We’re moving!

It’s an important day for the Oxford Professional Development team – we’re moving! But we want to make sure you come with us, so have a look at the video below for more details about our new address and click here to see our new site.

UDIMA – I Encuentro Sobre Bilingüismo

On Saturday we haJane Cadwallader - UDIMAd the pleasure of participating in the UDIMA’s Primer Encuentro Sobre Bilingüismo at their beautiful campus in Collado Villalba. It was a great opportunity to hear from a number of different speakers about their experiences with bilingual education; the challenges, needs and practical steps involved in the process.  Jane Cadwallader spoke about how to meet the challenges of teaching natural and social sciences curriculum in English like covering the “contenidos básicos” of the Spanish syllabus and using as much English and as little L1 as possible. Click here to hear Jane’s thoughts on bilingualism in Spain!

Online OUP–CAM Courses Come to an End

The onlinEnglish and Methodology for Secondary Teacherse courses that OUP offers in collaboration with the Comunidad de Madrid are coming to a close after a great 16 weeks filled with online activities and live sessions, including a webinar. It was a great experience for all of us because we had such a dedicated group of teachers contributing lots of ideas throughouEnglish and Methodology for Primary Teacherst the whole course. Thanks to everyone who participated, and especially those who joined us for the last session of the course at the Centro Español de Nuevas Profesiones the evening of Tuesday 21st May in Madrid. We’d love to haMake the Most of Arts & Crafts in Primary Educationve you join us again in the fall for another online course, as well as those who are interested in signing up for the first time. Although registration hasn’t started yet, you can click here for more information about the online courses we’re offering in the fall.

Making music with Vanessa Reilly

Vanessa ReillyVanessa Reilly, author of OUP’s newest series for Primary, Big Surprise! and Pre-Primary, Oxford Splash, talks about the importance of music in the classroom and gives us many fun and creative ideas in her workshop, Harmony in the Classroom. Making class more fun for both students and the teacher, she provides ideas to support routines, create story soundtracks and bring culture and other areas of the curriculum into the English classroom. To see when Vanessa is coming to a town near you soon, click here.

For another oppoOxford Splash Sing-along contestrtunity to bring music into the classroom, join the 2nd annual Oxford Splash Sing-along contest. All you have to do is upload a video to YouTube singing an Oxford Splash song. For more details about how to participate, click here. The last day to submit your entry is 30 May 2013, so don’t miss your chance!

Sign up now for Oxford Seminars 2013

We have officialMatt Dickinson in BCNly inaugurated our 2013 Oxford Seminars! Last week in Catalonia we welcomed over 500 teachers of all levels – Pre-Primary, Primary, Secondary and Upper Secondary- in Tarragona, Girona and Barcelona.

It was a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues, share ideas with the speakers and enjoy the sessions together. Thank you all for coming out and joining us!

All of our teacher trainers have made their handouts available online for participants. If you’re interested in getting them you can visit our Oxford Professional Develoment site. Click here for Pre-Primary and Primary handouts, and hereVanessa Reilly in BCN for Secondary and Upper Secondary handouts.

We have many more Oxford Seminars taking place all over Spain in the coming weeks. Click here to find the Oxford Seminar nearest you, learn more about our training sessions and to register for the event! We look forward to seeing you soon!

APAC ELT Convention: Talking about the Value of English

Barcelona, 21st – 23rd February

Vanessa Reilly at APAC ELT ConventionLast week we had the chance to partake in the ELT Convention – The Value of English hosted by APAC  in Barcelona, attending as many of the inspiring workshops as we could in 48 hours! Among the more than 40 teachers and teacher trainers, authors and academics, our very own Vanessa Reilly taught a session about achieving Harmony in the classroom.

During the workshop she showed us many creative uses for music in the Pre-Primary and Primary classroom, from helping with routines and management to creating soundtracks for the stories we tell in class. Last year we did our part to help students and teachers use their vocal cords by launching a Sing-along competition with Vanessa’s newest Pre-Primary course, Oxford Splash. If you’re looking for more musical inspiration you can take a look at the winning school’s videos and their workshop with Vanessa!

Are you interested in participating in one of Vanessa’s training seminars this spring? Check back with us soon and take a look at the calendar of events! We’ll be updating it shortly with all of our upcoming teacher training events for the next few months.

Our online courses are underway!

We kicked off our three 16-week online courses last week at the Centro Español de Nuevas Profesiones (CENP) in Madrid with the course tutors and over one hundred local ELT Make the Most of Arts and Craft in Primaryteachers. We are delighted that so many of you could join us for the three courses being offered: Making the Most of Arts & Crafts in Primary, Inglés y Metodología para Profesores de Primaria and Inglés y Metodología para Profesores de Secundaria.

Inglés y metodología para profesores de Secundaria

You’ll be happy to know that for the first time ever we are offering these online courses in collaboration with the Comunidad de Madrid, and all participants who complete the course will earn two training credits as state employees.  If you weren’t able to participate this time, make sure to visit our blog and we’ll keep you informed about our upcoming courses!

English teaching conferences in Spain

As we get into our routines of this semester, we’d like to remind you of some upcoming conferences for English teachers in Spain. They are an excellent way to meet other English teachers, see old friends and gather dozens of ideas for our classes. Click on the links below for more information on talks and registration. You’ll be glad you attended!

Saturday, 9th February, Madrid. FECEI 2nd Annual Training Day for Teachers and Directors, “Here & Now: The Future & Present in Language Teaching.” Nina Lauder gives the plenary talk, “What Makes You Itch?”

21-23 February, Barcelona. APAC ELT Convention, “The Value of English.” Vanessa Reilly will give a talk on Harmony in the Primary Classroom (Saturday, 12:45 – 13:45).

8-10 March, Seville. TESOL-SPAIN 36th Annual National Convention, “Teaching with Technology and the Human Touch.” Nina Lauder will be giving a talk on Digital Citizenship and Etiquette (Sat 10:45-11:45).

Saturday, 13 April, CórdobaXIV Jornadas CETA, “Let’s Join to Grow and Share.”

We hope to see you there!

Upcoming training opportunities in Madrid

Is learning new things and skills one of your New Year’s resolutions? We invite you to check out the following training opportunities in Madrid! All are official courses that will allow you to earn training credits as a state employee. Hurry! Space is limited!

CTIF Madrid NorteSynthetic phonics for reading and writing in Pre-primary and Primary, trainer Pablo Pérez (OUP), given in English. Dates: 23rd January – 6th March. Registration until Friday, 18th January.

CRIF Las Acacias

Potenciar la enseñanza de idiomas a través de medios digitales, trainers Lucía Caramés (OUP) and Lyndsay Buckingham (OUP), given in Spanish. Dates: 5-26 February. Registration until 31st January.

Stay up to date with other training opportunities here on our blog!

Do you have a New Year’s Resolution?

Happy 2013! Did you know that the tradition of New Year’s resolutions dates back to ancient Babylonian times? Many people mark the beginning of a new year with promises to improve themselves in some way. These promises, or resolutions, are usually meant to be lifestyle changes that last year-round. In recent times, most people focus their resolutions on learning new skills, quitting bad habits, and improving physical appearance and fitness.

Do you discuss New Year’s resolutions with your students? You might ask them to research the topic online to find out where/when the tradition began, where people normally make resolutions (in which countries), and when other cultures consider the New Year to begin. Then students can report on their research in small groups and later as a class to see what they’ve learned. You can also encourage students to set healthy goals for themselves this year.

So we want to know… what are your New Year’s resolutions? Do you have any resolutions related to your teaching career or your classes? How would you like to improve professionally? Mark the categories of your resolutions here in this poll, and tell us about your teaching-related resolutions by commenting on this post. We look forward to hearing more about them!

Related post: Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions

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