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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Interview with Cecilia Nobre

Cecilia Nobre, Commuter bus classroom, Conferences, DELTA, EFL, Second Language Acquisition, Teacher training, Teachers' Stoires, Uncategorized
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)
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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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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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Observee’s checklist – surviving an observed lesson

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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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Lesson plans, observations and PD programs – Interview with Anthony Ash

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In this episode we talk to Anthony Ash about lesson plans, observations and professional development (PD) programs. This podcast was triggered by a post about lesson plans and observations Anthony Ash wrote on his blog which you can read here. We then had a very interesting chat on Twitter (you can still read it here) together with Marc Jones, who also wrote a very interesting post on the topic. As a response to their posts and the Twitter chat, I also wrote an article on my blog where I criticised the insistence on writing long lesson plans for formal observations (read my article here).

So in this podcast we pick up the discussion where we originally left it and continue chatting about the importance of lesson plans and observations in PD programs. We start off by discussing whether preparing a formal lesson plan for an observation should be necessary. We then look at formal observations and chat about their importance in PD programs. We finish off by suggesting what our ideal PD program would look like.

What would your ideal PD program look like? How do you feel about preparing formal lesson plans for observations? Let us know in the comments section or tweet to @theteflshow and @ashowski

About Anthony: I completed the CELTA at IH Wroclaw (Poland) in August 2011 and I completed the DELTA at IH Newcastle (UK) in autumn 2014. I have an MA in English Language and Linguistics in which I focused on the historical development of the English language. I have taught adults and Young Learners general English and Business English in Dresden (Germany), Oxford (UK), Poznan / Torun (Poland) and Buenos Aires (Argentina). I also teach English for Academic Purposes at the University of Newcastle (UK). I have worked in ELT management since September 2013. I was a Senior Teacher at IH Torun (Poland) and I am currently an Assistant Director of Studies at IH Buenos Aires involved in Teacher Training and Development. [bio from Anthony’s blog].

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Observations in ELT: a quality control tool

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In this podcast we talk about being observed. In our own experience observations have mostly been used for quality control purposes and as teachers we have benefited little from many of them. As a result, we suggest how we think observations could be made more useful for teachers in terms of professional development.

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