What evidence is there to support the different ELT methods and approaches? with Russell Mayne

Methodology
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In one of our previous podcasts: ‘ELT methods and approaches: the emperor’s new clothes?’, which you can listen to here, we explored the question of whether there was any scientific evidence behind the most common methods to teaching English. The episode was so popular that we decided to invite Russell Mayne to do a follow-up one. Russ is well-known for his blog ‘Evidence based EFL’, where he debunks the most common myths concerning ELT and SLA, so we thought he’d be the perfect guest to tell us if and what evidence there is to support the most common ELT methods and approaches.

What do you think? Which methods do you normally use in class? Is there one best method or does its effectiveness depend on the socio-cultural context? Leave us a comment below.

russ mayne

Russell Mayne has taught English for over 15 years, in Japan, Taiwan and the UK and is interested in evidence-based teaching. He is currently teaching EAP in the English language teaching Unit at the University of Leicester. He blogs about Evidence based EFL here. You can also find him on Twitter @ebefl

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ELT Methods and Approaches – the emperor’s new clothes

Methodology
Vilhelm Pedersen's illustration to Kejserens nye klæder. From Wikimedia Commons.

Vilhelm Pedersen’s illustration to Kejserens nye klæder. From Wikimedia Commons.

In this podcast we discuss different approaches to teaching English, such as the Audiolingual Method, Dogme, Lexical Approach, PPP and TBL. We also look at whether there is any evidence to support the efficiency of these methods, and argue that perhaps their rise to fame and subsequent demise have much more to do with the changing fashion than we’d like to admit.

What do you think? Do the ELT methods have any clothes on? Leave us a comment below.

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How to become a translator or interpreter for the EU

Conferences
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In this episode of the TEFL Show we talk about becoming a translator or an interpreter for the EU. We’ve recently been to the Language Show Live in London, where apart from talks on ELT, there were also some really interesting workshops given by official translators from the EU. After one of the talks we went to their stand and had a nice long chat about different opportunities open to people who’d like to become translators or interpreters for the EU, which we tell you all about in this podcast.

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Classroom practices: too much or not enough?

Methodology

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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