January 31, 2013 by TEFL del Sur · No Comments · TEFL del Sur Events
January 21, 2013 by TEFL del Sur · No Comments · TEFL del Sur Events
Huge thanks to everyone who braved the atrocious weather on Saturday and came along to the TEFL del Sur Swap Shop and thanks to Active Language for hosting the event. There were some great ideas being shared and Noreen and Sarah are hot on the case of preparing notes from the morning which will be on the MATERIALS page soon.
Phil has also kindly shared the link to the Powerpoint games which he presented; Carmen shared a link on how to use Skype in the classroom and, following on from the chat about using poetry in the classroom, you can find examples of some fabulous language plants here.
October 14, 2012 by TEFL del Sur · No Comments · Uncategorized
Thanks to everyone who came to last Saturday’s event – it was lovely to see you all again and meet some new members too. Also, huge thanks to those who offered to get more involved in TEFL del Sur. The Board is now:
Teresa Bestwick, President
Simon Pearlman, Vice-President
Sarah Davies, Secretary
Noreen Walsh, Treasurer
Steve Oliver nad Ceri Jones, Committee Members
October 12, 2012 by TEFL del Sur · No Comments · TEFL del Sur Events
Here are the handouts from Saturday’s event.
Simon Pearlman: Drama in the Classroom
The material from Chris Roland’s session 2000 and Teens can be found on his website (along with a heap of other stuff!)
August 21, 2012 by TEFL del Sur · 1 Comment · TEFL del Sur Events
As you know, we’re holding elections for the TEFL del Sur Board. It’s a great opportunity to get involved in a small, friendly, developing TEFL association and I would like to thank our “retiring” board members Simon Pearlman, Natalie Smith, Katie Foufouti, Steve Oliver and Ceri Jones for all their help, support and input over the past two years. That said, any members are welcome to stand for positions on the board so they may end up sticking around for another two years!
The main functions of each Board Member are outlined below. Elections for the Board will be held every two years during the October mini-conference. Board Members are requested to attend Board meetings which are held during the year to discuss the organisation of events and the development of TEFL del Sur.
In order to hold one of these positions, you will need to pay the standard annual membership fee of 30€.
* Be the representative of the association
* Convene and chair Board meetings
* Implement any actions decided by the Board
* Organise three TEFL del Sur events per year (mini-conferences in October and May and a Swap Shop in January) – this includes finding a venue and refreshments, speakers for the two mini-conferences and advertising the events on our facebook page and blog
* Perform the duties of the President in case of absence or illness
* Attend and take minutes at Board meetings
* Be responsible for the documentation of the association, with the exception of Accounts
* Maintain lists of past and current members of the association, including events attended
* Make certificates of attendance available to past and current members if requested
* Collect and manage the membership fees of the association
* Be responsible for keeping the Accounts of the association
*Pay costs of the association using the aforementioned funds, with the approval of the President
* Two members of the association who will stand in for any Board Member until the next elections are held, should any Board Member terminate their involvement at any point in the two year duration of their position
* A Committee Member will be required to attend a Board meeting should the Secretary be unable to attend and will perform the duties of the Secretary at said meeting
* Committee Members have an equal voice in Board Meetings
* Assist the President in the set-up and running of events
June 27, 2012 by TEFL del Sur · 1 Comment · Uncategorized
Given the large increase in the number of requests for classes for very young learners and coupled with the fact that there is very little training on offer for teachers who teach this age group, we have organised a training day which will focus on teaching Very Young Learners (3-5 years of age) in September 2012 on 2, possibly 3*, separate days: Monday 10th , Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th September in our centre in Utrera. There are only 15 places available on each day so book early if you want to guarantee a place on the course.
* We will run a third day subject to demand.
BIODATA OF SPEAKER: Sheila Margaret Ward
Sheila Ward is a very experienced teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer. She has over 30 years experience teaching English with the British Council to students of all ages and levels in a number of countries including Portugal, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Somalia. As well as giving sessions at Portuguese schools for the British Council, she has also spoken at IATEFL on the subject of Very Young Learners and has had a number of work published most notably ‘Teaching Very Young Learners’ with Vanessa Reilly for Oxford University Press.
OUTLINE OF THE TRAINING DAY AND SESSIONS:
The day will be split into sessions in which Sheila will tackle the following areas:
- What one can expect from each age-group
- Classroom organization
- Suitable topics
- Suitable activities
- Planning a course
- Planning a lesson
BOOKING A PLACE ON THE COURSE
The course fee is 85 euros per person and includes a buffet lunch with drinks and is on a first come, first served basis.
We can arrange accommodation should anyone wish to stay a night (between 49 and 60 euros a night for a bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and breakfast).
To book a place on the course, please send me an email with the number of places you would like to book and your preferred date (Monday 10th or Tuesday 11th). I will add a third day if the demand is great enough.
For further information about the course please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 16, 2012 by TEFL del Sur · No Comments · TEFL del Sur Events
Thanks to all those who attended Saturday’s session in Tarifa. For those of you who missed out, you can find the handouts from Jill’s session The Wonderful Mistake and our hosts’ session Summer Game Ideas on the MATERIALS page. Also, thanks to everyone for sharing some excellent ideas on dealing with behaviour with different ages. For those of you that haven’t yet seen it, Steve O has updated a fabulous video of the day to our facebook page too.
January 28, 2012 by TEFL del Sur · 1 Comment · Uncategorized
Thanks to everyone who attended last week’s Swap Shop. The ideas people shared are now available in a Word document on the Materials page, so feel free to download it.
November 11, 2011 by TEFL del Sur · No Comments · Members' sites
We caught up with one of the creators of English Bubble, Rob Hanley, to get some inside information on the site…
So, tell us a bit about English Bubble…
English Bubble is a newish website, which, while not conquering the world just yet, is moving well and features some useful activities for learners (and teachers looking for a handy fix), including these:
- browse through an extensive catalogue of music (both good and popular) , presented as lessons
- take guides from classic or current film and TV clips
- watch videos, read news articles, listen to interviews
- learn from our original tutorial videos
- participate, in our live classes and daily quizzes and chats
- do our challenges and be corrected
- network through Facebook and Tuenti in a non-time wasting way, learning while they’re at it.
- search our grammar and vocabulary databases for specific learning
We have also developed a format where teacher’s can do our “challenge” with their students and we will correct the answers when you send them to email@example.com and publish your class’s score. (Rumours that we also wipe the corners of teachers’ mouths after they’ve eaten are as of yet untrue)
And what about the innovative team behind the site?
The creators of English Bubble are Robert Hanley, originally Irish, and Danny Smits, of disreputable background.
Robert has been a teacher in Spain for the past number of years, and gave up a fledgling acting career that was threatening to make waves in Hollywood to focus on English Bubble; while Danny, with whom he met while corrupting the minds of innocent university students in the north of Spain, currently lives in a basement with his laptop, where he cuts his fingernails only occasionally.
Finally, if you were trapped in a bubble and could only take three luxury items with you, what would they be?
Trapped in a bubble, of the Non-English variety, we would need:
: if not a latop, a constant youtube stream, to observe the continued degradation of humanity, to which we strive to contribute.
: a lifetime packet of Riskettos, for both sustenance and finger-licking amusement.
: A diary, titled “Deep thoughts and new ideas”, which would be gradually filled page to page of flick cartoons of cowboys getting stabbed.
They’re always looking for participation and feedback, as well as new ideas, and soon will feature a mailing list to pester you more frequently, but if you would like to get in touch with them now, please send a signal to
October 12, 2011 by TEFL del Sur · No Comments · TEFL del Sur Events
Thanks to all of you who were able to make it on Saturday and we hope you found the talks useful. Michelle’s presentation is now available on the Materials page and there’s also a link to her CLIL site Five Six Seven. We’ve also added some other new pages to our Members’ Sites list, including Rob’s English Bubble.
Remember, ACEIA is happening in Sevilla on Saturday 12th November – for more details on how to attend if your school isn’t associated, you can check out their website.
The Forum is now up and running too, so please feel free to add any ideas on exam preparation classes, following on from Dani’s workshop. In a few weeks we’ll take all your comments and put them into a separate download on the Materials page, then add a new topic to be discussed.
If you have any comments or ideas for TEFL del Sur or the blog, please feel free to email us.