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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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Jan 2016

Building professional identity in a community of practice

When we decided to start our careers as teachers by working for someone else, we started to participate in a community of practice and began to define who we are professionally –that is: we started building a professional identity–. Maybe for some their profession is merely what they do to get money, for others it might be a quest for discovering how things work or just keep…

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A perfect ESL conversation

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Jan 2016

A perfect ESL conversation

I’d like you to look back at your past experiences as a student. What were the best memories you had about those classes?What could you do to recreate them in your classroom? Personally, my best memories are the ones where I had the most fun. When the teacher thought outside the box and did something different and challenging for a change. It wasn’t so much the…

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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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TEFL Myths

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Jul 2015

TEFL Myths

As with a lot of professions, there are preconceived notions when it comes to TEFL (both good and bad) that aren’t necessarily true. I have listed below a few TEFL myths and the reasoning behind why they are just that. FACT: Although it does help your chances of gaining employment as a TEFL teacher, it certainly isn’t a requirement that you were born and raised…

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TEFL teaching experience

30

Jun 2015

TEFL teaching experience

If teaching English as a foreign language (commonly known as TEFL) is something that appeals to you, you may want to know what it’s like before taking the plunge. Here, I am going to give you an insight into a real TEFL teaching experience . John Shepherd was a teacher at Oxbridge TEFL in Barcelona but decided to move on to pastures new and is…

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Is grammar important?

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Jun 2015

Is grammar important?

Learning a second language essentially consists of ‘Reading’, ‘Listening’ and ‘Speaking’. ‘Writing’ isn’t particularly necessary unless the student expresses that they want to learn to write and, even then, it can be learned quite easily once the speaking and reading have been mastered. So, is grammar important? Grammar is important because it is the language that makes it possible for us to talk to one…

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Teaching Students From Diverse Backgrounds

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Jun 2015

Teaching Students From Diverse Backgrounds

One of the challenges that teachers can encounter is having to teach students from diverse backgrounds in the same class as this makes the teacher obligated to meet the needs of different language students where differentiated instruction is required. This would not always apply to school classes but private classes, where you could have a mixture of students from different countries. It is a fact…

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Classroom atmosphere

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Apr 2015

Classroom atmosphere

In the blog I wrote before this one (which you can read about, here) I talked about how student attitude is an important factor of success in learning a foreign language and went on to talk about one contributing influence, the ‘student/teacher relationship’. In this blog, I will be talking about the second influence, ‘classroom atmosphere’ Although there are no specific teaching techniques to make…

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Teacher/Student Relationship

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Apr 2015

Teacher/Student Relationship

An important factor of success in learning a foreign language is the student’s attitude towards it. A student who considers the learning of English as a positive and rewarding experience is less likely to suffer from foreign language anxiety. However, their attitude is very often influenced by the following: a) teacher/student relationship b) the general classroom atmosphere, and c) the use of authentic teaching materials…

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