Episode 75! What's The Best Way to Learn a Language (With Dave Weller)

Episode 75! What's The Best Way to Learn a Language (With Dave Weller)

For our 75th episode, we discuss a question which is both very simple and highly complex: What’s the best way to learn a language? We challenged each other to fit everything we could about language learning onto a single page of A4 paper, then compare our notes in a marathon 60-minute discussion. For maximum effect, prepare your own notes on “What’s the Best Way to Learn a Language” before you listen.

Technology in Language Education Part II - Fad? (with Ray Davila)

Technology in Language Education Part II - Fad? (with Ray Davila)

The second of our two-part special on technology in the classroom, with Ray Davila, where we discuss the drawbacks of the increasing involvement of technology in education. We talk about what gets neglected instead of technology (where did the budget for those interactive whiteboards come from anyway?!), the effects on how teachers are assessed and evaluated and if technology might eliminate the need to learn a language altogether in the near future…

Technology in Language Education Part I - The Future? (with Ray Davila)

Technology in Language Education Part I - The Future? (with Ray Davila)

We invite back our friend, teacher trainer and materials developer, Ray Davila, to talk about technology in the classroom – is it a fad or is it our future? In the first of two parts, we discuss all that is good about technology, before being as cynical as possible in part two.

3rd Anniversary Podcast: What Have You Changed Your Mind About? (with Carol Lethaby, Dave Weller, Karin Xie, Matt Courtois, Paul Nation & Simon Galloway)

3rd Anniversary Podcast: What Have You Changed Your Mind About? (with Carol Lethaby, Dave Weller, Karin Xie, Matt Courtois, Paul Nation & Simon Galloway)

We celebrate our third anniversary podcast by inviting six of our favorite guests to tell us what they’ve changed their minds about in language teaching over the course of their careers. Over the course of 35 minutes in our longest episode ever, Carol Lethaby, Dave Weller, Karin Xie, Matt Courtois, Paul Nation and Simon Galloway discuss grammar teaching, teaching roles, the Dunning–Kruger effect, communicative language teaching and more.

How Do L2 Users Think Differently from Monolinguals? (Vivian Cook’s Career Highlights)

How Do L2 Users Think Differently from Monolinguals? (Vivian Cook’s Career Highlights)

We interview second language acquisition legend, Vivian Cook about his career in second language teaching and learning. Professor Cook tells us about how L2 users think differently to monolinguals, his own experiences as a language learner, teacher and researcher and what has changed in language teaching over the course of his career.

Getting Time on Your Side (with Allan Crocker)

Getting Time on Your Side (with Allan Crocker)

Timing causes so many problems for teachers – activities which run on too long, running out of time at the end of a lesson, not finding time to plan or reflect – but we rarely discuss time and how to deal with it. In this episode Ross and Trinity CertTESOL course director Allan Crocker discuss the issues related to time; how time influences how we teach, the problems it causes and how we can spend it better.

Questions About Questions (with Matt Courtois & Karin Xie)

Questions About Questions (with Matt Courtois & Karin Xie)

We spend a lot of our time asking questions, either to our students, our trainees or ourselves. What makes an effective question? We discuss different models of asking questions to students, typical mistakes trainers make in asking questions and the most powerful questions we can ask ourselves to reflect.

Native-speakerism in the Classroom (with Marek Kiczkowiak)

Native-speakerism in the Classroom (with Marek Kiczkowiak)

You've probably heard (possibly on this podcast) about the discrimination "non-native English teachers" can face finding jobs, in being promoted or receiving equal pay. But how does Native-speakerism affect what happens inside the classroom? How do attitudes about native speakers affect the content in our course books, the confidence of teachers and the goals of our students? We speak with Marek Kiczkowiak to find out.

How to Challenge Yourself as a Teacher or Trainer (from IATEFL 2019 with Matt Courtois, Simon Galloway & Dave Weller)

How to Challenge Yourself as a Teacher or Trainer (from IATEFL 2019 with Matt Courtois, Simon Galloway & Dave Weller)

In our second of two podcasts recorded at IATEFL Liverpool (this one recorded at the end of day one), we speak with our favorite podcast guests Matt Courtois, Simon Galloway & Dave Weller about how teachers and trainers can challenge themselves and discuss sessions by Paula Rebolledo, Adrian Underhill and Julie Choi & David Nunan.

Podcast: Engaging and Inspiring Teenagers (with Ed Dudley)

Podcast: Engaging and Inspiring Teenagers (with Ed Dudley)

Teenagers can be one of the most challenging, frustrating and also rewarding groups to teach. We interview ELT author and teacher trainer Edmund Dudley about why teaching teens can be so enjoyable, how to avoid sabotaging your classes and how to inspire your students with the right activities.

What Teachers Need to Know (and What’s Stopping Them) (with Stephen Krashen)

What Teachers Need to Know (and What’s Stopping Them) (with Stephen Krashen)

We talk with Stephen Krashen, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, about the teacher research knowledge gap: what do teachers need to know about second language acquisition, what are the barriers stopping them and what we can do to solve this problem. We discuss open access journals, the Grateful Dead compressible input, compressible output and evidence based language teaching.

Context – Tyranny or Triumph (with Diederik Van Gorp)

Context – Tyranny or Triumph (with Diederik Van Gorp)

All language lessons need a context. Language must be learned and practiced in context. Without context, students cannot remember or use new vocabulary. You've probably heard these arguments before (possibly on this podcast), but are they true? We discuss the pros and cons of context with our friend and teacher trainer (and former many other things!) Diederik Van Gorp.

Podcast: How not to Teach Phonics (With Debbie Hepplewhite)

Podcast: How not to Teach Phonics (With Debbie Hepplewhite)

I speak with phonics guru, Debbie Hepplewhite, about common mistakes teachers make in teaching phonics. Not sure if you’ve been teaching reading right? Listen to find out what you might have been doing wrong…