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On Teacher Talking Time, Leo, Mike, and Andrew bring you discussions, interviews, and debates on English language training and learning. From approaches, misconceptions, and successful and failed case studies, each episode is dedicated to their vision: continual growth. They interview teachers and learners from around the world, and also debate the merits of common teaching approaches.

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    • 4.6, 7 Ratings

On Teacher Talking Time, Leo, Mike, and Andrew bring you discussions, interviews, and debates on English language training and learning. From approaches, misconceptions, and successful and failed case studies, each episode is dedicated to their vision: continual growth. They interview teachers and learners from around the world, and also debate the merits of common teaching approaches.

    The Cult of Learning 3: Setting Clear Language Goals, Part 1

    The Cult of Learning 3: Setting Clear Language Goals, Part 1

    /CULT/K^LT/A fashionable belief, idea, or attitude that influences people’s lives/The cult of learning encourages people to find and pursue what they are passionate about/

    *”The Cult of Learning” are episodes for learners of languages. These episodes will discuss tools and strategies for learning and provide opportunities for effective listening practice. These episodes are also part of the Learn YOUR English Learner Membership Community.
    In episode 3, Mike and Leo introduce our podcast series on Setting Clear Goals in Language Learning. In this series, we will discuss the 7 Cs of Goal Setting. 
    In this episode, we talk about the first 2 Cs:
    1. Conception:
    The first condition to success is establishing a clear conception of what we want to achieve or accomplish. 
    What does that mean?
    What steps do we need to take to do that?
    2. Confidence 
    The second step is developing confidence. 
    What kind of confidence?
    How do we overcome challenges?
    What's the difference between confidence and courage?
    We cover this and more in Part 1 of our series on setting clear language goals. Send us a message and let us know how you plan for success.
    For LYE Members: All of our members will be discussing this episode in our classes this month and performing learning activities to achieve their language goals. 
    Become a member now. 
    Podcast Creation:
    This episode was created with support from our listeners. If you enjoy our work, consider contributing to our tip jar on Patreon.
    Thank you for listening! If you like the show, consider subscribing on Spotify, iTunes, or Google Podcasts, and sharing it with a friend. If you have a comment or question about today's show, we'd love to hear from you: info@learnyourenglish.com 
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    • 46 min
    Episode 25: Jane Willis

    Episode 25: Jane Willis

    In episode 25, Mike and Leo chat with the great Jane Willis. Jane started her career teaching French in Ghana and has since worked extensively overseas (Cyprus, Iran, and Singapore) as an English teacher and trainer. She began writing in Iran with Teaching English Through English, for local teachers who found it difficult speaking English in their classes.
    She has run teacher development courses and taken part in ELT consultancies in many countries, including China, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, the Middle East, South America, and Europe. She especially enjoys working with teachers of Foreign Languages who want to adopt a task-based approach
    Jane recently completed and published "Winning the Grammar Wars – what grammar really is and how we use it" - a book her late husband Dave Willis started - which describes English in a holistic way and provides a broad overview for teachers, parents, and educators.
    In this episode, Jane delves into all things teaching, including:
    Her early beginnings in teaching (4:00)
    One of her first books "Teaching English through English" (10:00)
    The COBUILD syllabus
    The restrictions course books put on training the next generation of teachers (26:00)
    Why Task-based Language Teaching (38:30)
    Why TBLT isn't PPP upside down (53:30)
    TBLT with beginners (56:30)
    If TBLT is appropriate for all teachers (1:01:30)
    The latest Willis book "Winning the Grammar Wars" (1:07:30)
    What an input-rich course would look like (1:33:00)
    Raising Bilingual Children (1:39:00)
    Contact Jane Willis:
    Via her website 
    Her list of works from her personal website
    Read "Winning the Grammar Wars," which Jane finished after Dave's passing. 
    See many more resources referenced in this episode on our website. 
    Podcast Creation:
    This episode was created with support from our listeners. If you enjoy our work, consider contributing to our tip jar on Patreon. 
    As always, thank you for listening. Your support has been overwhelming and we couldn't do what we do without you. We hope this podcast serves as an effective CPD tool for you.
    If you like the show, consider subscribing on Spotify, iTunes, or Google Podcasts, and sharing it with a friend. If you have a comment or question about today's show, we'd love to hear from you: info@learnyourenglish.com 
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    • 1 hr 56 min
    The Cult of Learning 2: Three Myths of Learning

    The Cult of Learning 2: Three Myths of Learning

    /CULT/K^LT/A fashionable belief, idea, or attitude that influences people’s lives/The cult of learning encourages people to find and pursue what they are passionate about/

    *”The Cult of Learning” are episodes for learners of languages. These episodes will discuss tools and strategies for learning and provide opportunities for effective listening practice. These episodes are also part of the Learn YOUR English Learner Membership Community.
    In episode two, Mike and Leo talk about myths around learning. There are many beliefs about how people learn in the 21st Century - especially about how people learn languages - that are not actually true. 
    The guys talk about three of them:
    Myth 1: We can only learn in the classroom 
    Myth 2: We can only learn from a textbook
    Myth 3: We can only learn with a teacher
    At the end of the first segment, Mike and Leo assign a reflection task. Listen for that and let us know your answers!
    For LYE Members: All of our members will be discussing this episode in our classes this month and performing learning activities to achieve their language goals. 
    Podcast Creation:
    This episode was created with support from our listeners. If you enjoy our work, consider contributing to our tip jar on Patreon.
    Thank you for listening! If you like the show, consider subscribing on Spotify, iTunes, or Google Podcasts, and sharing it with a friend. If you have a comment or question about today's show, we'd love to hear from you: info@learnyourenglish.com 
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    • 36 min
    Episode 24: Dr. Marije Michel

    Episode 24: Dr. Marije Michel

    In episode 24, Leo welcomes Dr. Marije Michel to the studio. Dr. Michel has a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Amsterdam and is an associate professor and Chair of Language Learning at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She conducts research into language learning processes in a second language, foreign language didactics, and multilingualism in educational contexts. 
    In this episode, Dr. Michel discusses the second language learning process, the role of input, and her most recent research on alignment. 
    Dr. Michel focuses on:
    Learning by doing (11:00)
    The role of input (17:00)
    The role of grammar instruction and repetition in task-based approaches (24:00)
    CAF - Complexity, Accuracy, Fluency (32:00)
    Training students to give meaningful peer feedback (41:00)
    An important refugee project called The English Academy for Newcomers (45:00)
    Alignment - what it is, how it works, and how teachers can incorporate it (52:00)
    Follow Dr. Michel:
    Twitter: @marijemichel
    Read her work
    Podcast Creation:
    This episode was created with support from our listeners. If you enjoy our work, consider contributing to our tip jar on Patreon. 
    As always, thank you for listening. Your support has been overwhelming and we couldn't do what we do without you. We hope this podcast serves as an effective CPD tool for you.
    If you like the show, consider subscribing on Spotify, iTunes, or Google Podcasts, and sharing it with a friend. If you have a comment or question about today's show, we'd love to hear from you: info@learnyourenglish.com 
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Episode 23: Fernando Rosell-Aguilar

    Episode 23: Fernando Rosell-Aguilar

    In episode 23, Mike and Leo invite Fernando Rosell-Aguilar into the virtual studio. Fernando is an author, course designer, and currently delivers lectures at Coventry University in the UK. He is pursuing a Pd.D. in Computer-Assisted Language Learning from the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPV), and his research interests are online learning, with an emphasis on the integration of technologies into teaching and learning.
    In the times of COVID-19, we are truly grateful for Fernando's insights and expertise into online teaching.
    In this episode, he discusses:
    the main differences between online and face-to-face teaching
    practices to use and avoid in online teaching
    if the mass move to teaching online will re-shape traditional education
    what he believes the term "supplementary" means in education
    the myth that a teacher is required for learning
    how much teaching should be done online 
    techniques teachers can use to improve their online teaching
    Follow Fernando:
    Twitter: @FRosellAguilar
    LinkedIn
    And read his research
    Podcast Creation:
    This episode was created with support from our listeners. If you enjoy our work, consider contributing to our tip jar on Patreon. 
    As always, thank you for listening. Your support has been overwhelming and we couldn't do what we do without you. We hope this podcast serves as an effective CPD tool for you.
    If you like the show, consider subscribing on Spotify, iTunes, or Google Podcasts, and sharing it with a friend. If you have a comment or question about today's show, we'd love to hear from you: info@learnyourenglish.com 
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    • 1 hr 40 min
    The Cult of Learning 1: Three Rules of Learning

    The Cult of Learning 1: Three Rules of Learning

    /CULT/K^LT/A fashionable belief, idea, or attitude that influences people’s lives/The cult of learning encourages people to find and pursue what they are passionate about/

    *”The Cult of Learning” are episodes for learners of languages. These episodes will discuss tools and strategies for learning and provide opportunities for effective listening practice. These episodes are also part of the Learn YOUR English Learner Membership Community.
    In Teacher Talking Time’s first episode for learners, Mike and Leo introduce the Cult of Learning podcast, discuss why it’s called “The Cult of Learning,” what “Learn YOUR English” really means, and what we hope to accomplish by helping people learn the language that’s important to them.
    This episode is all about learning. Mike and Leo go over the three most important rules for learning:

    Effectiveness (the what)


    Adherence (the why)


    Efficiency (the how)

    They also talk about how languages are not taught but learned, discuss several common myths about language learning, and why you shouldn’t say “sayonara” in Japanese.
    Podcast Creation:
    This episode was created with support from our listeners. If you enjoy our work, consider contributing to our tip jar on Patreon.
    Thank you for listening! If you like the show, consider subscribing on Spotify, iTunes, or Google Podcasts, and sharing it with a friend. If you have a comment or question about today's show, we'd love to hear from you: info@learnyourenglish.com 
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    • 43 min

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