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At Garnet Education, we produce ELT materials that are used in schools, colleges and universities around the world. We’ve created ELTtime in the hope that it can be a springboard for further discussions in our online community and in your staffrooms. You can expect a variety of topics, from the origins of the word capsicum to in-depth discussions of industry biases, global issues and other challenges that the ELT community faces today.

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At Garnet Education, we produce ELT materials that are used in schools, colleges and universities around the world. We’ve created ELTtime in the hope that it can be a springboard for further discussions in our online community and in your staffrooms. You can expect a variety of topics, from the origins of the word capsicum to in-depth discussions of industry biases, global issues and other challenges that the ELT community faces today.

    Racial biases in ELT with Zarina Subhan

    Racial biases in ELT with Zarina Subhan

    In the final episode of season 1 of ELTtime, our Senior Editor, Chris, speaks to Zarina Subhan about experiencing racial bias in ELT. They dive into discussions about different kinds of privilege, what it’s like to be judged by the colour of your skin before your teaching ability, and how the representation of race in ELT coursebooks and other materials can be improved.

    Let us know if you enjoyed the episode! Get in touch with any suggestions or questions – you can find us at @garneteducation everywhere!

    LINKS

    Book: Color, Race and ELT, Shades of meaning by Andy Curtis and Mary Romney
    Book: Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
    Book: Race and ethnicity in English Language Teaching, Korea in focus by Christopher Joseph Jenks
    Article: The intersectionality of gender, sexuality, race and native-speakerness: Investigating ELT teacher identity through duoethnography by Luke Lawrence and Yuzuko Nagashima (Journal of Language, Identity and Education)
    Zarina’s LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zarina-subhan-a9372052/

    CHAPTERS
    0:19 – Introduction

    1:17 – English identity: assumptions and credibility

    11:08 – Being a woman in ELT

    13:09 – Intersectionality: race and gender

    16:31 – Racism in the workplace: classroom vs colleague experience

    21:19 – Privilege and awareness

    23:25 – The question of responsibility: educating people on racism

    30:44 – Defining and understanding privilege

    32:48 – The portrayal of race in ELT materials

    41:20 – The loss of indigenous culture to economic power

    43:16 – Perceptions of traditional non-western clothing

    45:13 – Final comments

    47:06 – Outro

    47:25 – Bonus: Season 2 news!

    • 47 min
    TeaBreak: How well does teaching English prepare you for a career in ELT publishing?

    TeaBreak: How well does teaching English prepare you for a career in ELT publishing?

    In today’s episode of ELTtime, Rachel, Matt, Ella and Jaz all sat down together (whilst we were still in the office) for a TeaBreak! With Jaz as the moderator, Rachel, Matt and Ella look back at their teaching experiences and discuss how well teaching English prepared them for a career in ELT publishing.

    Let us know if you enjoyed the episode. Get in touch with any suggestions or questions – you can find us at @garneteducation everywhere!

    LINKS
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    CHAPTERS
    0:20 – Intro

    0:48 – Teaching experience

    1:10 – Rachel’s teaching experience – Greece

    2:07 – Matt’s teaching experience – Japan

    3:31 – Ella’s teaching experience – Spain

    4:55 – Pressure to get through materials quickly

    7:12 – Transitioning into publishing

    7:23 – Rachel: started as a writer before moving into editing

    8:39 – Matt: did a publishing masters, worked in other publishing fields

    10:11 – Ella: did an English Literature masters, work experience

    11:20 – Does teaching prepare you for working in ELT publishing?

    13:22 – Skills needed for editing vs teaching

    15:23 – Teaching grammar

    16:32 – Content development and teaching

    17:45 – Using Teacher’s Books as a tool

    18:53 – Time management as a teacher vs editor

    23:05 – What parts of teaching doesn’t prepare you for publishing?

    27:25 – Thinking about the publishing process as teacher

    29:05 – What do you miss about teaching?

    32:22 – Favourite thing about ELT publishing

    35:03 – Outro

    • 36 min
    How to incorporate global issues into your ELT class

    How to incorporate global issues into your ELT class

    In the sixth episode of ELTtime, our Digital Editor, Jaz, chats with Julietta Schoenmann about how best to incorporate the wide topic of global issues into your lessons. How do you talk about the climate crisis without frightening young learners? How can you include the UN sustainable development goals in your lesson plans? Should any topics be avoided?

    Let us know if you enjoyed the episode. Get in touch with any suggestions or questions – you can find us at @garneteducation everywhere!

    LINKS
    UN sustainable development goals

    UN student resources

    IATEFL Global issues SIG

    Article: Helping young learners deal with the climate crisis

    21st century skills in ELT classroom book: coming soon!

    CHAPTERS
    0:19 – Intro

    1:46 – Defining what we mean by ‘global issues’

    2:28 – Connecting global issues to ELT

    4:18 – Modern student experience

    5:26 – Empathy and understanding

    6:44 – Taking action

    7:56 – Global citizenship, not political

    9:13 – UN sustainable development goals

    10:55 – UN student resources

    11:28 – Should any topics be avoided in the classroom?

    13:26 – Being realistic about how serious the topics can be

    14:56 – Allowing students to express a preference on topics

    15:46 – Teaching the climate crisis

    17:02 – Using Greta Thunberg and Malala in the classroom

    18:25 – Listening to students

    19:28 – Activity of ‘personifying’ climate change

    21:51 – Outro

    • 22 min
    Educating online: insights and advice

    Educating online: insights and advice

    Today’s special episode of ELTtime addresses the global COVID-19 pandemic. The virus is causing unprecedented levels of disruption to education – schools are closed, students are unable to attend lessons in person, international students can’t travel overseas, and institutions are forced to reschedule courses and exams. As a result, now more than ever before, English language teachers around the world are finding themselves with an urgent need to become effective online educators.

    In today’s episode, Garnet’s Digital Manager Matthew George talks to experienced English language Teacher/Teacher Trainer, Julietta Schoenmann. Julietta talks over the nuts and bolts of how to get going as an online teacher, and then offers a wide range of insights into how to manage online classes, how to make the most of the tools and resources at your disposal and how to maintain student motivation.

    Let us know if you enjoyed the episode. Get in touch with any suggestions or questions – you can find us at @garneteducation everywhere!

    LINKS
    Hands Up charity project

    Online platforms: Zoom, Adobe connect, Blackboard Collaborate

    Padlet: online collaboration tool

    Vialogues: dynamic video discussions

    Flipgrid: video discussions and respsonses

    Eaquals Webinars: Teaching live online using Zoom

    CHAPTERS
    0:20 – Intro

    1:17 – Julietta’s background in online teaching

    2:20 – The Hands Up Project

    3:18 – Online platforms: Zoom

    5:20 – Zoom features – breakout rooms, screen sharing, polls

    7:22 – Tips for using online tools for the first time

    9:44 – Green screens in Zoom

    10:44 – Online tools for teachers (Padlet, Flipgrid, Vialogues)

    13:26 – How do teaching styles differ online?

    16:33 – Disruptive home environments

    18:05 – Online breakout rooms for group work

    18:59 – Activity types in the virtual classroom and encouraging student autonomy

    23:22 – Motivation and keeping students engaged

    26:24 – Online tools can provide more variety in activities (e.g., using Google Street view)

    27:29 – Encouragement and praise

    27:56 – Pitfalls of online teaching: connectivity issues

    29:20 – Orientation to working online and multitasking

    32:18 – Boundaries and limits

    33:37 –What can institutions and teachers do to ensure a positive outcome from this move online?

    36:07 – Outro

    • 36 min
    Integrated skills in the ELT classroom

    Integrated skills in the ELT classroom

    In today’s episode our Publisher, Rachel, and Academic Director, Chris, sit down to discuss why integrated skills are beneficial in the classroom. They discuss how the real-life application of language is not separated into the four skills, why there is a reluctance from educational institutions to change and how integrated skills provides a way to exploit materials and engage students.

    Let us know if you enjoyed the episode! Get in touch with any suggestions or questions – you can find us at @garneteducation everywhere!

    LINKS
    Journal article: Integrated Skills in the ESL/EFL classroom by Rebecca Oxford (10:28)

    CHAPTERS
    0:20 – Intro

    0:52 – What are integrated skills?

    1:33 – Are integrated skills a good thing for ELT?

    2:54 – Do integrated skills reflect how we use language in real life?

    4:22 – Teaching skills in isolation; focusing on specific skills

    6:01 – Skills are already integrated: learning to write by speaking

    7:28 – Teaching ‘speaking’ by using texts, pictures or audio

    8:33 – Going from receptive to productive skills

    9:36 – Focusing on the function of language

    10:12 – Is there evidence that integrated skills are more effective?

    11:51 – Learning strategies and ‘learning to learn’ skills

    13:31 – Formative assessments and switching skills in daily life

    15:52 – Integrated skills can flag up specific skills that need working on

    17:11 – Reluctance to change: educational, institutional and exam culture

    19:33 – Logistical change: institutional infrastructure and scheduling

    21:27 – Exploiting materials and engaging students

    22:13 – Technology has forced us to integrate skills

    22:52 – Final thoughts

    • 23 min
    TeaBreak: accents, dialects, and varieties of English

    TeaBreak: accents, dialects, and varieties of English

    In the fourth episode of ELTtime, we introduce a new feature: TeaBreak. A few of us here at Garnet grab a cuppa, and take half an hour to discuss something we’re passionate about within ELT. Today, Alice, Ella, Jaz and Rosie dive into why it’s problematic that RP is used as a standard, make some light-hearted observations about the differences between the way they speak, and discuss some interesting but bizarre Australian words – do you know what Manchester is? (And no, we don’t mean the city!)

    Let us know if you enjoyed the episode! Get in touch with any suggestions or questions – you can find us at @garneteducation everywhere!

    LINKS
    Article: Is RP outdated?

    Article: Why people will beat machines in recognising speech for a long time yet

    Article: Australian English in the 20th century

    CHAPTERS
    0:20 – What’s TeaBreak?

    1:03 – Introductions (Jaz, Alice, Ella and Rosie)

    1:40 – Word (antipodean)

    Australia

    2:21 – Alice’s Australian accent (8:45)

    2:41 – Alice’s Background

    3:12 – British and American spellings and pronunciations

    3:53 – Non-English speakers and non-British

    4:41 – Australian vs British words

    8:08 – Australian stereotypes

    8:22 – Australian word (galah)

    Scotland

    8:59 – Rosie’s Scottish accent

    9:39 – Alice’s Australian accent

    10:02 – Is this a ‘dialect’ thing or a ‘my family’ thing?

    America

    10:52 – Ella’s American background

    Received Pronunciation (RP)

    11:23 – What is RP and why can it be problematic?

    11:46 – Class and region divides in pronunciation

    12:42 – Issues with digital activities

    Is there a ‘correct pronunciation’?

    15:24 – Regional accent differences

    16:02 – Slang and class

    17:26 – Voice recognition and audio issues

    19:02 – Students mimicking accents

    19:49 – American media

    20:07 – Australian word (Manchester)

    21:00 – Australian idiom (shag on a rock)

    21:34 – Final thoughts

     

    • 22 min

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