Our favourite ELT blogs (Part 1)

Professional Development

In this episode of the TEFL Show podcasts we look at our 10 favourite ELT blogs.

Here are the links to the blogs we discussed in this episode:

What are your favourite ELT blogs? Let us know in the comments section.

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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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Using Zotero for citing and referencing

Technology

One of the key skills EAP (English for Academic Purposes) students need to learn is how to cite and reference. Doing this correctly can prove to be really difficult and time-consuming, because every referencing style (e.g. Harvard, APA, Chicago, etc.) has a different set of rules. While you can add citations and a reference list manually, there is free software out there that will significantly reduce the amount of work involved. One of such programs is Zotero and in this video I wanted to show you some of its basic features.

When teaching EAP, I get the students to watch the video at home before the class when we practise referencing. I also ask them to download the program and note down any questions or doubts they have. This reduces the teaching time in class and we can get straight into practice.

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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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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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Brexit will cut the numbers of higher education students in the UK by a third.

Brexit, DELTA, EFL, Higher education, International English, Issues in ELT, Uncategorized

 

Brexit places the higher education industry in the UK in severe jeopardy, according to survey. Universities will struggle to attract the top international students. Lots of teachers I know will lose their jobs as a result of this, people with families, who pay taxes. Not to mention the loss of of jobs and revenue to accommodation providers, transport providers such as taxi drivers and coach companies, restaurants, tourist attractions etc. Independent language schools will no doubt suffer as well. Towns like Bournemouth, which rely on the international student business, will be worst hit. Meanwhile the international competitors for the international student market such as Australia, Canada and Malta cannot believe their luck.

http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/brexit-international-students-in-the-uk-after-eu-referendum-hobsons-survey-a7161661.html

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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