young learners

Who Learns Languages Best and How Long Does it Take? (with Professor Patsy Lightbown)

Who Learns Languages Best and How Long Does it Take? (with Professor Patsy Lightbown)

Patsy Lightbown, Professor, author and second language acquisition researcher tells us about language learners of different ages. Are kids better language learners than adults? Who learns languages faster? Are there any advantages to learning a language later in life? Listen to find out…

Podcast: What Can Neuroscience Teach Us About Language Teaching

Podcast: What Can Neuroscience Teach Us About Language Teaching

We speak with Carol Lethaby about what neuroscience can do for language teaching. We know more about how the brain works and how learning occurs than ever before, so why does so little of it get used? Carol is an English language teacher, teacher trainer, ELT consultant and author who has coauthored Just Right Second Edition (Cengage Learning) and English ID (Richmond Publishing) as well as articles on Neuroscience in IATEFL Voices and Neuromyths in the Teacher Trainer Journal.

Lying Less in Language Teaching (with Jessica Keller)

Lying Less in Language Teaching (with Jessica Keller)

"By lying, we deny others a view of the world as it is. Our dishonesty not only influences the choices they make, it often determines the choices they can make—and in ways we cannot always predict. Every lie is a direct assault upon the autonomy of those we lie to" (Sam Harris).  So what of lying in language teaching? How honest are we with our students? How honest are schools with their teachers? And how can we be more honest with ourselves? We discuss with ESL recruitment guru, Jessica Keller.

Applying Critical Thinking In Classes and Materials Writing (with John Hughes)

Applying Critical Thinking In Classes and Materials Writing (with John Hughes)

We speak with ELT course book author and teacher trainer extraordinaire John Hughes about critical thinking: what is it, how can teachers use it and what challenges it presents for teachers and students

Podcast: Context - the Secret Sauce in Language Teaching & Training (with Matt Courtois)

Podcast: Context - the Secret Sauce in Language Teaching & Training (with Matt Courtois)

Understanding what people in say from the sounds they make is all but impossible without context, even in our first language. So how can we make more use of this amazing tool which helps prediction, understanding, engagement and application? We discuss what context is, why it’s important and how to incorporate it when teaching adults, teaching kids and in teacher training.

Podcast: Is "Less" Sometimes "More" In Teaching, Training and Management? (Matt Courtois)

Podcast: Is "Less" Sometimes "More" In Teaching, Training and Management? (Matt Courtois)

We look at minimalist approaches to teaching, training and management and discuss examples of when less busy means more efficiency.