Teachers as Workers – interview with Paul Walsh part 1

Issues in ELT

tawsigThe TEFL show presents part 1 of the recent interview with Paul Walsh of the Teachers as Workers Special Interest Group (TaWSig) by Robert William McCaul. In this part we talk about some of the problems that teachers face in the industry: poor pay, low job security, a lack of sick pay, unfair contracts, compulsory unpaid duties such as attending meetings, homework correction, professional development programmes etc. Paul also talks about the frustrations of being a freelance teacher in Berlin- frustrations that ELT freelancers face around the globe. You can find TaWSig on Google+ and Twitter.

As always, we’re looking forward to your comments ūüôā

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A guide to English pronunciation part 2 – consonants

British English, IPA, Pronunciation, Underhill's Phonemic Chart

Underhills Phonemic Chart with Examples

In this episode we continue our discussion from the previous one, where we spoke about English vowels, and now look at the consonants.¬† We go through each of the consonants, discussing how they are produced, giving example words and offering some tips for remembering the symbols. We finish off with practical implications, so the episode should hopefully be useful for all those teachers who’d like to be better able to teach pronunciation.

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Teaching writing

Methodology
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In this episode we look at different methods and ideas for teaching writing. We discuss the pros and cons of the two main approaches, that is product and process approach. We also look at the importance of writing and ways of encouraging our students to write more. We mainly focus on academic writing, but also discuss issues relevant to teaching writing in a general English class.

We’d love to hear from you. How do you teach writing? Do you have a favourite approach? Any tried and tested activities? Leave us a comment below the post.

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Language learning myths

Learning languages
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Continuing with our myth busting theme from this podcast about teaching methods¬†and this one with Russ Mayne, in this episode of The TEFL Show we use our own language learning experience to debunk some of the most common myths and misconceptions about learning languages, such as that you need talent or a very long time to get to a high level. We also give several tips that will hopefully boost your language learning progress.¬†If you’d like to get more language learning tips, you might want to listen to this podcast.

What do you think? Are there any other myths about language learning that need debunking? What’s your experience with learning languages been like? Leave us a comment below.

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What evidence is there to support the different ELT methods and approaches? with Russell Mayne

Methodology
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In one of our previous podcasts: ‘ELT methods and approaches: the emperor’s new clothes?’, which you can listen to here,¬†we explored the question of whether there was any scientific evidence behind the most common methods to teaching English. The episode was so popular that we decided to invite Russell Mayne to do a follow-up one. Russ is well-known for his blog ‘Evidence based EFL’, where he debunks the most common myths concerning ELT and SLA, so we thought he’d be the perfect guest to tell us if and what evidence there is to support the most common ELT methods and approaches.

What do you think? Which methods do you normally use in class? Is there one best method or does its effectiveness depend on the socio-cultural context? Leave us a comment below.

russ mayne

Russell Mayne has taught English for over 15 years, in Japan, Taiwan and the UK and is interested in evidence-based teaching. He is currently teaching EAP in the English language teaching Unit at the University of Leicester. He blogs about Evidence based EFL here. You can also find him on Twitter @ebefl

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