Wednesday, November 22, 2017


When Mari Yamauchi, a resourceful teacher of English from Japan, first visited our island, we had no idea that years later she would accept to contact our 10-year-old students in English and easily transmit her passion for life to her young correspondents. In a video she sent us, she described life in japan and showed related pictures, which excited us all, especially since we had already read about Japanese customs and traditions. In return, A' class made a video presenting aspects of life in Greece as well as their favourite objects. The result was so successful that has given rise to ideas for further communication which will possibly include Japanese children the same age as our students and lots of other surprises, just like dancing sparks resulting from the fiery magic of learning.

After making an amazing video!

While brainstorming ideas...

Choosing which objects to present to Mari.

The actual presentation.

Different age groups enjoyed Mari's initial video.

When Mari visited Heraklion in 2012.

Mari's messages to our students after watching the video they prepared for her. We are going to reply by leaving comments under this post.

Hello, dear Melpomeni. Marianna, Maria, Catherine, Alina, George and John, Stelios, Xenia, and Ilias! Thank you for your video! I enjoyed watching you talking about your favorite things 🙂

Melpomeni, your Japanese is pretty good! Please use it and make Japanese friends 🙂 

Yasu, Marianna! Πώς είσαι; I really want to visit Parthenon some time! Is it close to your house?

Maria and Xenia, thank you for showing your Disney books in Greek! Is Micky Mouse popular in Greece? He’s really popular in Japan. 

Catherine, now I know the word “Χριστούγεννα”! Thank you:-) There are lot of stories about Christmas in your book? 

Alina, thank you for showing your Greek book! I’m sorry I can’t see the book very well. It’s about Gerolmo? Please tell/show me more 🙂 

George and John, thank you for showing the disk with words on it. What is it called again, please? It looks interesting! What are the words about? 

Stelios, Aesop is very popular in Japan too, and I read Aesop stories when I was a kid. Yes, it has many important messages. Which stories do you like? 

lias, I have a book about this boy, Greg too. Mine is in English, and it’s titled “Wimpy kid”. You can read it in English some day! 

 Thank you so much again for your video messages! Please keep in touch! 🙂 Mari

Tuesday, November 14, 2017


Having attended various ECCE webinars organised by the Hellenic American Union, these are the notes which we consider to be the most useful:

Future B2-level candidates use the class iPads to visit their blog

Picture notes are very convenient to explore on an iPad.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


1) Using Quizlet to learn and practise new vocabulary has been amazing for learners of all ages in our school. Future exam candidates also get to check their understanding of new words by matching them to their English synonyms through a variety of pleasant tasks, which has proven valuable for the consolidation of knowledge at such a high level. 

2) Creating the basis for web searches and other online content on various school blogs and wikis has been a standard teaching practice of our school for years.  Here you can find a list of student blogs and wikis created throughout the years, most of which are still used for practising purposes.

4) Write and Improve by Cambridge English has also been another extremely useful website where learners can demonstrate their writing skills and get feedback by formally trained Cambridge raters. 

5) Employing Pearson coursebooks has allowed our students access to an amazing website called My English lab where they can complete different activities and watch videos related to each unit of their books, either in the computer room of the school or at home. Teachers can then track the attained scores as well as electronically assign homework to be done till a certain deadline. Teachers and learners can log into the site here

Saturday, October 14, 2017


There was a photo contest in our school among those older learners who chose to participate in a triple challenge: discover their best shot on their camera, write an enticing English caption and publish both on their class blog. We have had quite amazing entries on the D' and E' Class blog and on the Β2-level blog of the school; therefore, the judges-teachers of the school had a hard time choosing, but eventually opted for Theodora's photograph as the one deserving the first prize, which was a magnetic construction for some of her photographs to be decorated into her bedroom. The rest of the imaginative participants got some delicious chocolate and the promise for more such creative initiatives in the future!

Theodora and her prize.

Her message on Instagram showing
her beautifully exhibited photographs. 
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