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Feb 2015

How to… use emails for ESL teaching

In this day & age paperless teaching is the future.   Seeing that this is the case it should be no surprise that the next step should be using emails for ESL teaching.  How emails are incorporated in the out-of-class learning experience depends of course on the nature of the teaching environment as well as the needs of both student & teacher. Today we will consider using…

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24

Feb 2015

Teacher student interaction: teachers are learners too!

So, you’ve completed your TEFL course, gained your certificate and procured a job. The next part is, how do you do it vs how do you do it well. I personally don’t think there is a wrong and right way of teaching as everyone has their own way and each way works for them; providing the students are learning what they’ve set out to learn…

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Feb 2015

Teaching new vocabulary: 7 fail-safe strategies

If teaching grammar forms the frame for language acquisition, teaching new vocabulary provides students with the building blocks. It is therefore the teacher’s responsibility to bring home the value of these building blocks by presenting them in perspective - that is, in a way that is relevant and useful for the students. In order to do this, educators can use the following 3 broad categories for teaching new vocabulary.  …

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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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What makes a good ESL teacher. Preparation

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Jun 2014

What makes a good ESL teacher. Preparation

What are the qualities that make a good ESL teacher? When asked at a job interview what makes a good ESL teachers, candidates often praise personal traits such as patience, creativity, knowledge, skills, empathy, experience… But what if you have just finished your TEFL course and are not that experienced yet. Does that mean you can’t be a great teacher? The answer is that this…

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12

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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Mar 2012

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson recently challenged the way we educate our children and made a profound case stating that schools undermine rather than nurture. He feels that ‘‘we are educating people out of their creativity,” and that children today are ignored and stigmatized.


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Jan 2012

Your Textbook on the iPad – no way!!

Apple re-invents the way you can read your textbook, make electronic notes on the text page, highlight images and basically learn – in a more interactive, modern way.  No more looking through old textbooks or wondering in amazement if you have the latest one only the week after you have purchased it. Apple yet again sets the boundaries in instant interaction, against the standards of…

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