Let’s be honest. You can speak English. That’s partly why you are here. You may wonder if you ‘need ‘ this workshop. You may be here because you are convinced you ‘can’t speak’ or you feel that you must ‘do something’ with the English skills you have already acquired. Whatever reason brought you to this workshop, we’re glad you are here. We have found that the people who participate in this workshop enjoy speaking English and are invested in their own development. One of the assumptions that will guide our activities in this workshop is that learning should be engaging and fun, so we’re committed to make sure this workshop is not just a repetitive review of the English that you’ve learned up till now, but rather a culmination of creative activities to help you become an even more fluent speaker of English.
I’m Barbara Lyons, an educator fueled by compassion, curiosity and a desire to broaden the scope of foreign language learning methodology. I began my career in Southern California, USA, at the Orange County Outdoor School where I was introduced to experiential learning. I devised and orchestrated hands-on learning activities while teaching Natural Science classes to children.
I immigrated to Greece in 1988, at which time I began teaching English as a foreign language to both children and adults. Since then, I have created an elaborate repertoire of vigorous activities to enrich my projects and workshops. I have also cultivated an all-encompassing approach to teaching, in which English is used as a tool to encourage greater self expression and leadership. I am the founder of the Living English Studio, a learning center offering constructive oral communication workshops.
When away from the Studio, or my computer, I will probably be exploring some mountainous region, as I am also an ardent hiker and runner.
I’m Kelly Stavridaki, a passionate educator who loves collaborating with young people. I believe in the power of teenagers to inspire change through their fresh perspectives of the world. After completing my bachelor studies in English Language and Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, I worked as an English teacher. Feeling though that I wanted to enrich my pedagogy and integrate creativity and the arts into my teaching, I decided to continue my studies at the University of Exeter in the UK. I completed the MA Creative Arts in Education and I also had the opportunity to visit renowned creative schools which use novel and artistic teaching methods.
I love dancing and I always find it interesting to attend drama seminars. I also go on walks in nature in my free time. I like cooking and trying new dishes as well.