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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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Matt Courtois and I talk about how to incorporate movement into language classes. Ross Thorburn: Matt, welcome back to the podcast. To start off with, why is movement important? Because I must admit, it's something that I try to include in every lesson I do, whether it's teaching kids or adults or even doing training for teachers, so for you what w…
 
I speak with Rhonda Oliver, SLA expert with young learners about tasks and interactions with young learners. Does speaking with other students help students learn language? How can teachers design tasks which students will find interesting? And which students should teachers pair their students with to get the most out of group work tasks? Visit Rh…
 
How can teacher education help make teachers more autonomous? How do observations from supervisors and student testing encroach on teachers’ decision making? And how can observations and testing be redesigned to give teachers the freedom to teach students the way they need to be taught? For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website Support…
 
Wendy tells us about how young learners' home lives affect their development, how the expectations of teachers and materials writers can effect student achievement and the problems associated with one size fits all curricula and coursebooks For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website Support the podcast – buy us a coffee! Develop yoursel…
 
Parents are one of the most important factors in determining how successful students are. In this episode, Jake Whiddon and I discuss how to involve parents in young learners’ learning. Why is it important to involve students' parents in language learning? How can we demonstrate learning to parents? What can teachers do to help parents understand l…
 
Dave Weller and I discuss the most useful questions teachers should ask themselves to reflect, what needs to be in place before teachers can reflect and what stimuli can help to prompt reflection. Check out Dave’s book: Reflective Teaching Journal For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website Inside Online Language Teaching: Conversations …
 
How can we help students improve their listening and reading? Traditionally, teachers teach skills like predicting, skimming, scanning and guessing from context. In this episode, Michael Swan presents reasons why we should avoid this approach, the reasons students find comprehension difficult and what alternative approach teachers should take to im…
 
Thom Kiddle from NILE joins me to talk about what assessments should measure. Should we separate skills or integrate them? Should language tests measure how complex learners can make their speech, or how well they can adapt their speech to the listener? And when is it useful to test grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation? Check out all the tutor led…
 
Letterland teacher trainer Lesley White tells Ross about phonics. We touch on the history, the advantages of phonics over other approaches, different options to teachers within the phonics system and some of the differences between learning to read in your first language and in your second language. For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our we…
 
Jake Whiddon joins me to talk about using storybooks in class. So many schools have graded readers, but so few teachers use these in class. Graded readers can be used with students of any age group and any level. They’re a great alternative to the coursebook and a contextualized way of presenting new language. In this episode, you’ll hear a simple …
 
A lot of us dread it. What if there was another way of managers helping teachers to improving their teaching without ever needing to sit in the classroom, an approach that means observing teachers actually makes if for supervisors to do their jobs? Mario Rinvolucri tells us more… For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website Support the po…
 
I talk with Kirsten Campbell about app-based learning for adults. We discuss best practices in app design, the forgetting curve, how much vocabulary students can learn at once and how some of these principles can be used by classroom teachers. Inside Online Language Teaching: Conversations About the Future That Became the Present Support the podcas…
 
We speak with Edmund Dudley, John Hughes, Matt Courtois, Brian Tomlinson, Ben Beaumont, Dave Weller, Wendy Arnold, Debbie Hepplewhite, Ray Davila and Diederik Van Gorp and ask them all the same question: “What’s your favorite language teaching activity?” For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website Support the podcast – buy us a coffee! D…
 
Dave Weller joins me to discuss making the best use of interaction patterns. We look at how shifting interaction patterns can create room for creativity, which students to pair with which and how many students should we put in a group. Essential Classroom Management Inside Online Language Teaching: Conversations About the Future That Became the Pre…
 
Peter Sommerville and I discuss the online teaching quality: a strange mix of data and student satisfaction that determines how many classes online teachers get and even how much they are paid. Inside Online Language Teaching: Conversations About the Future That Became the Present Get 10% off a 120 TESOL course with Train the Teacher. Use this link…
 
This week we look at coaching. Coaching is a common management and educational tool, but what exactly is coaching? Niamh Ryan joins me to talk about what coaches do and don’t do, the benefits of coaching, what questions can you ask during a coaching session and in what situations should we avoid coaching? For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit …
 
Thom Kiddle from NILE joins me to talk about physical learning environments and the impact they can have on learning. As teachers, we spend so much time thinking about learning activities, materials and methods, but what if our students aren’t learning because they aren’t getting enough light or oxygen? Inside Online Language Teaching: Conversation…
 
Michael Epstein joins me to discuss motivating students online. How can teachers create a group dynamic in online classes? How can only classes reduce learner anxiety? And how can teachers form better relationships with their students online? Check out my book: Inside Online Language Teaching For a free standard account at ClassIn, click here…
 
Inside Online Language Teaching: Conversations About the Future That Became the Present Get 10% off online teacher development courses at NILE. Use this link and the discount code: tefltraininginstitute10 Support the podcast by buying us a coffee For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website: www.TEFLtraininginstitute.com Sign up for our m…
 
Author Russ Mayne joins me to discuss evidence-based teaching. How can teachers find research to help them teach more effectively? Inside Online Language Teaching: Conversations About the Future That Became the Present Support the podcast by buying us a coffee Visit our website: www.TEFLtraininginstitute.com Get 10% off a 120 TESOL course with Trai…
 
Young learner expert Annamaria Pinter of the University of Warwick joins me to discuss teaching vocabulary to children. What activities work best with young children? Which words should teachers teach first? And how should we present language to very young learners? Get 10% off all purchases from StudyCat. Use the discount code: Ross Inside Online …
 
This week I’m joined by Jeremy Harmer, writer, presenter, teacher and trainer. Jeremy and I discuss feedback and error correction. Why is correction so important? How much correction do learners want? What’s the best way to give it to them? Inside Online Language Teaching: Conversations About the Future That Became the Present Get 10% off a 120 TES…
 
Jake Whiddon joins me to discuss using data in education. What data do teachers collect in face-to-face classes? What insights can apps offer teachers? And how can teachers use this to make their teaching more effective? Inside Online Language Teaching: Conversations About the Future That Became the Present Get 10% off all purchases from StudyCat. …
 
Author and positive discipline trainer, Dina Esmer, joins me to talk about tools for managing young learners’ behavior. What can teachers do to encourage long term positive behavior in class? How can teachers train learners to solve their own behavior problems? And what can teachers do when conflicts happen in their classes? Visit Dina’s website Ge…
 
Debbie tells us about vocabulary enrichment, the importance of recycling, why English is so difficult to read, and much more. Debbie is also the author of the online Phonics International program for all ages (Phonics International Ltd), phonics consultant for the Oxford Reading Tree Floppy’s Phonics Sounds and Letters program, author of the No Non…
 
Nina Spada joins me to talk about form focused instruction. How much of a difference does teaching grammar make to students? Can students remember and use grammar rules? What rules should we teach? For a free standard account and access to a free premium account for one month on ClassIn, click here. For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our we…
 
Matt Courtois and I discuss the dilemma of pushing students further and keeping students motivated. How important is motivation compared with progress? What do we do that might accidentally demotivate students? And how can we help students make progress and keep them motivated at the same time? Get 10% off the studycat app for your students by clic…
 
Tasks and task-based learning are often associated with adults and higher level learners. But can we use tasks and task-based teaching with young learners? Jane Willis, author of Doing Task Based Teaching and A Framework for Task-based Learning joins us to talk about using TBL with beginners and very young learners. Visit Jane’s website www.willis-…
 
Jake Whiddon joins me to talk about what should go in a language learning app. Do language learning apps reflect educational theory? What are apps doing better than teachers? And what tricks are app designers missing? Jake Whiddon’s teacher training webinars Get 10% off the studycat app for your students by clicking here and using the promo code “R…
 
What shapes the ways we teach? What influences teachers' views and beliefs about language learning? Trinity College London teacher trainer Karin Xie and I discuss what factors we see influencing teachers' ideas about teaching and talk about how our own experiences have informed our views of language teaching and learning. For more podcasts, videos …
 
We interview world expert on teacher development, Professor Thomas Guskey, about how to evaluate professional development. What evidence should we use? How can we tell when it’s successful? What can go wrong in professional development? And how can teachers be at the center of the checking process? Visit Tom’s website For more podcast, videos and b…
 
Stephen Krashen, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, tells us about the conduit hypothesis. We discuss the role of reading, the growing importance of listening and how to encourage students to read and acquire more through comprehensible input. For a free standard account and access to a free premium account for one month on ClassIn…
 
Marek Kiczkowiak talks to us about teaching English as a lingua franca (ELF). Is ELF a variety of English? How can teachers approach teaching it? In what situations is it helpful to students (and when might it not be)? TEFL Equity Advocates and Academy For more podcast, videos and blogs, visit our website Support the podcast – buy us a coffee! Deve…
 
Carol Read joins us to talk about managing behavior with young learners. Carol tells us about the use of different strategies to encourage positive behavior, the use of praise with different age groups and how teachers can help learners to become more responsible for their own behavior. Visit Carol’s Website For more podcast, videos and blogs, visi…
 
Why both writing a lesson aim? Are they not printed in the coursebook? Ross and regular guest Dave Weller discuss why it’s a good idea to write a lesson aim, what a good lesson aim looks like, and what are the drawbacks to lesson aims… For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website Support the podcast – buy us a coffee! Develop yourself! Fi…
 
Support the podcast by buying us a coffee! Visit our YouTube channel Our teacher training resources Visit The Fair List Tessa Woodward joins us to talk about her work with the Fair List, UK. We talk about discrimination towards women (as well as other groups), why it is important to have different groups represented by speakers at conferences and w…
 
We discuss a range of issues related to English and coursebooks: how has curriculum design changed? What influence has the CEFR had on coursebooks? How does English as a Lingua Franca affect what we should teach? What effect does all the English available outside the classroom on the internet have on students and teachers inside the classroom? www.…
 
As artificial intelligence (AI) develops it's role in language assessment gets more and more important. We discuss this and the implications with testing expert Dan Elsworth. For more podcast, videos and blogs, visit our website Support the podcast – buy us a coffee! Develop yourself! Find more about our teacher training courses Watch as well as li…
 
We talk with Vivian Cook, Professor Emeritus at Newcastle University about second language acquisition; how it has progressed in the twentieth century, how it gets used by language teachers and what the future holds for SLA. For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website Support the podcast – buy us a coffee! Develop yourself! Find more abo…
 
Support the podcast by buying us a coffee! Visit our YouTube channel Our teacher training resources Amol’s Ambedkar University Delhi webpage Amol Padwad joins us to explain “decentering” in ELT. Amol tells us about the problem with language teaching having a “center” and how this can cause voices and ideas to be suppressed. De centering in English …
 
I speak with Professor Anne Burns about teaching speaking. Why discuss why teaching speaking is so difficult, the differences between teaching speaking and just practicing it and look at an example of an activity of how to teach speaking. Support the podcast by buying us a coffee! Visit our YouTube channel Our teacher training resources Anne Burns …
 
As teachers, we try to personalize our classes for our students. But as supervisors, trainers and mentors, how much do we personalize our feedback to teachers? We look at different models for giving feedback, as well as how and when to use each. Support the podcast by buying us a coffee! Visit our YouTube channel Our teacher training resources…
 
Professor Tom Farrell joins me to talk about evidence-based reflection. Why bother with evidence? How might the reality of your classroom differ from your perceptions? And what evidence can teachers gather to find out more about the reality? Listen to find out. Visit Tom’s website More on reflection Support the podcast by buying us a coffee! Our te…
 
Michael Epstein from online classroom space provider ClassIn joins me to talk about interactions in online classes. We talk about the potential of getting learners working alone in breakout rooms, preparing learners to work in groups online and making the best use of online tools like chat boxes during whole class interactions. For more podcast, vi…
 
I talk to regular guests Diedrick Van Gorp and Allan Crocker about the Zombies of language teaching: what are the ‘bad’ activities, ideas and practices in TEFL that just won’t die? Visit our website: www.tefltraininginstitute.com Support the show - buy me a coffee More about studying the Trinity Diploma in TESOL with Ross…
 
Going From Teacher To Business Owner (with Ed Dudley, Jake Whiddon & Peter Liu) Visit our website: www.tefltraininginstitute.com Support the show - buy me a coffee More about studying the Trinity Diploma in TESOL with Ross More from Ed Dudley More from Jake Whiddon Peter Liu from Owl ABC on starting a start-up Ross: Peter, you started your own busi…
 
Visit our website: www.tefltraininginstitute.com Support the show - buy me a coffee More about studying the Trinity Diploma in TESOL with Ross Ross Thorburn: Hi everyone. Welcome back to "TEFL Training Institute" podcast. I'm Ross Thorburn. This week we are talking about green issues in ELT. To help us do that we have Ceri Jones, one of the foundin…
 
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