International Language Symposium 2017

Conferences

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 Republic. Among other things, we talk about the ELT scene in Czech Republic and how it’s changed over the years, the importance of professional development, as well as the market demand for ‘native speakers’ and why school directors need to try to educate their clients out of possible prejudices against ‘non-native speaker’ teachers.

And last but not least, we also talk about the International Language Symposium, which will be held in Brno on June 1-3, and which Erik is organising. Tickets are still available, and there’s a fantastic line-up of speakers, including Stephen Krashen, so check out their website for more information.

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Using netspeak.org to teach collocations

Technology

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 written by Leo Selivan. I’d recommend reading it for more ideas how you can use the website in your classes.

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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)
See the commuter bus/ classroom news report (in Portuguese):
 
Her latest blog post:
 
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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.

Comeragh-Mountains

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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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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DELTA – what is it about and is it worth it?

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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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