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10 Real Reasons to do a TEFL Course in Spain

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Jul 2017

10 Real Reasons to do a TEFL Course in Spain

TEFL Course in Spain – The time is now! July and August are the best months to decide to make the step into sunshine by signing yourself up to a TEFL course in September here in Spain. It’s the perfect time to start something new. If you are a native English speaker or bilingual and you have an upbeat, positive attitude towards life then it’s time…

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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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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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Jul 2016

Some tips for your English students during summer break

Have you already made plans for this summer? Going to the beach, the mountains or visiting family? What about your EFL or ESL students? Will they keep on studying English if they’re not going abroad? It might be a good idea to give them something to do, right? Therefore I’ve listed here some activities to keep them busy in a easy way without you having to check…

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Jul 2016

Can a non-native teach English? No way!

“Where are you from?” is usually one of the first questions I get when I meet students for the first time. I am from the Netherlands (which isn’t Holland by the way but that’s a different story). “But English is not the official language of the Netherlands, right?” Yes, that’s right. Our official language is Dutch but I speak English as well. Ok… Is it…

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English prepositions are easy with the in-on-at pyramid

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Jul 2016

English prepositions are easy with the in-on-at pyramid

Are your students struggling to memorize the prepositions? Moreover isn’t it a bit confusing to explain all different examples? Why are my hands on the table, am I in the building and at the desk? Don’t worry. In, on and at is often confused among Spanish ESL students. Probably because these three prepositions can be translated to one Spanish preposition: “en”. Often it’s complicated to…

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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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The importance of teaching practice in TEFL training

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Mar 2016

The importance of teaching practice in TEFL training

Teaching English is a very complex process that involves knowledge about linguistics as well as about educational psychology. However, like everything else in life, there is the theory and then the reality. There is a Chinese proverb that says: I hear and I forget… I see and I remember… I do and I understand. This holds so very true for English teaching. That’s why at Oxbridge…

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Eating your way through Spain

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Dec 2015

Eating your way through Spain

If you are living and working in Spain, it is more than likely that you will have heard someone utter the words: “Spain has some of the finest food in the world.” And yet, many foreigners working as TEFL teachers become quickly disillusioned with Spain’s gastronomic offerings. The reason behind this dissapointment lies in the difficulty of finding the right places to order the right…

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