Observee’s checklist – surviving an observed lesson

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 … More Observee’s checklist – surviving an observed lesson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apps for learning and teaching English with @joedale

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 … More Apps for learning and teaching English with @joedale

Classroom practices: too much or not enough?

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 … More Classroom practices: too much or not enough?

Should Native Speakers take proficiency tests?

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 … More Should Native Speakers take proficiency tests?