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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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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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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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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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Learning Styles

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May 2015

Learning Styles

In one of my blogs I wrote about teaching styles in ‘The Art of Teaching English‘, today I’m going to write about learning styles. As different teachers have different teaching techniques, different students will have different learning styles. Learning styles refer to the way that people learn and everyone has a mix of learning styles although, some may find that they have a dominant style…

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Using Authentic Materials In The Classroom

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May 2015

Using Authentic Materials In The Classroom

Following on from the previous two blog posts, which you can read here and here, the third item in conjunction with a student’s success in learning a foreign language is, “using authentic materials”. Authentic materials are basically any materials that exist in the real world for native English speakers. Sources include: books, magazines, newspapers, videos, internet, etc. All of which are available everywhere. If you’re going to…

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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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What is intonation and why teach it?

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Mar 2015

What is intonation and why teach it?

What is intonation? The term ‘intonation’ refers to the linguistic use of pitch to convey meaning of a sentence and/or word and during your life as a TEFL teacher you will come across students who will have difficulty using intonation and stress in the correct manner – this means they may not be able to get their point across very well and, in turn, native…

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