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CEFR and Guided Learning Hours

How many guided learning hours are needed for a language learner to progress from one level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) to the next?


For more information visit the official website for the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

My Learning Diary for the "Online safety" MOOC

Online safety is an integral part of what schools need to be teaching in 2017. It encompasses a wide range of issues and affects staff, pupils, parents and the wider school community. As more and more schools embrace technology as a tool to support learning, it is important that staff and pupils alike understand how to use it safely and responsibly.

Research suggests that 57 per cent of young people think that their friends engage in risky behaviours online which demonstrates the need to address this in schools.


The "Online Safety Course" at the European Schoolnet Academy offered participants a better understanding of the current risks and challenges that young people face when they go online. They discussed strategies for supporting young people and helping them to develop safe and responsible behaviours when they go online. A wide range of resources that can be used in schools was provided, and participants were also asked to share their own experiences, challenges and succe…

Tribes Project

Unit 1 of Think Teen 2nd Grade, Beginners ends with a project on tribes whose ways of life are threatened by modern world. Maravelaki Fryni, an EFL teacher in Serres has an excellent webquest to accompany the book's project in her blog.

As this was our first project work, my main aim was to keep the students' works short so that they wouldn't copy large sections from the internet without processing them. To this end 
they had to answer very specific questions and gather information from a range of sites. 
Before starting working on the actual project we discussed the evaluation criteria so that they were absolutely clear what was expected of them. During the presentation all the teams used the evaluation sheet in order to discuss and decide on the best project. 


Below are some of the students' works: