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Far too much of language teaching literature is, to quote Stephen Krashen, “Far too long, far too incomprehensible and far too full of jargon,” not to mention far too expensive. The TEFL Training Institute podcast is short, easy to understand and free. In each 15-minute episode, we discuss practical, thought-provoking or controversial topics with our friends, and some of the biggest names in language teaching. From motivation to materials, training to teenagers, approaches to assessment, if you want to become a better teacher, trainer or manager, start here. With host Ross Thorburn.

Far too much of language teaching literature is, to quote Stephen Krashen, “Far too long, far too incomprehensible and far too full of jargon,” not to mention far too expensive. The TEFL Training Institute podcast is short, easy to understand and free. In each 15-minute episode, we discuss practical, thought-provoking or controversial topics with our friends, and some of the biggest names in language teaching. From motivation to materials, training to teenagers, approaches to assessment, if you want to become a better teacher, trainer or manager, start here. With host Ross Thorburn.

Location:

China

Description:

Far too much of language teaching literature is, to quote Stephen Krashen, “Far too long, far too incomprehensible and far too full of jargon,” not to mention far too expensive. The TEFL Training Institute podcast is short, easy to understand and free. In each 15-minute episode, we discuss practical, thought-provoking or controversial topics with our friends, and some of the biggest names in language teaching. From motivation to materials, training to teenagers, approaches to assessment, if you want to become a better teacher, trainer or manager, start here. With host Ross Thorburn.

Language:

English

Contact:

+44 1738634343


Episodes

Haloween Special: Zombies of TEFL (with Diederik Van Gorp and Allan Crocker)

10/25/2020
I talk to regular guests Diedrick Van Gorp and Allan Crocker about the Zombies of language teaching: what are the ‘bad’ activities, ideas and practices in TEFL that just won’t die? Visit our website: www.tefltraininginstitute.com Support the show - buy me a coffee More about studying the Trinity Diploma in TESOL with Ross

Going From Teacher To Buisness Owner (with Ed Dudley, Jake Whiddon & Peter Liu)

10/18/2020
Going From Teacher To Business Owner (with Ed Dudley, Jake Whiddon & Peter Liu) Visit our website: www.tefltraininginstitute.com Support the show - buy me a coffee More about studying the Trinity Diploma in TESOL with Ross More from Ed Dudley More from Jake Whiddon Peter Liu from Owl ABC on starting a start-up Ross: Peter, you started your own business a year and a half ago. Before you tell us about what it is, what made you want to start your own company? Peter Liu: My current...

Duration:00:15:00

Green Issues In ELT (with Ceri Jones)

10/11/2020
Visit our website: www.tefltraininginstitute.com Support the show - buy me a coffee More about studying the Trinity Diploma in TESOL with Ross Ross Thorburn: Hi everyone. Welcome back to "TEFL Training Institute" podcast. I'm Ross Thorburn. This week we are talking about green issues in ELT. To help us do that we have Ceri Jones, one of the founding members of ELT Footprint. Ceri is also a teacher, a course‑book writer, a teacher trainer, and sometimes co‑host of the "TEFL Commute"...

Duration:00:15:23

Please Mind The ___________ Gap (with Matt Courtois)

10/4/2020
We speak with one of our favorite guests, __________ about _____________. An antidote to free talk activities, _____________ are a great way to get students to _______, listen to each other and ___________. ___________ activities can even be used in teacher training. Listen to fill in the _______.

Duration:00:18:51

The Apprenticeship of Observation (with Donald Freeman)

9/27/2020
Do teachers teach as they were taught? What role does our experience as students play in forming our attitudes about teaching? And how does our experience as language learners and users influence our behavior in the classroom?

Authentic Texts and Tasks (with David Nunan)

9/20/2020
David Nunan joins us to discuss the input we use in language lessons and what we do with it. Ross Thorburn: Hi, everyone. Welcome back to "TEFL Training Institute" podcast. I'm Ross Thorburn and this week we're talking about authentic texts. It's a topic I've wanted to talk about for a long time. I can remember, even as a first year teacher, printing off news articles and bringing them to the classroom and, much more recently, using textbooks made for American primary schools with...

Duration:00:15:00

Podcast: How To Advance Your Career In TEFL (with Jessica Keller, Jason Anderson & Felicity Pyatt)

9/13/2020
We interview three former teachers who are all still part of the TEFL industry but have experienced very different careers. Jessica Keller tells us about becoming a recruitment expert, Jason Anderson about becoming an author and Felicity Pyatt about becoming a teacher trainer.

Duration:00:21:06

Meaningful Communication in Online Classes (With Jake Whiddon)

9/6/2020
Jake Whiddon guest hosts the podcast and interviews Ross about interactions in online classes with young learners. We discuss the interactions that commonly occur in online lessons, what stops experienced teachers from being more creative in online teaching and how teachers can spark better and more meaningful interactions in their online classes. Meaningful Communication in Online Classes (With Jake Whiddon) Jake Whiddon: Hi, everybody. My name is Jake Whiddon and I'm here as the...

Duration:00:15:07

Relationships with Materials (with Rod Bolitho)

8/30/2020
Author and teacher trainer Rod Bolitho joins me to talk about the relationships between teachers, students and materials, how materials relate to syllabi and how teachers should use teachers’ guides. Rod Bolitho is a freelance ELT trainer and consultant. He was previously Academic Director at Norwich Institute for Language Education and was also lead consultant on projects in Romania, Russia and Belarus where he trained teams of local teachers as authors of new series of textbooks for state...

Duration:00:15:00

Nominating Students to Talk (with Allan Crocker & Rebecca Gary)

8/23/2020
Trinity CertTESOL trainers Allan Crocker and Rebecca Gary join me to discuss how we pick students to speak, how to stop students from speaking too much, how to know who is ready to speak before anyone opens their mouths and what to do when no one wants to talk

Duration:00:46:01

Motivation and Meaning Through Stories (with Andrew Wright)

8/16/2020
Are stories more than a vehicle for teaching language? How should teachers react to students’ creations? And what can teachers do to encourage creativity with learners when writing stories. Motivation and Meaning Through Stories (with Andrew Wright) Ross Thorburn: Hi, everyone. Welcome back to the "TEFL Training Institute Podcast." This week our guest is Andrew Wright. Andrew's an author, illustrator, teacher, and storyteller. In this episode, I asked Andrew about some of the differences...

Duration:00:14:19

Podcast: EFL's Love/Hate Relationship with Grammar (with Matt Courtois)

8/9/2020
Does grammar have a public relations problem? Grammar gets a reputation for being boring, unnecessary and uncool but at the same time is also seen by many experts as the most fundamental part of language and language learning. We discuss this love/hate relationship with our friend, Matt Courtois

Duration:00:15:03

Wants and Needs in Test Preparation (with Pete Jones)

8/2/2020
How should teachers familiarize themselves with the assessments they need to prepare their students for? Which test strategies should teachers teach? What effect do students’ expectations of test-prep have on teaching?

Duration:00:15:02

Wants and Needs in Test Preparation (with Pete Jones)

8/2/2020
How should teachers familiarize themselves with the assessments they need to prepare their students for? Which test strategies should teachers teach? What effect do students’ expectations of test-prep have on teaching?

Duration:00:15:02

Setting Up Online English Courses (with Marek Kiczkowiak)

7/26/2020
In reaction to Covid19, many teachers and schools have had to move their English courses online. But where to start? Dr. Marek Kiczkowiak tells us about his experiences creating online language courses for students and what he’s learned about online platforms, marketing and social media along the way. Setting Up Online English Courses (with Marek Kiczkowiak) Ross Thorburn: Hi, everyone. Welcome back to "TEFL Training Institute Podcast." I'm Ross Thorburn. This week, my guest is Marek...

Duration:00:17:28

4th Anniversary Podcast: What Have You Learned From Learning a Language

7/19/2020
As Phil Collins once sang, “In teaching you will learn and in learning you will teach.” So, what can language teachers learn about language learning from learning a language? We meet with friends, family and special guests to hear about how language learning experiences affect and inform our views of language learning. In our longest podcast ever, we hear from Patsy Lightbown, Professor at Concordia University Canada about language learning experiences in Africa and North America; from...

Duration:02:00:00

Attitude & Awareness in Professional Development (with Kathleen Bailey)

7/12/2020
Dr. Kathleen M. Bailey is professor of Applied Linguistics at the Monterey Institute of International Studies joins us to talk about teachers attitudes towards development, why much of what happens in our classrooms is unknown to teachers and what to do about these issues.

Duration:00:15:00

Podcast: Inside the World of Test-Prep in China

7/5/2020
We speak to three experts involved in the IELTS test prep industry in China and hear different points of view on getting students to memorize answers, schools finding test questions and what effect does it all have on the students when they take the test

Duration:00:27:21

Understanding Classroom Discourse (with Steve Walsh)

6/28/2020
I speak with Steve Walsh, Professor of Applied Linguistics at Newcastle University about the quality of teacher talk and the effect this has on student learning. Steve talks with us about the questions that teachers ask as well as the rules and roles which influence how we interact with our students. Understanding Classroom Discourse (with Steve Walsh) Ross Thorburn: Hi, everyone. Welcome back to "TEFL Training Institute Podcast." This week, we are looking at interactions that happen in...

Duration:00:15:00

Racism and Ethics in Teacher Recruitment (with Ekitzel Wood)

6/21/2020
I speak with Ekitzel Wood about online marketing and discrimination in teacher recruitment. Ekitzel tells us how our Facebook information change the job advertisements that we see. We also talk about racism in teacher recruitment and why many schools present a ‘white’ image of their teachers to their customers. Ross Thorburn: Hi, everyone. Welcome to the podcast. As you know, usually on the podcast, we speak to people with similar backgrounds to myself and Tracy, but today, we've got...

Duration:00:15:00