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Jun 2017

Teaching beginners: is translating really necessary?

A big debate around teaching beginners has always been whether it is necessary or not to translate into the learners’ mother tongue. Opinions are split and vary from definitely not to maybe sometimes yes or, in the other extreme, of course yes, translating is fast and effective. Translating seems straightforward and historically it has been so intrinsically linked to learning languages (e.g. the grammar-translation method applied from classic languages…

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masterclass in esl

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May 2017

Masterclass in ESL at Oxbridge to share and learn about expertise areas

The Oxbridge English Teaching System (OETS) is made out of a wide and wide community of teachers from different countries and backgrounds. Offering a masterclass in ESL for different areas of expertise was necessary and easy at the same time, having in mind the richness of profiles of our community members. This is why we are currently devoting our Friday meetings to masterclasses presented by our teachers. Each teacher…

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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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Apr 2017

How to adapt articles – Oxbridge activites

      Oxinity Friday Meeting – Barcelona   How to adapt articles Today at our team meeting here in Barcelona we worked together to practice how best to adapt articles to match the different levels of our students when we are creating and teaching Oxbridge Topic Activities. We´re always looking to each other for tips and hints on how to create better, more relevant and…

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Apr 2017

How to create a complete Oxbridge activity

An Oxbridge activity: steps and tips In this guide we will give you  the step by step instructions on how to create a complete Oxbridge activity. You can use it to create any type of activity under the Oxbridge English Teaching System, such as topic, vocabulary, structure or pronunciation activities for any communicative purpose. The video walks you through the whole process from beginning to completion with all…

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Apr 2017

Enriching activities collaboratively: engagement and challenge in topics

At Oxbridge, we develop our own materials and we are passionate about what we teach, hence, our priority is our students’ engagement and challenge in topics and the quality of the material that we use in our lessons. This is why our Friday meetings are devoted to CPD (continuous professional development), collaborative work, sharing of experiences and ideas. There are various and multiple factors that affect the…

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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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A perfect ESL conversation

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Jan 2016

A perfect ESL conversation

I’d like you to look back at your past experiences as a student. What were the best memories you had about those classes?What could you do to recreate them in your classroom? Personally, my best memories are the ones where I had the most fun. When the teacher thought outside the box and did something different and challenging for a change. It wasn’t so much the…

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Teaching Taboo Subjects

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Jan 2016

Teaching Taboo Subjects

When I first started teaching I found myself teaching an activity about relationships to normally out-going group of students. Less than a minute into the discussion one student announced that she did not want me to ask her any questions as she had recently ended a relationship and was too upset to talk about the subject. It was obviously an awkward moment and I mentioned this to…

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