In episode 2, Lindsay and Shaun talks about the pains and pleasures of being a substitute teacher. Be it the one lesson cover or the professional stand-by teacher, we look at what it means, how hard it is and explore what things a substitute teacher should have in their toolbox. In addition James unravels some EFL terminology and the angelic Facebook phil brings us more words of wisdom.
TEFL commute is back and in the first episode of the new season Lindsay and Shaun talk about first classes and what is like to go back to school, all the things that need to be done and how we deal with a group of new students. We also introduce a new feature ' the tefl fight' and of course provide you with an activity you can try out this week in class.
In the final episode of season 3, Shaun and Lindsay talk awards. They discuss the purpose of the awards and rewards in the classroom and explore the positives and negatives behind them. There is also another dose of Facebook wisdom and an awards-based timeline game to amuse you on your commute.
In this episode Shaun and Lindsay discuss punctuation. They discuss everything from oral punctuation through to trying to identify just what the semi-colon does. In addition they explore whether there is such a thing as a 'punctuation nazi' and whether or not punctuation is changing as a result of technology. You'll also find some Facebook wisdom, a voxpop punctuation quiz and of course another activity that you can use in your class.
In this episode 6, Shaun and Lindsay talk ELT conferences. They discuss the first conferences they went to and spoke at, the benefit of going to conferences and their conference stories. Our audience members share their conference mishap stories and we also hear from lots of conference attendees who share their advice and their reasons for being at the recent IATEFL conference.
In this episode refreshed from his week off, Lindsay takes on Shaun in a battle of….no not really, but ‘inspired’ by this week’s big cinema release, they take a look at some of the ‘versus’ that exist in the profession. They discuss everything from Dogme to the NNESTS; TTT to Accuracy. On top of that Shaun takes a break from joke telling to bring an edition of ‘time line’ and the angels bring us another piece of Facebook philosophy.
In this episode, Ceri and Shaun talk all things voice. The voice is one of the main tools of the teacher but how well do you look after it? Do you warm it up? Should you really avoid coffee? Is a female voice preferred to a male voice? Ceri and Shaun discuss all these aspects and give you some tips for looking after your voice and ensuring it is ready for the day's teaching ahead.
In this episode Lindsay and Shaun discuss what happens behind the closed of the classroom. We discuss the 'secretive' nature of a teacher's domain and chat about teacher observation. We consider the use of video cameras for observation and discuss whether big brother is now being used to keep an eye on what we do. Phillip Kerr rejoins us to talk about a website that will analyse your teaching performance.
In this episode Lindsay and Shaun discuss the alphabet. We consider how we got 26 letters and what happened to letters such as thorn and ampersand. We choose our favourite letters and some of our favourite techniques for dealing with the alphabet in the classroom. In addition we look at the pangrams and lipograms and James tries to decode nyms, phones and graphs for us. Finally, Shaun risks Lindsay’s future collaboration in the podcast by making him endure some alphabet related humour.