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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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I speak with Amol Padwad from Ambedkar University Delhi about teacher motivation and teacher development. What incentives make sense for teachers at different stages of their careers? What demotivates teachers from wanting to develop? And how can schools encourage all their teachers to develop without forcing them? For more podcast, videos and blog…
 
Regular guest, Matt Courtois joins me to talk about how teachers can encourage young learners to be creative. We discuss what creativity is, why it is challenging at low level and share some of our favorite creative activities. Support the podcast by buying us a coffee For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website: www.TEFLtraininginstitut…
 
We talk about how fair the different criteria are, what are some common misunderstandings about the criteria and how teachers can help students improve their IELTS speaking scores. Watch Pete’s YouTube Channel For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website Support the podcast – buy us a coffee! Develop yourself! Find more about our teacher …
 
Kirsten Campbell from Busuu joins me to discuss how to keep learners engaged in learning using an app. Support the podcast by buying us a coffee For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website: www.TEFLtraininginstitute.com Sign up for our mailing list Watch as well as listen on our YouTube channel Develop yourself! Find more about our teach…
 
Regular guest Matt Courtois and I discuss what makes quality teacher talk. How should young learner teachers give instructions? How much should teachers grade their language? And when should teachers say nothing at all? Inside Online Language Teaching: Conversations About the Future That Became the Present Support the podcast by buying us a coffee …
 
Dave Weller joins me to talk about how to promote your writing. Dave tells us why you shouldn’t start a blog, where you can write instead, how to promote your writing across different platforms, how to find out what people search for online, how to choose a title for your writing and the key to writing a best selling book. Visit Dave’s website here…
 
Russ Mayne, author of Evidence-Based ELT, joins me to discuss where knowledge about teaching comes from. What common teaching ideas and practices are myths? What do we know about teaching from research? And how can teachers include more evidence-based scientific practices into their teachers?بقلم TEFL Training Institute
 
Simon Galloway (author of Teaching Teachers Online) joins me to discuss using forums in online teacher training. We talk about how to encourage interaction between trainees, how to encourage trainees to post critical and reflective comments, and how to incorporate variety into forum tasks.بقلم TEFL Training Institute
 
Gail Ellis, author of Teaching Children How to Learn, joins me to discuss learning to learn. Gail tells us the importance of encouraging metacognition, how to make learners more aware of the aims of activities, and how to encourage meaninful reflection. Support the podcast by buying us a coffee For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website…
 
In our longest ever episode, we ask English language teaching legends Diedrick Van Gorp, Debbie Hepplewhite, Stephen Krashen, Vivian Cook, David Crystal, Jack Richards, Hugh Dellar, Penny Ur , Alan Maley and David Weller about their influences and what they learned from them. For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website Support the podcas…
 
Mark Pemberton, co-CEO of Study Cat, joins me to talk about app-based language learning. Where is technology based language learning going? What are the limits of technology? Can these ever be overcome? For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website Support the podcast – buy us a coffee! Develop yourself! Find more about our teacher trainin…
 
We speak with Professor Alan Maley, author of Creativity and English Language Teaching, about how constraints can prompt creativity in teachers and what teachers can do to bring in their lives, interests and personalities to make the classrooms more creative. For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website Support the podcast – buy us a coff…
 
Check our Dave’s book, Lesson Planning for Language Teachers, at https://amzn.to/31HJtpk What happens if the important decisions about planning get left to coursebook writers rather than teachers? How much of the coursebook should schools tell teachers to use? And what can you do if your school doesn’t let you deviate from the prescribed materials?…
 
Mark Hancock (author of Pronunciation Games, English Pronunciation in Use, Pron Pack and Pen Pictures) tells us about basing lessons around pictures and using these to generate stories, descriptions, language needs and much more. For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website Support the podcast – buy us a coffee! Develop yourself! Find mor…
 
Matt Courtois and I talk about how to maintain discipline in your learner classes without using punishment. We discuss the problems with punishment, how to set rules, how to avoid boredom and more. Support the podcast by buying us a coffee For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website: www.TEFLtraininginstitute.com Sign up for our mailing …
 
Simon Galloway (author of Teaching Teachers Online) joins me to discuss how to run webinars. We discuss how to make the most of breakout rooms, polls and chatboxes, why webinars should be part of distance learning courses and when to avoid using webinars.بقلم TEFL Training Institute
 
Professor Brian Tomlinson from the University of Anaheim wrote his first coursebook with Rod Ellis in the 1960’s and has been involved in materials design since. We ask him: how do you write a great coursebook? For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website Support the podcast – buy us a coffee! Develop yourself! Find more about our teacher…
 
Teacher trainer Diederik Van Gorp joins me to discuss the ingredients for a successful teacher training workshop. How much theory should trainers include? How can we make learning transfer more likely to happen? And what training activities work best in face-to-face training? Inside Online Language Teaching: Conversations About the Future That Beca…
 
Dr. Paul Thompson from the University of Birmingham talks to me about how teachers can use corpora and corpus data with students. We discuss the benefits of using corpora with students. What teachers and students need to know about corpora like COCA (The Corpus of Contemporary American English) to be able to use these effectively. Paul also tells u…
 
How is grammar similar to lexis? What mistakes do we make when we teach grammar? And how can we include enough grammar to keep grammar obsessed students satisfied? Visit Hugh’s Website For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website Support the podcast – buy us a coffee! Develop yourself! Find more about our teacher training courses Watch as…
 
Professor Thomas Farrell joins me to discuss MA TESOL courses: what are their shortcomings and how could these be improved? We discuss what is covered in MA courses, how they are taught, whether MA TESOLs ought to include a practicum, and much more. For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website Support the podcast – buy us a coffee! Develo…
 
Sara Cotterall joins me to discuss getting learners to self-assess. We discuss how self-assessment can boost student motivation, how to encourage learners to keep records of their learning, and how to incorporate self-assessment into learner evaluation. Visit Sara’s website For more podcasts, videos and blogs, visit our website Support the podcast …
 
Professor Michael McCarthy joins me to talk about what vocabulary we should teach and how to teach it. Mike tells us about the most common words in English and what non-common words we should teach our students, what aspects of vocabulary we should teach at different levels and how to stop students from forgetting the vocabulary they’ve already lea…
 
In this special length end of year episode, we talk with Chris Roland, author of Understanding Teenagers in the ELT Classroom about why students don’t always behave as teachers would like them to, why behavior gets discussed so little on teacher training courses and what teachers can do to better manage their students’ behavior. For more podcasts, …
 
All language students speak a first language, but what do we do with it? Some teachers ban it. Some teachers use it to teach English in. Some schools make students sign a pledge never to use it. Penny Ur tells us about what we can do take advantage of students first language, when to avoid it and when even to encourage it. For more podcasts, videos…
 
Paul Nation is one of the world’s leading researchers on and writers on vocabulary, reading and fluency, has written dozens of books and been publishing research on these topics since 1970. Paul is Emeritus Professor in Applied Linguistics at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (LALS) at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zea…
 
Professor David Carless from the University of Hong Kong joins me to talk about feedback. David tells us why our students should spend more time reading and acting on feedback than teachers spend writing it, how we can use examples from outstanding students to help students give feedback to themselves and how much should the content of feedback be …
 
On this week's podcast, Lesley Painter-Farrell joins me to talk about reflection. We discuss why reflection is so important, different ways teachers can reflect and the best question you can ask yourself after teaching a lesson. Inside Online Language Teaching: Conversations About the Future That Became the Present Support the podcast by buying us …
 
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…
 
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