Stuck for classroom ideas?

We’re more or less at the halfway point of the year and your classes are at full flow, but are you still looking for new ideas to freshen up your classroom dynamics?

New technologies are becoming ever more important in the classroom, not just to present content but also to keep the students motivated and engaged. Technology is constantly evolving which means there are new apps, web pages, philosophies and methodologies being developed on a regular basis. A simple Google search will bring up millions of ideas, but it can be quite time-consuming sifting through the results!

Apps like Pinterest are very fashionable at the moment where users can share and upload content to an online community for others to explore and use. If you are stuck for ideas or just looking for something new, a quick search is sure to stimulate your imagination.tablet

A quick and easy activity you could try is to ask your students to write a letter to their future selves; to talk about what they were doing on a specific day, something they would like to achieve or even predict the future. This activity can of course be done with a pencil and paper, but why not make it more exciting for students by using www.futureme.org? With this ingenious website anyone can write an email to their future self and programme a date for it to be sent back to their inbox. Give it a try!

Are you in need of a better way to communicate with your students? We know that communication between teachers and students, particularly via instant messaging like SMS or Whatsapp, is often problematic. You may want to take a look at a new educational app we’ve come across called Remind. This service has been dubbed the Whatsapp for teachers, as it allows them to safely send text messages to students and stay in touch with parents without ever revealing personal phone numbers. El País recently published an article about Remind after was officially released at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Click here to read the full article and to watch a short promotional video about this new communication tool.

Have a look and try something new!

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Talking about CLIL with Dr. David Marsh

Last year we had the pleasure of an audience with CLIL guru Dr. David Marsh and CLIL experts in our Oxford CLIL Congress that took place in Madrid, Ciudad Real, Valladolid and Murcia. All of the different sessions were very well-received, and teachers were eager to participate in the engaging and motivating workshops and lectures.

For those of you who may not know Dr. David Marsh, he has been named one of the forefathers of the tem and methodology Content and Language Integrated Learning. In Finland he has played a huge role in transforming the education system, and he’s also been instrumental in launching CLIL in Europe.DM

After the Oxford CLIL Congress in Valladolid we managed to catch up with Dr. David Marsh and speak one-to-one about his experience with CLIL in Finland and what the future holds for integrated education. You can watch this never before seen interview with Dr. David Marsh right here on the Oxford Professional Development site by clicking on the following links to our Youtube channel:

  1. Experience with CLIL
  2. Models of CLIL
  3. Future of CLIL

In these three short videos Dr. Marsh provides insight into the world of CLIL, how we can move forward and what we can learn from other education systems.

We hope you enjoy them!

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Webinars are back!

To continue our promise of on-going training we have the pleasure of announcing the OxJamie Keddieford Webinars calendar for the second trimester. Once again we are offering something for everyone, from Pre-Primary to Upper Secondary, ELT and Bilingualism.

As usual you’ll get to hear from our authors and expert teacher trainers firsthand – we hope you connect to share ideas with these truly talented ELT professionals. This trimester you can join Jamie Keddie for his webinar about Storytelling for Teenagers, discuss the LOMCE with Plácido Bazo as well as discover new ideas for yoPlácido Bazour Arts & Crafts or Sciences classes in the Bilingual webinars that we have on offer.

For the full calendar and to register, go to the Upcoming Webinars & Registration tab, or click here.

If you have never attended an Oxford Webinar, we thoroughly recommend it! It’s simple and easy to connect, and you don’t need to be a computer whizz-kid to participate!

We hope to see you online!

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Michael Swan book signing at International House Conference in Barcelona!

Oxford Umswanniversity Press is delighted to announce that Michael Swan is giving not one, but two talks at the International House Conference in Barcelona on the 6th and 7th of February.

And not only will you have the chance to see Michael behind the microphone but we have the pleasure to offer you a unique opportunity to meet him and get your book signed!

Look out for Michael at the Oxford stand on Saturday 7th of February and don’t forget to bring your book!

You can see the grammarian in either or both of his talks at the conference.

  • Friday 6th February – 17:00—17:50

What is happening in English, and how much does it matter?

  •  Saturday 7th February – 14:45—15:35

Grammar doesn’t have to be grey

 ***Important! You will need to register beforehand to be able to attend the conference. For conference details and registration information for the International House Conference in Barcelona, click here.

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Save the Date!

This year we are going on tour again! We are delighted to announce Oxford Meet the Authors events in 13 cities across Spain.

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Be sure to attend our exciting programme of in person teacher training events this spring. The finer details haven’t yet been finalised but you can take note and mark your calendars now!

Don’t worry; we’ll keep you informed by sending more details about your local event as the date approaches!

For the full list of dates and cities, check out the tab Teacher Training Events > Meet the Authors 2015, or click here.

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We’ve moved!

The Oxford Professional Development site is moving to a new web address. You can now find us directly at www.professionaldevelopmentoxford.com.

The appearance of the site remains the same so don’t worry, you should be able to find everything you need the same as before.

Remember to save the page in your favourites! Click on the link above to go there now!

Thank you for your understanding.

Oxford Professional Development Team

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The festive season is just around the corner and we hope you are all ready to celebrate and enjoy your time away from the classroom.

On behalf of Oxford University Press and the Oxford Professional Development team, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Click on the image below to watch our short digital card:

Best Wishes,

The Oxford Professional Development Team

 
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Have you seen OUP at another conference?

Not only does Oxford University Press hold Meet the Authors, Oxford Seminars and Oxford Webinars but we also participate in a variety of ELT and CLIL conferences across Spain throughout the year.

You may have seen one of our speakers or our stand at one of the many conferences we have attended this year. We’ve been to the British Council Annual Teachers’ Conference in 4 different cities, ACEIA in Sevilla, CEFIRE in Castellón, and more recently The Image Conference in Córdoba to name a few.

Of all the conferences thIMG_20141122_151105731_HDRis year, one in particular caught some media attention; The Image Conference which took place in November in the city of Córdoba. 20 Minutos picked up on this international conference and billed it as a “turning point in language teaching innovation”. As the name suggestsimageconf_jk, The Image Conference focused on the use of film, video, image and gaming in language teaching. Among the many speakers that took part Jamie Keddie and Nina Lauder each represented OUP with talks on using video cameras in the classroom and using images to transmit science concepts respectively. As for the 230 participants, they left the conference with a plethora of possibilities and ideas related to new technologies that they can apply to the English classroom to motivate their students. You can read the full article here.

We would love to hear from you if you attended any one of the conferences! Which conference did you go to and how was it? Click on “leave a comment” above.

Posted in Bilingualism, Blogs, Classroom ideas, CLIL, Events, News, Oxford Seminars, Training opportunities

Two Minute Teacher Tips!

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Ever wondered who the authors of your coursebooks really are? We often see their names but never really know who they are! Now you can put a face to the name!

Oxford University Press and Oxford Professional Development proudly present Two Minute Teacher Tips, a collection of over 150 videos for 10 different OUP textbook series recorded by your coursebook authors and OUP Teacher Trainers.

These short, buRWalker_EnglishFile2t idea-packed videos provide further explanation and understanding of the unique aspects of each coursebook, as well as practical tips that you can apply directly to your lessons. You’ll also find advice on how to exploit your coursebook, activity ideas and suggestions, tips on classroom management and much more!

Two Minute Teacher Tips are available for OUP coursebooks of all levels starting with Oxford Splash for Pre-Primary all the way to English File 3rd Edition for adult learners. Don’t miss out on these practical, entertaining videos! To access your Two Minute Teacher Tips, select from the options below:

1. Scan the QR code on the inside cover of your coursebook
2. Via Oxford Premium in Class Resources >> Teacher Training folder
3. On the OUP ELT Global YouTube channel
4. And of course, right here on the Oxford Professional Development site – follow the Two Minute Teacher Tips tab.

We hope you enjoy the videos but more importantly we hope you find them useful for your day-to-day life in the classroom! Let us know what you think!

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So many webinars, so little time!

We know the start of an academic year can be a challenge, but we hope you’re all adjusted by now and enjoying being back in the classroom!

After lots of hard work and planning we are delighted to announce the Oxford Webinar programme for the first trimester. We’ve got lots of great sessions in store for you so start marking the dates in your calendar – you won’t want to miss them!

webinars2We’ve got something for everyone from Pre-Primary to Secondary for both English and Bilingual teachers, as we strive to cater for all your needs! You can join Katherine Bilsborough to learn about how to adapt materials for mixed abilities classes, connect with Paul Kelly to create a “Mosaic” of games, and explore the benefits of experiments in the Science classroom with Blanca Morote.

Interested? For the full calendar and to register, go to Upcoming Webinars & Registration.

Don’t forget all our online Oxford Make the Most courses are now fully underway. If you didn’t get the chance to sign up you still have time, click here to see available courses and to register. If you’re already signed up and haven’t yet connected to the course we invite you join the rest of the teaching community and say hello in one of the introductory forums! We are waiting for you!
“See” you all online!

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