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

(Just €20 per month)

12 Month membership

(Just €10 per month. Includes Oxford TEFL certificate)

12 Month group membership

(Just €10 per month. Includes Oxford TEFL certificate)

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Still not sure?

This is what some recent Oxford TEFL Connect subscribers said:

What's coming up in October 2021?

Thursday 7th October 15.00-16:00 (Spain time)*
Higor Cavalcante
Join Higor as he takes a deeper dive into the topic he explored in his workshop back in March. He’ll take a practical look at teaching pronunciation to improve learners’ listening skills, sharing class activities you can use to make your students more effective listeners.

Wednesday 20th October 15.00-16:00 (Spain time)*
Luke Worsnop
Cambridge exam preparation classes are increasingly in-demand in many parts of the world, but teachers often struggle to make them as engaging as General English lessons. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of ways to keep Cambridge students motivated while practicing relevant exam material. Join us if you’re looking for ideas – many of the games we’ll look at are also adaptable for other types of class!

Friday 22nd October 14.00-15:00 (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 specializes in teaching young learners and teens) in this informal session.

Friday 22nd October 14.00-15:00 (Spain time)*
Damian Szerszen
In this workshop we’ll look at how to prioritise skills (discuss if focusing on one skill is beneficial), how to maximise class time with the focus being on particular skills, and how to encourage autonomous learning outside of class.

What's coming up in November 2021?

Thursday 4th November 15.00-16:00 (Spain time)*
Andreia Zakime
This workshop aims at providing you with an overview on the IELTS exam and provide you with some tips and ideas to get started as an IELTS exam preparation teacher. First, we’ll talk about what the exam is, the differences between the different IELTS types, and look at this exam’s different components. Then we’ll look into some useful resources to help you prepare IELTS lessons that help your students succeed and reach their goals.

Tuesday 9th November 15.00-16:00 (Spain time)*
Rhiannon Lambe
What is EAP? How is it different from EFL? How do I go about teaching it? This workshop will answer these questions and more. Join if you are interested in EAP, but feel you could do with some extra knowledge on the subject before applying for an EAP role.

Monday 22nd November 15.00-16:00 (Spain time)*
Jordan Marshall
In this workshop I’ll offer some practical tips and advice about how to survive your first year post CELTA as a newly qualified teacher.

Friday 26th November 14.00-15:00 (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 specializes 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.