Number one for English language teachers

Podcast: Episode 1

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“The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are solely those of the panel and guests on the show. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Macmillan Publishers Limited.”


News and views

  • Native vs. non-native teachers
  • Brexit and its effects on ELT

Warmer of the month

Step 1: Choose two pictures with a related theme.
Step 2: Put students into pairs (As & Bs).
Step 3: Ask As to close their eyes and show Bs picture 1.
Step 4: Ask Bs to close their eyes and show As picture 2.
Step 5: Tell pairs to describe their pictures to each other and discuss how they are linked.
Step 6: Feedback as class, clarifying any new language.

Word of the month

Formal Learning– Officially recognised certification (e.g. - CELTA, DELTA, etc.)
Non-formal Learning– Training organised through your workplace
Informal Learning– Self-reflective teaching practice (e.g. - keeping a teacher’s diary)


Mike Riley, Macmillan’s Teacher Engagement Manager, discusses the shifting perceptions of the ELT teacher.

Teacher’s dilemma

Your school has a policy that any student arriving more than ten minutes late for class won’t be allowed in. However, three or four students in your class consistently turn up late. When you tell them they can’t come in, they get really angry.

What should you do?


  1. “How can I help my students with collocations? Should they only be taught at advanced level?”
  2. “How I’ve got a great idea for a lesson that I want to get published. Can I send it to you?” (see Lesson share)
  3. “If you could teach anywhere in the world, where would you teach and why?”

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  • This series is exactly what I have been looking for to teach a student who is an Italien Dr. of linguistics. She works as a teacher trainer on the EUROLTA course in Germany, which she teaches in German. She wants to improve her English to enable her to understand much of the academic literature, podcasts etc in her field which is published in English.
    My question is whether transcripts are available for your podcasts and how I can pause and and track them, there doesn't appear to be a visible counter or bar which I can follow. Thanks!

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  • Hello Claire,

    Thank you for your comment. We are pleased you like this series of Podcasts.
    Unfortunately we don't have transcripts available for these. You should be able to pause this audio using the pause button on your media player. It may help if you download the audio. To do this, try the following:

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    LEFT click on the link that says "to download right click" - the audio player then occupies the full screen.
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