Teachify Teacher Chit-Chat Education

Techify Teacher Chit-Chat Education

Clases de inglés negocios Sevilla

Here we are again, we’re back with our monthly Teachify Teacher chitchat, I’m sure you’ve been dying to watch another video after the last one, so we have delivered. 

You may notice that Mickey has had a makeover since our last chat and all of a sudden, he looks much better and sounds far better with an Australian accent. 

So what did we talk about today?

In Shannon’s first chitchat we discussed our main topic in June, that is Education. 

As part of the syllabus this month we’ve turned back time and tried to recall our memories from the good old days at primary and secondary school before focussing on university, on the job training, apprenticeships, language learning and more. 

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Keeping it short but sweet!


Consequently, Shannon and I tried to summarise some of the questions that arise when talking about education. 

Of course, you should be aware that we barely even scratched the surface of the topic during our chitchat as we want to keep it short but sweet.  

That way it’s not too much of a pain to watch the chitchat more than once in order to promote memorisation and acquisition of the language. 

What memories from school stand out for you?

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As always, when we have a chitchat we endeavour to clear up any doubts with the language we use and sometimes we don’t realise when we use some unusual terms and phrases. 

That’s why it’s important to review the explanations you’ll find below which will, hopefully, ensure everything is as clear as day. 

That being said, sit back, get your earphones in and concentrate on what we say…fingers crossed you’ll enjoy it, we certainly enjoyed recording the video as we always do 😊

It's okay! We know it can be difficult to understand.

Tricky Vocabulary

Crew – team, company or group

Apprenticeships – paid training programs to learn a trade

On the job training – learning new things at work

Stand out – be very noticeable

Break time – short period of time at school in which you can play

Wrestling – sport or activity in which you fight an opponent

Misunderstand – not understand properly

Detention – punishment at school where you stay after hours

Laid back – relaxed

Set you free – release someone or something

Well-funded – a lot of money provided for a purpose

Leave something behind – forget or stop doing something

Gap year – a year to travel and take time off education or work

Go backpacking – travel at length carrying only a backpack

Graduate – to finish a degree

Get something out of one’s system – free oneself of a desire

Trend – tendency

Bother – make an effort to do something

What’s the point? – what is the reason, motive or need?


5 quick tips to help you learn English faster

5 Quick Tips To Help You Learn English Faster!

Cursos intensivos de inglés Sevilla

A lot of our students ask us what are some of the best ways to make the most of their free time in order to learn English. We always suggest that students try their best to immerse themselves in English.

Now, this can be quite difficult especially when you live in a non English speaking country like Spain.. So we thought we would compile this list of handy things you can do to help practice your English whilst you are at home.

1. Watch Tv Series/Netflix in English

For many of you this shouldn’t be too difficult. Many of our students already watch plenty of American/English Tv series, however unfortunately many of them watch these series with Spanish subtitles or even worse… Dubbed over in Spanish!

This is a great shame as watching Netflix/tv can be very helpful in learning languages especially in regards to pronunciation and listening.


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That said,I know watching an entire episode of ‘Peaky Blinders’ in English can seem slightly daunting. I would suggest starting with something easier with shorter episodes, for example ‘Friends’ or ‘The Simpsons,’ and for longer episodes or films (45 mins +) try having the English audio with English subtitles. This will make it much easier to follow for extended periods of time.  

If you don’t own a tv or a Netflix subscription, Youtube is also a great resource for entertaining/interesting videos.

Ensure that you are actually interested in the video you are watching, this will stop you from inadvertently ‘zoning out’ or getting distracted.

2. Listen to Podcasts

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Another thing that we suggest for students to do is to start listening to Podcasts in English as this will help improve your overall listening ability.

At Teachify we actually create our own weekly podcasts which review recent vocabulary and topics which we have studied in class.

3. Listen to English Songs

I am sure that a lot of you already listen to plenty of music in English.

My advice would be to begin to really start listening out for the lyrics and trying your best to translate them in your head.

If you are really struggling you could always get the lyrics up and read through them. This is a great one to improve your pronunciation, grammar structures and vocabulary!

4. Read in English

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Perhaps the best thing you can do to learn another language is to begin reading in that language.

Maybe start off reading children’s books (these are often very easy to understand and follow, this will teach you plenty of basic vocabulary) then maybe move onto reading the daily news in English and when you feel ready maybe try tackling some longer novels!

Once again, make sure that you are actually interested in the topic of the article/book you are reading. This will make it much easier to concentrate.

5. Learning applications

No need to devote to much time to this step, with just 5/10 minutes a day on these programs and you should see some improvement. Some other great online resources for learning English

–        Memrise

–        BBC Learning English

–        Wordable

–        Quiz your English

–        British Council.

So, if you liked these reasons, subscribe below to find out 5 more reasons why you should learn English!

English Cooking Show

Masterchef Sevilla with Daniel Del Toro!

After missing out on various job opportunities promoting Spanish products overseas due to his non existent English, Sevillano chef Daniel Del Toro was looking to make a change.

Daniel reasoned that he had to vastly improve his English in order to have any chance of getting these jobs.

Why did we want to take on the challenge?

Teaching a student English from scratch is no short order. Luckily Teachifyer Micael Soto was up to the task.

Looking for a challenge Micael reached out to Daniel with a suggestion, a 3 month intensive English course which would culminate in a live cooking demonstration at our offices at iSspaces.

It took some persuading but eventually we managed to finally get Daniel to relent and begin his 3 month English course.

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What were the difficulties teaching Daniel?

Teaching a student like Daniel was a totally new challenge for me as he is such a busy man, it was sometimes difficult for us to schedule the necessary classes for him, that said his passion and eagerness was very refreshing. There are very few students that I have taught who are as motivated as Danny! Although perhaps we didn’t manage to get in quite as many hours in as we had hoped I certainly feel that we’ve managed to provide him with the essentials needed for the big cooking show.

Micael Soto
Daniel del Toro da clases de inglés con Teachify

Taking into account my level of English was minus zero and now I am able to hold a basic conversation, I think the classes went pretty well! Although, I should study a lot more!! Haha


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So the big day is almost upon us! For the big cooking show Daniel will prepare two recipes aimed at the busy professional who wants to eat healthily, however does not have time to cook mid week.

Both recipes are quick, healthy and can be prepared in an office with minimal equipment. The demonstration will be not only be a showcase for Daniels famous cooking skills, but also his new English ability!

Where is the cooking show?

So if you are a professional based in Sevilla and are keen to improve your cooking skills along with a good opportunity to utilise your English come on down to iSspaces on Monday 3rd June! 

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Teachify Sevilla

By Jack Perez-Haydock

Inglés en CaixaForum

On Friday we had our first Teachify event at the Caixa Forum! We met with several of our students from companies like  Endesa, Tekpymes, Skylife engineering along with all of us Teachifyers: Mickey, Jonathan, Jack and Lewis, for a free English guided tour around the Forum, courtesy of Teachify. The tour was as interactive as it was interesting and provided our students with a great opportunity to practice their English, network and even learn some new vocabulary! So here’s how it went:

“One of the best learning experiences I have ever had. I would recommend this to anyone in Seville “

We all met at 5pm outside the Caixa Forum and after some introductions we headed down to the Forum. Our bubbly guide, Maribel, introduced herself and each gave us an audio device along with a rather snazzy pair of headphones.

With this device we would be able to hear Maribel clearly while she gave the tour in English. Hats off to you Maribel! You were fantastic! 

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Another highlight was the music maker, a machine that created music by putting blocks onto a screen in the middle. Each of these blocks had different instrumental sounds on, rotating the cubes would change the sound of the instrument. Unfortunately, despite spending a good 10-15 minutes with the machine we weren’t able to make any hits!


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After the tour we had a meet and greet with everybody which gave everyone the chance to let their hair down after a long week of work… it was Friday after all! The drinks continued on into the evening with people slowly one by one peeling off heading onto their onwards plans.

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So all in all, our first event at the Caixa Forum was a great success, here’s hoping to many more! A special thanks to our wonderful guide Maribel for running the tour in English along with everybody else at La Caixa Forum. Another special thanks to Teachifyer Johnathan for organizing the whole thing!

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What is the deal with Brexit?

So, what’s going on with Brexit?

In class a lot of our #Teachify students are asking about Brexit so we thought we would make this summary to keep you in the loop. 

By Jack Perez-Haydock

After nearly three years of almost constant infighting, snap elections and even the resignation of a Prime Minister, the UK’s departure date from the EU is almost upon us. It’s hard to believe that the UK invoked Article 50, officially beginning the process of leaving the EU, nearly two years ago.

Officially the UK is set to leave the EU on 29 March, two years to the day after Article 50 was invoked. But unfortunately, it isn’t exactly that simple.

“At the time of writing, the UK still has not managed to successfully negotiate a deal for their exit from the EU, meaning that as things stand the UK will leave without a deal in just under two weeks. So what does this mean for the UK?”

It’s not exactly clear. However, many believe that crashing out would be disastrous as the UK would go from being part of the largest trade organization in the world to being on their own without any grace period. According to some experts this could mean anything from food shortages to kickstarting another recession!

Others believe that a no deal Brexit is the right thing to do and is the ‘will of the people.’ They believe the UK’s current world standing is high enough to put it in an advantageous position when it comes to negotiating better trade deals outside the EU.

Either way, regardless of the overall outcome of Brexit, both sides can agree on one thing: the process has been an absolute mess. The UK government has spent the past two years unsuccessfully trying to negotiate a deal with the EU and between its own factions. It seems that the country has never been so divided as on this issue.

So how did we get to his point?

After the result of the 2016 referendum, the country was in shock. Although there had obviously been growing resentment towards the EU over the years, very few people could have predicted that the UK would actually vote to leave the EU.

The morning after the referendum results, Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron announced his resignation. Cameron had been a strong Remain supporter throughout the referendum and it seems he was unprepared for the fact that the Leave campaign would win. Cameron’s resignation meant that there would now a contest to decide who would be the most capable person to lead the UK through the Brexit negotiations.

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Theresa May, another Remainer, ultimately won the support of Parliament. She would become the second ever female Prime Minister after Margaret Thatcher. May had been a popular choice to replace Cameron throughout the leadership contest. She promised to bring strong leadership and unity to the country throughout the Brexit process.

With the referendum result decided and a new Prime Minister it seemed that the UK was ready to begin setting out its strategy for leaving the EU. Unfortunately, there were now huge divisions within the UK public, not only between Remainers and Leavers but also between those who wanted a ‘Hard Brexit’ and those who want a ‘Soft Brexit.’

Hard Brexiteers preferred a clean break from the EU without a deal whereas Soft Brexiteers wanted to keep some of the advantages of staying in the EU, for example staying in the Customs Union and retaining freedom of movement in Europe.

What was going to happen next?

Others argued that the referendum result was not legally binding and the UK should not even entertain the idea of leaving the EU because it would be too complicated.

Regardless, in March 2017 Theresa May invoked Article 50, officially beginning Brexit negotiations with Europe. According to EU law the UK would now have exactly two years to negotiate their break from the Union. Many criticized Theresa May for deciding to invoke Article 50 before the UK had a clear view on whether they would be pursuing a hard or soft Brexit. But it was too late, the clock was now ticking.

In April 2017, Theresa May announced that the UK would hold a snap election in June, despite previously promising that there would be no early elections during the Brexit process. Due to the unpopularity of the other political parties in the UK at the time, May thought it was a good moment for the Conservatives to retain their majority and gain a clear mandate for Brexit.

Contrary to expectations, the elections saw a surge in popularity for the Labour Party, the Conservative Party’s main opposition. Although the Labour Party were unable to win the election, the Conservative Party lost so many votes that they no longer held a parliamentary majority.

What is the DUP?

Under UK parliamentary law, they were forced to form a coalition government.

After several days of negotiating it was announced that the Conservatives would be forming a government with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), a staunchly right wing Northern Irish Unionist party.

For many, the snap election was a massive misstep by the Conservatives as they had lost their parliamentary majority.

This meant that their vision for Brexit was now compromised as they would be forced to keep the DUP happy during negotiations.

After months of infighting, the UK began official withdrawal agreements with the EU in June 2017.

Key issues included the Irish border and the status of EU nationals living in the UK along with UK nationals living in the EU.

Things were further complicated in December 2017, when a group of rebel Tories (another word for Conservatives) sided with the opposition in order to force the government to take a final parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal once it had been negotiated with Brussels.

With that decided, negotiations continued into 2018. The longer negotiations went on without a clear Brexit strategy in sight the more opposition began to grow  ̶  all the more so when it was announced that Article 50 could be revoked, effectively cancelling Brexit. High profile resignations followed, such as Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (a staunch Brexiteer), who stepped down in July stating his reason to be frustration with the lack of progress in Brexit negotiations.

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What will happen on March 29th?

As 2018 drew to a close with no deal agreed, it seemed that the UK was heading for a crisis. January 2019 saw Theresa May’s deal being thrown out by Parliament with 432 No votes and 202 Yes votes, making it the biggest defeat in British parliamentary history.

The vote was put to Parliament once again earlier this month, but it was once again rejected by Parliament 242-391. Meanwhile, a non-binding amendment proposed by Caroline Spelman was passed, rejecting the possibility of a No Deal Brexit under any circumstances.

On 14 March, Parliament also voted to ask the EU to grant an extension to Article 50, allowing another three months for further negotiations. It is still unclear whether the EU will grant an extension without the promise of a second referendum to the clarify the ‘will of the people’ regarding Brexit.

An amendment calling for an extension to Article 50 to allow for a second referendum was rejected by Parliament, thus dashing the hopes of many Remainers that perhaps maybe Brexit could be cancelled.

Which brings us to the present day. Expect things to escalate even further during the last remaining weeks before Brexit day. Here are the likely possible outcomes:

The EU denies the UK the right to extend Article 50. The UK crashes out of the EU without a deal on 29 March. Although the Caroline Spelman amendment states that the UK has no desire to leave the EU without a deal at any time, it is after all not a legally binding agreement and so UK could still leave without a deal.

The EU grants the UK a three month extension to Article 50. Although many EU leaders are not keen on this idea as the UK has already had two years to negotiate its exit,  the EU is still very likely to grant the UK an extension. This would allow Theresa May more time to push her deal through Parliament, but whether she will succeed this time is anybody’s guess.

The EU grants a longer extension on the condition that the UK holds a second public referendum on EU membership. Although Parliament has already voted against this, like the Caroline Spelman amendment  on EU membership, it was not a legally binding vote. For many, this would be the fairest outcome as the public would have a say on the actual outcome of Brexit. For many Remainers this  would also be a good opportunity to overturn Brexit and cancel Article 50 once and for all.

Article 50 is cancelled and Brexit is called off. This is perhaps the least likely of all of the options, though it is still a possibility. With Parliament stating that it has no desire for a no deal Brexit or a second referendum, if Theresa May fails to push her deal through before Brexit day there are definite grounds for Article 50 to be withdrawn and Brexit to be cancelled. This would probably create more divisions within the UK public for many years to come as many Brexiteers would feel betrayed by their government.

What will happen to Spanish nationals?

It is not completely clear how this will affect Spain, but it is unlikely that Spain will be greatly affected by the UK’s exit from the EU.

Spanish nationals in the UK may not have the same rights as before to live in the UK unless they successfully apply for settled status.

The Spanish, in turn, have promised to do everything  they can to protect the existing rights of Brits resident in Spain, provided they are officially registered and living there legally when Brexit happens.

Spain may also see a drop in UK tourism, which would affect Spanish cities like Benidorm where tourism from the UK greatly contributes to the local economy.

Spain may also see a drop in the number of UK nationals living in their country.

At present, Spain is home to more UK nationals than anywhere else in Europe. Some Spaniards might think it would not be such bad thing if some of them went home!

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