What is Oxford TEFL Connect?

Who is Oxford TEFL Connect for?

As a teacher, you may sometimes feel you need a support network or a place to visit where you can discuss your challenges with like-minded people and receive guidance from experienced professionals. Oxford TEFL Connect is your go-to place where you can receive support from experienced teachers, attend dynamic online events and network with teachers worldwide.

Oxford TEFL Connect is suitable for all recently-qualified TEFL teachers or teachers who are looking for a way to refresh their skills and meet other teachers around the world. Teachers from all countries, nationalities, ages and backgrounds are welcome in our Oxford TEFL Connect community, including teachers who haven’t previously done an Oxford TEFL course and teachers who have very little experience.

If you are a teacher and you are looking for a continuation of the kind of support the CELTA /TEFL course provides, Oxford TEFL Connect is for you.

What can you do as a member of Oxford TEFL Connect?

As a member of Oxford TEFL Connect, you will gain access to our platform. This is where you will be able to connect with other teachers, receive links to join events, participate in the forum, find resources and request a coaching session from a tutor. We’ve got it covered:

  • Need guidance planning one of your lessons or finding work? Request a coaching session from an Oxford TEFL tutor.
  • Interested in developing your skills in a specific area? Attend one of our online workshops or webinars.
  • Feeling isolated or need to vent? Join one of our monthly social events.
 
Download our platform app and make access even easier on-the-go. There is no long-term commitment (unless you want to), no high sign-up fee and no obligation to attend if you are not available. 

 

What can I receive per month as a member of Oxford TEFL Connect?

  • 2 x 1-hour dynamic workshops
  • 1 x 1-hour webinar
  • 1 x 30 minute coaching session
  • 1 x online social event
  • Access to all past webinars
  • Access to workshops until the end of the current calendar month
  • Access to our bank of resources and articles
  • Access to our community of teachers
 

How can I become a member of Oxford TEFL Connect?

Ready to join our vibrant teaching community, Oxford TEFL Connect? There is no need to apply, simply click the button below and join our community.

Who will the tutors be?

Kate Williams

Oxford TEFL Connect Coordinator – Kate Williams

Kate is a teacher and teacher trainer at our school in central Barcelona, Oxford House. She teaches group and private classes to adults at the school. Originally from Lancashire in the UK, she has taught English in Honduras, Bolivia, Galicia and London. As Oxford TEFL Connect coordinator, Kate organises all the online events, ensures the platform runs smoothly and is your go-to person when you have any questions or need to request support from one of our tutors.

Oxford TEFL Connect Tutors

As a member of Oxford TEFL Connect, you will receive training and support from many different teachers and tutors from our team. This could include teachers who work in our language school in Barcelona or tutors who work on our CELTA courses, for example. One of the great things about this online community is that you will come into contact with so many professionals working in ELT from all over the world, and we are all ready to support you through your journey as a teacher.

How will the workshops and webinars work?

Oxford TEFL Connect workshops and webinars are led by teachers and trainers from Oxford TEFL on practical ideas for teaching in different contexts. Our webinars have an informative and instructional format and our workshops are collaborative and dynamic.

These events could include (but are not limited to) Young Learners, Business English, teaching exam classes, using technology effectively online and classroom management. They are held on Zoom between 14.00 and 18.00 (Spain time) to allow teachers in different parts of the world to connect, or feel free to watch the recording. Pick up some tips and tricks to incorporate into your lessons.

How will the coaching sessions work?

Coaching sessions will be provided via Zoom/ Skype, email or a combination. Our coaching sessions are there to guide you each month and provide specific support wherever you feel it’s needed. This could be support planning a challenging lesson, advice on finding work, guidance on moving your online classes face to face (or vice versa), or finding your next steps in ELT, for example. 

To request support, simply submit the coaching request form via our platform and we will put you in touch with a tutor whose expertise matches your needs.

How will I be able to socialise?

Our monthly quizzes and networking events offer important opportunities to meet other professionals in ELT. We think this will become increasingly important for teachers, especially as many of us are finding ourselves teaching from home which can be a very isolating experience.

In addition to being able to meet socially, networking can be an important source of opportunities in teaching English, both for finding work and developing your skills. Fellow teachers will point out opportunities and freelance teachers may even offer each other teaching work they can’t do. Attend a quiz, have a coffee & chat, vent about a class, join a discussion in the forum and network with teachers worldwide!

How will I be able to use the bank of resources?

Oxford TEFL has been training teachers since 1998 and our teachers, trainers and graduates have a wealth of experience to share. We have carefully curated materials including blog posts and articles, templates, tools and youtube videos. Creators of this content are not only well-known experts, but also teachers who are passionate about the ELT profession and have provided valuable content and practical ideas for the language classroom.

This bank of resources will help you develop a broader understanding of language learning and methodology, as you start to apply ideas to your own classes. You will also be able to access our resources for finding work and keep up-to-date with teacher development opportunities in the profession with our handy calendar of face to face and online events around the world.

What are the fees?

Our goal is to provide a supportive and friendly go-to place for teachers which is accessible to as many teachers as possible. We offer two options:

3 Month membership
12 Month membership

Save 50% (Includes Oxford TEFL certificate)

60

120

Still not sure?

This is what some recent Oxford TEFL Connect subscribers said:

What's coming up in May 2021?

Monday 10th May 15:30-16:30 (Spain time)
Nick Havard

The beginner classroom can sometimes be a quiet place. However, with the right activities and good task setup we can get beginners speaking from lesson 1. 
In this workshop I will demo a number of low-prep activities that we can use both online and in the face-to-face classroom. We’ll look at what kind of activities get students talking and how to set them up clearly.
Your beginners will be talking in no time!

Friday 14th May 15:00-16:00 (Spain time)
Rubens Heredia


The learning experiences we go through in various stages of our lives are quite different. 
From differences in priorities to self-image and abstract-thinking skills, adult learners are very different from our younger ones. This webinar aims at helping you better understand how the learning process is different for adults and children in order to design and implement more effective lessons to adults at different levels.

Wednesday 19th May 15:00-16:00 (Spain time)
Anna Neil


This session focuses on teaching teens online, but can be applied to adults and face-to-face classes too. In this session we will look at the importance of engaging teenage learners and what factors enhance it. You’ll be provided with a variety of communicative activities that can keep your teens engaged and motivated. Although the session is aimed at teens, the ideas and activities can be easily adapted for adults and face-to-face classes.

Friday 28th May 18:45-19:45 (Spain time)
Kate Williams and Alana Sirett


Drop into the clinic and get help from Kate (Oxford TEFL Connect coordinator and teacher with 20 years experience teaching adults)  and Alana (Oxford House teacher who specialises in teaching young learners and teens) in this informal session.

What's coming up in June 2021?

Friday 4th June at 15:00-16:00 (Spain time)
Billie Haase
Creative ways of using English language newspapers and magazines in class. In this workshop I’ll be introducing you to several authentic materials taken from English language newspapers and magazines. Together we will be exploring creative ways to use these in class to enhance our learners speaking, writing and reading skills. 

Monday 14th June at 16:00-17:00 (Spain time)
Damian Szerszen
Do you ever feel like some of your students are getting more out of your classes than others? Do you find it hard to plan for mixed groups? This workshop will provide you with ideas for creating a balanced class that addresses everyone’s needs.

Friday 18th June at 15:00-16:00 (Spain time)
Itchy Parkin
Gone are the days of huddled groups of teens frantically passing pieces of paper back and forth and sharing worksheets. Well worn handouts have been consigned to the recycling bin. 
Teens, however, remain the same (more or less). How can we keep them entertained and adapt our classics whilst being good Covid conscious teachers?

Friday 25th June 11:30-12:30 (Spain time)
Kate Williams and Alana Sirett

Drop into the clinic and get help from Kate (Oxford TEFL Connect coordinator and teacher with 20 years experience teaching adults) and Alana (Oxford House teacher who specialises in teaching young learners and teens) in this informal session.

Don’t worry if you can’t attend the webinars or workshops live, you’ll be able to access them on our platform at a time that’s convenient for you. Webinar recordings will be permanently available on our platform.

How can I become a member of Oxford TEFL Connect?

Ready to join our vibrant teaching community, Oxford TEFL Connect? There is no need to apply, simply click the button below and join our community.