Why Learning English is Necessary Today

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by Katherine Reilly

December is finally here and some of my students are taking their exams soon. One of the questions I asked them during their final preparation is “Why are you studying English?” Some looked at each other, while the bolder ones answered, “To get a job.”

To some certain extent, that’s actually true. However, landing a job isn’t the only reason to get yourself better acquainted with this language. English is THE Global Language and knowing how to use it, is the key to many opportunities in life. Continue reading “Why Learning English is Necessary Today”

Social Media & Teaching? Count Me In!

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by Katherine Reilly

Gone are the days when we used to write on the board with chalk, or had to carry cassette players with us in class. Bringing a television with a VHS Player once or twice during the school year (yes, I’ve experienced that) was our only ‘exposure’ to any source of visual material. How things have changed…

Education has made huge leaps the past decade, all thanks to the outburst of Social Media. Many teachers are hesitant to incorporate the benefits of this powerful medium in class, as Social Media is often associated with many negative factors such as distractions, lack of face to face interaction and so much more. However, if used wisely, a teacher now has the most powerful tool in his hands, one which can boost a student’s learning experience to a whole new level.

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Choosing the Best Career

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by Katherine Reilly

Here it is… the question which ponders everyone’s mind before adulthood. What career should I choose? How simple a decision is this? Should it be taken lightly? Are we overthinking it?

To be honest, this is a life decision which should be carefully examined. However, it’s not something that should stress you out. The secret is to carefully organize your thoughts and follow a few simple steps.

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Being a Teacher and Loving It!

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After a tiring day at school, I get out of my car with 2 bags of books in one hand, while holding my students’ tests closely to my chest in the other. I awkwardly attempt to unlock my apartment door but fail miserably as my belongings slowly slip out of my hands.

Books and papers fall on the floor as I make one more attempt at unlocking the door. I’m home at last! Now, to get to work again!

The first thing I do is prepare a warm mug of chocolate milk, turn on my computer and check my books. Have to start correcting those essays and tests as quickly as possible.

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Giving a Speech with Confidence

by Katherine Reilly

Speeches, Lectures and Presentations. What do all of these have in common? Simply put – you have an audience.

Imagine yourself on a stage while being ‘examined’ by hundreds of eyes. The feelings are overwhelming to say the least. Many of my friends and colleagues ask me questions such as, “How do you do it? Don’t you have stage fright? What if you forget your lines?”

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I’d be lying if I said that I never felt just a bit nervous when facing a large audience. During one of my speeches, I had the deputy mayor of Athens sitting next to me and representatives of the American University of Deree and the U.S. Embassy in the audience; all the while, my speech was being recorded.

How did it go, you might ask? At the end of it, I was surrounded by my audience who literally got up and embraced me. My heart was full of joy and relief, as I ‘got through’ to them. Now, if you’re wondering, that I might be a ‘natural’ at this, then you’re wrong. I’m just an ordinary girl like any other. Then why am I at ease when I’m on the stage?

The answer is simple. Proper preparation. Meticulous preparation and attention to detail can get you through anything. There’s a saying, ‘practice makes perfect’ and by following a few simple guidelines, you’ll start feeling more comfortable when you grab that mic and start talking.

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The Making of “Ben & Friday”

‘Ben & Friday Race to the Rescue’ is now available for purchase. I would like to thank all those involved for collaborating with me on this project. Your dedication and support is truly an honor. Once again, a huge debt of gratitude to Akakia Publications for their contribution.

 

Teaching Mixed Race Classes

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by Katherine Reilly

Last night at the Refugee School of Athens, I was interviewed by a postgraduate student who asked me, how do we handle so many ‘different’ students of various ethnic backgrounds and cultures.

“Are your teaching methods effective? Is there any prejudice in class? Do students understand what you’re teaching them?” were some of the questions asked.

You’re probably thinking that my answer would be, “where there’s a will, there’s a way,” or maybe “love brings down all cultural barriers.” I admit both are true, however, there are also rules and guidelines we must follow in order to achieve harmony in class and help our students reach their full potential.

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