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Sharing Experiences: Food

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Feb 2016

Sharing Experiences: Food

Food. I love it. We have to eat it to survive but more importantly it defines who we are, where we are from and represents countries and cultures. ESL conversations require both students and teachers sharing experiences and in my opinion there is no better topic than food. Consider this: Spain has more restaurants, bars and cafeterias than all of Europe put together. In my…

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May 2015

Context clues: Putting language in perspective

xplaining new target language to students in a clear cut manner is a skill all ESL teachers need to master.  Building on the situational language teaching tradition, we could use context clues in order to give insightful examples to our students.  The following video illustrates how context clues work: As we can see, then, context clues are hints (be it directly or indirectly) that students…

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May 2015

How to… design paperless ESL activities

nowing that we are entering an era of paperless lessons , why not embrace it and think of the architecture behind teaching a class using your laptop, tablet or even smartphone?  Today we will explore some of the pointers our teachers deem important when it comes to designing ESL paperless ESL activities when teaching with electronic devices. Be economical with word use and avoid excessive…

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Apr 2015

Extensive and intensive ESL activities: Gist for the fun of it

s you probably know, language acquisition generally consists out of four language skills.  Today we will explore the significance of both extensive and intensive ESL activities related to input language skills.  Note that generally these input skills traditionally consists out listening and reading; however, in this day and age other forms of audio-visual sources are taking centre stage.  Keep this in mind with today´s discussion –…

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Mar 2015

Task-based language teaching: 6 tools for task force teachers

happens to all of us:  Now and again you come to the point where you have tried/used every trick in the book and now you are stumped for activities.  If that is the case you came to the right place because today we will look at the boundless source of original activities.  I am talking about task-based language teaching of course. Please note that the emphasis…

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Mar 2015

Games people play: No-prep ESL games for all ages

ake a moment & think about what you have learnt through simply playing a game – any game.  While you´re at it, notice that people play everywhere - so why not in the classroom?  Today we will help you spruce up your classes with an extensive list of no-prep ESL games our teachers use in their own classes.  The emphasis here is on hassle-free fun which…

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Mar 2015

False Friend

For anyone who’s never taught English or taken an advanced English course, you could be forgiven for assuming that a ‘false friend’ is someone who pretends to like you when they don’t. However, a false friend is in fact a word or phrase in two languages or dialects (or letters in two alphabets) that look or sound similar, but differ significantly in meaning.  I’ve listed below some…

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Jun 2014

Eleven great years teaching English. And counting…

It’s been eleven years since we first started teaching English in Spain and abroad. On Saint John’s night, a big festivity in Barcelona, we were only a few hours of launching Oxbridge. Sant Joan’s night, as the locals call it is one of the most cheerful celebrations with fireworks and bonfires and one of the most beautiful nights of the year in Barcelona. It is also the OxbridgeTEFL’s birthday’s…

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Jul 2013

Doing a TEFL course by videoconference: Worth it?

Upon beginning to research TEFL, you will see that there are a huge amount of courses out there, and it’s worth taking a look at every aspect of them to make sure that the certificate you will receive at the end of your hard work will be considered valid by employers. There is nothing worse than investing both your money and your time and energy…

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Jun 2013

Why do we like this structure activity about inversion?

Structure: Expressing emphasis using Inversion: Inverted conditional sentences without “if”: (Sentences beginning ‘Were…’, ‘Should…’, ‘Had…’). Level: Upper Intermediate – Advanced Author: Daniel Hermosilla Being able to express inverted conditional statements in English is a sign of an advanced level of linguistic competence as this structure is quite complex and less commonly used in daily communication. At a high level students need to be acquainted with…

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