DELTA – what is it about and is it worth it?

Cambridge DELTA, DELTA, Exams, Teacher training, Uncategorized

In this episode of the TEFL Show podcasts we discuss DELTA or the Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, which is run by Cambridge Assessment. We talk about the format and the content of the course, and tell you a bit more about our own experience doing it. We give some recommendations for how and where you can do it, and whether doing it is worth your time and money at all.

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Qualities of Effective English Teachers

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In this episode of the TEFL show we look at the key skills that teachers need to have successful classes. Marek has been doing research on this area for his PhD and gave a presentation on the topic at the recent IATEFL conference. We mention knowledge of methodology, proficiency, language awareness & rapport along with a few others. Very useful if you have an observation coming up, are doing a DELTA or a Master’s or just want to develop as a teacher. Thank you for listening.

 

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5 Reasons why native speakers should learn how to use English internationally

EFL, International English, Pronunciation

Are you a native speaker? Do you often get misunderstood in meetings where there are many people who speak English as a second language? Why are you being misunderstood? What can you do to avoid this situation the next time?

In this episode we discuss Chia Suan Chong’s recent article for the English Teaching Professional ‘5 Reasons why native speakers should learn how to use English internationally’, which you can read here.

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Decentralised Teaching & Teachers’ Stories: Interview with Paul Walsh- Part 2

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The TEFL show presents part 2 of our recent interview with Paul Walsh of Teachers as Workers fame. In this episode, Paul discusses two of his other projects. One of them is called Decentralised Teaching, a website dedicated to the philosophy of making our classrooms more democratic, espouses learner empowerment and celebrates the idea of having a negotiated syllabus. His other project is entitled Teachers’ Stories. Listen in to find out more about this exciting new project and how you can participate. Apologies in advance for the quality of the audio, the interview was conducted over Skype and we did our best to make it as understandable as possible! Thank you for listening.

 

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A Guide to Underhill’s Phonemic Chart for English. Part 1: The vowels.

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Underhills Phonemic Chart with Examples

Underhill’s phonemic chart for English from Sound Foundations.

The TEFL Show presents a guide to Underhill’s phonemic chart for English using RP as our reference variety. Perfect for teachers and students who want to get to grips with the English vowel system.We go through each of the monophthongs and diphthongs in detail, giving example words of each and offering novel ways of remembering their phonetic value.

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Can we learn a second language like we learned our first?

Comprehensible Input, Issues in ELT, Learning languages, Methodology, Polyglots, Second Language Acquisition, Stephen Krashen, Teacher training, Uncategorized

Can we learn a second language like we learned our first?
Why do children seem to have such an easy time picking up their native tongue while we adults tend to struggle for years with a second language and never make it much beyond intermediate level? Can we acquire a language in the same way as kids do their first? Read my article on British Council Voices Magazine exploring some of the ideas of Steven Krashen & their classroom implications.

https://www.britishcouncil.org/voices-magazine/can-we-learn-second-language-we-learned-our-first

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The Nicene Creed: the written word well written.

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The Nicene Creed: isn’t it incredible that a document, drafted in the early 300’s CE in Greek, along with a Latin translation, has withstood the test of time so well? In spite of some (very) minor changes in 385CE, it hasn’t required any major revisions at all. None. Nada. Zip. And, whether you’re religious or not, you cannot argue with the fact that the text still serves its purpose today.

For many Christians, it is an extended declaration of their faith. What they believe and, perhaps more importantly, what they consider to be orthodox. But what interests me about the creed is the language. The Latin version still reads so beautifully and unambiguously today in 2016 as it did when it was originally published at the First Council of Nicaea in 325 CE.

It’s a  great authentic text for intermediate students of Latin, notwithstanding its religious complexities, who might be struggling with earlier forms of classical Latin, such as with Horace’s use of word order.

The creed is unambiguous. It says a great deal, simply. Hats off to the written word well written.

Below is the man ultimately responsible for making it all happen, the emperor Constantine. These are the remains of a colossal statue from a gigantic basilica which stood in the Roman Forum and can still be seen in the foyer of the Capitoline Museum today. The sides niches of the basilica can still be seen too.Constantine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a closeup of the statue, from a reconstruction of the basilica, where, according to Wikipedia, “the seated, enthroned figure” would have been about 12 metres high. Anyway, I digress.

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The point I’m trying to make is that in the digital world of today, we can continually edit and change the written word, seconds, minutes, months and years after it first gets published, we’ve got word processors with spellcheck and the ability to insert a sentence seamlessly into a text that wasn’t there before, but back then, you had to get it right, first time, no tippex, no erasers, no messing about.

Here’s the a modern Latin version of the creed (Latin Lovers: great for reading practice of accusatives and datives):

Credo in unum Deum,
Patrem omnipoténtem,
Factórem cæli et terræ,
Visibílium ómnium et invisibílium.
Et in unum Dóminum Iesum Christum,
Fílium Dei Unigénitum,
Et ex Patre natum ante ómnia sæcula.
Deum de Deo, lumen de lúmine, Deum verum de Deo vero,
Génitum, non factum, consubstantiálem Patri:
Per quem ómnia facta sunt.
Qui propter nos hómines et propter nostram salútem
Descéndit de cælis.
Et incarnátus est de Spíritu Sancto
Ex María Vírgine, et homo factus est.
Crucifíxus étiam pro nobis sub Póntio Piláto;
Passus, et sepúltus est,
Et resurréxit tértia die, secúndum Scriptúras,
Et ascéndit in cælum, sedet ad déxteram Patris.
Et íterum ventúrus est cum glória,
Iudicáre vivos et mórtuos,
Cuius regni non erit finis.
Et in Spíritum Sanctum, Dóminum et vivificántem:
Qui ex Patre Filióque procédit.
Qui cum Patre et Fílio simul adorátur et conglorificátur:
Qui locútus est per prophétas.
Et unam, sanctam, cathólicam et apostólicam Ecclésiam.
Confíteor unum baptísma in remissiónem peccatorum.
Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum,
Et vitam ventúri sæculi. Amen.

Here’s the English translation:

We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only begotten Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
light from light,
true God from true God,
begotten not made,
of one substance with the Father,
through Whom all things came into existence,
Who because of us men and because of our salvation came down from the heavens,
and was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and became man,
and was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate,
and suffered and was buried,
and rose again on the third day according to the Scriptures
and ascended to heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father,
and will come again with glory to judge living and dead,
of Whose kingdom there will be no end;
And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and life-giver,
Who proceeds from the Father and the son,
Who with the Father and the Son is together worshipped and together glorified,
Who spoke through the prophets;
in one holy Catholic and apostolic Church.
We confess one baptism to the remission of sins;
we look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen

Here is the modern Greek liturgical version for comparison:

Πιστεύω εἰς ἕνα Θεόν, Πατέρα, Παντοκράτορα, ποιητὴν οὐρανοῦ καὶ γῆς, ὁρατῶν τε πάντων καὶ ἀοράτων.
Καὶ εἰς ἕνα Κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν, τὸν Υἱὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ τὸν μονογενῆ, τὸν ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς γεννηθέντα πρὸ πάντων τῶν αἰώνων·
φῶς ἐκ φωτός, Θεὸν ἀληθινὸν ἐκ Θεοῦ ἀληθινοῦ, γεννηθέντα οὐ ποιηθέντα, ὁμοούσιον τῷ Πατρί, δι’ οὗ τὰ πάντα ἐγένετο.
Τὸν δι’ ἡμᾶς τοὺς ἀνθρώπους καὶ διὰ τὴν ἡμετέραν σωτηρίαν κατελθόντα ἐκ τῶν οὐρανῶν καὶ σαρκωθέντα
ἐκ Πνεύματος Ἁγίου καὶ Μαρίας τῆς Παρθένου καὶ ἐνανθρωπήσαντα.
Σταυρωθέντα τε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν ἐπὶ Ποντίου Πιλάτου, καὶ παθόντα καὶ ταφέντα.
Καὶ ἀναστάντα τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ κατὰ τὰς Γραφάς.
Καὶ ἀνελθόντα εἰς τοὺς οὐρανοὺς καὶ καθεζόμενον ἐκ δεξιῶν τοῦ Πατρός.
Καὶ πάλιν ἐρχόμενον μετὰ δόξης κρῖναι ζῶντας καὶ νεκρούς, οὗ τῆς βασιλείας οὐκ ἔσται τέλος.
Καὶ εἰς τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον, τὸ κύριον, τὸ ζῳοποιόν,
τὸ ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς ἐκπορευόμενον,
τὸ σὺν Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ συμπροσκυνούμενον καὶ συνδοξαζόμενον,
τὸ λαλῆσαν διὰ τῶν προφητῶν.
Εἰς μίαν, Ἁγίαν, Καθολικὴν καὶ Ἀποστολικὴν Ἐκκλησίαν.
Ὁμολογῶ ἓν βάπτισμα εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν.
Προσδοκῶ ἀνάστασιν νεκρῶν.
Καὶ ζωὴν τοῦ μέλλοντος αἰῶνος.
Ἀμήν.

Thanks for reading.

Krashen’s theories of language acquisition- do they still have value in the ELT classroom?

Comprehensible Input, Issues in ELT, Methodology, Second Language Acquisition, Stephen Krashen, Teacher training

Robert William McCaul and Marek Kiczkowiak debate the merits of Krashen’s theories on second language acquisition. Can second languages be learned in the same way in which young children pick up their first language? What implications does this have for the ELT classroom? How much formal grammar should we teach learners? An old debate but an important one…

The Affective Filter

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The flipped classroom: an interview with Russell Stannard of www.teachertrainingvideos.com

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In this episode of The TEFL Show podcasts we chat with Russell Stannard of http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com about the whole idea of the flipped classroom. We start off by talking about using technology to give students feedback through audios and videos. We then discuss how ‘flipping the classroom’ through technology can be used to minimise the ‘lecturing’ aspects of the ELT class, and enhance learning and promote learner autonomy.

What do you think about the flipped classroom? Have you ever used it? Do you use technology to give your students feedback? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Russell-Stannard_avatar_1428218549 [3295938]Russell Stannard is the founder of www.teachertrainingvideos.com and an Associate Trainer at NILE ( Norwich Institute for Language Eduction) where he works on the MA in TESOL programme. He won the British Council ELTons Technology award  and the Times Higher Outstanding Initiative in ICT for his work in technology. He is particularly known for his work on using screen capture to provide feedback to students. The idea that generated widespread media interest and has resulted in a number of research papers. He writes 3 regular columns in the English Teaching Professional, the Teacher Trainer and Anglo Files.

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