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)
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Tips for IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 and Task 2

Exams, Learning languages, Technology
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In this episode we look at IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 and 2. We go through some of the key things you need to know as a teacher and a student to get a high score. The episode is aimed both at teachers who are teaching IELTS preparation classes, as well as students studying for the exam.

Let us know if you’ve got any other tips. Would love to hear from you!

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Observee’s checklist – surviving an observed lesson

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In this episode of the TEFL Show podcasts we talk about every teacher’s nightmare – observed lessons. Having survived many formal observations during our careers, we suggest an observee’s checklist: a list of tips that will not only help you survive an observed lesson, but actually do well on it too. Among other things we look at classroom management, giving instructions, monitoring and board work.

What do you think? Do you find observations useful? Have you had any really good or particularly bad ones? Can you give any more tips to add to the checklist? Looking forward to your comments.

You might also be interested in listening to this interview with Anthony Ash, where with a slightly more critical eye we look at lesson plans, observations and professional development programs.

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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.

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

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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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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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Apps for learning and teaching English with @joedale

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In this episode of The TEFL Show we’ve invited Joe Dale to have a chat about different apps for teaching and learning languages. Joe is an independent languages consultant and recognised expert on technology and language learning. He introduces several great apps which, among many other things, can be used for creating content in class, getting students to speak, revising vocabulary, giving students feedback and various self-study activities.

Some of the apps that we discussed in this podcast include: Bossjock junior, Yakyt kids, Balloon stickies plus, Opinion app, 30 hands, Book creator, Picolage, Cahoots, Memrise and Quizlet. Which apps do you regularly use? Have you got any tried and tested ones? We’d love to hear from you, so please leave us a comment below.

5B30F60EB39248828A656DA6946131B2 [2806397]Joe Dale is an independent languages consultant from the UK who works with a range of organisations such as Network for Languages, ALL, The British Council, the BBC, Skype, Microsoft and The Guardian. He was host of the TES MFL forum for six years, former SSAT Languages Lead Practitioner, a regular conference speaker and recognised expert on technology and language learning. He has spoken at conferences and run training courses in Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, the Far East and Australia . He was a member of the Ministerial Steering Group on languages for the current UK government and advised on the Linguanet Worldwide project for The Language Company. He created ICT activities for the new Institut Français, ALL and Network for Languages Primary French Niveau Bleu course and was short-listed for a NAACE Impact Award in 2013 too. Joe was recently described in a Guardian article as an ‘MFL guru’ and ‘the man behind the #mfltwitterati. He tweets @joedale and can be contacted by email at joedale@talk21.com

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Classroom practices: too much or not enough?

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Even experienced teachers can become prisoners of their own teaching habits and beliefs, overusing certain approaches, while completely overlooking others. As a result, in this podcast we talk about things that in our opinion we as teachers should do less often in an EFL classroom, and some things that we think we don’t do enough of and should do much more often. Among other things we look at: grammar based vs lexical syllabus, teaching individual words vs teaching chunks, responding to students needs vs following the syllabus, teacher talking time.

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Should Native Speakers take proficiency tests?

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In this The TEFL Show podcast we discuss whether Native English Speakers (NES) should also be required to provide an official proof of their language proficiency. What triggered the podcast was the fact that more and more English-speaking countries (e.g. Australia) require both NES and Non-Native English Speakers (NNES) to prove their proficiency in English by sitting an internationally recognised exam, e.g. IELTS. Another trigger was what happened to Marek recently. When applying for a PhD in a British university, he was asked to provide results of a proficiency test taken within the last two years. This was despite the fact he’d done his BA in English, completed CELTA, DELTA and that he’s an IELTS examiner, which we think is enough to prove he’s highly proficient. If his passport were British, though, there would have been no need to take any exam, because, supposedly, all NES are always completely proficient. Or are they?

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