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Far too much of language teaching literature is, to quote Stephen Krashen, “Far too long, far too incomprehensible and far too full of jargon,” not to mention far too expensive. The TEFL Training Institute podcast is short, easy to understand and free. In each 15-minute episode, we discuss practical, thought-provoking or controversial topics with our friends, and some of the biggest names in language teaching. From motivation to materials, training to teenagers, approaches to assessment, if ...
 
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David Nunan joins us to discuss the input we use in language lessons and what we do with it. Ross Thorburn: Hi, everyone. Welcome back to "TEFL Training Institute" podcast. I'm Ross Thorburn and this week we're talking about authentic texts. It's a topic I've wanted to talk about for a long time. I can remember, even as a first year teacher, printi…
 
We interview three former teachers who are all still part of the TEFL industry but have experienced very different careers. Jessica Keller tells us about becoming a recruitment expert, Jason Anderson about becoming an author and Felicity Pyatt about becoming a teacher trainer.By TEFL Training Institute
 
Jake Whiddon guest hosts the podcast and interviews Ross about interactions in online classes with young learners. We discuss the interactions that commonly occur in online lessons, what stops experienced teachers from being more creative in online teaching and how teachers can spark better and more meaningful interactions in their online classes.…
 
Author and teacher trainer Rod Bolitho joins me to talk about the relationships between teachers, students and materials, how materials relate to syllabi and how teachers should use teachers’ guides. Rod Bolitho is a freelance ELT trainer and consultant. He was previously Academic Director at Norwich Institute for Language Education and was also le…
 
Are stories more than a vehicle for teaching language? How should teachers react to students’ creations? And what can teachers do to encourage creativity with learners when writing stories. Motivation and Meaning Through Stories (with Andrew Wright) Ross Thorburn: Hi, everyone. Welcome back to the "TEFL Training Institute Podcast." This week our gu…
 
Does grammar have a public relations problem? Grammar gets a reputation for being boring, unnecessary and uncool but at the same time is also seen by many experts as the most fundamental part of language and language learning. We discuss this love/hate relationship with our friend, Matt CourtoisBy TEFL Training Institute
 
In reaction to Covid19, many teachers and schools have had to move their English courses online. But where to start? Dr. Marek Kiczkowiak tells us about his experiences creating online language courses for students and what he’s learned about online platforms, marketing and social media along the way. Setting Up Online English Courses (with Marek K…
 
As Phil Collins once sang, “In teaching you will learn and in learning you will teach.” So, what can language teachers learn about language learning from learning a language? We meet with friends, family and special guests to hear about how language learning experiences affect and inform our views of language learning. In our longest podcast ever, …
 
Dr. Kathleen M. Bailey is professor of Applied Linguistics at the Monterey Institute of International Studies joins us to talk about teachers attitudes towards development, why much of what happens in our classrooms is unknown to teachers and what to do about these issues.By TEFL Training Institute
 
I speak with Steve Walsh, Professor of Applied Linguistics at Newcastle University about the quality of teacher talk and the effect this has on student learning. Steve talks with us about the questions that teachers ask as well as the rules and roles which influence how we interact with our students. Understanding Classroom Discourse (with Steve Wa…
 
I speak with Ekitzel Wood about online marketing and discrimination in teacher recruitment. Ekitzel tells us how our Facebook information change the job advertisements that we see. We also talk about racism in teacher recruitment and why many schools present a ‘white’ image of their teachers to their customers. Ross Thorburn: Hi, everyone. Welcome …
 
Young learner and teens expert Chris Roland talks to us about giving differentiated support to students. We discuss which students we are trying to help when we differentiate, which students teachers tend to forget about when they plan and how to differentiate without needing to spend twice as long preparing materials as usual. Ross Thorburn: Hi ev…
 
We speak Trinity College London CertTESOL and DipTESOL course director with Felicity Pyatt about what to do when that happens. How to decide to ‘fail’ a trainee, how to break the news and how to help trainees bounce back. Tracy Yu: Hello, everyone. Welcome to our podcast and today we have our guest, Fifi. Felicity Pyatt: Hello, it's me. Ross Thorbu…
 
Former online teacher training manager Matt Courtois and I meet to talk about online teacher development and evaluation. What opportunities does online teaching create for teacher development? Opportunities in Online Teacher Development (with Matt Courtois) Ross Thorburn: Hi, everyone. Welcome back to "TEFL Training Institute Podcast." I'm Ross Tho…
 
Many coursebooks and teaching materials are made for a global market. Ross Thorburn and Tracy Yu discuss how you can make a coursebook written for students all over the world relevant to your class, how to adapt EFL teaching materials and when it might be better to just stick with the book.By TEFL Training Institute
 
I speak with Morag MacIntosh about the reality of teaching online during the Covid-19 lockdown. Ross Thorburn: Hi, everyone. Welcome back to "TEFL Training Institute Podcast." I'm Ross Thorburn, and before we get into this week, I wanted to play you a quote from Yuval Noah Harari, author of "Sapiens." This is him on Sam Harris' "Making Sense" podca…
 
The Who What How When and Why of Error Correction - Transcription Tracy Yu: Welcome to the "TEFL Training Institute Podcast." The bite‑size TEFL podcast for teachers, trainers and managers. Ross Thorburn: Hi, everyone. Tracy: Hi, welcome to our podcast. Ross: A lot of the time when we're hanging out and we speak Chinese to each other, I often ask y…
 
Russell Stannard joins me to talk about online teaching. We discuss some of the current challenges that teachers around the world are facing due to Covid19 forcing classes to go online, and we also talk about what the longer term effects on teaching and learning will be. How will this encourage learner autonomy? How will it change the role of the t…
 
Regular guest Matt Courtois returns to discuss teaching groups of young learners online. We focus on some of the advantages of online teaching – what is it possible to do online, that isn’t possible to do offline? How to get students to genuinely and meaningfully communicate with each other online? And why tech problems and glitches might actually …
 
Lots gets said about the value of graded readers, but how can teachers use these in class? We speak with Diploma in TESOL course director Anne Carmichael about using graded readers with students at different levels, how teachers can integrate different skills using graded readers and how teachers can deal with new language from the texts. Ross Thor…
 
Ross and online teacher trainer Alex Li talk about some of the biggest differences between teaching offline and online, common mistakes teachers make teaching online and their favorite online teaching activities. Ross Thorburn: Hi, everyone. Welcome back to the TEFL Training Institute Podcast. I'm Ross Thorburn. Again, this week, we are doing somet…
 
Listen to hear why cooperation matters, why your students need conflict to learn, the difference between cooperative and collaborative learning, how to pair students and trainees and the types of tasks that produce collaboration and the types of tasks that don’t.By TEFL Training Institute
 
As the coronavirus causes more and more schools, more students and teachers are turning to apps to fill the gap. Ross and Jake Whiddon talk about the potential of apps for language learning, the limitations of current software and how apps will influence classrooms in the future. Ross Thorburn: Hi, everyone. I'm Ross Thorburn. Welcome back to "TEFL…
 
Do lessons have a plot? Should classes have a story line? How do lesson plans resemble movie scripts? We speak with teacher trainer extraordinaire Diederik Van Gorp, about story arcs in lessons and how these affect our transitions form one activity to the next. Tracy: Hello, everyone. Welcome to our podcast today. Let me introduce our special guest…
 
We speak with Study Cat CEO Mark Pemberton about language learning outside of the classroom. As the corona virus causes schools around China to temporarily close, we consider the possibilities and limits of using apps and technology for language learning. Ross Thorburn: Hi, everyone. Welcome back to "TEFL Training Institute Podcast." I'm Ross Thorb…
 
Ian McGrath joins us to discuss how coursebooks can be used, what affect they have on teacher autonomy and how teachers can make themselves the masters rather than servants. As Alan Cuningsworth says, “Coursebooks make good servants, but poor masters.” But who is usually the master in the language classroom? The teacher or the coursebook? Ross Thor…
 
Ross and favorite guest Dave Weller talk about ethics in English education. What problems are caused by charging for teaching? What are the ethics of observing teachers? Is it fair to expect teachers to prepare for classes in their own time? Ross Thorburn: [laughs] Hurrah. Welcome to Dave Weller. Dave Weller: You just stole my thunder. Ross: [laugh…
 
We speak with Mario Rinvolucri, author of “Vocabulary” and “Humanizing Your Coursebook”, how teachers can humanize vocabulary teaching. “Most of the vocabulary teaching that gets done is based on texts, written, audio, or video. The problem with this kind of text-based teaching is that everything is external to the learner: the text hits him or her…
 
We ask Mark Hancock (author of Pronunciation Games, English Pronunciation in Use and Pron Pack) what makes authentic English listening so difficult for students and what teachers can do to help learners understand connected speech Ross Thorburn: Hi, Mark. Thanks for joining us. To start off with, what is connected speech? What makes it difficult fo…
 
We talk about why performance reviews get a bad reputation, why they’re not all bad and what teachers and managers can do to get the most out of them. Tracy Yu: Hello, everybody. Welcome to our podcast today. We've got our guest, Matt Courtois. Hey, Matt. Matt Courtois: Hey, guys. How's it going? Tracy: Good. Today what we're going to talk about, R…
 
Reflection in Teacher Education (with Ben Beaumont) - Transcript Ross Thorburn: Hi, everyone. This week our guest is Ben Beaumont, TESOL qualifications manager at Trinity College, London. If you've done a qualification before, like the Trinity CertTESOL or the Trinity Diploma in TESOL, those qualifications are managed by Ben. Ben in the past has al…
 
From Experience to Expertise (with Alan Maley) Ross Thorburn: Alan, I've heard you say before that teacher training, too often, maybe focuses on skills and knowledge at the expense of attitude and awareness. Why is it that attitude and awareness tend to get neglected in teacher training? Alan Maley: Why are they neglected? Well, because they're mor…
 
We challenged each other to fit everything we could about language learning onto a single page of A4 paper, then compare our notes over a marathon 59 minutes. For maximum effect, prepare your own notes on “What’s the Best Way to Learn a Language” before you listen.By TEFL Training Institute
 
Technology in Language Education Part II Fad? (with Ray Davila) – Transcript Tracy Yu: Hello, everyone. Welcome back to our podcast. Today, we have the second part of our conversation "Technology in Classroom: Fact or Future in Education." We have Ray... Ross Thorburn: Davila. [laughs] Tracy: Hi, Ross. Welcome back. Ray Davila: Good to be back, guy…
 
Technology in Language Education Part I Future (with Ray Davila) - Transcript Ross Thorburn: Hi, everyone. Welcome back to the podcast. This week we have our friend on again. Tracy: Ray. Ross: Davila. Tracy: Davila. dRay Davila: Hi, guys. Ross: Ray, you've switched jobs since last time. Do you want to tell us what you're doing now? Ray: Oh yeah! I'…
 
Principles for Vocabulary Teaching (with Hugh Dellar) - Transcript Ross Thorburn: Hi, everyone. Welcome back to the podcast. Today we're going to talk about vocabulary. Tracy, was this a useful topic? Tracy Yu: David Wilkins, long time ago, he said something like, "Without grammar very little can be conveyed. And without vocabulary, nothing can be …
 
Why Students Don’t Like Language Class (With Dave Weller) - Transcription Tracy Yu: Welcome back to our podcast, everybody. We've got our favorite guest. Can you guess who he is? Dave Weller: Hurrah! Tracy: [laughs] Let's welcome Dave Weller. Hey, Dave. Dave: Hi. Ross Thorburn: What are we talking about today? Dave: I think we decided to do somethi…
 
Why Homework gets Forgotten Ross Thorburn: Hi, Penny. Thank you for joining us. I saw you give a talk about homework at IATEFL in Glasgow back in 2017. You mentioned that the reason that you talked about homework or that you did a presentation on homework is that no one else talks about it, really. Why don't teachers and teacher trainers talk more …
 
What Have You Changed Your Mind About? With Carol Lethaby, Dave Weller, Karin Xie, Matt Courtois, Paul Nation Simon Galloway - Transcript Tracy Yu: Hi, everyone. Ross Thorburn: Welcome to the podcast. This, as you probably noticed, is our third‑anniversary episode. To celebrate, we're doing a special long podcast, the longest one we've ever done. W…
 
Find Lesson Planning for Language Teachers Principles of Task Design (With Dave Weller) - Transcription Ross Thorburn: Welcome back to the podcast, everyone. Today, our favorite guest is with us, Dave Weller. Dave Weller: Hurrah! Ross: [laughs] Today, Dave and I are going to talk a bit about Task Design. Before we jump into that, why is Task Design…
 
In this episode Ross and Trinity CertTESOL course director Allan Crocker discuss the issues related to time; how time influences how we teach, the problems it causes and how we can spend it better. Ross Thorburn: Hi, Allan. Allan Crocker: Hi, Ross. Ross: Do you want to tell us a bit about who you are, Allan Crocker? Allan: Yes, I am Allan Crocker. …
 
We discuss different models of asking questions to students, typical mistakes trainers make in asking questions and the most powerful questions we can ask ourselves to reflect. Ross Thorburn: Hello, everybody. Welcome to our podcast. Today, we've got two guests. Matt, our regular guest... Matt Courtois: Hey, how's it going? Tracy: Hey, Matt! And we…
 
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