CPD Workshops

Focusing on the Continuing Professional Development of EFL Teachers, our educational organization, Applied Language Studies House will offer a series of workshops on the following dates:
March 28th, 10am-2pm
April 18th, 10am-2pm
May 16th, 10am-2pm
June 20th, 10am-2pm
September 19th, 10am-2pm
Due to the limited number of seats, you need to book your seat as soon as possible.
At the end of the workshop series, those who will have attended ALL sessions will receive a CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE signed by all presenters.

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March 28th (10am-12pm Athens, Greece timezone)

Dr Paschalis Chliaras FHEA

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All-Skills approach©: utilizing all academic and study skills to motivate learners through a multifaceted innovative teaching approach

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The principal objective of this presentation is to demonstrate the implementation of a new way of teaching into academic and study skills. The use of a wide range of instructional models based on the learners’ needs will help learners improve their study skills such as critical thinking, team work and independent learning and understand material related to academic skills such as writing from reading, listening and speaking, presentations and vocabulary development.

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Dr Paschalis Chliaras (PhD in Applied Linguistics and SLA) is an EAP/ESP (UG/PG) and TESOL Lecturer, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK, TEFL-Qualified, Qualified Cambridge Delta Tutor, Chairman and Director of the Research Centre for Applied Languages and Linguistics, Expert for the Key Activity 2 – Languages Transversal Programme, EU, Cambridge Centre Exams Manager and Presessional EAP Tutor, University of Birmingham & University of Warwick, UK. He is a member of IATEFL and member of BALEAP and has given 17 presentations at major conferences in the UK, Turkey and Greece in the last 5 years. He is the founder of the Academic Institution Applied Language Studies House and Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Language Education and Research (LERC).

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March 28th (12.15pm-2pm Athens, Greece timezone)

Dina Dobrou, ALS House Delta 

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Motivation 101: Motivating yourself

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There is ample research around the topic of learner motivation, but not much has been discussed about the driving force behind learners’ achievements: teachers. This experiential workshop is all about YOU, the teacher. We will identify the reasons why teachers might be experiencing lack of motivation, we will explore the concept of autonomous motivation and self-determination, we will celebrate your achievements (and they are a lot more than you might think) and we will share methods and techniques you can use to motivate yourself before you can effectively motivate others.

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Dina Dobrou is a Teacher and Life Skills trainer, specialising in Digital Learning and teaching Business English. She has over 20 years’ experience as a teacher and DoS in language institutes in Greece (most recently, the British Council) and has also worked in the UK teaching multicultural classes for Cambridge Education Group and also EAP at De Montfort University and the University of Birmingham. Her current interests are in Life Skills Training as well as Learner and Teacher Motivation.

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April 18th (10am-12pm Athens, Greece timezone)

Christina J. Rocha

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Critical Inquiry and Interactive methods for the Language Classroom

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Curiosity is at the heart of motivation for our students, yet not much has been explored around the topic of inquiry based learning in the language classroom, where students are the central focus, and teachers are facilitators. This experiential workshop focuses on methods for how YOU, the facilitator, can cultivate curiosity in your classroom, leading to lively engagement using 21st century skills specific for language teachers. We will identify inquiry based learning and discover how to incorporate exploration of the self and connection to others and other cultures, vocabulary , grammar and even history, using content and inquiry based learning practices. By the end of the session, teachers will walk away with lesson ideas to potentially use in their classroom.

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Christina J. Rocha has been teaching foreign languages (French, Spanish, ESL) since 1999. She started her career in the U.S. public school system before moving internationally to where she currently teaches Spanish and ESL at the American Community Schools (ACS) in Athens, Greece. A forever learner, she is also pursuing a PhD with her research focusing on Applied Linguistics in Education, specifically: the Language of Inquiry, and Global Citizenship in the Language Classroom.

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April 18th (12.15pm-2pm Athens, Greece timezone)

Maria Theologidou, ALS House Delta 

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Practical activities towards promoting empathy and kindness in the ELT classroom

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As educators, one of our primary goals is to build a classroom culture of kindness and understanding in which every student feels respected and valued. However, it might not always be clear to us how such values can be introduced or how effectively tasks focusing on them can be balanced against an often-demanding class syllabus. In this practical workshop, we will discuss the reasons why values matter in the learning process and we will explore together hands-on activities that we can use in our different classroom settings.

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Maria Theologidou is an EFL teacher, teacher trainer, translator and oral examiner. She has contributed to publications, written articles for ELT journals, presented workshops in  conventions and served as  the Vice Chair and Editor in Chief of TESOL Macedonia - Thrace, Northern Greece. You can find more about her at: https://mariatheologidou.com/

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May 16th (10am-12pm Athens, Greece timezone)

Roula Bagia, ALS House Delta

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Planning and preparing a lesson

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Planning and preparing lessons your students will love!

Plan and prepare engaging and enjoyable learner-centred lessons giving ample opportunity for collaborative learning. Tips and activities on how to scaffold learning to support students of all abilities and get them all talking and using new language acquired in every single lesson!

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Ms Roula Bagia has been an ELT teacher since 1995. She studied Translation at the British Council, and is a Delta Cambridge (Module 1) holder and BA European Civilization degree candidate. She has taught Greek and international learners from pre-junior to C2 both in Greece and the UK in online and offline environments. She is highly experienced in teaching Cambridge and Michigan exam classes and has a strong interest in the use of new technologies in ELT.

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May 16th (12.15pm-2pm Athens, Greece timezone)

Dina Dobrou, ALS House Delta 

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Motivation 102: Motivating learners

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Following on from “Motivation 101: Motivating yourself”, this session will take the concept of autonomous motivation and self-determination further and provide insight into which elements constitute learner motivation. It will also provide ideas on how we can provide a motivating classroom environment that learners can benefit from and thrive in.

Short Bio

Dina Dobrou is a Teacher and Life Skills trainer, specialising in Digital Learning and teaching Business English. She has over 20 years’ experience as a teacher and DoS in language institutes in Greece (most recently, the British Council) and has also worked in the UK teaching multicultural classes for Cambridge Education Group and also EAP at De Montfort University and the University of Birmingham. Her current interests are in Life Skills Training as well as Learner and Teacher Motivation.

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June 20th (10am-12pm Athens, Greece timezone)

Matthew Mazzone, ALS House Delta 

Teaching Online - tools, techniques and comparisons

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This session will start by taking a look at the requirements for online teaching. This includes basic setup, tools and what is most important. The session will then focus on three areas: Zoom, Manycam and ActivInspire. The focus of this session is how these tools can be used to make the classroom more interactive and enjoyable both for the students and the teacher.


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Matthew Mazzone is an Australian online teacher specialising in teaching children. His experience is mostly with Chinese students but has also taught students from various European countries. Matthew started teaching English in 2017 in his home town of Adelaide, Australia. He completed his CELTA the same year. In 2018 he move to Athens, Greece and completed DELTA Module 2. Matthew went on to teach at International House in Spain before focusing on online teaching. He currently lives in Valencia, Spain.

Before he started teaching English Matthew worked in IT, audio and music production. He holds bachelor and masters degrees in music technology. Matthew completed his masters at Berklee College of Music. He likes to utilise multimedia elements in his teaching style and use creative and innovative ways to engage his students.

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June 20th (12.15-2 pm Athens, Greece timezone)

Pola Papadopoulou, ALS House Delta 

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Leading successful hybrid lessons

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Hybrid learning is becoming increasingly popular and especially during the pandemic it is also in high demand. Research has also shown that academic results and learning outcomes are stronger with hybrid than either face-to-face or teaching online. This presentation will cover what hybrid learning is and how it differs from blended learning; what the benefits of hybrid learning are; what to consider when planning a hybrid lesson; and what to do when things fail. The presentation will also include a hands-on section where you will consider how you would plan a hybrid session.

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Pola has been an English language specialist for 8 years. Originally from Greece, she understands the struggles of non-native speakers when learning English as she herself has been one. Pola has a BA in English Language and Literature and a Master’s in International and Comparative Education with a focus on English language teaching and leadership in non-governmental institutions. She also holds an Advanced Diploma in TESOL and is a Cambridge certified Trainer for CELT-P and CELT-S.

Pola has taught in-person and online, in summer schools and business settings, privately and in groups. Finding her niche is still a work in progress but being passionate about teaching and helping others never wavers. She has been preparing students for the IELTS for 3 years now and she is always on the lookout for new practices and approaches to help both teachers and students.

Pola currently works as an Education Program Coordinator at Spotify and as a freelance English language teacher online.