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.
Challenging the Limits of Technology (With Mark Pemberton)
Mark Pemberton, co-CEO of Study Cat, joins me to talk about app-based language learning. Where is technology based language learning going? What are the limits of technology? Can these ever be overcome?
Creating Creativity in Language Teaching (with Alan Maley)
We speak with Professor Alan Maley, author of Creativity and English Language Teaching, about how constraints can prompt creativity in teachers and what teachers can do to bring in their lives, interests and personalities to make the classrooms more creative.
Do Coursebooks Stop Teachers Developing? (With Dave Weller)
What happens if the important decisions about planning get left to coursebook writers rather than teachers? How much of the coursebook should schools tell teachers to use? And what can you do if your school doesn’t let you deviate from the prescribed materials? Dave Weller, author of “Lesson Planning for Language Teachers” and friend of the podcast discuss.
Replacing Texts With Pictures (with Mark Hancock)
Mark Hancock (author of Pronunciation Games, English Pronunciation in Use, Pron Pack and Pen Pictures) tells us about basing lessons around pictures and using these to generate stories, descriptions, language needs and much more.
Positive Behavior Management with Young Learners (with Matt Courtois)
Matt Courtois and I talk about how to maintain discipline in your learner classes without using punishment. We discuss the problems with punishment, how to set rules, how to avoid boredom and more.
Effective Teacher Training Webinars (with Simon Galloway)
Simon Galloway (author of Teaching Teachers Online) joins me to discuss how to run webinars. We discuss how to make the most of breakout rooms, polls and chatboxes, why webinars should be part of distance learning courses and when to avoid using webinars.
I’m absolutely astounded by the value and amazing amount of information from this podcast. I have 5-7 years of experience as a TEFL teacher and I’m like a sponge with this podcast. I would recommend this podcast to any lover of languages or English teacher.
The most inspiring podcast for TESOL teachers/ teacher trainers
I am an ESL teacher and I follow quite a few TESOL podcasts. This is by far the most inspiring one not just because of the quality of the content but also the passion of hosts.
Practical in So Many Ways
The length is perfect for busy schedules. The topics are pertinent. The info is concise and well-organized. I find great takeaways from each episode. Grateful for this podcast.