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TEFL commute is a podcast for language teachers. It is not about language teaching though inevitably it might crop up. All three of us are avid podcast listeners and like playing around making our own. TEFL commute is meant to be a light-hearted listen aimed at brightening your daily commute to class. Each episode is built a round a topic that you could use in your teaching and the podcast will have page on this site that will link you to articles, questions and resources you can use with your students. You can even get involved by recording your snippet of mp3 for inclusion on a future episode or leaving us a suggestion on this site. We had fun making and developing the idea so we hope you enjoy the listen. Lindsay, Shaun and James

TEFL commute is a podcast for language teachers. It is not about language teaching though inevitably it might crop up. All three of us are avid podcast listeners and like playing around making our own. TEFL commute is meant to be a light-hearted listen aimed at brightening your daily commute to class. Each episode is built a round a topic that you could use in your teaching and the podcast will have page on this site that will link you to articles, questions and resources you can use with your students. You can even get involved by recording your snippet of mp3 for inclusion on a future episode or leaving us a suggestion on this site. We had fun making and developing the idea so we hope you enjoy the listen. Lindsay, Shaun and James
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TEFL commute is a podcast for language teachers. It is not about language teaching though inevitably it might crop up. All three of us are avid podcast listeners and like playing around making our own. TEFL commute is meant to be a light-hearted listen aimed at brightening your daily commute to class. Each episode is built a round a topic that you could use in your teaching and the podcast will have page on this site that will link you to articles, questions and resources you can use with your students. You can even get involved by recording your snippet of mp3 for inclusion on a future episode or leaving us a suggestion on this site. We had fun making and developing the idea so we hope you enjoy the listen. Lindsay, Shaun and James

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@teflcommute

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English


Episodes

Season 8 Episode 6: Christmas

12/9/2018
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In this episode Lindsay, Shaun and James (yes we've let him on mic again) give it their best shot at a cheesy Christmas episode. After stumbling across a website that proclaims the recipe for an unforgettable Xmas lesson for adult learners we decided to put it to the test....Happy Christmas everyone.

Duration:00:35:16

Season 8 Episode 5: Stereotypes

11/26/2018
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In the penultimate episode of this season Shaun and Lindsay talk stereotypes. They discuss teaching stereotypes in movies and what the real-life equivalent might be. They also consider if they have any stereotypical behaviours in the classroom before touching on class materials and the students they teach.

Duration:00:33:34

Season 8 Episode 4: Irregular

11/12/2018
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It’s an irregular episode! First because one of the regular hosts (Shaun) isn’t here. Instead, Lindsay and Ceri sit down to talk about all things irregular in language teaching. First off, this means the infamous irregular verb list. We were both surprised at how much research and writing has been done on these approximately 180 verbs. We begin to go deep on the origins of irregular verbs and whether or not they are disappearing. We also talk about other irregular things in English...

Duration:00:45:03

Season 8 Episode 3: Conversation

10/29/2018
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Inspired by James' foray into publishing the team gather to discuss conversation. Lindsay and Shaun discuss what makes a good conversation and talk all things conversation class. Are they a boon or a bane? While James joins the podcast to throw in some unusual conversation starters.

Duration:00:39:37

Season 8 Episode 2: Cheating

10/15/2018
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Have you ever cheated on a test? Have your students? If so how imaginatively did they do it? In this episode, the TEFLcommute team explore cheating in education. From different types of cheating through to why people do it, Shaun and Lindsay talk about it all.

Duration:00:43:51

Season 8 Episode 1: Family

10/1/2018
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It's the start of a new season and in episode one Shaun and Lindsay talk family. They discuss whether teaching runs in someone family before looking at how families are dealt with in ELT. Which famous family tree would use in class? Do you know what a nibling is? Just how many types of cousin are there? All this and more in our season 8 opener.

Duration:00:36:46

Season 7 Episode 5: Classic

6/4/2018
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Lindsay and Shaun bring the curtain down on another season by discussing the classics - not Greek or Latin but what they consider to be classic ELT books and activities. Will you agree their choices? Since it's also the last episode we let producer James have a turn on mic as well.

Duration:00:38:20

Season 7 Episode 4: Puzzles

5/14/2018
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In episode four Shaun and Lindsay talk puzzles. From crosswords to jigsaw reading we look at the types of puzzles we use in class and discuss the advantages of using them. Shaun takes the opportunity to puzzle Lindsay and we bring you a puzzle related timeline.

Duration:00:31:39

Season 7 Episode 3: Room 101 revisited

4/29/2018
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In season 4 Lindsay and Shaun sat down with James and Ceri to talk about their pet teaching peeves. Three seasons later we sit down again to discuss what irks us in three areas of language teaching. Have a listen and see if you agree with our new peeves.

Duration:00:32:55

Season 7 Episode 2: Accents

4/15/2018
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Have you noticed the use of the English accent in films? Lindsay has. The RP accent, once the goal of many language learners, is often used to voice 'the bad guy' or the 'fantasy character'. In this episode Shaun and Lindsay explore this use of accent.

Duration:00:31:10

Season 7: Bonus Episode

3/31/2018
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TEFL commute has turned three years old and over that time we have brought you 40 episodes. Since we have lots of new listeners, and to celebrate both our birthday and being added to Spotify, we bring you a special episode that looks back over some of our best bits from the last three years.

Duration:00:57:41

Season 7 Episode 1: Bad Students

3/18/2018
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We're back for our 7th season what better way to start a new season than with the positivity of bad students. In this episode Shaun and Lindsay discuss different types of 'bad students' and decide if they would call themselves bad students. Lindsay also decides to see what Shaun's knowledge of bad students in film is like.

Duration:00:34:34

Season 6 Episode 6: Fun

12/19/2017
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It's the final episode of the season and Lindsay and Shaun tackle the topic of 'fun'. Well, actually they planned to tackle to subject fun but got so carried away talking to Diana England about 'fun in the classroom' that we let her do all the talking. Enjoy this final episode and see you in the New Year for another season of the commute.

Duration:00:27:51

Season 6 Episode 5: Games part 2

12/5/2017
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In this episode Lindsay and Shaun return to the topic of games (see season 5 episode 2). This time they invite Dave Dodgson to join them to talk about using digital games. Over the episode they discuss digital games they have used, why they use them and give listeners advice on how to get started with them.

Duration:00:40:08

Season 6 Episode 4

11/14/2017
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In this episode Lindsay returns to chat with Shaun about Robots. It's almost a hundred years since the first teaching machine was suggested so are we finally at the point were robots can take over from us? Shaun and Lindsay discuss this and put it to the ultimate test as the topic of a TEFL fight.

Duration:00:32:43

Season 6: Episode 3 Teacher or Therapist

10/30/2017
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In this episode Lindsay is away so we can actually talk about teaching :) Ceri and Shaun discuss the line between being a teacher and being your students' therapist. They talk about some of the psychological aspects involved in teaching and ponder how qualified the average teacher is to deal with the area. This leads their discussion into that of teacher well being so Shaun has a chat with Sarah Mercer about that.

Duration:00:43:01

Season 6 Episode 2: Truth or lie

10/9/2017
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In episode 2 Lindsay and Shaun jump on the post-truth bandwagon and discuss how post truth maybe the norm in the typical ELT grammar rules we give students. They explore the rules for their validity and manage to get tangled up in when to add er or not. James makes a rare appearance to test their fake newsdar and the angels yet again grace us with their wisdom.

Duration:00:39:19

Season 6 Episode 1: Openers

9/25/2017
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It's time for a new season of the TEFL commute and in this first episode of the sixth season Lindsay and Shaun discuss lesson openers. They explore if an opener is warmer and therefore if warmers are always openers! We welcome back the angelic host with their philosophy and test your musical opener knowledge. Here we go again......

Duration:00:30:39

Season 5 Episode 6: Alcohol

5/15/2017
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In the final episode of the season, Shaun and Lindsay discuss alcohol. We talk about why you never see a drink in a coursebook and discuss claims that alcohol helps language learning. Shaun tests Lindsay on drunken words and Lindsay tries to finally best Shaun in a TEFL fight.

Duration:00:41:35

Season 5 Episode 5: Clothes

4/30/2017
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After a small break, the TEFL commute returns to talk about clothes. Lindsay and Shaun discuss what teachers wear to work, dress codes and whether teachers should dress in particular way. Lindsay tries to educate Shaun in Northern American Vocabulary while Shaun gets revenge with some clothes related humour.

Duration:00:37:37