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Jul 2017

7 Tips on Giving Feedback to ESL Teachers

Giving feedback to ESL teachers can be tricky, particularly when you have something critical to say. But yet it is also important, as without it, how can people learn? Sure, they can rely on their own self-evaluation of how they are doing, but if you have ever watched any TV talent show, you will see that a lot of people just aren’t very good at assessing their own performance. The same applies to teaching - whether its giving feedback to ESL teachers…

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Jun 2017

Teacher Talks – Sharing expertise and experience

Teacher Talks - Sharing expertise and experiences   Things worth sharing We´ve had something up our sleeve for the last few weeks and we´re ready to do what we love and share it with you! Here in Barcelona, our team of Oxinity teachers have been preparing short Teacher Talks, or presentations, to share their specialised area of interest or expertise during our Friday Meetings. Our intention is to…

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Level testing: How to test a student’s level?

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Jun 2017

Level testing: How to test a student’s level?

Level testing: How do you do it? Level testing…… Ooooh, lets talk! Unless you’ve been asked that awkward question outright: ‘What level am I?’ You won’t know what’s it like to to be a deer in the headlights and respond with something really daft in a high pitched voice like…. ‘Yeah, really good!’ Like that’s a level now! It’s important as an Esl teacher to…

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28

Apr 2017

Preparing for class, classroom experience!

Oxinity Friday Meeting – Barcelona Team game – Preparing for class, classroom experience.   Friday greetings Esl teachers! The objective of our Friday meeting this week was to bring some attention to the way we prepare for class and to share experiences that we have had in the classroom. The good, the bad and the ugly! We all have our own ideas and experiences so this is…

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28

Mar 2017

An engaging Friday meeting on classroom engagement

In his previous blog post How to engage students in the classroom & beyond, trainer Vincent Chieppa shared some insight about classroom engagement. The team at Oxbridge, as part of their continuous teacher training and development, devoted a meeting to brainstorm and role play the proposed tips and guidance. We walked in our students’ shoes by becoming learners for one hour. The results was very revealing: we…

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Mar 2017

How to… engage students in the classroom & beyond

How do we engage students? Well, first of all we need to know what we mean. According to The Glossary of Education Reform, student engagement refers to:   The degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their education. Believe it or not, being…

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Mar 2017

I stand corrected: Self-correction in fluency activities

Self-correction is key during any activity. In a previous post we looked at the different ways of developing self-correction in order to improve accuracy. Today, however, we will turn to promoting self-awareness during activities. The main difference between accuracy and fluency activities in terms of self-correction, is that with the latter, it is all about the flow of the discussion. For this reason it is best (in most…

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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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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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Jun 2016

Why don’t we translate while we teach English?

“… and all other things.” I saw the look in his eyes: panic. “Things? What is things?” Oops, I didn’t know this was a new word. Mentally slapping myself in the face for my own stupidity, I started explaining the word “thing”. I pointed at different objects in the room while using the word “thing” and referred to myself and him as people not things….

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