TEFL Training Institute Podcast

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The TEFL Training Institute centers around one big idea – helping teachers develop. If you're a TEFL teacher, trainer or manager and you're looking for new ideas, you've come to the right place. With hosts Ross Thorburn and Tracy Yu.

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The TEFL Training Institute centers around one big idea – helping teachers develop. If you're a TEFL teacher, trainer or manager and you're looking for new ideas, you've come to the right place. With hosts Ross Thorburn and Tracy Yu.
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🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-02-16 04:59
last episode published
2019-02-10 22:22
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10.02.2019 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Context – Tyranny or Triumph (with Diederik Van Gorp)

All language lessons need a context. Language must be learned and practiced in context. Without context, students cannot remember or use new vocabulary. You've probably heard these arguments before (possibly on this podcast), but are they true? We d...
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Podcast: How not to Teach Phonics (With Debbie Hepplewhite)

I speak with phonics guru, Debbie Hepplewhite, about common mistakes teachers make in teaching phonics. Not sure if you’ve been teaching reading right? Listen to find out what you might have been doing wrong…
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13.01.2019 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Who Learns Languages Best and How Long Does it Take? (with Professor Patsy Lightbown)

Patsy Lightbown, Professor, author and second language acquisition researcher tells us about language learners of different ages. Are kids better language learners than adults? Who learns languages faster? Are there any advantages to learning a lang...
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30.12.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

How to Market Yourself or Your School

In the the words of McKinsey, "we're all marketers now". But what can teachers and schools do to better promote themselves? We interview three ESL marketing experts (David Weller, Jonny Arthur and Peter Liu) about how (if you're a teacher) you can p...
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9.12.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Learning From Theory, Learning From Practice

Everyone learns from their experiences in the classroom, and if you’re listening to this, you’ve probably learned from theory too. What are the differences and similarities between the two? Ross and Dave Weller discuss the differences between theory...
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18.11.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

What Can Neuroscience Teach Us About Language Teaching?

We speak with Carol Lethaby about what neuroscience can do for language teaching. We know more about how the brain works and how learning occurs than ever before, so why does so little of it get used? Carol is an English language teacher, teacher tr...
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28.10.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Podcast: Learning Through Observations (with Ray Davilia)

We often assume that observations are more about being assessed and judged than about learning. But observations don't necessarily need to be trainer centered. This episode we look at how we can observe through three types of observations - being ob...
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7.10.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Stop Complaining and Start Adapting - How to Make Best Use Of Your Coursebook (with Professor Brian Tomlinson)

Whoever you are, whatever you teach, you’ll probably use a coursebook. How can you make the best use of the coursebook you've been given? We celebrate our fiftieth episode by interviewing world expert on language learning materials, Professor Brian ...
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16.09.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Lying Less in Language Teaching (with Jessica Keller)

"By lying, we deny others a view of the world as it is. Our dishonesty not only influences the choices they make, it often determines the choices they can make—and in ways we cannot always predict. Every lie is a direct assault upon the autonomy of ...
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26.08.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Applying Critical Thinking in Classes and Materials Design (with John Hughes)

We speak with ELT course book author and teacher trainer extraordinaire John Hughes about critical thinking: what is it, how can teachers use it and what challenges it presents for teachers and students
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5.08.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

How to Apply What You Learn

Learning is one thing. Using what you learn is something else. We speak with Karin Xie about how to bridge the gap. Find out how to help students apply their learning, how teachers can apply what they learning on teacher training courses and what tr...
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15.07.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Learn to Read (with Paul Nation)

We celebrate our second anniversary episode by interviewing Emeritus Professor Paul Nation about reading. Paul tells us about research into the effectiveness of reading, why as teachers we tend to avoid including reading in our classes and how we ca...
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24.06.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Context - The Secret Sauce of Language Teaching & Training

Understanding what people in say from the sounds they make is all but impossible without context, even in our first language. So how can we make more use of this amazing tool which helps prediction, understanding, engagement and application? We disc...
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3.06.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Racism in ESL (with Asia Martin)

Do teachers of different races get treated differently? Do schools prefer white teachers? Do students care what color their teacher's skin is? We interview Asia Martin about her experiences as a black teacher in China and discuss Ross' research into...
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13.05.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Should Teachers Even Talk?!

Teacher talk. It was good, then it was bad, now it's good again. Are you confused? We are! We look at teacher talk from four different perspectives - time, aim, language and quality (or TALK for short).
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29.04.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Highlights from IATEFL 2017 Part 1 (with Dave Weller, Simon Galloway, Fifi Pyatt & Will Ferguson)

Didn’t make it to Brighton for this year’s IATEFL conference? We chat with returning guests and friends Dave Weller, Simon Galloway and Felicity Pyatt and new guest Will Ferguson about the best ideas and concepts from the IATEFL’s 52nd annual confer...
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22.04.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Highlights from IATEFL 2018 in Brighton (Part 2)

The second of our two-part special from the 2018 IATEFL conference in Brighton. We chat with our friends, fellow teacher trainers and returning podcast guests David Weller, Simon Galloway, Fifi Pyatt and new guest and DipTESOL candidate Will Ferguso...
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8.04.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Podcast: How to Start Thinking Straight - Cognitive Biases for Teachers, Trainers & Managers (with Simon Galloway)

Cognitive biases screw up our thinking. They make us make bad decisions, come to wrong wrong conclusions and for the most part we're completely unaware of them. This week we speak with Trinity DipTESOL course Director Simon Galloway about cognitive ...
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18.03.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Podcast: Is "Less" Sometimes "More" In Teaching, Training and Management?

We look at minimalist approaches to teaching, training and management and discuss examples of when less busy means more efficiency.
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25.02.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

The "Native" / "Non-Native" English Teacher Debate (with Dave Weller)

What are the real differences between "native" and "non-native" English teachers? How did we end up with these distinctions in our industry? And what should we be doing about discrimination? We meet with Dave Weller to discuss the issues surrounding...
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4.02.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Personalizing Learning, Development & Work

Personalization is in every aspect of our lives; the clothes we wear, the TV we watch, the podcasts we listen to. But what about in language teaching? In this episode we discuss how teachers can personalize lessons and materials for students, how tr...
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14.01.2018 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Teaching Writing to the Students We Forgot

Why don't we teach writing more? Is writing less interesting than other skills? Or less useful? Or just harder to teach? We (Ross, Tracy and Matt Courtois) speak to published author and ESL writing specialist David Tait about how to teach writing an...
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25.12.2017 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

The Spaces We Teach In

There are more or less three constants present in every educational setting: students, teachers and classrooms. This episode we focus not on the participants, but on the spaces for English language learning. We discuss how to set up a classroom, how...
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3.12.2017 http://static1.squarespace.com/static/55ffb62ce4b08aa6c7f92a60/t/577f2231c534a50506185b12/1467949618217/1500w/Podcast+Logo_white.jpg

Podcast: How to Survive Your Next Observed Lesson (with Matt Courtois)

Being observed can be one of the most nerve wracking experiences that we go through as ESL teachers. We speak with TEFL teacher trainer, manager and serial observer Matt Courtois about what you (as a teacher) can do to survive (and possibly even lea...
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12.11.2017

What Can Podcasts Do For English Language Teaching? (with the TEFLology Podcast's Matthew Turner and Robert Lowe)

More than a quarter of adults in the US now listen to podcasts. But how can podcasts help teachers and students?We interview Matthew Turner and Rob Lowe from the TEFLology Podcast about how podcast can positively influence teacher development and be...
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22.10.2017

Podcast: What Motivates Teachers?

In mainstream education, half of all teachers leave the teaching profession within five years of joining. If teachers are the most important factor in helping students learn it’s essential we figure out what managers, schools and teachers themselves...
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1.10.2017

What is Testing and How Does it Shape Our Teaching?

Testing is a huge part of learning, but most teachers don't know a lot about it. We ask test guru Dan Elsworth all about testing. What is a test? How is it different to an assessment? How Can you go about writing a test? How can you assess students for...
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10.09.2017

Podcast: Lessons about Lesson Planning (with Ray Davila)

"Plan-teach-reflect" - everything starts from lesson planning. This episode we look at what to put in a plan, how to plan when you don't have enough time and how to make your lesson go according to plan.
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20.08.2017

Podcast: Taking Role Plays from Nerdiness to Awesomeness (with Fifi Pyatt)

We talk with self confessed role play and ESL nerd Fifi Pyatt to look at how to take role plays from nerdiness to awesomeness and discuss how to help students get as much as possible from role plays and also go off on tangents about burning witches ...
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30.07.2017

Podcast: How Teachers Can Find The Right School and How Schools Can Find The Right Teachers

We interview Jessica Keller who has recruited over 1000 ESL teachers in China, Korea, Japan and the USA about the importance of recruitement as well as do's and don'ts for schools and teachers during the recruitment process.
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9.07.2017

Podcast: How to Spend a Lifetime in Teaching

For our first anniversary episode, we talk with Ross' parents about the differences that teaching has seen over the last 40 years, how to motivate yourself throughout your teaching career and what advice they have for young teachers working with old...
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25.06.2017

Career Paths in Teacher Training - How Teachers Become Trainers

Becoming a teacher trainer is super popular career goal for new teachers, but in can also seem pretty daunting. How can you move from teaching into training?We speak with three teacher trainers (Simon Galloway, Ray Davila and Dave Weller) about thei...
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11.06.2017

Podcast: Context, Analysis, Practice - How We Actually Stage Lessons (with Jason Anderson)

You've heard of PPP, ESA, TTT and ARC, but what about CAP? We speak to Jason Anderson about "the hidden paradigm in ELT" - Context, Analysis, Practice.
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28.05.2017

Podcast: A Reflection on Reflection (And What Stops It From Working)

Plan-teach-reflect, plan-teach-reflect - the reflective cycle is drummed into new teachers, but what does reflection actually mean? We look at why reflection is important, the barriers that stop teachers from reflecting and how to overcome some of t...
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14.05.2017

Teachers? Trainers? Schools? Who Is Responsible for Teacher Autonomy? (with Special Guest Jake Whiddon)

Every year schools spend millions of dollars developing curriculums, creating tests, training and observing teachers. But what are the side effects?
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30.04.2017

Are Your Materials Helping Your Students Learn Or Just Wasting Your Time?

Materials creation can be both an outlet for teachers' creativity and an opportunity to make lessons more relevant to students. On the flip side they can also be a giant time-drain and introduce uncertainty to students. Find out what you can use as ...
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16.04.2017

Podcast: Highlights from IATEFL 2017 (with Dave Weller)

Our reflections on the highlights from the 2017 IATEFL conference in Glasgow.
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3.04.2017

Podcast: The Classroom of the Future, Now! Online Teaching (with Special Guest Jennifer Liu)

Some TEFL experts think the virtual classroom is the classroom of the future, but it's already here.
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19.03.2017

Podcast: From Teacher to Trainer

Teaching and training are similar, but different. We explore the challenges new trainers face after leaving teaching for training.
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5.03.2017

Teaching Listening Podcast – How To Do It and Why You Should Do It More

Listening might be silent, but it's not a passive skill. Listen to find out how to run a listening activity, how to integrate listening into more activities and why you should teach it more.
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20.02.2017

Podcast: Are You Developing Or Only Being Trained?

"Training" and "Professional Development" might sound the same, but attending training doesn't guarantee development. Listen to find out why.
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5.02.2017

Learner Autonomy Podcast: How to Empower Your Students (with special guest, Jake Whiddon)

Most students will spend less than 1% of their time studying English. Find out  from learner autonomy guru Jake Whiddon how to make your students more independent and what you're already doing to make your students autonomous.
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22.01.2017

Podcast: Don't be in the 98% - Teach Students how to Remember Vocabulary

Research shows that students forget 98% of what they learn in class within a month of first learning it. In this episode we'll look at strategies to select vocabulary, teach it and help students remember what they've learned.
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9.01.2017

Podcast: Becoming a Teacher - Success for New Teachers and Mentors

Becoming a new EFL teacher is almost as hard as learning a new language. We look at typical challenges that new teachers face, consider strategies that teachers and mentors can use to overcome these and help you decide if TEFL is right profession fo...
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25.12.2016

Podcast: How To Teach Mixed Ability EFL Classes

You can't teach all of the students all of the time, but you can teach all of the students some of the time. This episode we look at what mixed ability classes are, how to plan for them and how to differentiate on the spot.
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12.12.2016

TEFL Podcast: Monitoring – What Your Students Are Saying Behind Your Back

Find out what your students are saying when your back is turned. Learn about observers paradox, monitoring and how to set up successful group work.
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28.11.2016

Podcast: Are Your Students Speaking Enough L1 in Class?

Listen to find out when it might actually be beneficial for your students to speak their L1 (first language) in class and hear the arguments for both banning and encouraging L1 in English class.
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14.11.2016

Podcast: What's the Difference Between Teaching Kids and Teaching Adults?

Listen to find out the similarities and differences between teaching kids and teaching adults and for practical tips if you're making the transition between one and the other (e.g. as part of a CertTESOL/CELTA course).
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31.10.2016

Podcast: How Much of What We Know Is Wrong - The Difference Between Theory and Practice

Listen to find out what common misconceptions teachers have (like 'learning styles', 'multiple intelligences', etc.), why theories don't get applied in the classroom and how teachers can bridge the gap between theory and practice (with special guest...
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17.10.2016

Podcast: From Teacher To Manager

Are you a teacher? Do you want to be a manager? Special guest Andy Hockley (author of “From Teacher to Manager”) tells us the biggest challenges teachers face as they climb the TEFL career ladder and helps you look in your crystal ball and figure ou...
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