Key skills teachers need to have successful classes – Teaching English chat

Issues in ELT

Tomorrow, Friday 8th July we’ll be chatting about ‘Key skills teachers need to have successful classes’. The chat will take place on Twitter and on Facebook. On Twitter you can take part by using the hashtag #techat We’ll be tweeting from @theteflshow. If you’re new to Twitter, you can check out this explanation of how Twitter chats work. On Facebook we’ll be chatting on Teaching English British Council FB page, which you can find here.

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Before the chat, you might want to listen to one of our previous episodes on qualities of effective teachers.

Looking forward to the chat and hope you can join us ūüôā

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Memrise – a few features that make it a really useful language learning tool

Learning languages, Technology

In the previous video I showed you how to create a vocabulary course for your students on Memrise, which is a free website and an app for learning languages. I’ve used it myself as a language learner and with my students, and I think it can be a very powerful and fun tool for learning languages. So in this episode, I go over a couple of key features which make Memrise stand out from the crowd of language learning websites and apps.

Check out the previous video about Memrise if you want to get some tips for creating a vocabulary course for your learners.

If you want to find out a bit more about Memrise, you can check out two other¬†articles that I’ve written about it:

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Qualities of Effective English Teachers

Teacher training

In this episode of the TEFL show we look at the key skills that teachers need to have successful classes. Marek has been doing research on this area for his PhD and gave a presentation on the topic at the recent IATEFL conference. We mention knowledge of methodology, proficiency, language awareness & rapport along with a few others. Very useful if you have an observation coming up, are doing a DELTA or a Master’s or just want to develop as a teacher. Thank you for listening.

 

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Memrise – creating a course for your learners

Learning languages, Technology

In this video I show you how to create a vocabulary course for your students on Memrise, which is a free website and an app for learning languages. I’ve used it myself as a language learner and with my students, and I think it can be a very powerful and fun tool for learning languages. So if you haven’t used it yet, or haven’t got around to using it with your learners, then this video is definitely for you.

If you want to find out a bit more about Memrise, you can check out two other¬†articles that I’ve written about it:

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Interactive Language Fair – IATEFL 2016 day 1

Conferences, Observations

So here we are – a brand new section on The TEFL Show website with videos about ELT. This and the next few will be about IATEFL 2016 conference, but soon we’ll be adding more teacher training videos.

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PD framework by Daniella Seong Hui You from Cultura Inglesa

 

In this video I talk about the Interactive Language Fair which happened on Day 1 of IATEFL 2016 and was organised by Burcu Akyol and Bethany Cagnol. There were about a dozen poster sessions from speakers from all around the world all in the same room. As the participants you had a chance to interact more closely with the presenters and ask them questions. You could also move in between the poster sessions any time you wanted to, which gave you the chance to get a taste many different presentations in quite a short time. In particular, I focus on one of the sessions which was about a new approach to observations, professional development and teacher assessment.

You might also be interested in this podcast where I talked to Anthony Ash about PD programs, lesson plans and observations, as well as this where with Rob we come up with an observee’s checklist.

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Teacher Development SIG Pre-Conference event at IATEFL 2016

Conferences

So here we are – a brand new section on The TEFL Show website with videos about ELT. This and the next few will be about IATEFL 2016 conference, but soon we’ll be adding more teacher training videos.

Poster by TD SIG available at http://tdsig.org/2016/01/tdsig-pce2016/

Poster by TD SIG available at http://tdsig.org/2016/01/tdsig-pce2016/

In this video I talk about IATEFL 2016 Teacher Development SIG Pre-Conference event, which I had a chance to attend and present at. There were three great talks and a whole day of productive workshops and discussion on Language and Identity, Accountability and Responsibility, and Qualities of Effective Teachers. You can find out more about TD SIG from their website here.

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Decentralised Teaching & Teachers’ Stories: Interview with Paul Walsh- Part 2

Decentralised Teaching, Teachers' Stoires, Uncategorized

The TEFL show presents part 2 of our recent interview with Paul Walsh of Teachers as Workers fame. In this episode, Paul discusses two of his other projects. One of them is called Decentralised Teaching, a website dedicated to the philosophy of making our classrooms more democratic, espouses learner empowerment and celebrates the idea of having a negotiated syllabus. His other project is entitled Teachers’ Stories. Listen in to find out more about this exciting new project and how you can participate. Apologies in advance for the quality of the audio, the interview was conducted over Skype and we did our best to make it as understandable as possible! Thank you for listening.

 

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A Guide to Underhill’s Phonemic Chart for English. Part 1: The vowels.

British English, British English Vowels, IPA, Learning languages, Pronunciation, RP, Underhill's Phonemic Chart
Underhills Phonemic Chart with Examples

Underhill’s phonemic chart for English from Sound Foundations.

The TEFL Show presents a guide to Underhill’s phonemic chart for English using RP as our reference variety. Perfect for teachers and students who want to get to grips with the English vowel system.We go through each of the monophthongs and diphthongs in detail, giving example words of each and offering novel ways of remembering their phonetic value.

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

Observations
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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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How to learn a foreign language – some tips from our experience learning Italian and Arabic

Learning languages
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In this episode of The TEFL Show we look again at different tips and tricks for learning languages. Both of us have recently started learning a new language, so we’d like to share with you our experience, and give some tips which hopefully you can apply to your own language learning. Rob’s taken on the challenge to learn Italian, and I’m trying to tackle Arabic. Find out how we’re trying to make the experience enjoyable and effective by listening to the podcast.

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