Practical Classroom Ideas

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.

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: Personalizing Learning, Development and Work

Podcast: Personalizing Learning, Development and Work

Personalization is in every aspect of our lives; the clothes we wear, the TV we watch, the podcasts we listen to. But what about in language teaching? In this episode we discuss how teachers can personalize lessons and materials for students, how trainers can personalize development for teachers and how managers can personalize work for their staff.

Podcast: Teaching Writing to the Students We Forgot (with David Tait)

Podcast: Teaching Writing to the Students We Forgot (with David Tait)

Why don't we teach writing more? Is writing less interesting than other skills? Or less useful? Or just harder to teach? We (Ross, Tracy and Matt Courtois) speak to published author and ESL writing specialist David Tait about how to teach writing and the students who thrive when writing that we forget about when teaching speaking.

The Spaces We Teach In

The Spaces We Teach In

There are more or less three constants present in every educational setting: students, teachers and classrooms. This episode we focus not on the participants, but on the spaces for English language learning. We discuss how to set up a classroom, how seating can support your students (or sabotage your lesson) and how teachers and students can benefit from moving their class outside the classroom (from time to time).

Podcast: How to Survive Your Next Observed Lesson (with Matt Courtois)

Podcast: How to Survive Your Next Observed Lesson (with Matt Courtois)

Being observed can be one of the most nerve wracking experiences that we go through as ESL teachers. We speak with TEFL teacher trainer, manager and serial observer Matt Courtois about what you (as a teacher) can do to survive (and possibly even learn from) your next observation.

Podcast: Taking Role Plays from Nerdiness to Awesomeness (with Fifi Pyatt)

Podcast: Taking Role Plays from Nerdiness to Awesomeness (with Fifi Pyatt)

We talk with self confessed role play and ESL nerd Fifi Pyatt to look at how to take role plays from nerdiness to awesomeness and discuss how to help students get as much as possible from role plays and also go off on tangents about burning witches and dungeons and dragons…