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.

Can Facebook help language learners?

Can Facebook be educational? Can teachers use it? Can English teachers use Facebook as a way of helping language learners? Fran Austin looks at the language learning possibilities offered by this popular social network. Continue reading

10 things you can do while you’re waiting for your diploma course to start

We often get the question “I’ve registered for the Trinity Diploma in TESOL at Oxford TEFL. Can I do anything before the course starts?” The answer is YES, there ARE things that you can do. Here is a list of … Continue reading

All for one, one for all — getting the best out of your team

This article is a guest post by Matthew Spragg, a Senior Teacher at Kaplan International, Manchester, UK. He completed the Oxford TEFL Leadership for ELT course in May 2013. Taking those first steps in to academic management? Already been there a while but … Continue reading

Dealing with Your Boss

Although as teachers we are our own boss most of the time, there are still situations when we have to deal with authority figures. While this can be challenging, there are some general principles which, if followed, can increase the likelihood of a successful outcome. Continue reading

Workshop report: Andrea Downing’s workshops

Well, the Prague March workshop cycle began in style with Andrea Downing’s two fascinating workshops and the feedback from participants was extremely positive. The first “Getting There” looked at what options available for teachers, beyond teaching and whether it is … Continue reading