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Do you find yourself seeking new ideas when it comes to literacy instruction in elementary classrooms? The Literacy Dive is a podcast that offers actionable steps and information for ELA teachers. The host, Megan Polk from The Literacy Dive, shares literacy tips and strategies she has learned from her years of experience as an elementary teacher and literacy specialist. Dive in with us every Monday for a new episode on various literacy topics!
 
Are you tired of boring, slow-speaking English lessons that don't teach you the way that natives really speak? Do you wanna learn how English is spoken in the real world? In this podcast, Ethan, Andrea, and Justin—your American and British Fluency Coaches will take you beyond the classroom and help you live, learn, and SPEAK English in the real world through fun, natural, conversational lessons that will rapidly teach you: - To understand fast-speaking natives - The vocabulary, phrasal verbs ...
 
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Feeling the need to improve ourselves is a positive thing! You don’t want to just spend your life lazing about on the couch. Whether intentional or not, we, as humans, are always learning. If you have ever been in a competitive environment, you probably also noticed that it gave you a drive that helped you reach objectives that you thought were imp…
 
Last week I started my three-part series about how to keep your students engaged during the holiday season. I decided to expand on those holiday literacy ideas by giving you three more ways to keep your students on task. As always, these ideas are simple and can be put into practice the very day you listen to this episode. We all know one way to ke…
 
On the 12th episode of the Teacher Interview, we talk to Coach Shane from the Let’s Master English Podcast and Daily Easy English Expression Podcast! Coach Shane is one of the “old school” online English instructors. He has been online coaching students in English for several years with several successful YouTube channels and podcasts. In this inte…
 
What are some of the most common mistakes in English, and do you make them? In this episode we go through a list of common mistakes that include many areas, like vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. Most importantly, we give you tips on how to avoid making these mistakes and in so doing improve your confidence. Show notes here. .......... We’re s…
 
Learning English is about sharing ideas, connecting with others, and improving your life! This is what so many schools get so wrong. In this podcast episode, you'll discover a new way of learning a foreign language that will make you feel empowered and in control of your learning experience. You can finally actually be successful in gaining natural…
 
While the holiday season is exciting, it is also notoriously a time that students are distracted and energetic. There are so many extra activities that need to be added to the schedule which means ditching those daily academic lessons. In this episode, I will discuss how to get through the holiday season without abandoning teaching your literacy co…
 
Moving to a new country can be an exciting and equally nerve-wracking experience, but there are lots of ways that you can prepare for this! That's why in today's podcast episode, we're talking all about how to adapt to living in an English-speaking country. The tips in this episode will also be useful if you’re planning to stay in another country f…
 
On the 15th episode of Speaking Skills, we learn how to master this skill: Asking for Opinions We’ve already talked about GIVING opinions. But what if you’d like to ask someone for their opinion? How can we do that simply and naturally? Also, is it any different if you’re speaking to someone one on one or in a group? In this episode of Speaking Ski…
 
You've probably been through a situation where you either needed to say a word, but you couldn't remember it, or that you had to speak in English but simply didn't know how to say something even though you know it perfectly in your own language. I totally know how you feel. When I was learning Hebrew, I found it so complicated because virtually eve…
 
I have to admit that my episode last week with my guest and good friend, Aylin Claahsen, got me thinking more deeply about reading fluency. I realized that we can grow our student’s reading fluency with something that we’re already doing, which is read alouds. I’m not talking about those days when you pick a book off the shelf and decide to share a…
 
Today we're talking all about abbreviations in English. In case you're not familiar with this term, an abbreviation is a shortened form of a word or phrase. For example, we might say FYI instead of "for your information" or ASAP instead of "As soon as possible." You'll come across abbreviations in your work, studies, and general daily life. They're…
 
On the 12th episode of Current Events, Al covers an important political and cultural issue regarding COVID-19. Over the last few years, the American political landscape has been changing quite rapidly. But, it’s not just about politics. Cultural issues play an important part in how the direction of a country goes. In this case, we are talking about…
 
"My weakness? Well, I'd say I'm a bit of a perfectionist." How many times have you heard someone saying that or have even said that yourself? It's quite common to repeat this over and over as an excuse to not take the next step towards a goal or a dream that you have. Now, you may be thinking "But Ethan, I am proud of myself for being a perfectioni…
 
I can not wait for you to listen to this episode with a special guest and friend of mine, Aylin Claahsen. Aylin is a certified reading specialist, literacy consultant, and curriculum designer who loves sharing literacy tips for teaching readers. Specializing in Kindergarten-5th Grade, she can be found sharing literacy tips on her blog, social media…
 
There's no doubt that English is the most widely spoken language in the world. So, by learning it, it will unlock a huge range of opportunities, no matter what your goals are, and some of them may be quite surprising. In today's podcast, we'll discuss four amazing ways that English will change your life. If you're looking for some motivation for co…
 
Josh MacPherson is an English language instructor and curriculum developer currently based in Japan. With over 15 years of experience teaching English, Josh has specialized in teaching English learners how to better prepare for and increase their chances of achieving a higher score on the TOEFL exam and the new Duolingo English Test. At TST Prep, h…
 
Last week I talked about writing prompts and this week I will continue the conversation by giving you tips to implement writing prompts. If you haven’t been using writing prompts regularly, I can imagine it may be intimidating to put it on your schedule every day of the week. What I can also tell you is that if writing prompts stress you out, then …
 
On the 9th episode of Real Chat, Al has a chat with his new friend Doe from the U.K.! She is perhaps the world’s number one Queen fan as well as a huge fan of the Beatles and many other bands. As you listen, keep these 3 points in mind: 1. Try to understand (comprehend) the main ideas of the discussion. 2. Learn and note down new vocabulary words a…
 
Have you ever wondered what type of English learner you are? The idea is that we learn best according to the archetype of language learners we are. Knowing which type of learner you are can be useful to work out which tips work best for you. Are you an Academic learner? A Jedi Master? Find out in today's episode! Show notes here. .......... We’re s…
 
Gabriel Wyner is an American polyglot, book author, and founder of Fluent Forever. He fell in love with language learning while training to be an opera singer at school. After feeling pressured by a deadline to achieve proficiency in French, he worked his way to fluency studying on his own. Noticing that there was valuable advice online that was no…
 
Guess what?! Today’s episode is my one year anniversary of The Literacy Dive Podcast. How exciting is that? Whether you’ve listened to one episode, every single one, or somewhere in between…thank you! To add to the excitement, this episode is airing on November 1, 2021. The beginning of a new month is always a fun and refreshing time. I remember my…
 
On the 35th episode of the Pronunciation Point, we look at the following topic: WHERE vs. WERE vs. WE’RE Today we take a look at three different but very similar sounds. Al explains the differences and gives a few example sentences in Pronunciation Point 35! Download Video (98MB) ***Right Click->Save Link As Get ALsensei’s 25 HOT IDIOMS for 2021 (F…
 
Today we'll be talking about the topic you’ve voted for: how to give compliments in English. If you compliment a person, you praise them or say good things about them. It's not just the words that you say that are important, but also the tone. We'll also explore a variety of sentence structures that you can use to give compliments. Show notes here.…
 
Natasha Broodie is an American communication specialist and founder of Life with the big E. She's a diplomat who previously worked with the United Nations. She is also a travel and language enthusiast and has lived in Russia and France where she taught Business English and noticed how non-native speakers interacted in multicultural business context…
 
Last week I talked about context clues strategies, but I’m sure many of you are wondering how to apply them and when. I got you! This episode is going to cover how to use the different strategies I shared and really give you a framework for implementing them. Just like all the great activities in literacy, you can start teaching context clues by us…
 
On the 24th episode of Your Question, we handle the following question: Q: Will it help if I practice speaking English in front of a mirror? As I was going through various English related Facebook Groups, I came across a similar question posted on the main page. I hadn’t heard that before and so I thought it would be good to address in this episode…
 
In today's podcast episode, you'll get some more practice with your English idiomatic vocabulary by learning some animal idioms. Idioms are a type of figurative language which can be very confusing for English language learners. Now, there are tons of expressions that use animals and we use them all the time. If you stick around until the end, you …
 
On the 41st episode of the English 2.0 Podcast, we cover this very critical topic: The 3 Most Destructive Things You’re Telling Yourself Out of my 18 years of teaching English and all of the e-mails and messages I’ve received over the years, I’ve heard so many of your challenges and frustrations. Although you may not notice it on a daily basis, the…
 
Luke Thompson is an ESL Teacher, Podcaster, and Stand-up Comedian. He's originally from England and currently lives in Paris. Luke has been helping learners practice their listening skills for over 10 years through his podcast. His webpage and podcast were voted #1 in the Best Blog category for the Macmillan Dictionaries Awards four times in a row.…
 
There’s a good chance that your students have heard the term “context clues” before. But do they actually know what it means? Are they really able to apply strategies to figure out the meaning of unknown words? In my experience, using context clues is one of those skills that students are aware of, but struggle to implement independently. Today I’m…
 
Do you often find yourself shying away from new experiences or opportunities because you lack confidence? Have you had that feeling of your heart racing, your palms sweating just thinking about the new challenge that faced you such as speaking English? We're here today to help you do better in those moments of self-doubt and we are with you six tip…
 
Jennifer Kumar is an English conversation and cross-cultural coach. She lived in India for more than 10 years and even studied her masters degree there. Through her business Authentic Journeys, she helps Americans and Indians strengthen their business relationships through the development of mutual understanding of cultural and linguistic aspects. …
 
How do your students become successful and descriptive writers? I get this question all the time. Do you want to know my secret? The one thing that plays the greatest role in helping young learners improve their writing skills is the art of storytelling. The power of storytelling became clear to me when I was teaching kindergarten. Telling personal…
 
On the 5th episode of Movie Reviews, ALsensei gives his thoughts on the following movie: “Jack Reacher” “Jack Reacher” is a 2012 action thriller starring Tom Cruise. This movie was adapted from a famous series of novels by author Lee Child. So, how does “Jack Reacher” come off on the big screen? Is this movie good for studying English? Al gives his…
 
If you're like most English learners, you've probably heard the word 'ass' used very frequently in English speaking in songs, movies, and TV series. But did you know that this word has a multitude of uses that mean completely different things? Although you should definitely be very careful with all uses of this word, often the use can in fact, be n…
 
Ladies and gentlemen. English learners, teachers, and world changers. My next guest is Tiffani. Tiffani, from speakenglishwithtiffani.com, is a teacher and artist from Maryland, US. One day, she left her job as a web designer at NASA to embark on an adventure to South Korea. She lived there for almost 10 years and fell in love with teaching English…
 
Today’s episode is about something we all wish we had more of: time. There are so many demands on teachers and it always feels like there’s not enough time in the day. I found there are some ways to maximize your schedule and I will be sharing some tips and tricks I’ve found helpful. I hope these action steps will allow you to really focus on what …
 
All the time our students tell us that their biggest frustration is that they understand English well, but that they don't have any opportunities to speak. That is exactly why we launched the RealLife English app this year to give you an opportunity to practice both your speaking and listening in a fun and meaningful way. If you ever worry about no…
 
To continue the celebration of reaching 50 episodes of The Literacy Dive, I've got a BONUS episode for you today! This is a replay of a listener favorite, episode 2! It's all the importance and power of a mini-lesson. Enjoy! SHOW NOTES: theliteracydive.com/podcast-episode2 In this episode I share: -The definition of a mini-lesson -How to find conte…
 
On the 11th episode of Current Events, Al explores the world of music and covers several articles about famous musicians. Recently, there has been a lot of news in the music world with one of the big events being the Global Citizen Festival. The event featured several artists performing from around the world in an effort to raise awareness and end …
 
For those of you in Brazil, you will be no stranger to today's guest, but if you don't know him, you are in for a treat! Gavin Roy is from Ohio in the USA. He learned Portuguese to go to Brazil for the FIFA Soccer World Cup. On his YouTube channels: SmallAdvantages (with 2.7 million subscribers) and TadyGavin he teaches English through his own jour…
 
Oh my goodness! This is the 50th episode of The Literacy Dive Podcast! I am so thankful and have been having a blast with all of you. To celebrate this milestone we will be doing something spontaneous and laid-back. I hope you enjoy this question and answer format just as much as I enjoyed recording it! I originally thought I would answer 50 questi…
 
Isn't it awesome that English allows you to discover the world and meet people from different countries and learn about other cultures? That's exactly what we mean when we encourage you to go beyond the classroom and become a global citizen! In fact, our company vision is to create a world beyond borders. So in today's episode, we're excited to joi…
 
On the 6th episode of Movie Study, we go over a scene from the following movie: The Shawshank Redemption Today, let’s take a look at this excellent drama from 1994. It stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman as two men in prison who become friends. On this episode, I break down the process of studying English with movies into 7 easy steps: 1. Choose t…
 
My guest today is Veronika Mark, a language learner and YouTuber from Russia. On her YouTube channel, English with Veronika Mark, she shares the tips she applied on her own journey learning English for the past 6 years. Veronika speaks English and Chinese fluently, and also some French. She approaches a variety of topics, such as how you can keep m…
 
Have you been searching for ways to assess your student’s understanding of your lessons? An easy way to do this is by using exit tickets. Contrary to what some people may think, exit tickets are not tests, but definitely are a way to measure your student’s comprehension of that day’s topic. Exit tickets may look different each day, but if used corr…
 
There are various types of jokes in English that you may have heard of, such as traditional knock-knock jokes, one-liners and more. Some can be quite difficult to understand because they contain more than one meaning. These are the jokes we'll be looking at today. So we'll be sharing some jokes with you and explaining their meaning and what makes t…
 
I recently got an e-mail that was very convincing. However, after looking at it more closely, I concluded that it was a scam! Today we cover this important topic: A Scam Artist Convinced Me…Almost Scam artists often use English as their second language to try and trick people from native English speaking countries. Of course what they are doing is …
 
Idahosa Ness is a polyglot, musician, and founder of The Mimic Method for learning languages. After traveling to Mexico at the age of 17 without knowing a word of Spanish, and struggling to connect with locals, he worked hard to perfect his accent by understanding the sonority of the language. He created The Mimic Method and used this approach to l…
 
If you don’t already know this, it may shock you, but my favorite subject is actually math. Crazy, right? There’s nothing better than when I can combine my two favorite things, math and literacy, at the same time with math word problems. In this episode I will provide you with strategies for incorporating comprehension and writing practice while al…
 
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