Trinity DipTESOL – units 3 and 4: phonology and teaching practice

Teacher training

In this episode of the TEFL Show, Robert William McCaul interviews Sinead Laffan, an instructor on the DipTESOL, and Austin Weaver, who successfully completed the Dip a few years back, about Unit 3 and Unit 4 of the course. The two interviewees will give you an overview of these two units of the course and share some useful tips. So the episode should be interesting both for those who are already doing the DipTESOL and those who are thinking of enrolling in the future.

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Using Zotero for citing and referencing

Technology

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 free software out there that will significantly reduce the amount of work involved. One of such programs is Zotero and in this video I wanted to show you some of its basic features.

When teaching EAP, I get the students to watch the video at home before the class when we practise referencing. I also ask them to download the program and note down any questions or doubts they have. This reduces the teaching time in class and we can get straight into practice.

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Interview with Cecilia Nobre

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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):
 
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Trinity DipTESOL – tips for Unit 1 and Unit 2

Teacher training

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:

{FD6E4FC7-3F1D-4F3B-AB0D-2EB2F2CF8970}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.

 

13713435_10153502300032396_889033672_nNicola 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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Dialects, Language Change, Death and Revival

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Dialects, Language Change, Death and Revival

The fall of the Roman Empire, beautifully depicted by Thomas Cole, evokes the destruction of a civilisation, the loss of a culture and the beginning of the slow death of a language. Is this what happens when all languages die? In this episode of the TEFL show we explore the topics of death and revival of languages, dialect versus ‘official’ language, prestige varieties and language change and diversity.

 

“As one language is born, another dies. According to Ethnologue, of the (roughly) 6,909 languages which are spoken in the world today, 3,000 of these are spoken by fewer than one thousand people and are in severe danger of extinction. When a language dies, an extremely valuable part of the cultural inheritance of humanity is lost. We may struggle to preserve them, and record them for posterity, but are we merely putting off the inevitable?”

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Irrecoverable loss of human knowledge & culture. Is this what happens when languages die? -An artist’s depiction of the Great Library of Alexandria in its heyday.

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Language Revival: Irish is experiencing a huge surge in popularity but much more work needs to be done if the language is to be brought back as the first language of everyday communication. Statistics and image from the 2011 census.

Language and identity: Is it important to preserve the language and cultural heritage of an island for posterity? Natália Danzmann, originally from Portugal but who lives in the Gaeltacht na nDéise and has become fluent in Irish, singing a well known sean-nós called Sliabh Geal gCua na Féile by Pádraig Ó Mileadha. Ó Mileadha wrote the song while feeling lonesome about his beloved homeland of Sliabh gCua in West Waterford while living as an immigrant in South Wales. Here is a photograph from the Comeragh mountains near his birthplace, the landscape which inspired the song and music.

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A glacial lake, Coumshingaun, in the Comeragh mountains, West Waterford, Ireland, near the birthplace of Pádraig Ó Mileadha. Photo: ‘The view over Coumshingaun Lake’ by Mario Macrory

Here are the lyrics of that beautiful sean-nós (first in Irish):

A Shliabh geal gCua na Féile, is fada uait i gcéin mé
Im’ shuí cois cuan im’aonar go tréithlag faoi bhrón

An tuile bhuí ar thaobh díom ‘dir mé ‘gus tír mo chléibhe
Is a Sliabh geal gCua na Féile nach géar é mo sceol

Dá mbeinnse i measc mo ghaolta i Sceithín glas na séimhfhear
Nuair a scaipeann teas na gréine ó spéir gheal gan smál

Nó dá mbeinnse ansiúd fé’n réaltáin nuair a thiteann drúcht ar fhéar ann
A Shliabh geal gCua nár dhréic sin dá mb’fhéidir é a fháil

‘S é mo léan nach bhfuair mé tógaint le léann is mórchuid eolais
I nGaoluinn uasal cheolmhar ba sheolta mo bhéal

Ó do thabharfainn cuairt thar sáile is do thabharfainn bua thar bharr chugat
Mar a Shliabh geal gCua ba bhreá liom thú ardú fé réim

Mo ghrása thall na nDéise, ‘dir bhánta, ghleannta is sléibhte
Ó shnámhas anall thar tréanmhuir táim tréithlag gan brí

Ach ó b’áil le Dia mé ‘ghlaoch as, mo shlánsa siar go hÉirinn
Agus slán le Sliabh na Féile le saorghean óm’ chroí

 

(And in English:)

O bright Sliabh gCua of the welcomes,
You are far from me, my home,
As I sit I am weak with sorrow,
Here by this sea alone;

The golden tide just by me
Is twixt me and my heart’s land,
O bright Sliabh gCua of the welcomes,
My story is not so grand.

Were I among my own folk,
Kindly men in Skeheens green,
Where the heat of the sun is scattered
From a sky of flawless sheen;

Oh, were I now beneath the stars
As dew falls on grass there,
Oh, you bright Sliabh gCua,
‘Twould be an gift so rare!

Oh, I am sad that I wasn’t reared
With learning and with art,
In the noble melodious Irish tongue
My mouth would have its part;

And I would go back across the sea,
And I would give you pride,
And I would love to see, Sliabh gCua,
Your fame go worldwide!

There is my love, the Decies,
Every meadow, hill and vale,
Since I came o’er the mighty sea
I have grown weak and pale;

But since God Himself has called me here,
My greetings go back home,
Back to that hill of welcomes,
From my heart, with love alone!

Here is the link to Robert William McCaul’s article on dialects, language change and revival:

https://teflreflections.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/a-short-tour-of-babel-language-change-and-emergence-of-new-varieties/

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Using Memrise – how to create effective mems

Learning languages, Technology

Memrise is all about mems. They’re mnemonic devices that can help you remember a new word or phrase. Like the one below:

So in this video I show you how to create mems on Memrise. I start off by explaining what memes are and how they can help you remember new words. I also give a few examples of effective memes and explain what makes them effective.

 

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Spanish in the United States of America.

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The United States is now the second largest Spanish speaking country after Mexico (128 million) according to a new report on the language commissioned by the highly respected Instituto Cervantes. According to the report, in the USA, the language boasts 41 million native speakers, as well as a further 11.6 million who are bilingual with English.This gives the US more Spanish speakers than Colombia (48 million) and Spain (46 million) (figures reported in the Guardian Newspaper on 29th June 2015). The US Census office predicts that the country will have over 128 million Spanish speakers by 2050. This will mean that fully one third of US citizens will be Spanish speaking in just over 30 years time.

So why is Spanish in the US so hidden & why does it retain a minority language status even in the parts of the nation where its speakers are in the majority such as Los Angeles? How is the language being used today in the country, in the mainstream media, politics and society? Why is the language sometimes perceived as a threat? Why does Spanish still seem not to be associated with the US in Europe? Explore US Spanish with Robert William McCaul & Marek Kiczkowiak on the award-winning language podcast: the TEFL show.

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(Image courtesy of the US Census Bureau & Day Transactions)

 

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Brexit will cut the numbers of higher education students in the UK by a third.

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Brexit places the higher education industry in the UK in severe jeopardy, according to survey. Universities will struggle to attract the top international students. Lots of teachers I know will lose their jobs as a result of this, people with families, who pay taxes. Not to mention the loss of of jobs and revenue to accommodation providers, transport providers such as taxi drivers and coach companies, restaurants, tourist attractions etc. Independent language schools will no doubt suffer as well. Towns like Bournemouth, which rely on the international student business, will be worst hit. Meanwhile the international competitors for the international student market such as Australia, Canada and Malta cannot believe their luck.

http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/brexit-international-students-in-the-uk-after-eu-referendum-hobsons-survey-a7161661.html

How to use the Memrise app – a quick tutorial

Learning languages, Technology

In the last few videos I talked about different features of the website, such as how to create a course for your learners, and you can watch the videos here. However, the app for Android and iPhones is quite different from the way the website is set up, so in this video I will show you how to use it. The tutorial should be useful both for those who have used Memrise app or website in the past, as well as those who are completely new to it.

If you’re planning to use the app with your students (as I’m doing at the moment), you can get them to watch the tutorial at home before class. I found that it really reduces the time you’d need to otherwise spend on explaining how the app works in class.

If you want to find out a bit more about Memrise, you can check out the other video tutorials which are available on YouTube here. The course English for Academic Purposes that you can see in the video can be found here.

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Trinity DipTESOL – An Overview

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In this podcast we talk about the Trinity DipTESOL, which is a diploma level qualification in Teaching English. We’ve invited Sinéad Laffan and Nicola Meldrum, two DipTESOL trainers, to give us an overview of the course, the assessment and the content. They also give some very useful tips for candidates and talk about why it is worth investing your time and money in this qualification.

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