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Sep 2015

Use of videos to teach topic activities in an ESL class

A great benefit of being able to use the internet in the classroom is the ability to draw on it for some excellent, previously inaccessible resources for learning. Perhaps most notably, the use of videos in a class can prove to be extremely useful. But, as with all things, there is a right and a wrong way to do it. So what should the standards…

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controversial-topics in the ESL classroom

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Sep 2015

Controversial Topics: How to Approach Them in the ESL Classroom

Every one of us has at one time, in the classroom or outside of it, felt that sinking feeling – somebody in the group says a controversial topic, and that point is met by a wall of uncomfortable silence. Or worse, by a thunder of bristled opposition. Discussing hot-button issues can often be tricky, but it is important not to skirt away from doing it….

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TEFL Life Lessons

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Jul 2015

TEFL Life Lessons

Throughout our lives we learn many lessons along the way and if you become a teacher, although you are teaching others, you are still a student – a student of life. Here are some TEFL life lessons that I learned on my road to becoming a TEFL teacher: Imagine leaving the place where you grew up, with just 2 suitcases and a handful of cash,…

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26

Jun 2015

ESL teaching and the Internet. The virtual classroom

ESL teaching and the Internet – From Apple’s iPod to Google’s driver-less cars, technology is playing a massive role in the 21st century. This is not to say that it is the solution to 21st century education, but simply a tool to aid education and learning and, although it can be a great tool, any learning concerning technology should be based around the theme and objectives…

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12

Jun 2015

Developing Technology in Education Collaborative Project

To develop a collaborative project that presents the Oxbridge English Teaching System and how we incorporate technology in it In the spirit of competition and with the incentive of exposing ourselves as modern vehicles that drive mental growth, we adventure into the idea of winning a prestigious fair that prizes many of our expertise. Knowing that the 18th of September becomes our finish line we began…

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12

Jun 2015

Proficiency Levels In English. Building Level Placement Parameters

Recently the Academy’s teachers came together to discuss what they need to keep in mind when deciding their students’ proficiency levels in English and if advancement is warranted . The discussion was motivated by a lack of consensus on various students’ levels and their progress. In a system where communication is prioritized and regular exams are missing, teachers will naturally differ in their opinions about students’ language strengths and weaknesses. As…

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Teaching English to Beginners: No Spanish, Please!

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May 2015

Teaching English to Beginners: No Spanish, Please!

When teaching any level of any language there are certain things that we teachers need to remember, but how do these things change depending on the level? What is it that changes when teaching English to beginners? That´s the key. It´s vitally important that you know exactly what you need to teach and when. During the early stages of learning any language students need to…

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29

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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Approach to Successful ESP Classes

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May 2015

Approach to Successful ESP Classes

How does English for specific purposes (ESP) differ from English as a second language (ESL)? In ESP classes the student has a purpose to learn English whereas with ESL they simply want to learn English to be able to converse with English speakers. What kind of people want to learn ESP? ESP students are usually adults who already have some acquaintance with the English language. Why…

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01

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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