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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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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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use-of-videos

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Jun 2016

How to use cognates for beginners

When students make the decision to step into the classroom to learn English, they often nervous and feel intimidated. For them it is as if they are entering a new world where nothing looks familiar. Thus they can become withdrawn and shy. The situation can be difficult for the TEFL teacher as well as they struggle to connect with the students and create a path…

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controversial-topics in the ESL classroom

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Sep 2015

Controversial Topics: How to Approach Them in the ESL Classroom

Every one of us has at one time, in the classroom or outside of it, felt that sinking feeling – somebody in the group says a controversial topic, and that point is met by a wall of uncomfortable silence. Or worse, by a thunder of bristled opposition. Discussing hot-button issues can often be tricky, but it is important not to skirt away from doing it….

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Jun 2015

ESL teaching and the Internet. The virtual classroom

ESL teaching and the Internet – From Apple’s iPod to Google’s driver-less cars, technology is playing a massive role in the 21st century. This is not to say that it is the solution to 21st century education, but simply a tool to aid education and learning and, although it can be a great tool, any learning concerning technology should be based around the theme and objectives…

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Jun 2015

Developing Technology in Education Collaborative Project

To develop a collaborative project that presents the Oxbridge English Teaching System and how we incorporate technology in it In the spirit of competition and with the incentive of exposing ourselves as modern vehicles that drive mental growth, we adventure into the idea of winning a prestigious fair that prizes many of our expertise. Knowing that the 18th of September becomes our finish line we began…

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Jun 2015

Proficiency Levels In English. Building Level Placement Parameters

Recently the Academy’s teachers came together to discuss what they need to keep in mind when deciding their students’ proficiency levels in English and if advancement is warranted . The discussion was motivated by a lack of consensus on various students’ levels and their progress. In a system where communication is prioritized and regular exams are missing, teachers will naturally differ in their opinions about students’ language strengths and weaknesses. As…

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