Feat No 18: Our events

One of the best parts of being a teacher has been the events we organize for our young learners – for our children. Ever since I started teaching English, I have always tried to find a way to incorporate these educational and entertaining events in our school year.

When I was a freelance teacher and, among several other projects, taught English as a second language to Greek children at a private preschool, we would organize beautiful celebrations for Christmas and the end of the school year. I was responsible for creating a segment in English. It would usually be a short play full of English songs, jumbo flash cards, words and phrases we had learnt throughout the year. What was special about these mini English celebrations, was the result! The children loved them, the parents were thrilled and I was so fulfilled. At the end of the events, the parents would come up to me and express themselves so enthusiastically that they felt their children had performed better in English than in their native language.

Later on at our Language School in Greece, The Loras English Academy, we continued hosting such events with the aid of technology: our interactive white board, videos, DVDs, CD-ROMs, audio storybooks, printable worksheets and electronic board games.

As I mentioned in my talk, on 22 September 2013, what I also love about our profession is that we have the great benefit of being able to mix business and pleasure. In such a productive and pleasant way. To this day we still have an event for children, at least once a month. Every month, a theme is chosen and played with in written, spoken, game and creative form, providing our students with extra practice in English, maybe additional encyclopedic knowledge on a topic and with a wonderful dose of fun. For one hour, we make the best of every theme.

The pleasure, however, is not only in the entertaining aspect of the events. As a mother, I can invite my own children into this world of knowledge and happiness. What a combination!

Even when on holidays, we try to find such combinations at the places we visit. My personal favourite has been our trips to Ravensburger Spieleland in Germany. An absolutely excellent environment of very fun education. Even when choosing hotels, we make sure their is a playroom or kids club for them.

Finally, we felt very proud when we had an article published about one of our events during the previous school year. It was “Clifford, the Big Red Dog” Day at The Loras Network and we all had a great time.

Thank you.

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5 thoughts on “Feat No 18: Our events

  1. Martin Sketchley October 6, 2013 at 19:34 Reply

    It is so rewarding and motivating when you see young learners and their parents come up to you and give you a well-deserved pat on the back. My aims for next year is to organise more YL events during the year including a Yearbook for the School – to document and present everything the students have completed during the year with photographs, video and literature to help. It would be so nice to see how I could organise this with the school in the UK and how it could be shared among the students when they return home. Naturally, I will be blogging about this personal project in the New Year.

    • Eugenia Loras October 6, 2013 at 20:59 Reply

      It truly is rewarding and motivating, Martin and I am really looking forward to reading all about your project.
      Wishing you all the best and thanking you very much,
      Eugenia

  2. Graham Jones October 7, 2013 at 09:00 Reply

    “The parents … felt their children had performed better in English than in their native language.”

    No doubt this is largely due to you being such an inspiration, Eugenia!

    At the same time, it is fascinating how younger students can become less inhibited in a foreign language, whereas older students tend to be more inhibited?

    • Eugenia Loras October 7, 2013 at 09:36 Reply

      Wow! Thank you very much, Graham! I just truly and deeply love what I have been doing all these years!

      And, yes, you are right! Even judging from myself as I am now trying – really trying- to learn German as an adult, I am very inhibited.

      Thank you so much again, Graham!

  3. […] is at an age that he can productively and smoothly participate in our educational fun events at The Loras Network. He has a constantly growing interest in books and lately audio books. And he just loves German. […]

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