A Wild Goose Chase! TESOL Greece & Michael Robbs at the Autumn ’22 Athens IP Exhibition

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A Wild Goose Chase!

It is a truth universally acknowledged that students will always compare Greek and English, either consciously or subconsciously. While there are problems with an unquestioning use of Greek in the English classroom, it can be extremely rich territory when discussing idioms and metaphorical language. Looking at where these idioms come from can also be an interesting and memorable way of learning that phrase.

In this practical workshop I’ll show you that there’s more than one way to skin a cat. I’ll share some of my favorite activities for motivating students and making idioms easier to
remember. We’ll start with a few red herrings by looking at the hilarious world of Gringlish. Then we’ll hear straight from the horse’s mouth. After pulling the wool over your eyes, I’ll let the cat out of the bag.

Note: no idiomatic animals will be harmed during this workshop.

Michael Robbs

Michael Robbs has been teaching English in Greece for almost 30 years. He has an MA in TESL/TEFL and has co-authored 7 English teaching books. For the past 18 years he has been teacher training and teaching Business English on-site, on-line, and in-house, with the Hellenic American Union and Hellenic American University in Greece. He was the 2007 – 2008 Chair of TESOL Greece.