In this episode of the TEFL show Robert William McCaul interviews Cecilia Nobre, an ESOL teacher, a regular conference speaker and blogger, about a novel way she was involved in to learn English on that long commute to work!
We also chat about her experiences as a language learner & how she managed to learn English so well, why she’s learning Czech now and how she’s helping non-native English teachers improve their proficiency.
Cecilia, from Brazil, has been teaching since 1999. She graduated with a BA in Portuguese and English and went on to live in the UK for 3 years where she taught Portuguese. She’s done a postgraduate course in English and she’s been teaching 1:1 online for 3 months and is developing her career as an online teacher. She is particularly interested in materials design and applying Corpus L in ELT contexts (classroom and digital materials)
She also chose and developed the materials for ‘English on the Road’ (Business Result by Oxford and I created the course syllabus)
See the commuter bus/ classroom news report (in Portuguese):
Her latest blog post:
Find Cecilia on Social Media:
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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 candidate can choose and then research their area of focus.
As the two invited guests we have Nicola Meldrum, who is a trainer on the Dip, and Keava O’Brien, who is just about to finish the course. So we’ll hear two perspectives on the course: that of an instructor and that of a trainee.
About the guests:
My name is Keava O’Brien and I moved to Barcelona six years ago to do my CELTA, fell in love with the city and have been living here since! I work in a language academy in the city centre and teach adults. I’m currently a trainee on the DipTESOL and, fingers crossed (!), will finish the course in September 2016.
Nicola Meldrum has been involved in ELT since 1999. She is a teacher trainer, writer and designs and tutors online teacher development courses. She is currently based in Barcelona where she is course director on a Trinity Dip TESOL course at OxfordTefl. She is also a Trinity Dip TESOL examiner. She specializes in teacher development and action research and has given talks recently on this subject for Iatefl and the British Council in Mexico and Algeria.
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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.
We will be looking at the vowel system of English but also at other languages and we will be highlighting the importance of a teacher’s knowledge of phonology in the development of their students’ pronunciations.
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…
(Dr. M Bilash) The Affective Filter: what holds many potentially successful language learners back- anxiety.
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In this episode we give a brief introduction to CELTA, probably the most popular and widely recognised certificate for English language teachers. We start off by describing some of the strengths of the course. In the second half we look at a few shortcomings of the course, and suggest what in our opinion should be changed.
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