How to add a YouTube video to a WordPress widget

Technology

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 to your text widget. However, there’s an equally simple, if slightly hidden way of doing it. It took me the best part of today searching through forums, YouTube and WordPress support to find the answer. To save you time, here it is, distilled into a 4 minute video.

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

Issues in ELT

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 Twitter chats work. On Facebook we’ll be chatting on Teaching English British Council FB page, which you can find here.

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Before the chat, you might want to listen to one of our previous episodes on qualities of effective teachers.

Looking forward to the chat and hope you can join us 🙂

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Tips for IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 and Task 2

Exams, Learning languages, Technology
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In this episode we look at IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 and 2. We go through some of the key things you need to know as a teacher and a student to get a high score. The episode is aimed both at teachers who are teaching IELTS preparation classes, as well as students studying for the exam.

Let us know if you’ve got any other tips. Would love to hear from you!

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Memrise – a few features that make it a really useful language learning tool

Learning languages, Technology

In the previous video I showed you how to create a vocabulary course for your students on Memrise, which is a free website and an app for learning languages. I’ve used it myself as a language learner and with my students, and I think it can be a very powerful and fun tool for learning languages. So in this episode, I go over a couple of key features which make Memrise stand out from the crowd of language learning websites and apps.

Check out the previous video about Memrise if you want to get some tips for creating a vocabulary course for your learners.

If you want to find out a bit more about Memrise, you can check out two other articles that I’ve written about it:

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Memrise – creating a course for your learners

Learning languages, Technology

In this video I show you how to create a vocabulary course for your students on Memrise, which is a free website and an app for learning languages. I’ve used it myself as a language learner and with my students, and I think it can be a very powerful and fun tool for learning languages. So if you haven’t used it yet, or haven’t got around to using it with your learners, then this video is definitely for you.

If you want to find out a bit more about Memrise, you can check out two other articles that I’ve written about it:

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Teaching lexically, materials writing and the CELTA – interview with Hugh Dellar

Issues in ELT

In this episode we talk to Hugh Dellar, an experienced teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer. We start off by discussing the lexical approach, what it is, how it differs from other ELT approaches and how teachers can utilise it. We then go on to talk about Hugh’s books ‘Outcomes’ and ‘Teaching lexically’, co-written with Andrew Walkley, and his latest project: London Language Lab – a language school right in the heart of London. We finish off by discussing Hugh’s recent post about the CELTA course and why it might promote native speakers.

As always, we’re looking forward to your comments. Do you see yourself as a lexical teacher? Why (not)? Do you think CELTA promotes native speakers? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

hughHugh Dellar is a teacher and teacher trainer with over twenty years’ experience in the field. He is also the co-founder of Lexical Lab and co-author of two five-level General English series, Innovations and Outcomes (now in its second edition), both published by National Geographic Learning. His first methodology book, Teaching Lexically, is due out via Delta Publishing in July this year 2016 and he also co-runs a quality language school in central London – London Language Lab.

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Interactive Language Fair – IATEFL 2016 day 1

Conferences, Observations

So here we are – a brand new section on The TEFL Show website with videos about ELT. This and the next few will be about IATEFL 2016 conference, but soon we’ll be adding more teacher training videos.

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In this video I talk about the Interactive Language Fair which happened on Day 1 of IATEFL 2016 and was organised by Burcu Akyol and Bethany Cagnol. There were about a dozen poster sessions from speakers from all around the world all in the same room. As the participants you had a chance to interact more closely with the presenters and ask them questions. You could also move in between the poster sessions any time you wanted to, which gave you the chance to get a taste many different presentations in quite a short time. In particular, I focus on one of the sessions which was about a new approach to observations, professional development and teacher assessment.

You might also be interested in this podcast where I talked to Anthony Ash about PD programs, lesson plans and observations, as well as this where with Rob we come up with an observee’s checklist.

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Teacher Development SIG Pre-Conference event at IATEFL 2016

Conferences

So here we are – a brand new section on The TEFL Show website with videos about ELT. This and the next few will be about IATEFL 2016 conference, but soon we’ll be adding more teacher training videos.

Poster by TD SIG available at http://tdsig.org/2016/01/tdsig-pce2016/

Poster by TD SIG available at http://tdsig.org/2016/01/tdsig-pce2016/

In this video I talk about IATEFL 2016 Teacher Development SIG Pre-Conference event, which I had a chance to attend and present at. There were three great talks and a whole day of productive workshops and discussion on Language and Identity, Accountability and Responsibility, and Qualities of Effective Teachers. You can find out more about TD SIG from their website here.

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Observee’s checklist – surviving an observed lesson

Observations
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In this episode of the TEFL Show podcasts we talk about every teacher’s nightmare – observed lessons. Having survived many formal observations during our careers, we suggest an observee’s checklist: a list of tips that will not only help you survive an observed lesson, but actually do well on it too. Among other things we look at classroom management, giving instructions, monitoring and board work.

What do you think? Do you find observations useful? Have you had any really good or particularly bad ones? Can you give any more tips to add to the checklist? Looking forward to your comments.

You might also be interested in listening to this interview with Anthony Ash, where with a slightly more critical eye we look at lesson plans, observations and professional development programs.

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Which pronunciation model should we teach?

Pronunciation

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In this episode of The TEFL Show podcast we follow on from two previous episodes where we discussed the phonemic chart focusing first on vowels here and then on consonants here. So in this podcast we look at the various pronunciation models that teachers offer to students and try to answer the question which pronunciation model should we teach. We focus on our experiences as teachers in Asia, discuss linguistic imperialism and English as Lingua Franca.

As usual, we’d love to hear from you, so please leave us a comment below and take part in the poll below. Which pronunciation model should we teach to our students?

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