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EVERYTHING EFL

EVERYTHING EFL

By Erin O'Byrne
Welcome to Everything EFL, a podcast about language teaching. I love sharing my knowledge of stuff I've learnt and the things I do in class.
I also like branching out and discovering other teachy stuff that can apply to other kinds of teachers – after all, we all want to achieve the same things, don’t we?
I do this podcast to give you some practical ideas and food for thought. I also have guests who know much more than me. It's a learning experience all round!
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Episode 64: New English File's Rob and Jenny: a Love Story

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Episode 65: ‘When Trust is Built, Learning can Happen’ with Anjalee Beverly
This week I am joined once again by the inspirational Anjalee Beverly (check out Episode 36 if you haven't already). She is all about building community in the class room before reallygetting down the nitty-gritty of teaching. Anjalee is a mainstream school teacher: how many of these ideas can you steal and adapt from this episode for your class? 1. Class Agreements 2. Affirmations 3. Community Circle 4. Surveys 5. Collective Breath Episode Shownotes: Anjalee Beverly is a twelfth year elementary education teacher who has recently moved to an International school in Cartajena, Colombia. Anjalees’ motto is trust before standards and she seeks to bring joy and rigor to every class session. She believes relationship building with students and their families is a crucial part of the learning process. Her ultimate goal as an educator is to teach her students to love themselves as they are and to find liberation through academic excellence. You can find her on instagram as Ms.Cleverly.Beverly or at www.mrscleverlybeverly.com Recommended reading: Pushout: the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, Monique W Morris, The New Press Don’t forget to engage on Insta or Facebook after the episode. Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM me and follow Everything EFL Podcast on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Erin O’Byrne Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
36:45
October 18, 2021
Episode 64: New English File's Rob and Jenny: a Love Story
In the second of the 'I'm on holiday so I've decided to give you a couple of different episodes' series, I delve into the infamous and sweeping romance that is New English File's Rob and Jenny.  I give you a run-down of the story told throughout the course book series and attempt to critically analyze their relationship. Warning: it ain't pretty. Don’t forget to engage on Insta or Facebook after the episode. Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM me and follow Everything EFL Podcast on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Erin O’Byrne Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
11:02
October 4, 2021
Episode 63: Why Rupaul and Rupaul's Drag Race Inspires Me
I'm on holiday! I decided to give you a couple of episodes that aren't teachy but are very much from the mind of Erin. This episode is my thoughts on the fabulous Rupaul Charles and his groundbreaking reality TV show, Rupaul's Drag Race.  I tell you what I think drag is, how the show and Rupaul constantly inspires me and hopefully give you a dose of sequin-covered joy, positivity and inspiration. Featuring extracts of: Drag Race theme song and Born Naked, written by Rupaul Charles and produced by Lucian Piane. Don’t forget to engage on Insta or Facebook after the episode. Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM me and follow Everything EFL Podcast on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Erin O’Byrne Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
15:40
September 20, 2021
Episode 62: Teaching Lexically- How to do Listening and Reading
In the third episode of my teaching lexically series, I throw a bunch of ideas at you, showing how you can tweak your listening and reading tasks to be more lexical and introduce more meaningful language, directly connected to your students needs and wants. I challenge you to try some of these out – the good thing is that they’re not hard to implement. Bit by bit, my gorgeous teachers, bit by bit..... Stuff covered: - Pre-reading and listening tasks - Incorporation pronunciation - Helping your students recognize language within a text/transcript - Focusing on whole phrases and sentences - Follow-up tasks Episode Shownotes: Reference Source for this episode: Teaching Lexically, Dellar & Walkley, Delta Publishing, 2016 Don’t forget to engage on Insta or Facebook after the episode. Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM me and follow Everything EFL Podcast on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Erin O’Byrne Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
14:23
September 6, 2021
Episode 61: Teaching Grammar Lexically
In the second episode of my teaching lexically series, I tackle grammar. How can we get away from the dreaded rules + exercises + sentence-level production and get students using real-world phrases? Fear not! I give you the briefest of backgrounds to’ grammaticalizing’ lexis, and then I dive into a few simple activities and ways you can incorporate this directly into your teaching. It takes time and more than a little courage to change your teaching style but I think this series will help you and I’d LOVE you to take one of my suggestions and try it out in your next lesson. Go on, you know you want to. Activities and suggestions: 1. Don’t make a big deal of it 2. Layer upon layer of lexis 3. Focus on patterns in discourse 4. Record and use emergent language 5. Single words not wanted! 6. Teach fixed expression with the same grammar 7. Keep real-world situations in mind 8. Use the stuff around you for inspo Oh and make sure your students write EVERYTHING down! Don’t forget to engage on Insta or Facebook after the episode. Episode Show Notes: References sources for this episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y_QA8J06hc– Colligation, Hugh Dellar, 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwKa7Xxa_0Q&t=1424s– Teaching Grammar Lexically, Hugh Dellar, 2013 Teaching Lexically, Dellar & Walkley, Delta Publishing, 2016 www.macmillandictionary.com Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM me and follow Everything EFL Podcast on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Erin O’Byrne Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
17:36
August 30, 2021
Episode 60: Teaching Lexically with Hugh Dellar
It’s a long one but it’s TOTALLY worth the listen. My guest is the mighty Hugh Dellar, co-author of Teaching Lexically. The lexical approach is something we should all be working towards to some degree. Here are Hugh’s thoughts on this approach (it’s better than traditional PPP), his opinion on teaching grammar in a traditional way (don’t do it), and some advice for teachers who would like to start incorporating this into their teaching practice (yes you can). If you enjoyed this episode, I’ll be giving more ideas on how to incorporate the lexical approach into your lessons in a practical way in the next episode. Hugh Dellar is a London-based teacher, teacher trainer and coursebook writer with almost thirty years’ experience in the field. He co-runs the online teaching and training company www.lexicallab.com and has co-authored two multi-level General English series, INNOVATIONS and OUTCOMES, both published by National Geographic Learning, as well as one level of the high-school series PERSPECTIVES, two levels of the new Pearson series ROADMAP, and two books about methodology and language - TEACHING LEXICALLY and GRAMMAR NONSENSE . . . AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT. Episode Shownotes: Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM me and follow Everything EFL Podcast on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Erin O’Byrne Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
47:44
August 23, 2021
Episode 59: So you Want to Teach in Chile? With Daniel and Jose Luis from ELT in Chile Podcast
Recorded in January of this year, I talked to Jose-Luis and Daniel of ELT in Chile Podcast. If you are interested in living and working in Chile, this episode will let you know which Chilean wine to buy, the subtle nuances of Chilean social exchanges and dispelling or confirming the common myths surrounding Chilean culture. Oh, we talk about teaching in Chile too: the working conditions, linguistic issues, and things you should know about Chilean students. And most importantly, food. Enjoy! Episode Shownotes: Find ELT in Chile Podcast here: https://www.eltinchile.com/ Cueca: one of the national Chilean dances https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LgAbnsXaNQ Daniel’s Blog on living and working in Chile: https://danielguim.com/2019/03/19/17-important-questions-to-ask-before-accepting-a-teaching-job-in-chile/ https://danielguim.com/2019/05/11/the-cost-of-living-in-santiago/ Chorillana: heart attack on a plate!: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chorrillana Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM me and follow Everything EFL Podcast on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Erin O’Byrne Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
36:29
August 9, 2021
Episode 58: How to Incorporate Sustainability and the Environment into Your Lessons Without Boring Your Students with Harry Waters
Do you and your students groan when you reach the ‘environment’ unit in your course book? Well, this cracker of an episode is for you. I spoke to the thoroughly lovely Harry Waters of Renewable English about his career, his passion for the environment and how teachers can approach this topic in a different way to the boring old course book approach of ‘Here’s Our Unit on the Environment’. Forgive us for not always staying on topic. Digressions include: our love of teacher training, mindfulness, our failed attempts at veganism, a shared affinity for charity shops and leopard-print, the lexical chunk and our mutual hatred of ironing.... Episode Shownotes: Connect with Harry at www.renewableenglish.com, @renewableenglish on Insta, @Renewable English on Facebook or @renewableenglish on Twitter www.eltfootprint.org https://www.sustainablefashionmatterz.com/ Connect with Vanessa Hartson Walker on @edoandsassy on Insta and her website http://www.kidscan.org.nz Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM me and follow Everything EFL Podcast on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Erin O’Byrne Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
40:08
August 2, 2021
Episode 57: Summer Madness: My Experience, Advice and a Few Go-To Activities
Summer’s here: cue the insanity. I can’t promise I’ll solve all your summer issues, but I what I can do is share a little advice and some activities to get you through, especially if you’re a first time teacher in a summer school. If you are more experienced, you might recognise some of the things that went awry during my first summer school way back in the early 2000s. I’d also love to know what your go-to summer activities are. You know the ones: you repeat them every couple of weeks as you are given a new class of tired and distracted students. Have a great summer! Episode Shownotes: https://www.fotojet.com/features/misc/photo-comic.html - comic strip / comic strip /photo story maker https://www.teach-this.com/images/resources/island-adventure-2.pdf- a desert island discussion game Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM me and follow Everything EFL Podcast on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Erin O’Byrne Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
16:19
July 26, 2021
Episode 56: Give Your Students More Autonomy with Wanda Atkins
Whatever your class demographic, I’m sure you can use your adaptive teacher skills and take something from this episode. My guest this week is the wonderful Wanda Atkins from Wanda’s #saywhat Podcast. She loves to get her students to teach something or to lead. She has some really nice ideas and advice to give students more autonomy and to flex their creative muscles, including what to do with a Mr Potato Head! Digressions include different ways students learn, our responsibilities as teachers, taking risks in lessons and generally setting the world to rights. Connect with Wanda @waworkshops on Insta Check out her podcast Wanda’s #saywhat Podcast at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1010788or any podcast platform. Episode Shownotes: Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM me and follow Everything EFL Podcast on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Erin O’Byrne Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
32:17
July 12, 2021
Episode 55: When Self-Doubt Creeps in......
Self doubt: it creeps in and tells you you’re not doing a good job. Fear not!  I give you now only my, but some lovely people from LinkedIn’s tips to dispel the doubt and celebrate your fabulousness. I finish with a cheesy floor stomper of a tune that always lifts me up when I’m in need of some self-love. What’s your favourite pick-me-up song? Enjoy! Thanks to the following lovelies on LinkedIn:  Elizabeth Mackie, Ellen Baker Dubois, Rasha Awad, Harry Waters, Silvina Mascitti, Ian Brownlee.  Episode Shownotes: Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM me and follow Everything EFL Podcast on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Erin O’Byrne Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
09:14
June 30, 2021
Episode 54: Get Your Students Lip-Synching!
This a short but real sweet one. Let's get away from presenting your students with a song of your choice.  Let's do it a different way and get them to let go and lip-synch as a grand finale!  This is what I did with my class:  steal, adapt and tweak according to your students' needs.    Episode Shownotes: Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM me and follow Everything EFL Podcast on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Erin O’Byrne Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
07:56
June 21, 2021
Episode 53: Authentic Board Games with Zdenek Lukas
Board gamer, much? This week I’m joined by English teacher and board games fanatic Zdenek Lukas of teacherzdenek.com We talk about why board games are such a positive addition to a class and then Zdenek recommends 5 games for you to try. Find Zdenek and all his social media links at www.teacherzdenek.com Show notes: https://en.boardgamearena.com/ https://codenames.game/ https://www.snakeoilgame.com/so-online https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/41114/resistance https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/219215/werewords https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/227026/debatable https://www.zombicide.com/en/ www.islcollective.com www.busyteacher.org Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM me and follow Everything EFL Podcast on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Erin O’Byrne Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
24:31
June 14, 2021
Episode 52: What Authentic Materials Can I Use for Lower Levels? With John Hughes
My guest this week is ELT Trainer, author, vlogger, presenter and all-round wonderful John Hughes. We chat about what kinds of authentic materials to use on lower levels. If you’re fed up with using just menus and maps, you will find a wealth of great resources and ideas here. Topics include photos, videos, social media and simplifying more complex text, with a small digression into how to deliver instructions. Enjoy! You can find John at his website: www.johnhugheselt.com Resources Referenced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J9Kj1TyZdQ www.pixarbay.com www.fotobabble.com www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/text-checker/ www.lyricstraining.com Episode Shownotes: Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM me and follow Everything EFL Podcast on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Erin O’Byrne Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
43:22
May 31, 2021
Episode 51: Bite-sized learning
Every wonder why your students forget everything the day after your amazing, impactful lesson?  As a teacher, I’m constantly trying new things and changing things up. This idea of doing more bite-sized learning is still in its trial phase but I think it suits the way that information is communicated and received. What do you think? Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM me and follow Everything EFL Podcast on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Erin O’Byrne Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
11:07
May 24, 2021
Episode 50: Let’s get our Jamboard on!
If you’ve never used Jamboard with your online learners, fear not! This episode is just a snapshot of what I’ve been doing with it. If you’re a seasoned veteran of Jamboard, let me know what I’ve missed. I know you have hundreds of great ideas. Comment on the following posts: @https://www.instagram.com/p/CO98a_2AYSE/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link @https://www.linkedin.com/posts/erin-o-byrne-90b58a55_jamboard-onlinelearning-activity-6799979896698355712-W5iJ @https://twitter.com/Everything_EFL Episode Shownotes Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Connect with me on LinkedIn at Erin O’Byrne Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
09:60
May 17, 2021
Episode 49: Advice for ALL New Teachers with Melinda Thomas
I love this episode! I chatted with the wonderful Melinda Thomas from newteachersconnect in a long-form version of last week’s quickie about advice for new teachers. She approaches this from a more global, state school perspective and I say a lot of stuff from last week as well as also chiming in on Melinda’s ideas. We don’t know what each other is going to say – how far do we meet in the middle simply, as teachers? It’s a long one but worth it. I got all the feels chatting to Melinda. She’s a gem. Follow her on Instagram @newteachersconnect_ig Shownotes: Episode 19 & 20: Teacher Types Episode 23: Owner and Manager Types 700 activities – Maria Popova, David Seymour, Macmillan Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
52:50
May 2, 2021
Episode 48: New to Teaching? Here are a Few Tips...
Need a few tips? These are my top tips on being a new teacher. If you’re not new to teaching, what did I miss? Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
13:18
April 25, 2021
Episode 47: Teaching or Human-Centred Learning?
Need some inspo this week? Are you teaching or really TEACHING? Do you see students in your class or do you see people? Do you tick off the contents of your syllabus or allow your students to learn? This my philosophical look at how teaching should be rather than what our schools expect us to do in terms of a syllabus and structure. Damn rules and regulations. Always cramping our style.... Honourable Mentions: Follow Christine Mullany @christine_mulla on Instagram Follow the Educator's Mindset Podcast @erin.myres on Instagram Episode Shownotes: Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
10:42
April 19, 2021
Episode 46: Outgoing Students VS Shy Students Online – What to Do?
It’s hard enough in a physical classroom to get shy students to talk, but when you’re online and there are outgoing students in the class, it’s even harder. As I continue my journey teaching online and learning as I go, here’s what I’ve been doing to overcome this problem: not just to make my life easier, but to build different communication skills for my lovely B2 students. What would you do differently? Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
16:04
April 5, 2021
Episode 45: Critical Thinking Activities with Radhika Iyer
Not too sure if you’re doing enough critical thinking in class? Even if you teach in a non-EFL environment, there are plenty ideas to steal in this week’s episode. I’m excited about this one! In January 2021,  I was joined once again by the fabulous Radhika Iyer (see episode 34). We start by having a good natter about the concept of critical thinking in the classroom and then Radhika gives you loads of fab activities to try out with your students, mainly B1 and up. I throw in a few ideas of my own and then focus on the lower levels. What ideas will you try? Radhika Iyer has nearly 30 years' teaching experience in ESL, ESL, EAP, teacher training and in Malaysian secondary schools.  She has worked in Malaysia, Dubai and she is now living in Ireland and working with the local county education authority serving ESOL students. Connect with Radhika on Twitter @radhikaiyer307 Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love. References: https://medium.com/age-of-awareness/lesson-planning-offering-critical-thinking-opportunities-to-low-level-language-learners-abfc22a220e6 https://infocus.eltngl.com/2018/03/07/integrate-critical-thinking-lower-levels/
47:49
March 28, 2021
Episode 44: Mental Health and Online Teaching: My First Week Back
What a rollercoaster it’s been. I asked for your advice and boy, did you give it! Did I follow it? You bet I did! I also had a bunch of unanticipated feelings and experiences. Join me as I talk about the journey of my first week teaching online after a year’s unemployment and how I tried to navigate this alongside a personal event that affected my mental health. Can you relate? Language warning: I use a couple of naughty words. Language references: CCQs – Concept checking questions and ICQs = instruction checking questions. If you’re not sure what these are, there’s an episode in the pipeline! Thank you to my following Insta followers, friends and legends: @erin.myres, @waworkshop, @Clairestacey.uk , @itsanenglishthing, @englishwithalyaa, @ cyndi_elt, @ anunconventionalteacher, @mo.allahdad, @sineadmcmorrow, @marygrennan, @mhanani99 Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues.  Share the love.
18:27
March 21, 2021
Episode 43: Using Drama in Your Lessons
Have you ever felt like spicing things up a bit but not sure how?   I'm talking about drama - the good kind.   The lovely Aoife Maguire gives you some simple, doable tips to try out in your class.  These activities can be adapted for online teaching too!   Aoife Maguire has been an English language teacher, Drama facilitator and writer for more than two and a half decades.  She is also currently training to be a psychotherapist.  You can find her here on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aoife-maguire-45943b1a/ Book: Playing the Game, Christine Poulter, Macmillan International An Article on the Benefits of Using Drama in the ESL Classroom http://iteslj.org/Articles/Boudreault-Drama.html#:~:text=Drama%20as%20a%20Powerful%20Teaching,of%20knowledge%20between%20the%20students. Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
33:54
March 7, 2021
Episode 42B: Future Forms Part 2
Still with me? Thirsty for more? Let's talk about the dreaded moment when you have to try and explain the real difference between present continuous and be going to. Also, a bonus idea for won’t or wouldn’t... I’ve also added in a little bonus idea for using won’t or wouldn’t – not really connected to the future but I just like throwing stuff out there. Again, a pen and paper may be handy.. Materials Referenced: 700 Activities, Seymour and Popova, MacMillan Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate Teacher's Book, Activity 4B Helen Barker, Longman https://www.teach-this.com/grammar-activities-worksheets/future-plans-arrangements www.islcollective.com Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com.
12:46
March 1, 2021
Episode 42A: Future Forms Part 1
Where to begin? Will? Going to? Actually, that's exactly right. In this 2-parter about future forms (easing you in gently), I'm covering the basics - clearing up any confusion between form and meaning and throwing some activities your way. You may need a pen and paper for this one. Materials referenced: Intermediate Grammar Games, Jill Hadfield, Longman Games for Grammar Practice, Maria Lucia Zaorob, CUP https://www.englishgrammar.org/difference-present-continuous/#:~:text=The%20present%20continuous%20tense%20is%20mainly%20used%20to%20talk%20about,to%20get%20a%20new%20job. 700 Activities, Seymour and Popova, MacMillan Cutting Edge Pre-Intermediate Teacher's Book, Activity 4B Helen Barker, Longman https://www.teach-this.com/grammar-activities-worksheets/future-plans-arrangements www.islcollective.com Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email me at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
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March 1, 2021
Episode 41: Bringing Mindfulness into the classroom with Laia del Barrio
This week I’m joined by the delightful Laia del Barrio.  She presents 5 gorgeous activities to use in your classroom to bring some reflection and well-being to your students in any kind of classroom.  Grab a cup of herbal tea, sit back and breath it in! This episode uses Laia’s slideshow on Zoom so it’s best to watch on one of the following: Youtube @https://youtu.be/wLanL3G6RXA IGTV @everything_efl_pod Get Laia’s slideshow: https://b43dcd8c-ba49-44ec-83e1-d3fc5882f636.filesusr.com/ugd/f2294c_0eae3889f50c4e49b20d8f52f399b420.pdf Laia del Barrio became an English teacher in order to give back to society and to contribute to this Earth.  Her classes are dynamic and full of reflection.  Laia has a reputation for making students think about life, about how to become better people, about the world that we live in and relates these activities to grammar and  vocabulary while working on reading, writing, listening and speaking.     Her objective is to make the classroom a place of safety and sharing, free of judgement and full of life and English learning.  Her studies in Life and Executive Coaching have given her tools to implement during her classes.  Laia’s background in the Hospitality industry has taught her to treat each student as a unique guest. Book: Title: 100 Top Tips: Ideas for English Teachers from the Irish ELT Sector by New Way Press Publishing http://www.new-way-press.com/publications/4594889354 Ho'oponopono Meditation: Ho'oponopono meditation comes from Hawaii and it says that we create our own life, and with this meditation, we take responsibility for whatever we have created or been through. Ho'oponopono Circles (Hawaii-Aloha) Meetup group https://www.meetup.com/Hooponopono-Circles-Hawaii-Aloha/ Ho'oponopono Ireland - Aloha Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Hooponopono-Ireland-Aloha--104989901439714 Connect with Laia @https://twitter.com/laiadelbarrio
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February 22, 2021
Episode 40: Unleash Your Creative Beast!
What can make you more creative and in turn, a happier person? I can’t promise I have all the answers but I hope something I say will resonate with you and give you some warm feels. You don’t have to be a teacher to listen to this one. Share the love, guys. Honourable Mentions: Follow Erin Myres @ erin.myres on Instagram and check out The Educator’s Mindset Podcast Follow Anjalee Beverly @mrs.cleverly.beverly on Instagram Follow Melinda Thomas @newteachersconnect_ig on Instagram or @new teachers connect on Facebook Check out Jonathan Brookins’ podcast @https://www.buzzsprout.com/970804 or wherever your preferred platform is. Follow him @jonathanxbrookins on Instagram Watch the Creative Brain on Netflix. Here’s a trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gSmcL1CJMQ
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February 8, 2021
Episode 39: Ask Me Anything!
I asked some of my Instagram followers to, quite literally, ask me anything. So they did. I did a bit of research and here we go. Feel free to add your own ideas on social media! Svetlana from edsvets_english:what strategies are there to teach non-verbal conventions to students? Sabby from High Street English: should young learners be asked to focus on grammar mistakes? Sarah from elamodelteacher: do you have a simplistic way of teaching students a method to capitalize the I pronoun? Erin from erin.myres from the Educator’s Mindset Podcast: random stuff about me. Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email us at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
18:58
February 1, 2021
Episode 38 - My Student Complained? Dealing with Negative Feedback with Erin.
It's good be back!  Happy new year.  Just easing you in with something short and sweet. Shane has left the building.  On with the show! Have you ever received a complaint?  Most teachers have.  Here are my thoughts on why this isn't the end of the world (even though it feels like it) and how we can use the opportunity to improve ourselves. Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email us at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
11:16
January 25, 2021
Episode 31 - The Local and Colloquial: What the Course Books Don't Teach Your Students with Erin and Shane.
Just a quickie this week: we discuss the stuff you'll never find in a course book.  Do you have any colloquialisms from your country that you never find in print?  Do you teach it?  Let us know! Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.  Email us at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Catch Erin's videos for quick teaching tips on Instagram @everything_efl_pod, on Youtube @EFL With Erin O'Byrne or on Facebook @Everything EFL. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues.  Share the love.
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December 18, 2020
Episode 37: Christmas Activities with Sinead McMorrow
Ho Ho Ho!  Welcome to our Christmas episode!  We hope you can use some of these fun activities, some of them sent in by our lovely followers.   These activities are suitable for different levels, nationalities and mainstream schools. Dive in and have some festive fun in your classroom!  Watch this episode on Youtube for subtitles: https://youtu.be/zHv9PhluzAA or IGTV: www.instagram.com/everything_efl_pod Sinead Morrow has been an EFL teacher for almost 15 years and a teacher trainer for about 10 years. She has recently made a foray into CLIL teaching and she likes it! Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email us at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.  Show notes:  Christmas website: http://www.englishisapieceofcake.com/christmas-lesson-plan.html  Infographic pdf: http://www.englishisapieceofcake.com/support-files/christmas-lesson-plan.pdf   How to make a Snowflake lesson: https://www.marthastewart.com/266694/decorating-with-paper-snowflakes  A John Lewis Christmas lesson: https://allatc.wordpress.com/2018/12/ Songs:  When Santa Got Stuck up the Chimney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IcSuv9tZow  Merry Christmas Everyone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-PyWfVkjZc  Dominick the Donkey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca5wXojemRM  The 12 Days of Christmas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyEyMjdD2uk  Pentatonix Version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UHmQANFtNs  Last Christmas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8gmARGvPlI  Baby, it's Cold Outside: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Rhvtzzmq-Y  https://ditchthattextbook.com/infographic/who-wants-to-be-a-millionaire-template/
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December 9, 2020
Episode 36: Challenging the Historical Narrative in your Classroom with Anjalee Beverly
mentor, Anjalee Beverly, who shares culturally responsible teaching strategies, inclusion tips and ways to teach multiple narratives for every classroom.  Watch the episode on Youtube: https://youtu.be/38-6vxNNMCw.  Watch on IGTV: instagram.com/everything_efl_pod.   Shownotes: Anjalee Beverly is a twelfth year elementary education teacher. She currently teaches fourth grade but has also taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 11th, and 12th grades in California. In addition to teaching. Anjalee is also the Project Based Learning Coordinator, Lead Teacher, Founder and teacher liaison of the African American Parent Advisory Council and happily hosts a weekly yoga club. Anjalees’ motto is trust before standards and she seeks to bring joy and rigor to every class session. She believes relationship building with students and their families is a crucial part of the learning process. Her ultimate goal as an educator is to teach her students to love themselves as they are and to find liberation through academic excellence. You can find her on instagram as Ms.Cleverly.Beverly.  Recommended reading: Pushout: the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, Monique W Morris, The New Press Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email us at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
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November 30, 2020
Episode 35: Pronunciation - Making Individual Sounds Fun with Sinead McMorrow
Need some ideas for individual sound pronunciation? Here goes! My friend Sinead McMorrow shares her online ideas for my in-class pronunciation activities for minimal pairs. This episode is on IGTV and  Youtube.com/watch?v=fWeTRefsyIE. It's much better seen than heard as we do some demos!  Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email us at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love. Shownotes: Pronunciation Journey Game PDF Online: http://hancockmcdonald.com/sites/hancockmcdonald.com/files/file-downloads/Pronunciation%20Journey%20Game.JPG  To see all other materials used on the screen, go to instagram.com/everything_efl_pod
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November 23, 2020
Episode 34: Being a Native Speaker but not what the Students Expect with Radhika Iyer
Do all EFL teachers look and sound the same?  I am joined by Radhika Iyer, who shares her experiences of native speakerism when encountering students who decide this is an issue and how managers do, or don't deal with this in a supportive way.  You can connect with Radhika on Twitter at @Radhikaiyer307.  Also mentioned: @hughdellar Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email us at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love.
28:55
November 15, 2020
Episode 33: Engaging your Students and Building Relationships Online with Erin Myres
Once again Erin Myres joins me to give some really lovely, practical tips. If you are struggling to connect with students online, this episode is for you. Erin also gives tips about reducing stress and reminds us that we're only human! Enjoy.  Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email us at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love. Links mentioned:  www.jamboard.google.com  www.newsela.com.  www.commonlit.org.  www.flipgrid.com
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November 9, 2020
Episode 32: Halloween In Class and Online with Erin Myres
Need some Halloween activities?  Are you teaching in class?  Are you online?  We've got you covered.  The lovely Erin Myres from An Educator's Mindset podcast joins me to adapt my in-class Halloween activities to the online platform.    Theme music by @sean.cass (Instagram). Like, share, DM us and follow Everything EFL on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter for episode postings and teaching tip videos. Subscribe to Youtube @Everything EFL for teaching tip videos and full podcast episodes with Closed Captions. Email us at showandtelleverythingefl@gmail.com. Subscribe to the podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple.... and don’t forget to tell your colleagues. Share the love. Shownotes Links mentioned:  https://jamboard.google.com/ https://nearpod.com/  https://quickdraw.withgoogle.com/  http://www.tuneintoenglish.com/thriller.pdf - Thriller gap-fill and instructions  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHQZErtwA3E - Bet you didn't know about Halloween https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x7ewDWR6NQ - In a dark, dark wood poem
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October 25, 2020