Here are some of the interviews I have given:

Keep Moving Forward – An Interview with Christina Chorianopoulou (@Kryftina)

1016688_10151558577278358_481848980_nFor April, my birthday month, I am very happy to present you with another super educator I admire tremendously for her creativity and optimism, Christina Chorianopoulou! Christina lives in Athens, Greece and she teaches students of all ages and levels.

She blogs at My Mathima (which is the Greek expression for My Lesson) and is very active on social media. She shares and writes and constantly creates something – either in education or as one of her hobbies!

Watch her extremely motivating interview:

Feat No 27: Honored by a student

Vicky Loras:

Today we had a special visitor at The Loras English Network​! One of our students came to visit us and spend the day as part of the Swiss apprenticeship programme. Read more on Eugenia’s blog:

Originally posted on Eugenia Loras:

Today we had the honor, beyond the great pleasure to welcome one of our students to The Loras Network, not as a student but as an observer.

One of our students chose to visit our school, our business, our family as part of her opportunity to observe several professions. This opportunity is given to all students attending the Swiss public secondary schools at the age of 15. It is an opportunity to go behind the scenes in some professions or sectors of interest and get a better feeling of what is involved.

We had the honor not only to have been chosen by our student, but to do what we love doing; tell her why we love it! All the reasons that we love every single aspect of the Loras Network and its past and present. The maturity with which she was absorbing our chapters was also due to the…

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We’ve been…sketchnoted! Between the Ferns with Doug Peterson

Vicky Loras:

We’ve been…sketchnoted!

Sylvia Duckworth, a great educator from Canada, has been posting her sketchnotes on social media and they are superb! One of them includes quotes from teachers who have been interviewed on Doug Petersons blog. Thank you so much for including me, Sylvia!

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I was the beneficiary of Sylvia Duckworth’s latest creation. Well, at least some of my interviews were.

As I’ve noted, she’s on fire lately drawing her #sketchnotes of various things. Here latest effort includes some of the memorable quotes from interviews that have been posted to this blog. She waded her way through and pulled out quotes from eight of them:

Here’s her latest piece of artwork.


I was honoured that her interest turned to creating one to celebrate all of the terrific quotes that have been an important part of the interviews.

You can check out all of her works in this Flipboard document.

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Flipping Vicky Loras’ Blogging Challenge

Vicky Loras:

I have said many times and I will keep on saying that when I first joined social media, I was not sure at all if it would work out for me. Almost six years later, I have not looked back.

I have met amazing educators both online and in person, and I am greatly indebted to them for teaching me a lot of things and for their friendship, as I have forged super friendships!

One of these people is the amazing Doug Peterson, who is a prolific blogger and edtech specialist. Doug and I connected on Twitter first and then Facebook, and we have shared lots of stories and he also lives in Ontario, where I was born – so one more thing to connect us : )

I am very moved while writing this introduction, both because of his incessant kindness and wonderful words. Doug did something terrific for the blog challenge I started in 2011 with 27 educators who shared their stories…and more revived it at the end of last year and are keeping it going. He flipped them all into one place, and now it is a beautiful collection. We can still keep adding to it.

What can I say, Doug, apart from THANK YOU and I truly hope with all my heart to meet you in person – let’s hope my plans to visit Canada next year come to fruition : )

A huge thank you to Doug and to all the teachers contributing to and supporting this blog challenge – it belongs to all of us!

Originally posted on doug --- off the record:

Earlier this week, I had shared a story for Vicky Loras’ Blogging Challenge “What’s Your Story?”  One of the things that you have plenty of time to do while suffering from a cold is doing some reflection.

As I reflected on the extent of the content, the stories, and the global connections from her challenge, I really became with how impressive this young lady’s reach is.  I certainly couldn’t even begin to reach the number of educators that she has worldwide and then have them share their story.  So, I hopped over to her blog and posted a reply and then it came to me – her blogging challenge is actually in two parts now.  Wouldn’t it make sense to put them all together in one spot?  I thought of a number of ways to curate that sort of thing and thought that a Flipboard magazine would probably…

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A guest blog post by Vicky Loras-” O Canada….in Larissa”

Vicky Loras:

At the beginning of October I was invited by the Teachers Association of Larissa, Greece to do two workshops – while I was there, the next day I was honoured to be invited to Aphro Giouris’ classes in the 30th Primary School of Larissa. In this post I wrote for her blog, I share my experiences and all the super things we did with the kids!

Originally posted on ELT inspired:

Oh, Canada…in Larissa!

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Discovering Canada with the amazing kids in Aphrodite Gkiouris‘ classes in primary school

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How I Got There
Two weeks ago, I went to Larissa, a city in Greece, in order to do two workshops after being kindly invited by the amazing English Teachers Association of Larissa.
The next day, I was very fortunate to be able to visit the 30th Primary School of Larissa, where my good friend Aphrodite Gkiouris works as an English teacher. I was excited to be there, as it had been quite a few years since I had been in a primary classroom in a state school.


The Visit
Aphrodite and I had decided that I take part in teaching four classes, one Grade 4 class, two Grade 5s and a Grade 6. I was going into the classroom as an unknown guest – the kids did not know where I was from…

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Feat No 23: Behind the scenes… behind it all!

Vicky Loras:

The Loras Network has moved! Read Eugenia’s post to see what happened all this past week!

Originally posted on Eugenia Loras:

What a week! What a long, hard-working, stressful yet blissful week. During the two-week Sports Break here in Switzerland, our family is working out… by working.

We have been in the process of looking for new facilities the past 3 months as it would be much more professional and practical to each have permanent separate offices. Many of our lessons are simultaneous and have increased recently.

Literally, last minute, on Friday 31.01 we found the best possible facilities, received the keys and managed to move everything out of the old and into the new during the weekend. That means that as of today we are ready to welcome you to our offices at Uptown, General-Guisan-Strasse 6, Zug in the Premium Business Center.

The main entrance is on the side of their vast parking lot. You can almost always find parking space there. There is also free parking in the “Hertizentrum”…

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A Reason to Move to Switzerland

Vicky Loras:

Another great post by Doug Peterson about internet speed and more…thank you for mentioning us, Doug!

Originally posted on doug --- off the record:

Other than to learn English at the Loras Network … Read my interview with Vicky Loras here.

You may come for the learning, but you’ll stay for the internet access.

Akamai has an interesting interactive visualization that they call “The State of the Internet“.

Select your metric for comparison and roll over the various countries to see the results.  As a basis for comparison, I ran an internet speedtest here.

My results….

Online life as I know it.

What’s the average for Canada?


So, when Vicky says life is nicer in Switzerland, maybe this is part of her logic.

It’s an interesting activity to move over countries and look at the speeds that are reported.  What a great start for talking about digital divides.  How about testing and comparing speeds at your school?  Overall, it’s an interesting collection of data which could be used so…

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Presenting the Plenaries – Part Two

Vicky Loras:

Another plenary speaker I am looking forward to listening to in Bratislava, on June 7-8, 2014 at the Conference, is Maggie Kubanyiova!

Originally posted on Conference 2015:

It is with great pleasure that we present to you our next plenary speaker, the outstanding Maggie Kubanyiova!

Maggie and her work

Maggie, originally from Slovakia, is a university lecturer and researcher at the University of Birmingham (UK) where she directs the MA Education TEFL programme which enables English language teachers from all over the world to develop their teaching skills and expertise. She has also lived and worked as a language teacher and teacher trainer in Slovakia, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Expertise and Writing

Maggie’s areas of expertise include communicative language teaching, motivation, classroom interaction and language teacher development. Her writing activity includes published articles and chapters on those topics in a variety of ELT journals and books, including ET Professional, Modern Language Journal, and TESL-EJ. Her book ‘Teacher Development in Action’ (2012, Palgrave) delves into the development of English language teachers…

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Presenting the Plenaries – Part One

Vicky Loras:

I am delighted to be part of the conference! I love the enthusiasm and dedication of the organisers.
I am also very happy that I will get the chance to see Professor David Crystal in action once again! A huge thank you to everyone at – see you in Bratislava in June!

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At, we are delighted to announce the first of our plenary speakers, who is none other than Professor David Crystal! We are honoured to have Professor Crystal as our keynote speaker at our June conference, where he will speak from his wealth of knowledge and expertise as the world’s foremost English linguist.

About David Crystal

Professor Crystal, who has been called a British ‘national treasure’, is a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster renowned for his research work in English language studies, in such fields as English language learning and teaching, clinical linguistics, forensic linguistics, language death, style, English genre, Shakespeare and lexicography. He held a chair at the University of Reading for 10 years and is now Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor.

His Writing

Professor Crystal is a prolific writer, with more than 100 books to his name. His two greatest…

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