Did you know that Brno is in the geographical centre of Europe? And did you know that it’s becoming the new Silicon Valley of Central Europe? If you didn’t, then you’re in for a treat – in this episode I talk to Erik Dostal, who is the owner of CA Institute, a language school in Brno in Czech … More International Language Symposium 2017
The more ‘native-like’ the pronunciation, the better, right? Well, not necessarily. In this episode we take a look at English as a Lingua Franca research into pronunciation and discuss 6 things that every English teacher should know about teaching pronunciation. If you’re interested in learning more about teaching pronunciation, take a look at Marek’s on-line … More 6 things you should know about teaching pronunciation
When it comes to teaching pronunciation, it is typically Standard British English or General American model that we teach our students. In a nutshell, we want our students to sound ‘native-like’. In this podcast, however, we take a critical look at the assumption that more ‘native-like’ pronunciation is better. If you enjoyed this episode, … More Is having a ‘foreign’ accent in English a bad thing?
In this video I show you how you can use netspeak.org to teach collocations in your classes. The website is great for raising students awareness of lexical chunks, and once you’ve introduced it, students can use it independently both in and outside class to improve their vocabulary. The video was inspired by this blog post … More Using netspeak.org to teach collocations
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 … More Trinity DipTESOL – units 3 and 4: phonology and teaching practice
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 … More Interview with Cecilia Nobre
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 … More Trinity DipTESOL – tips for Unit 1 and Unit 2
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 … More Using Memrise – how to create effective mems
Brevity will provide a huge blow to UK universities power to attract top international students. The economy and competitiveness will suffer further as a result. … More Brexit will cut the numbers of higher education students in the UK by a third.
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 … More How to use the Memrise app – a quick tutorial