Author Archives: Fran Austin

About Fran Austin

Fran has been an EFL teacher since 2005 and joined the Oxford TEFL team in 2011. She is qualified in Trinity Cert. TESOL, Trinity Dip. TESOL and has a Diploma in Educational Management. As well as being the TESOL Coordinator at Oxford TEFL When she arrived in Barcelona she never planned to stay, but the city got its grip on her soon enough and she still loves the lifestyle and culture of this wonderful city.

Workshop preview: Teaching “I’m” before “I am” (David Young)

“I was recently asked to do a conference workshop in Bratislava and as is the way with these things, the deadline for submissions came around all too fast and I simply threw down a title and some blurb to keep … Continue reading

Workshop preview: “Big Bang Teaching” with Sean Hayward

I was watching an episode of US sitcom The Big Bang Theory recently when one scene struck me as something I could use in class. My initial idea was to use it to demonstrate an activity (i.e. as an instruction), … Continue reading

Workshop preview: Dancing in the dark

In this video, Oxford TEFL’s Duncan Foord talks about his workshop, “Dancing in the Dark”. “Some conversations we have at work with colleagues, bosses and students don’t go very well. Others we simply avoid when it would be better not … Continue reading

Workshop preview: Tweet, wiki…what? (Sinéad)

When I asked Sinéad to give me something to put on the blog about her workshop on Friday, she kindly filmed a wee video for us! Very appropriate, considering that the workshop is all about using technology. (There are loads … Continue reading

Workshop preview: Multiple intelligences in the classroom (Emily Kirkpatrick)

Here’s an outline of Emily’s workshop. “The aim of this session is to understand Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences, reflect on our own strengths and those of our students and learn how to put this into practice in the language classroom.  … Continue reading