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Onestopenglish podcast

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A monthly podcast series that brings together editors, teachers and specialists to discuss what’s going on in the world of ELT. Each episode features news and views, suggestions for classroom activities and an interview with a prominent ELT figure. Please email questions, suggestions or feedback to onestoppodcast@springernature.com.

 

This podcast is also available on iTunes and Soundcloud

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Inside onestopenglish podcast

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    Podcast: Episode 1

    This month the panel discusses natives vs. non-natives, Brexit and its effects on ELT, modern perceptions of the ELT teacher and Formal, Informal and Non-formal Learning. Special guests include Rob Hughes, DELTA-qualified teacher currently studying for a masters in applied linguistics, and Mike Riley, teacher engagement manager at Macmillan.

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    Podcast: Episode 2

    This month the panel discusses using L1 in the classroom, teaching low-frequency vocabulary, micro-teaching in job interviews and PARSNIPs. Special guests include Vivien Gilles, DELTA-qualified teacher trainer at Bell London, and Silvana Richardson, head of Teacher Training at Bell Cambridge.

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    Podcast: Episode 3

    This month the panel discusses the anti-coursebook debate, chatbots in ELT, using your local area as a teaching resource and Krashen’s theory of comprehensible input with guest teacher Frances O’Neill. We also have an interview with Hugh Dellar and Andrew Walkley, co-authors of several best-selling coursebooks, co-owners of The London Language Lab and keen proponents of the lexical approach.

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    Podcast: Episode 4

    This month the panel discusses why learning styles are a myth, how not to end text message, the cult of the ELT celebrity, and inductive and deductive learning with guest teacher Phil Painter. We also have an interview with Nicola Prentis, award-winning author, voracious blogger and staunch advocate of equal rights in ELT.

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    Podcast: Episode 5

    This month the panel discusses whether teachers talk too much, how words are chosen for the Macmillan Dictionary and learner autonomy with guest teacher Alex Tustain. We also have an interview with Thom Kiddle, Director of NILE (the Norwich Institute for Language Education) and MA-qualified specialist in language testing and assessment. 

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Readers' comments (7)

  • Anonymous in Spain, come to Canada, honestly. We will welcome you with open arms and no one will ever be permitted to discriminate against you. It is shameful that non-native speakers are not treated with equal respect as native speakers. Their devotion and dedication often produces a level of interest with their students, and also a level of expertise, difficult to match sometimes elsewhere.

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  • Hi there,

    Many thanks for your comments and sorry to hear that you've suffered discrimination like that. It's simply not the way the industry should work. Employment opportunities should be based on your skills, qualifications, and experience, not on your passport.

    This is something that we are keen to highlight and work on addressing through the podcast and as such we are keen to invite non-native teachers to contribute to the show as guests. Other avenues such as TEFL Equity Advocates are also doing good work to make sure that schools and employers are no longer able to discriminate with such impunity. As you heard, we were lucky enough to talk to Silvana Richardson about this issue, but it's important for teachers (both native and non-native) to keep on raising awareness and making sure that schools change their policies with regards to employment.

    Glad that you have enjoyed the podcast so far. Keep on listening and do let us know if there are any topics that you would like to hear discussed.

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Thank you for the podcast. It was comforting to know that there are native teachers out there who stand up for us, non-native. My mother tongue is Spanish and I do not know how to teach someone to roll an r, however, since I spent years working on my English accent, I do have quite a few tips to help students who struggle or want to improve their pronunciation of the English language. Being bilingual, I also have a deeper understanding of what is going on in a learner's head (bilingual native teachers will agree with me on this).
    As a non-native teacher, I have been discriminated against on many occasions. The first time was shortly after arriving in Spain from the UK. I had lived and worked in London for thirteen years and I managed to get a job in a well known language school which only employs native teachers. It was March and I guess they were desperate. I was told they would make an exception because I sounded native and they were impressed by my English level. It is needless to say how shocking it was to find out they would not renew my contract the following year. My Spanish name and my passport were the only reason I could not continue. They were so happy with me otherwise that they continued to call me on an ad hoc basis to cover. Had I been in the UK, I might have been able to challenge this but in Spain, there is no law to protect us against this kind of discrimination.

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  • Hi Ana,

    Many thanks for the feedback. Really glad to hear that you enjoyed the podcast. This was actually the first episode so there are not any past episodes to listen to. However, there will be a new episode next month in which we will be talking to Silvana Richardson and discussion the use of L1 in the classroom.

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Thank you all for such an amazing episode. Just what I needed!

    I'd love to see past episodes, any chance?

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  • Hi berti,

    To access the episode you have to click on Episode 1 (below the heading Inside onestopenglish podcast) and that will take you through to the Episode 1 page where you will see a Soundcloud file with a play button in the top left-hand corner. Click on that button and you will be bale to listen to the podcast.

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Cannot see a "play button

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