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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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Mar 2015

ESL – Common Mistakes Students Make

In my last blog post I listed a few ‘false friends’ – English words that students confuse with words from their own language – in this one, I’m going to talk about common mistakes. Every single day, at least one student will say ‘he’ when they mean ‘she’ and vice versa. They also tend to say ‘he’ when talking about an animal whose gender they…

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TEFL teacher: What does it take to become one?

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Feb 2015

TEFL teacher: What does it take to become one?

For those already familiar with the term ‘TEFL’ (an explanation of the various terms can be found here) you will know that it means teaching English as a foreign language but, what does this actually entail, other than the obvious. It would be a common misconception to think that teaching English to foreigners is totally different to teaching English in a school in the UK…

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TEFL classes by videoconference for elementary level students.

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May 2014

TEFL classes by videoconference for elementary level students.

TEFL classes by videoconference are often related to high level students. How should our teaching change in order to grant successful and exciting learning experience to our students? On debate: Elementary level students (P2T) have just completed S1 and are ready to move up. At this stage grading the language and adapting are still very necessary. How can we improve our teaching practice and material? Conclusions: Keep instructions…

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May 2014

ESL activity lab. Creating functional beginners material – I play!

The purpose of this piece of ESL activity belonging to our activities section for beginners is to introduce the verb ‘play’. The previous ESL activity included the verb ‘like’ as well as ‘play’ so we removed the verb to like in order to simplify the activity. We introduced 4 Sports which all add something different to the ESL activity – Tennis, the same word used…

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ESL activities for beginners – a new ESL activity is born

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May 2014

ESL activities for beginners – a new ESL activity is born

If you think these faces are too serious and concentrated, you are about right. The guys you are seeing in the picture, part of our Oxbridge TEFL teacher team in Madrid, are deeply engaged in creating ESL activities for beginners. Four teachers. One activity. An ESL activity for beginner learners of English that will be used once and will last not more than 10 minutes. If the outcome is…

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Nov 2011

Happy and You Know it

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ2aEF337tY And what about starting the new week with this funny song with easy vocabulary. Pay attention to the musical instruments and the words related to likes and dislikes. And if you’ve listened carefully…