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.
In the first episode of the new season Lindsay and Shaun talk invented languages. From Esparento to Dothraki, we look at the purpose of invented language and what we can learn from looking at how they work. We also discuss the rise of emoji, if it is impacting on language and how we might use it with students. A new series also brings a new game and of course an end of pod activity.
In this episode Shaun and Lindsay attempt to meet up and talk about gifts. They discuss typical gifts that teachers receive and how we went from an apple to expensive watches. In addition Lindsay delights in corny thank you messages and Shaun brings you a seasonal timeline. The last episode of the season ends with a gift related classroom activity. See you next year.
In this episode Shaun and Lindsay discuss translation devices such a google translate and skype. They consider how effective they are and what the effect on language teaching maybe. They also pander a little to their inner sci-fi geek with a look at universal translators and even get Philip Kerr to come and talk about translation in language teaching. Throw in a bit of Facebook wisdom and an end of pod activity and you have another glorious episode of the TEFL commute.
In this episode Lindsay and Ceri talk all things photocopy. They explore everything from their photocopying pet hates through to schools policies to copying. They even discuss how and when the photocopier came into being. Elsewhere in the podcast you'll find some more Facebook wisdom and we exile Christina Rebuffet-Broadus to the Dessert Island.
In this episode Shaun and Lindsay are joined by Scott Thornbury to discuss typical sentences used in language teaching. From phones interrupting baths through to spending a million dollars we discuss model sentences and explore why we use them. In addition we have some more Facebook philosophy and give you a second chance to play our podcast game, timeline.
In this episode Lindsay and Shaun talk explicit language. We discuss how smart technology is trying to stop us swearing and look at some frequencies list of words considered taboo. We also explore the features of a swear word. With the help Ceri’s corner we also talk about how to go about dealing with swear words in the classroom. Throw in some Facebook philosophy and a bit of coffeeepotting and you have another episode of the TEFL commute.
In this episode Shaun and Lindsay talk about classrooms. We discuss unusual places in which people have taught, how much classrooms have changed over the last 100 years and what makes the perfect classroom. We also explore some whacky names for classroom sitting organisation. James busts some jargon and as usual we end with an activity you can take to class.
In this final episode before we take a break, Lindsay and Shaun talk summer. They take a look at the silly season and Shaun quizzes Lindsay on some obscure summer facts. In addition they discuss the value of the UK summer school market. Ceri brings you another one of her corners and fittingly, for a summer episode, we whisk another teacher (David Petrie) off to a desert island.