for the IP Exhibition, visit https://www.ip-exhibitions.eu/events/autumn-22-thessaloniki-ip-exhibition/ 


This year IP takes place at CAPSIS Hotel where we will have a stand full of surprises as well as great events and information about our activity. We will also have a fully professional session led by Ms Maria Polychrou and Ms Maria-Araxi Sachpazian entitled Motivating learners through skills’ work: Deskilling and Reskilling!


In this session we will talk about the active teaching of skills. The teaching of skills is the backbone of balanced communicative teaching. It adds meaningfulness to language learning and makes language teaching realistic. Sadly, learners face challenges when trying to cope with the production of language and the decoding of written or audio texts. They are also demotivated by repeated negative results from tests on skills. How can teachers cater for individual needs and how can the weaknesses of individual students be spotted? This session aims to discuss how inclusive practices can be employed to reskill students. The two speakers will focus on different aspects of the topic: Ms Polychrou will focus on how Educational Drama can be used in the development of skills, while Ms Sachpazian will discuss the honing of receptive skills.

 

Maria Polychrou is a Member of the Executive Board of TESOL MTH, Northern Greece and the owner of English Drama Microschool. She is also a Teacher Trainer and Oral Examiner

 

Ms Maria-Araxi Sachpazian is the Chair TESOL MTH, Northern Greece and a Lecturer CITY College, the University of York Europe Campus, She is the owner of Input on Education and a member on the Membership Committee of IATEFL.  

If these are not enough, at both stands we are going to organise lucky draws! What about? Well, why spoil the surprise! Come and say hi and find out! In our tough times we know that many of you think mainly of the problems of joining an Association and not of the benefits! Come and say hello and you will see that at a minimal cost, you can take care of your CPD and your professional Learning Networks. 

                     

See you all at the Exhibitions! A Happy School Year to all! 

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Event in Larisa in Conjunction with TESOL Greece and ETAL! Join TESOL MTH in an out-of-town event!

''Innovation & Sustainability'' An event not to be missed! 

Larisa, October 22nd and 23rd  
4th Primary School of the City of Larisa 




On October 22nd and 23rd TESOL MTH leaves Thessaloniki to spread its wings (or at least its legs) to the lovely city of Larisa where, in conjunction with ETAL (The Larisa Teachers' Association) and TESOL Greece, we are going to be treated to an exciting programme of concurrent and plenary sessions to take place from Saturday lunch time until Sunday afternoon. 

Plenaries will be presented by Dr Nico Sifakis (representing TESOL MTH), Tyna Constantopoulou (Representing TESOL Greece) and Dr Thomai Alexiou (Representing ETAL).  

Would you like to join us and be one of the speakers? The call for papers is open aqnd the link is here 
Link to the Call for papers  

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1J_zXp3M6faJHi1Y4g0AfaGfAbJh2XYR5c

JG2M0E5_qA/edit 

TESOL MTH members will be travelling by train from Thessaloniki to Larisa (taking the proastiakos). The cost of the stay will be announced later. The conference is free of charge for existing TESOL MTH members.                                 



Thursday, May 5, 2022

Spring and Summer Event 2022: Celebrating our Comeback

 



Spring & Summer 2022 Webinar

Surviving A minute before the exams

Under the auspices of the Virtual International Publishers’ Exhibition

 



Sessions start 15:00

15:00 Opening to the TESOL MTH Strand of Events by M.A.Sachpazian

15:10


 Ms Pola Papadopoulou, Programme Manager and English Language Teacher.    

Session Title: A ‘minute’ of meaningful impact: the road to exams

Summary

How can one define ‘a minute’ before the exams? How much time do we need to prepare students and have a meaningful impact on their learning and path to exams? This presentation/discussion will try to delve deeper into the time framework on the road to exams.
16:00-16:10 Break

16:10

Mr Apostolis Koumarinos, Founder of The Speakers, Public Speaking Champion

                           Session Title: Boost your students’ communication skills

                                                                 Summary

In every environment, impactful communication plays a significant role. During our webinar a different way of approaching communication will be introduced. How we can boost others so they can vividly express themselves and be heard in both personal and professional level.

17:00-17:10 Break

 17:10-18:00 Let us RESTART ourselves

Presented by TESOL Macedonia-Thrace, Northern Greece Executive Members 

Ms. Antigoni Melidonioti, EFL Teacher/Oral Examiner, Teacher Trainer and School Owner   

Session Title: The Hungry Caterpillar goes digital.

Summary

Is it possible for Baby Boomers and Generation X to keep up with the Millenians or is it a cause? Are educational apps and webtools an invaluable asset of nuisance to revolutionize and transform learning? A passing fad or reality? Can the hungry caterpillar go digital and transform learning apart from ourselves? To what extent?

 Maria Polychrou, EFL Teacher / Oral Examiner / Adult Educator and Teacher Trainer

Session Title: Reinventing ourselves through Educational Drama

Summary

Is it important to reinvent ourselves as educators to reinvent our classes? Which path of exploration should we follow with our students so as to go beyond standard approaches? How can we lead our classes from the personal to the critical? Educational Drama is the key to critical reflection, reinvention and social change. Reinvent Yourselves and Become Spect-Actors!

 

Ms. Tanya Livarda, EFL Teacher & Teacher Trainer / Oral Examiner    

Session Title: Hey Teacher, where is your magic wand?

Summary

Summary: Are we magic weavers? Do we do magic every day? Do we have invisible magical powers? What are our magic spell and magic word? In other words, how can we cope with being teachers, facilitators, mentors, leaders and coaches at the same time? And how are all these connected to our darkest friend: the burnout? Don’t forget to bring your magic wand and your magic spell with you!

                                                 We hope to see you all there!

The TESOL MTH / NG Executive Board

 

Thursday, March 31, 2022

TESOL MTH NORTHERN GREECE has elected a new board

A new board to RESTART Tesol MTH/NG 

On Sunday 20th March TESOL MTH / NG managed to have a great turnout of 50 participants in the ''Restarting Ourselves' session led by the ...virtual Tanya Livarda, the really amazing and totally present Maria Polychrou and Antigoni Melidonioti. 

 After the end of the session members enjoyed coffee, juice and cakes sponsored by Express Publishing. 

Then Maria-Araxi Sachpazian explained what happened in the AGM of 2020 and explained why the limbo had been deemed necessary.  The interim controller went on to present the Fiscal Report to account for the money that was received during the conference 2020. Finally, messages from plenary speakers, friends of TESOL MTH/NG and Associates were played or read. 

George Topalis led the election committee with Pheadra Zaga and Poppy Alexopoulou as members. Maria Sachpazian asked members to vote with a show of hands if they agreed for members to be nominated by proxy (via zoom connection). This was accepted. The AGM is the body that makes the ultimate decisions of the association, voted that a shorter more flexible board will work better so we now have a board of 5 members, two alternate members and an oversight committee consisting of two people. 

After the elections the following results were announced. Here we include the later voting of the board regarding the roles of the members of the board. 

Ms.Maria-Araxi Sachpazian, Chair  

Dr. Vicky Papachristou, Vice-Chair 

Ms. Antigoni Melidonioti, Secretary General 

Ms. Tanya Livarda, Member 

Ms. Maria Polychrou, Member 

Mr. George Raptopoulos, Alternate Member 

Ms. Joanna Tsiolakis, Alternate Member 


Supervisory Committee 

Mr. Manolis Kontovas 

Dr. Linda Manney 

(Ms. Cathy Salonikidis) 

 
Huge thanks to all members who came to the event and to those who put their names on the TESOL MTH/NG ballot. It means the world to the board and to the members that TESOL MTH/NG is back in action. 

Thanks to Philip Dietschi and to Express Publishing. 













Friday, March 18, 2022

Let us RESTART TESOL and make it stronger, bigger and more dynamic!

At the International Publishers Exhibition, at the MET Hotel, on Sunday 20th March 2022, at 16:00 right after the 'Let us Restart ourselves' session, the TESOL MTH Annual General Meeting, which was interrupted in February 2020, will be repeated. 

*Do you want to help TESOL MTH? 

*Have you been a member of TESOL MTH since 2018 at least? 

*Then put your name on the ballot! 

*This is the point to decide if we want TESOL MTH to remail active or not. 

Watch the video for more information and come to the International Publishers Exhibition on Saturday 19th March and on Sunday 20th March to get more information and to support TESOL MTH! 

Heartfelt thanks to Philip Dietch for hosting us and to Express Publishing for sponsoring our coffee break! 

 


Tuesday, March 15, 2022


TESOL MACEDONIA-THRACE  AGM at the International Publisher's Exhibition. 
The MET Hotel, Thessaloniki  19th and 20th March 2022 


After two years in limbo TESOL Macedonia-Thrace, Northern Greece is holding its AGM that was postponed from February 2020 to March 2020 and could not be held due to the lockdowns. Now, thanks to the generosity of Philip Dietchi, we have a unique opportunity to meet face to face and run our elections. 

On Sunday 20th March at the MET Hotel at 15:00, Tania Livarda, Maria Polychrou and Antigoni Melidonioti will be presenting a joint session entitled 

''Let us restart ourselves!'' 

The speakers have shared the following summaries with us: 

Title: Hey Teacher…. where’s your magic wand?

 Summary: Are we magic weavers? Do we do magic every day? Do we have invisible, magical powers? What is our magic spell and magic word? In other words, how can we cope with being teachers, facilitators, mentors, leaders, and coaches at the same time? And how are all these connected to our darkest friend…burnout? Don’t forget to bring your magic wand and magic spell with you!

Ms Tanya Livarda  holds a BA and an MA in TESOL, a CELTA and DELTA. She works as ab EFL Teacher abd Oral Examiner

                                                Title: Reinventing ourselves through Educational Drama

 Smmary: Is it important to reinvent ourselves as educators in order to reinvent our classes? Which path of exploration should we follow with our students so as to go beyond standard approaches? How can we lead our classes from the personal to the critical? Educational Drama is the key to critical reflection, reinvention and social change! Reinvent Yourselves and Become Spect- Actors!!

Ms Maria Polychrou holds a BA and an MA Theatre in Education. She is an EFL Teacher, Oral Examiner, Teacher Trainer and Adult Education Teacher

 Title : The hungry caterpillar goes digital

 Summary: Is it possible for Baby Boomers and Generation X to keep up with the Millennials or is it a lost cause? Are educational apps and webtools an invaluable asset or a nuisance in order to revolutionise and transform learning? A passing fad or the new reality? Can the hungry caterpillar go digital and transform learning apart from ourselves? To what extent?

 Ms Antigoni Melidonioti  holds a CELTA and is an EFL Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Oral Examiner, and School Owner.

 At 15:50 when the session ends, EXPRESS PUBLISHING will be treating us to coffee. After the coffee break, we will hold our AGM to elect our Board and Supervisory Committee. It is very important for all members to attend and run for the board (provided they have been TESOL MTH members for at least a year before the limbo). 

If you want to ask for more information email tesolmth@gmail.com