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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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Teaching Taboo Subjects

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Jan 2016

Teaching Taboo Subjects

When I first started teaching I found myself teaching an activity about relationships to normally out-going group of students. Less than a minute into the discussion one student announced that she did not want me to ask her any questions as she had recently ended a relationship and was too upset to talk about the subject. It was obviously an awkward moment and I mentioned this to…

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Eating your way through Spain

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Dec 2015

Eating your way through Spain

If you are living and working in Spain, it is more than likely that you will have heard someone utter the words: “Spain has some of the finest food in the world.” And yet, many foreigners working as TEFL teachers become quickly disillusioned with Spain’s gastronomic offerings. The reason behind this dissapointment lies in the difficulty of finding the right places to order the right…

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Returning-after-the-summer-break

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Sep 2015

Returning after the summer break!

September has come back around again and the summer holidays are well and truly finished, so that means for most of us it´s back to work and those nice lie-ins are a thing of the past. A bout of the holiday blues is more than likely to be affecting you so how can you get rid of those feelings and make sure you are ready…

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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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motivate and encourage students

14

Jul 2015

Motivate and Encourage Students. Learn how!

Whether you teach a language, an instrument, a profession or a sport all teachers have many responsibilities. One of the most important things that a teacher must be able to do is ensure that they motivate and encourage students. With some groups or classes this can be easy but with others you may find it extremely difficult for one reason or another. So if this…

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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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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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