Τρίτη, 30 Ιουνίου 2020


A humanitarian crisis is developing in a country that has been devastated by flooding caused by global warming.  International help is planned. Who should it be handled by?
-The local government
-NGOs

Before you start read the rules of debating. Remember a debate is not a contest of highest tone of voice but of highest elegance in the expression of arguments!

Expressions
Now, I know wht you may be thinking...
I realize it's a perception that...
I'm obviously not denying that...
As regards/ With regard to...
In terms of...
As far as ....go(es)
I feel it would be appropriate to note...

Listing
To begin with, consider the fact that...
On top of that...
Let's not forget that...
It's important to note that...

Τρίτη, 9 Ιουνίου 2020

Photos...a journey to life itself

Become a better English listener:


We will isten to a TED speaker. Where do you think her voice rises? Listen and check
A photo is a reminder of someone or something, a place, a relationship, a loved one. Thy;re our memory-keepers and our histories, the first thing you would grab and the first thing you would go back to.

So, what do photos tell you? Bring in your photos. Guess what each other's is about. In pairs talk about the Moments.

The Talk














As you are watching find an example where 
1. makes a joke about her profession
2. defends her profession
3. gives an example of an unpleasant job
4. had an initial moment of realisation
5. felt a sense of pride
6. had a positive reaction from her contacts.

Why do you think Becci's request for help in the social media  had such high response?

Become a better English speaker: Talk about
1. a film/book that struck a cord with you
2.  a time you decided to give something a new go
3. a time you remember watching a major news story unfold

Become a better English ...debater/ negotiator!
Look at the following situation:


A humanitarian crisis is developing in a country that has been devastated by flooding caused by global warming.  International help is planned. Who should it be handled by?
-The local government
-NGOs

Before you start read the rules of debating. Remember a debate is not a contest of highest tone of voice but of highest elegance in the expression of arguments!

Τρίτη, 2 Ιουνίου 2020

Τρίτη, 12 Μαΐου 2020

How "human" will AI get?

What do you think helps build rapport among people?



What is AI?
Does it exist in our lives today?
How do you think it will affect the human society in the future?




Read an article about AI and its implications

LYRICS

Τρίτη, 5 Μαΐου 2020

The Failure Paradox

How far do you agree with the saying:
"Fail fast, fail often, fail forward"?

ubiquitous/ accolades / predetermine / irrational / barrier/ pigeonhole(v) / require / fluid/ nurture / neural pathway / potential / praise

How far do our expectations of ourselves affect the way we respond to failure?

As we are watching the video, pay attention to the pronunciation of the words above.



How do you think these principles can affect 
-our work performance
-the work environment



Τρίτη, 28 Απριλίου 2020

Yes-man, yes ma'am or... Naysayer?

Margaret Heffernan - Dare to Disagree - TEDx

The former CEO of five businesses, Margaret Heffernan explores the all-too-human thought patterns — like conflict avoidance and selective blindness — that lead organizations and managers astray.

Heffernan began her career in television production, building a track record at the BBC before going on to run the film and television producer trade association IPPA. In the US, Heffernan became a serial entrepreneur and CEO in the wild early days of web business. She now blogs for the Huffington Post and BNET.com. Her latest book, Beyond Measure, a TED Books original, explores the small steps companies can make that lead to big changes in their culture.

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers -- and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

Pairwork
1. Can you name any famous people with a reputation for saying unexpected things?
2. Have you been in a situation where afterwards you regretted saying something or saying nothing?
3. Many people find it difficult to express their disagreement. Why do you think this is?

Vocabulary
epidemiology, affluent, whistle-blower, crank, stand up to

Why are the words in the following sentence underlined?
In Oxford in the 1950s there was a fantastic doctor who was very unusual, named Alice Steward.                                                               











LYRICS


Τρίτη, 14 Απριλίου 2020

Easter around the world

Does this dish look like Easter to you? Well, it is in some place in the globe!
Let's go on a "dish hunt" to find out more about traditional Easter dishes in this article

Relative Clauses
The overall goal is something which tells us what the organisation wants to achieve
The slogan, which is phrase or a sentence, should be short and memorable

Practice


Do you nknow how to fly a paper airoplane? Look here!

LYRICS
  

Τρίτη, 7 Απριλίου 2020

Doodlers Unite!


What do you do when you have to come to a decision? Some people draw, write ideas down, go for a walk talk it over with another person. How about you?

Sunni Brown, mekes some interesting arguments on...
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Mind map flow chart concept map symbols

 Vocabulary 

 So I just want to tell you my story. I spend a lot of time teaching adults how to use visual language and doodling in the workplace. And naturally, I encounter a lot of resistance, because it's considered to be anti-intellectual and counter to serious learning. But I have a problem with that belief, because I know that doodling has a profound impact on the way that we can process information and the way that we can solve problems.

Do you use  visual aids in your presentations? How do you organise them?

Take a look at Sunni Brown's. What do you think are good practices?

Relative Clauses
The overall goal is something which tells us what the organisation wants to achieve
The slogan, which is phrase or a sentence, should be short and memorable

Practice


Do you nknow how to fly a paper airoplane? Look here!

LYRICS
 

Τρίτη, 31 Μαρτίου 2020

The fringe benefits of ....failure!



As you'll be watching this video think about and answer
-What was J.K.Rowlings greatest fear as a student?
-What was the most important measure of success for her at that time?
-What kind of failure did she experience?
-What was the benefit of failure for her (list 5 at least)
-What does Rowling say is the only way to experience no failure in life?
- Why is imagination so important, according to her?
-Why don't we need magic to change the world?

CANVAS

We keep improving our pronounciation in English. Today we work with short and long vowels.


-How far  do you agree with the words of Seneca JK. Rowling  shares in the end?
"So today, I wish you nothing better than similar friendships. And tomorrow, I hope that even if you remember not a single word of mine, you remember those of Seneca, another of those old Romans I met when I fled down the Classics corridor, in retreat from career ladders, in search of ancient wisdom:
As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
I wish you all very good lives."

Lenny Kravitz - Fly Away




Παρασκευή, 27 Μαρτίου 2020

Super Heroes - Super Powers

Week 2 at home and we are all trying to find ways to spend our time creatively!


Reading is a great way to spend your time but if you are not a fan of literature, read comics!

It's a pleasant activity which sharpens our minds at the same time!

But what are the benefits of reading comics? Let's read the article and find YOUR reason:

Then share your ideas  HERE

What do Spider-Man, X-men, IronMan, the FantasticFour have in common?







Stan Lee vocabulary game. Match the words with the definitions







What if YOU were a Super Hero? What Super Power would you have?
Describe your daily life HERE