What is Oxford TEFL Connect?

Join Oxford TEFL Connect – No deadlines No coursework. Just the support you need.

Who is Oxford TEFL Connect for?

As a teacher you may find yourself feeling you lack the support you benefitted from when you did your initial training. Having a place to access teacher training. You may want to keep developing your skills as a teacher, but be unsure how to get started. Oxford TEFL Connect is suitable for all recently-qualified TEFL teachers or teachers who are looking for a way to refresh their skills. 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 join live events, access our bank of over 30 webinars and workshop, find resources and request a coaching session from a tutor to get the 1-to-1 support you need. 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 watch a webinar.
  • Feeling isolated or need to vent?  Connect with other teachers in the forum.
 
Download our platform app and make access even easier on-the-go. There is no long-term commitment (unless you want it), no high sign-up fee, no coursework, no deadlines and you can connect at a time that suits you.

 

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

  • 1 x 1-hour dynamic workshops live via Zoom
  • 3 x 30 minute webinars on our platform
  • 1 x 30 minute coaching session
  • Access to all past webinars and workshops
  • Access to our bank of resources and articles 

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. 

Webinars have an informative and instructional format and our live workshops are collaborative and dynamic giving you the chance to interact with other members of the Oxford TEFL Connect Community.

These events could include (but are not limited to) Young Learners, Business English, teaching exam classes, using technology effectively online and classroom management. You’ll be able to access them on the Oxford TEFL Connect platform whenever you have free-time. 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 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.

Monthly membership

(Just €10 per month)

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Still not sure?

This is what some recent Oxford TEFL Connect subscribers said:

What's coming up in January 2022?

Thursday 13th January 15:00-16:00 (Spain time) *
Luke Worsnop
It can be tricky to ensure that teens stay motivated while also covering the necessary material. This workshop will give you several ideas for gamifying course content which are adaptable to different ages, levels and formats (in-person or online classes).
Join Luke live on Zoom to participate in this dynamic workshop.

Available on the Oxford TEFL Connect platform from Tuesday 18th January
Rubens Heredia
In this webinar, we will look at what flipped lessons are and how they can help us increase the amount of practice students get in our lessons. We will discuss potential benefits and pitfalls, and also establish some principles for flipping lesson in an effective way.

Available on the Oxford TEFL Connect platform from Tuesday 25th January
Damian Szerszen
Do you feel stuck and not sure what the next step in your career is? It’s common to get to a point where you want to move forward, but don’t know how. In this workshop, we will explore different professional development paths available to us as teachers, including how to progress while perfecting our teaching skills. Sometimes all you need is a push in the right direction, and this workshop will help you to figure out what that might be.

Available on the Oxford TEFL Connect platform from Friday 28th January
Pavel Pokorny
In this workshop we’ll look at how Cuisenaire rods (small wooden rods of different lengths and colours) can really help your students grasp various language concepts which they might be confused by. I’ll share some practical activities you can use in your classes and give you some alternatives if you don’t have access to a set of Cuisenaire rods.

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.

What's coming up in February 2022?

Wednesday 16th Feb 16:00-17:00 (Spain time)*
Anna Neil
In this interactive session we will look into what it means to really ‘know’ a word, and how this influences the way we should practise and recycle vocabulary in the classroom. We will also explore a number of practical classroom activities that could help to make vocabulary learning more effective and engaging for our students.

Available on the platform from Thursday 10th February
Rebecca Ray
In this webinar, we will go through the three stages of the PPP method and how to use it to tackle your target language. We will look at an example of how it can be used in the classroom and how you can adapt and incorporate it into your own teaching.
The PPP methodology is only one way to deal with grammar in the language classroom. We will briefly look at alternative methods such as Test-Teach-Test and PBL (project based learning) that can be used for different levels and objectives.

Available on the platform from Monday 21st February
Higor Cavalcante
Thornbury* says that ‘teachers of English not only need to be able to speak and understand the language they are teaching; they also need to know a good deal about the way the language works: its components, its regularities, and the way it is used.’ In this webinar, I will briefly talk about the difference between language proficiency and language awareness, and then both discuss the positive impact TLA can have on our teaching and suggest ways to keep on working on our TLA throughout our careers.
*Thornbury, S. (2017) About Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Available on the platform from Thursday 24th February
Damian Szerszen
Are you tired of using scripted listening tasks from books? Do you feel that your students are not being exposed enough to language through listening? Come and join me and explore a different way of teaching listening skills by incorporating videos and recordings into your lessons. In this webinar we will look at how to exploit videos, short films, and recordings that provide input and output that is real and authentic.

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?

Join our community of international teachers, develop your skills and pick up some tips and tricks for your classes.