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By Elit Language Centre
Beyond the Textbook is a podcast for English language students and teachers. Every episode explores one common question about learning English. Every episode is hosted by Aiyshah Gwilliam and one other special guest. To make a comment or ask a question please contact us at
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Episode 13: Refugee classes at ELIT
Aiyshah and Maznah talk about what it's like to teach English to refugees in Malaysia. For more information about ELIT LANGUAGE CENTRE go to
February 26, 2020
Episode 12: Should everyone be bilingual?
Aiyshah and Winston discuss the pros and cons of bilingualism in today's world. To ask a question or make a comment please email us at
October 18, 2019
Episode 11: IELTS Writing Task 1 - Things to remember
Aiyshah and Derek look into the IELTS Writing Task 1 exercise and break down some common problems and how to solve them. To contact us with a student question or any other comments please email the question/comment to
October 11, 2019
Episode 10: The Pros and Cons of studying English in a foreign country
Aiyshah and Alena talk about the advantages and disadvantages of learning English outside of your own country. To ask a question on this or any other topic related to this podcast series please email us at
October 04, 2019
Episode 9: Is partnering a good way to improve your English?
Aiyshah and Andy talk about why partnering is used as a classroom teaching technique and how students can still do it after hours and after finishing their course. Included also is the first 'Question from Listener's ' section. To ask a question send it into
September 04, 2019
Episode 8: Is plagiarism ever Ok?
Aiyshah talks with Lisa about the pros and cons of stealing other people's written work.
August 26, 2019
Episode 7: How does a teacher teach English to students with zero English?
Aiyshah and Martha talk about how teachers teach students with zero English when they don't speak the same language.
August 16, 2019
Episode 6: Is watching television good for learning English?
Listen to Aiyshah and Rachel talk about the pros and cons of watching tv as a way to improve English.
August 09, 2019
Episode 5: IELTS Brainstorm 1
Aiyshah talks to Derek about some of the things to remember when preparing for the IELTS exam.
August 02, 2019
Episode 4: Is having an accent within your English okay?
Aiyshah and Winston debate the accent issue when it comes to learning English.
July 26, 2019
Episode 3: What is one piece of advice you would give a new ESL teacher?
Aiyshah and Csilla talk about what new ESL teachers should know when they start their profession. They also tackle the native vs non-native debate and what new non-native English teachers need to know too.
July 18, 2019
Episode 2: How do teachers secretly assess students in the classroom?
Listen to Aiyshah and Sarah divulge some secret ways teachers know where students are really at in their English.
July 08, 2019
Episode 1: What's the No. 1 thing students need to know before they start learning English?
Aiyshah and Andy talk about their experience with first time English students.
June 28, 2019