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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.

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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.

    Wants and Needs in Test Preparation (with Pete Jones)

    Wants and Needs in Test Preparation (with Pete Jones)

    How should teachers familiarize themselves with the assessments they need to prepare their students for? Which test strategies should teachers teach? What effect do students’ expectations of test-prep have on teaching?

    • 15 min
    Setting Up Online English Courses (with Marek Kiczkowiak)

    Setting Up Online English Courses (with Marek Kiczkowiak)

    Dr. Marek Kiczkowiak tells us about his experiences creating online language courses for students and what he’s learned about online platforms, marketing and social media along the way.

    • 15 min
    What Have You Learned From Learning a Language

    What Have You Learned From Learning a Language

    As Phil Collins once sang, “In teaching you will learn and in learning you will teach.” So, what can language teachers learn about language learning from learning a language? We meet with friends, family and special guests to hear about how language learning experiences affect and inform our views of language learning. In our longest podcast ever, we hear from Patsy Lightbown, Professor at Concordia University Canada about language learning experiences in Africa and North America; from teaching guru Ben Beaumont, from Trinity College London about the trauma of learning French at high school; from Janice Thorburn, former German and French teacher about learning German through grammar translation and what that meant for her teaching later in her career; from our regular podcast guest Matt Courtois, about language immersion in Nepal, Russia, China and Bolivia led to very different outcomes; and from author and teacher trainer Wendy Arnold about how in spite of being a native English speaker in Peru, she failed her English exams at school.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Attitude & Awareness in Professional Development (with Kathleen Bailey)

    Attitude & Awareness in Professional Development (with Kathleen Bailey)

    Dr. Kathleen M. Bailey is professor of Applied Linguistics at the Monterey Institute of International Studies joins us to talk about teachers attitudes towards development, why much of what happens in our classrooms is unknown to teachers and what to do about these issues.

    • 15 min
    Podcast: Inside the World of Test-Prep in China

    Podcast: Inside the World of Test-Prep in China

    We speak to three experts involved in the IELTS test prep industry in China and hear different points of view on getting students to memorize answers, schools finding test questions and what effect does it all have on the students when they take the test

    • 15 min
    Understanding Classroom Discourse (with Steve Walsh)

    Understanding Classroom Discourse (with Steve Walsh)

    Steve talks with us about the questions that teachers ask as well as the rules and roles which influence how we interact with our students.

    • 15 min

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