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Solving your difficulties as an EFL teacher – An #EFLproblems update

Young stressed woman holding her head and yelling.The Professional Development team here at OUP is helping to solve your EFL teaching problems by answering your questions every two weeks right here on our blog.

Recently, we’ve posted the following blogs in response to teachers’ questions:

Each of these blogs was followed by a live Facebook chat with a member of the Professional Development team to discuss the topic further. Dozens of teachers have taken part in these chats to help them better understand how to deal with the issues we’ve addressed. Be sure to like our Facebook page to be reminded of upcoming live chats.

If you are facing a teaching challenge that you would like us to write about, please leave a comment on the EFLproblems blog post. You can also let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #EFLproblems or on our Facebook page.

We would also like to take this opportunity to point you towards some of the great resources we have available for teachers.

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You can follow OUP ELT on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, and, of course, here on our blog. If you are new to any of these platforms, these instructions will help get you started.

If you use an RSS reader, subscribe to our blog to stay up to date with the English language teaching articles we post several times a week.

Professional Development Webinars

Did you know that OUP runs free webinars every week? If you’ve never attended a webinar, it’s definitely worth a try. All webinar attendees receive a certificate of attendance, a PDF of the slides, and a link to the webinar recording. Even if you can’t attend the webinar at the time it’s happening, signing up will give you access to the recorded webinar. If you miss any webinars, you can catch up with the webinar resources archive.

Oxford Teachers’ Club

With the Oxford Teachers’ Club, you can get free access to over 18,000 trusted EFL and ESL resources, lesson plans, worksheets, and activities, which you can download to support your English language teaching.

Finally, a big thank you to everyone who has submitted a question for us. Keep them coming, so we can continue learning and developing together.


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#EFLproblems – Getting students to speak

Man shouting in celebrationWe’re helping to solve your EFL teaching problems by answering your questions every two weeks. This week’s blog is in response to an online tweet about getting students to speak.

There’s a change of plan in this week’s blog from Professional Development Services. This week, we are responding to Shreya’s challenge for getting students to speak by referring our readers to the blog, Teachers tell us about their classroom speaking challenges. This blog is based on a survey of over 500 teachers and students giving their top speaking challenges. Responses to the challenges will be shared on this blog from January to April, so be sure to look out for further articles about speaking challenges.

Also, be sure to read Gareth Davies’ blog, How do I stop students from using their mother tongue? for more on getting your students speaking in English.

Invitation to share your ideas

Have you got an EFL problem that you’d like for us to address? The best way to let us know is by leaving a comment below or on the Solving your difficulties as an EFL teacher – #EFLproblems blog post. We will respond to your challenges in a blog every two weeks. Most blogs will be followed by a live Facebook chat to discuss the challenge answered in the blog. Be sure to Like our Facebook page to be reminded about the upcoming live chats.

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Solving your difficulties as an EFL teacher – #EFLproblems

Young stressed woman holding her head and yelling.What’s the greatest challenge you’ve faced as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language (EFL)? Is it getting your students to speak in English? Reducing the use of L1 in your classes? Motivating your students to learn? Maybe something concerning behaviour?

We in the Professional Development Department at Oxford University Press receive a lot of questions about teaching and learning. Through our work with teachers and trainers all over the world, we also receive a lot of ideas, simple suggestions and activities. So, we’ve decided to write a series of bi-monthly articles focussing on addressing these greatest challenges.

Tell us about your challenges in the comments area below this article. You can also let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #EFLproblems or on our Facebook page.

Every two weeks, we will focus on one of the challenges you send us by addressing it right here on the Oxford University Press ELT blog. We will follow up each blog post with a live Facebook chat to discuss the issue further. Join us to ask questions and contribute your ideas on the topic.

The first challenge will be posted on October 23, with a follow up Facebook chat on October 25. Be sure to Like our Facebook page to be reminded about the upcoming live chats.

We look forward to hearing from you, so we can continue learning and developing together.

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