Why do we like this topic activity about buying property in Spain?

Topic activities for elementary level students are always a challenge. On one hand, students enjoy and benefit from free activities about topics of interest. On the other hand they might have considerable linguistic limitations and in this case grading your language is essential to grant good involvement and participation. Continue reading

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My favourite class and why

We often hear teachers complaining about certain students and classes that were difficult.

It’s much more productive and rewarding to hear about teacher’s favourite classes and why they enjoyed them.

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Here I’ve collected a few of the Oxbridge teacher’s accounts of their favourite classes and students:

Elena Riches

I love an online class I do one on one with a woman. I can’t see her but I hear her really well and she’s very responsive to everything I ask. I never have a problem with her in terms of not listening. The class is relaxed and fluid and this reflects in her progress.

Phil Broomhall & John Shepherd

We love the advanced level group at la Fira Barcelona, it’s a larger group of over 10 people which can often pose problems but the students have such a great level of English and get on so well the class flies by. Each student respects the other when they speak and they are able to really get into discussions. They’re also funny students who appreciate the British humour!

Rob Wylie

My favourite classes are all with various students at a company I know very well. I’ve taught them for years now and we’re very close. They feel like my family and I’ve been a major witness in their progression in the English language, supporting them all the way.

Inge Tuijnman

I also prefer various students at one company. They are very positive and receptive students, which is the best thing first thing in the morning!

What’s your favourite class? Why?

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Friday Meeting: What we can learn from sports about positive learning environment

Developed by TEFL trainer Gabriel Messina

What is the best learning environment?

What can we learn from sports about positive learning environments? “Children learn in a variety of ways. As a coach, the type of environment you set up is crucial to how much learning takes place”, coaches say. “If I enjoy, I send a message to the group… and that gives you a real connection. We have to create an environment in which the kids feel it’s ok to make a mistake. Being a good communicator allows you to manage these mistakes to the benefit of the children.” Continue reading

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Friday meeting: Pronunciation activities

Developed by Pronunciation Project Leader Beatrice Tansley

Why did we start the project of pronunciation activities? Because we felt the necessity of creating specific tools -apart from the usual work on pronunciation through vocabulary activities- that would target Spanish learners’ pronunciation.

What moved us was the conviction that nobody is tone-deaf and every one can have a good pronunciation.

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My Top 5 Reasons to TEFL: India Boddy


1) Change people’s lives

… A change you can see everyday in your students’ progress and receptiveness. In each and every class, no matter how difficult some may be, you can instantaneously reap the rewards of having helped someone out when working in TEFL. The look on a student’s face when they finally comprehend a subject matter they were having difficulties with, with your aid and guidance, is priceless. Continue reading

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Friday Meeting: I think I think…

…or why understanding how learning process takes place can help us be better teachers.

Developed by TEFL trainer Ana Garza

What I know I know

Metacognition enables understanding, analysis, and control of one’s cognitive processes. It is also known as active learning. This means that people take control of their own learning by predicting their performance on the task and monitoring their current levels of mastery and understanding. Continue reading

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Friday Meeting: Analysing, Anticipating, Acting

Developed by TEFL trainer Gabriel Messina

Why analyze learners’ linguistic production? One of the most important outcomes that we take from linguistic analysis is the ability to anticipating students problems,  among other reasons.
What do we analyse? At the same time teachers are analyzing meaning, form, pronunciation, function, appropriateness… any type of language interference in general. Continue reading

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TEFL Course October 2013: Our favourite P2 Topic activity

Topic: The 127 Year Old Woman

Objective: Discuss old age, how to take care of your body. Learn about food and China

Level: Beginner

Author: Guro Stuan



Topic activities are a tricky area when we’re talking about a low-level class. Topics demand conversation, opinion, and expression; which beginners lack the structure and vocabulary to communicate.

We can successfully transmit a topic to beginners, though, as long as we demonstrate the structure and the vocabulary in a clear and accessible manner, and keep the text short and direct so it can be digested without being overwhelming.

Our recent graduate Guro’s activity is just this: direct, simple and effective, with great target language, well-suited and graded to the level it’s being shown to.

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How reliant are you on spellcheck, really?

Check out this test to see how good your spelling really is! 



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Why do we like this low level structure activity about numbers?

Structure: Numbers

Level: Beginner

Author: Daniel Hermosilla

Colourful preschool numbers

It is essential to have a grasp of numbers when learning a language. We need to have a knowledge of them when setting up a bank account, finding addresses, anything fiscal. Numbers longer than 3 digits can cause problems for all students of all levels but should be introduced early-on in the language learning process in a way that makes them approachable and fun.

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