World Grammar Day March 4th

Did you know? I didn’t – but Pearson is doing a free webinar and a giveaway of free grammar resources this week. Here’s the very long link for the free grammar resources: https://www.pearsonelt.com/campaign/grammar-day/home.html?utm_source=Pearson+ELT+Newsletter&utm_campaign=3e4faefe69-newsletter_grammar_day&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_51bb72c6d1-3e4faefe69-126284857 And here’s the webinar blurb and another long link: Making Grammar Practice Meaningful . . . and Fun – Fri, Mar 3, […]

EVO Time! Electronic Village Online is back!

Five weeks of free and fabulous professional development in January and Feb 2017. I’ll be doing week three of the Teaching Listening session this year. Come on, join me. Start your year right! Here’s the info: For five weeks in January and February, TESOL experts and participants from around the world engage in collaborative online discussions […]

Tips for using podcasts in the classroom

1.Reduce podcast speed if necessary This is easily done on even the most basic mp3 player. If you reduce anything to 50%, the person sounds ill or drunk so I recommend around 60-75% to maintain authenticity. 2.Download transcripts when available Fans tend to transcribe popular podcasts – often on Reddit. 3.Explore spinoff media (articles, forums, […]

Podcasts for Advanced learners – Freaks and Geeks

As a proud geek, teaching lots of proud geeks, these podcasts hit the mark with my learners. These can also be used with advanced older teens as there’s not too much adult content (disclaimer: always listen first please). 1: One of my favourite Gimlet Media podcasts – Surprisingly Awesome – makes everything super cool. Cement, glue, […]

Podcasts for Advanced Learners – Social Justice

As a massive fan of the Serial podcast – I used this to inspire my advanced learners to start listening to authentic podcasts on their own. Here are three social justice podcasts that are based around Serial and can be recommended to advanced adult learners. If you recommend these, recommend they try them in this order and they […]

Podcasts for Advanced Learners – Politics

In the run-up to presenting my podcast project at BESIG, I’d like to share some of my students’ favourite podcasts – all authentic and perfect for advanced learners wanting some authentic podcasts to follow. This mini post covers the two most popular political podcasts that really hit the mark for my learners: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/business/presidential-podcast/ Great fun – the […]