36 episodes

A weekly podcast for language teachers and learners hosted by Liam Printer talking all things education, languages, motivation and engagement... with a few stories we can all relate to thrown in for a laugh!

In this series:
- What is motivation and how do we 'do' it?
- How I start the first class in new school year to put motivation front and centre
- Zero-prep activities for comprehensible input
- Raising student and teacher autonomy in the classroom
- Building characters for stories with your students
- Rethinking assessments for motivation

Programme notes:
www.liamprinter.com/podcast

The Motivated Classroom Liam Printer

    • Education
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

A weekly podcast for language teachers and learners hosted by Liam Printer talking all things education, languages, motivation and engagement... with a few stories we can all relate to thrown in for a laugh!

In this series:
- What is motivation and how do we 'do' it?
- How I start the first class in new school year to put motivation front and centre
- Zero-prep activities for comprehensible input
- Raising student and teacher autonomy in the classroom
- Building characters for stories with your students
- Rethinking assessments for motivation

Programme notes:
www.liamprinter.com/podcast

    36 ¦ Teaching in the moment, professional development & language play with Diane Neubauer

    36 ¦ Teaching in the moment, professional development & language play with Diane Neubauer

    In this episode I am delighted to be joined by the wonderful Diane Neubauer 杜雁子. Diane is a Mandarin Chinese teacher with over the 14 years experience across age groups. She currently teaches online part-time while working on her PhD in Foreign Language & ESL Education at the University of Iowa. She presents on a variety of language teaching topics at conferences and is involved in research relevant to comprehension-based language teaching and learning. She is currently chair of the ACTFL (USA language association) Comprehension-based Communicative Language Teaching (CCLT) Special Interest Group. Diane talks to us about her PhD research, teaching in the moment, language teacher professional development, raising engagement in the online classroom and what is involved with "language play". 

    For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast.


    Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.    
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    • 27 min
    35 ¦ Assessing and grading for proficiency whilst maintaining motivation

    35 ¦ Assessing and grading for proficiency whilst maintaining motivation

    Thank you to the listeners for this question about how we can maintain motivation whilst also grading and assessing for proficiency. In this episode we discuss some strategies for assessing and grading keeping the core psychological need of competence in mind.

    For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast.


    Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.    
    Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
    Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom

    Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏

    • 29 min
    34 ¦ Q&A: School refusers, young learners and restructuring our syllabus for motivation

    34 ¦ Q&A: School refusers, young learners and restructuring our syllabus for motivation

    In this question & answer episode we explore some great questions from listeners about: what to do with reluctant learners or school refusers, how we can adapt a comprehensible input & storytelling approach for younger learners and finally what key language structures we should concentrate on in a reimagined syllabus focused around students' interests.

    For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast.


    Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.    
    Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
    Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom

    Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏

    • 24 min
    33 ¦ Getting them talking: Ten zero-prep strategies to increase spontaneous speaking

    33 ¦ Getting them talking: Ten zero-prep strategies to increase spontaneous speaking

    As language teachers, finding ways to move from comprehensible input to 'authentic output' or how to "foster an increase in natural, interpersonal language", as one teacher wrote to me, is often our greatest challenge. In this episode I provide ten zero-prep, practical, strategies to increase spontaneous and enthusiastic speaking in the language classroom. Get in touch and let me know what you think! I'd love to know what strategies work in your classroom!

    For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast.


    Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.    
    Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
    Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom

    Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏

    • 28 min
    32 ¦ Unpacking language teacher professional identity with Dr. Ed Stevens

    32 ¦ Unpacking language teacher professional identity with Dr. Ed Stevens

    I'm delighted to be joined by the wonderful and highly knowledgeable Dr. Ed Stevens for this episode on teacher's professional identity. Ed is Manager of the Arts & Humanities Research Institute at King's College London having previously been Deputy Head of Public Engagement at the University of Bath. He has recently completed a professional doctorate in Education, where he explored how educators' professional identities may be transformed by, and transform, community engaged research. In this episode Ed helps us to delve further into the language teacher beliefs we explored in Episode 31. 

    For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast.


    Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.    
    Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
    Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom

    Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏

    • 28 min
    31 ¦ Language teacher beliefs: What are they and why we really need to talk about them!

    31 ¦ Language teacher beliefs: What are they and why we really need to talk about them!

    Sometimes, to really change our practice we have to confront our deeply-rooted beliefs. The study of Language Teacher Beliefs or 'Language Teacher Cognition' is gaining momentum in the educational research. In this episode I talk about what the concept is all about and why it is essential for us to talk about it, reflect on our beliefs and ultimately to question whether or not we still value those beliefs we have inherently developed over decades of education both as a student and teacher. 

    For full details a list of these strategies, check out the programme notes with further information and links to research and resources at www.liamprinter.com/podcast.


    Are you a regular listener and enjoying The Motivated Classroom podcast? Join me on my patreon page here.    
    Follow The Motivated Classroom on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
    Join the conversation with the hashtag #MotivatedClassroom

    Keep sharing and spreading the word. I'd love to know what you think, please get in touch or leave me a review 🙏

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Simba1972 ,

Best podcast for the language classroom

I came across this podcast a couple weeks ago and started listening from the very beginning. Love it because it has such valuable and helpful information presented in a concise way. Highly recommend!

Michee 62276 ,

Just what I was looking for!

Thank you for sharing. I connect to you as CI- Proficiency Based educator. It is the little nuances of a CI classroom that keep it rolling or can derail it. So far these episodes are giving me the food for thought that I need as I move into the most logistically random teaching year of my life.

sdarby80 ,

Great start to a new podcast

Looking forward the next episode!

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