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Jul 2016

Some tips for your English students during summer break

Have you already made plans for this summer? Going to the beach, the mountains or visiting family? What about your EFL or ESL students? Will they keep on studying English if they’re not going abroad? It might be a good idea to give them something to do, right? Therefore I’ve listed here some activities to keep them busy in a easy way without you having to check…

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ESL Course Design for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

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Jul 2016

ESL Course Design for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

With another academic year coming to a close, the teachers of Oxbridge Barcelona began to reflect on the year behind them and plan the ESL courses for the 2016-2017 academic year. We began by brainstorming on the activities and teaching methods that were well received by the students, but more importantly, helped students advance their English. Furthermore, we collaboratively identified new subjects and activities that…

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Grading activities. Creating unified criteria.

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Jul 2016

Grading activities. Creating unified criteria.

In all of our classes we use activities which are written by us, the teachers, but how can we ensure that the activities work during a class? Here at Oxbridge we have adopted a five-star rating system for grading activities to ensure that we are able to evaluate all activities not only the same way but equally. The rating system allows teachers to grade an…

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07

Jul 2016

Can a non-native teach English? No way!

“Where are you from?” is usually one of the first questions I get when I meet students for the first time. I am from the Netherlands (which isn’t Holland by the way but that’s a different story). “But English is not the official language of the Netherlands, right?” Yes, that’s right. Our official language is Dutch but I speak English as well. Ok… Is it…

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English prepositions are easy with the in-on-at pyramid

04

Jul 2016

English prepositions are easy with the in-on-at pyramid

Are your students struggling to memorize the prepositions? Moreover isn’t it a bit confusing to explain all different examples? Why are my hands on the table, am I in the building and at the desk? Don’t worry. In, on and at is often confused among Spanish ESL students. Probably because these three prepositions can be translated to one Spanish preposition: “en”. Often it’s complicated to…

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01

Jul 2016

Are you capable of learning English?

One of my students told me after his two-hour class by videoconference that he felt very comfortable because he was able to follow most of it. Still he didn’t feel comfortable enough to speak at any time. He is at a beginner’s level but far from a beginner. I am talking about a middle-aged man who has been studying English almost his entire life but for…

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01

Jul 2016

Criteria for good activities

Here are some conclusions we, Madrid teachers, arrived to when discussing What do good activities include? These are internal working standards that we are now setting in order to unify criteria for what good activities should contain. Now we have more clues on what others mean when they say “this week the activities were terrible” or “these days activities have been fairly good”. These Friday discussions are our own way of negotiating meaning!…

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