Have you ever thought about teaching English as a second language? In this podcast, teacher training duo Shannon Felt and Lauren Harrington offer actionable advice and inspirational stories for current and aspiring ESL teachers. Learn how to get started teaching ESL at home or abroad, get practical teaching tips to perfect your classroom methodology, and listen in on interviews with industry experts and teachers around the world to indulge your wanderlust.
Episode Thirty-seven: Error Correction
Show NotesThis week’s episode considers common questions around error correction:
Should you correct every error your students make?
If not, how do you know whether to correct an error?
When is the best time to correct an error?
How do you correct errors most effectively?
Tune in for advice on when, how, and why we can correct our students’ errors in an online class.
In this EpisodeWhat you need to understand before you can think about error correction: the two possible purposes of any given activity in a lesson
Why the distinction between accuracy and fluency is essential to deciding if you should correct an error
The one key question to ask yourself to determine whether or not you should correct an error
Delayed error correction: what this is and how it works
Tips for making delayed error correction time-efficient
How to make delayed error correction student-centered
How to correct errors on the spot
Effective error correction methods that prompt students to self-correct
When and why you might not need to correct some errors at all
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Episode Thirty-six: Jessie Ebersole on How ELT Organizations are Adapting Online and Virtual Volunteer Teaching
I’m happy to welcome back a returning guest this week on Expand Your Horizons: Jessie Ebersole. Jessie joined me on the podcast in the fall of 2019, but in case you missed our previous conversation, let me briefly introduce her before we dive into our conversation. Jessie is the Director of Academic Programs at Washington English Center, which is a non-profit English language school for adult immigrants in Washington, D.C. WEC offers 14 levels of ESL classes, and they rely on volunteer teachers for all of those. Jessie started out in the TESOL field as a volunteer herself, and she later went on to complete a master’s degree in TESOL at American University. She has a lot of experience in this field, including teaching at American University’s English Language Training Academy, and working as a draft writer for parts of Intercambio’s textbook series Confidence and Connections.
I’m thrilled to have Jessie back as a guest, because I have a lot of respect for the work she does and for WEC as an organization. Some of you may know that I lived in DC for about 5 years – so I’m quite familiar with WEC, and I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with Jessie and her staff from time to time – they were even kind of enough to host TEFL Horizons on site for a workshop in 2019. Clearly, a lot has changed since then, so I invited Jessie back to catch up on how the WEC is adapting to online teaching, to get her take on the current state of the ELT industry and to discuss opportunities for volunteer teaching online.
Episode Thirty-five: Updates & What I've Learned About Online Teaching
Welcome to the first Expand Your Horizons episode of 2021! In this episode, I'm sharing a few personal and professional updates, as well as summarizing a few key takeaway lessons I learned about teaching English online in the last year.
In this episode, we're discussing the key differences to consider when teaching English online vs. in a physical classroom.
Hello and welcome to this week’s episode of Expand Your Horizons. Today my guest on the podcast is Ricardo Fajardo, who is joining us to talk about teaching a specific type of English class – exam preparation.
Ricardo has been a teacher of English for 24 years and a teacher trainer for the last 12 years. He is currently a CELTA tutor and assessor, which has given him the chance to travel as well as help and learn from other centers. He is also an ICELT and DELTA tutor and works as a freelancer in different projects such as writing materials for coursebooks or helping teachers remotely as an online consultant. He is an accredited IELTS examiner as well as a Cambridge KET, PET, FCE, CAE, and CPE oral examiner, so clearly he has a good deal of experience with proficiency exams and what students need to know in order to succeed on them. In our conversation today, we’re discussing tips for teaching exam preparation classes, and how we might transfer or adapt these strategies to work for online classes.
We're happy to welcome Andre Alipio to the podcast this week. André has been the DoS at GTP, Global Teaching Practice, for 10 years now, but he has been a teacher trainer since 1995, working for different institutes in Brazil, like International House Sao Paulo. As the director of studies, he is responsible for designing and delivering a range of courses for teachers of English, as well as training tutors of such courses. André is an active CELTA and DELTA trainer, and has trained on courses in Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, and other countries. He is also a local trainer for ETS products like TOEFL Junior. More recently, André has been developing ELT materials and consulting to the educational market in general.
Today, he’s joining me for a conversation that is certainly relevant to anyone who works with young learners or has children who are currently learning at home. At the time of recording this, schools around the world are temporarily closed due to the covid-19 pandemic. This means that those students are currently learning from home by attending their classes online. In this episode, Andre shares practical strategies for how we, as teachers, can help train parents to support their children in online learning.
On Being a Better Teacher
Although I’ve been teaching ESL off and on for many years, each time I listen to TEFL Horizons, I learn something that makes me a better teacher. My students (whether or not they know it ) and I are so very appreciative of your work.
Great Advice for new ESL Teachers
Lauren and Shannon’s podcast is full of useful advice for new ESL Teachers and anyone considering taking the Celta course. Their tone is so reassuring and supportive and their explanations about methodology make perfect sense. What’s really great is that their advice completely lines up with what I learned on my Celta course, which makes it easy to put it into practice. Well done ladies!
Great Podcast for future ESL Teachers
As a future teacher in an international setting, this podcast is making me aware of some of the challenges ahead while providing some great teaching tips. Keep up the good work and I thank you for your insights.