Native speakerism and the complexity of personal experience: a duoethnographic study

‘Native speakers’ are better at teaching speaking and should be given conversational and high level classes, right? They can’t tell a verb from a noun, though, so don’t ask them to teach any grammar. ‘Non-native speakers’ know the grammar better and since they know the students’ L1, they should teach lower levels, right? They’re never … More Native speakerism and the complexity of personal experience: a duoethnographic study

6 things you should know about teaching pronunciation

The more ‘native-like’ the pronunciation, the better, right? Well, not necessarily. In this episode we take a look at English as a Lingua Franca research into pronunciation and discuss 6 things that every English teacher should know about teaching pronunciation. If you’re interested in learning more about teaching pronunciation, take a look at Marek’s on-line … More 6 things you should know about teaching pronunciation

Using Zotero for citing and referencing

One of the key skills EAP (English for Academic Purposes) students need to learn is how to cite and reference. Doing this correctly can prove to be really difficult and time-consuming, because every referencing style (e.g. Harvard, APA, Chicago, etc.) has a different set of rules. While you can add citations and a reference list manually, there is … More Using Zotero for citing and referencing

Trinity DipTESOL – tips for Unit 1 and Unit 2

In this episode we look at Trinity DipTESOL in more detail, focusing on Unit 1 and Unit 2. The former unit checks the candidate knowledge of SLA and ELT theory including such topics as second language acquisition and teaching methodology. Unit 2 on the other hand is assessed through three action research projects where the … More Trinity DipTESOL – tips for Unit 1 and Unit 2

How to add a YouTube video to a WordPress widget

In this video I’m going to show you how to add a video from YouTube into one of your WordPress widgets. You might want to do it to showcase your own work or your favourite videos in the sidebar. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t support iFrame embed codes (for security reasons), which you’d normally copy and paste … More How to add a YouTube video to a WordPress widget

Key skills teachers need to have successful classes – Teaching English chat

Tomorrow, Friday 8th July we’ll be chatting about ‘Key skills teachers need to have successful classes’. The chat will take place on Twitter and on Facebook. On Twitter you can take part by using the hashtag #techat We’ll be tweeting from @theteflshow. If you’re new to Twitter, you can check out this explanation of how … More Key skills teachers need to have successful classes – Teaching English chat