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Feb 2016

You are how you think

A lot of people often say that you are what you eat, but it really should be “you are how you think”. Let me explain. My name is Paola, I was born and raised in Mexico City, meaning that Spanish is my native language. I had always been a very shy little girl, living in my perfect little bubble and having a big family meant…

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learning-styles

01

Dec 2015

Learning Styles and the Different Approaches to Them

We are all different; it is a part of the human condition. One obvious but often unspoken difference between us is the different learning styles that we can use. But how can these differences affect learning? Or teaching? In the early 90’s, Neil Fleming proposed one of the currently more prominent models relating to the ways that different people can learn or interact; the VAK…

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17

Jun 2015

Teaching English in Bars. Love learning with a cup of coffee!

Teaching English in a bar? Throughout your whole life you may have spent your class time in a classroom, meeting room or office. But do you always need to learn in these types of places? Are there other environments which can provide perfect study locations? Why not teaching English in Bars?   Whether you live in a large city or small villages there are always…

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Is grammar important?

16

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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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 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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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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Teacher/Student Relationship

21

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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20

Mar 2015

New teaching techniques: Sparking inspiration

The era of “chalk and talk” is over.  We as teachers know that we need to incorporate new teaching techniques seeing that nowadays simply presenting information to our students is just not enough.  Students have to engross themselves in what they are being taught, they need to discover the worth of what we teach them and it is our job to ignite that interest. The…

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