28 April 2017 / by Ryan Beaudelaire

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 a great way to prepare us for all the things that could, can and will happen in our day.

As a group play the game "two truths and a lie"


Get the team together, or play it with a friend.

The game will be split into 3 rounds, we have an extra bonus round of grammar just for good practice!

> Round 1: Preparation - This round is based on how a teacher should prepare for a class to ensure they are ready for anything.

> Round 2: Classroom experiences - This round is connected to any real or imagined experience a teacher has had in the classroom.

> Round 3: Grammar - This round is related to grammar. It should test the other player's grammar knowledge.

Each player receives 1 point when they correctly state which of the 3 sentences is a lie.

The winner is the person with the most points at the end of the game.


Worksheet for you and your team


Capture all your information on this form. Space to write your truths and lies, and some feedback on what each person learns today or is inspired by. Another great chance to share some positivity with each other. You´ll see ours from today below!

Our true stories and tips - Preparing for class


Ashley Curran - ¨Look through and pick the most interesting topics.¨

His lie...? ¨Skip activities on topics I don´t like!¨

Charlotte Snow Harrison - ¨Sometimes activities need to be adapted depending on the group size so be prepared for this.¨

Her lie...? ¨Sometimes I invent meanings to words I´m not sure of!¨

Alex Johnstone - ¨Check for target language and see where it will come in during the activity.¨

His lie...? ¨Don´t prepare activities, it's more exciting to invent it on the spot!¨

Our true stories of classroom experiences - be prepared!


Joel - ¨Once, I had 2 students that started arguing with each other! It was awkward!¨

His lie...? ¨My phone went off in a lesson and I had to answer it!¨

Lewie - ¨I had no wifi, and couldn`t access the class material! I had to try to teach the class from memory!¨

His lie...? ¨A student got mad and stormed out of the class once!¨

Nick - ¨I had 2 teenagers and 1 was too shy to talk to the other one, it was difficult.¨

His lie...? ¨A student split up with her boyfriend and couldn´t stop crying. Could happen!¨

So many experiences, so little time!


This is just a few of our teachers shared ideas and experiences from today but we had plenty more! Joel, Sandra, Sergio, Nick, Ashley, Lewie, Paul, Lottie, Emilie, and Alex all had plenty to share around classroom experiences and some great tips on best practices when preparing classes.



What we learned, what we were inspired by


Alex - ¨Grammar is always changing and evolving, just like us! And I learned that you can use BUT to start a sentence!¨

Paul - ¨Creativity can´t be forced, it has to be natural.¨

Nick - ¨Be more prepared for my classes!¨

Paulina - ¨Be a friend to your student. And, have your material ready!¨

Sandra - ¨Have a backup plan - preparation is key!¨

Joel - ¨There can be MANY different experiences in the classroom!¨



Give it a go! 

Why not try this out with your team or colleagues and see what ideas you can share and inspire each other with.  It's a fun game working out what the lies could be because sometimes you would not believe the truths!!




Quotes from today!

Sandra Morwani #FunFriday

Emily Kopec #LovingLongWeekends

Joel Holmes #GrammarChanges

Alex Johnstone #ButCanStartaSentence

Paulina Mieldazyte #LearnFromEachother

Nick Giddings YOLO

further-reading-1 (1)

19 Esl teachers share their online teaching experience here -


Have a look at Busy Teacher and take in the tips on common Esl mistakes -



October 2017
The teachers are in the epicentre of the Oxinity growth model
by Jonatan Buxeda
Today I'd like to share what we have...


October 2017
Frustration of Students: Common Scenarios and How to Manage Them
by Jushua Cutts
‘’Mistakes are he portals to discovery’’ Frustration is defined as the feeling of being upset or annoyed as a result of being unable to change or achieve something. This is a common feeling that ...


October 2017
Teaching kids: challenges and winning strategies
by Gabriel Ekoe González
In an increasing demand for English classes,  important points to consider when teaching kids are how to teach also what makes a good kids’ activity. Perhaps the most important thing to consider when teaching kids is their attenti...


July 2017
10 Real Reasons to do a TEFL Course in Spain
by Radmila Gurkova
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,...


July 2017
7 Tips on Giving Feedback to ESL Teachers
by Peter Nesbitt
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...


June 2017
Teacher Talks - Sharing expertise and experience
by Ryan Beaudelaire
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 sha...


June 2017
Level testing: How to test a student's level?
by Ryan Beaudelaire
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!' Li...


June 2017
Teaching beginners: is translating really necessary?
by Radmila Gurkova
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 bee...


May 2017
Masterclass in ESL at Oxbridge to share and learn about expertise areas
by Gracia Guzmán
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 devoti...


May 2017
Move to Spain - Have my life! It´s easy
by Ryan Beaudelaire
Move to Spain - Have my life! It´s easy! Last Sunday, this is how we spent our Sunday afternoon, chillin' up the Mountain at Montserrat! Just another mountaintop Benedictine monastery you know! ...