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The ESOL Podcast

The ESOL Podcast

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The ESOL Podcast is made by ESOL students and teachers in the UK. It is a space to share ESOL stories, and for ESOL students to discuss issues of the day.
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TEP s2. ep. 13 - Comparing housing
In this episode ESOL students from Newcastle College - Wafa Abu Saleh, Nazha Sayed Ahmed, Rofayda Sinada and Khalida Parveen – compare housing in the UK to housing in their countries Jordan, Afghanistan, Sudan and Bahrain.
06:09
May 09, 2022
TEP S2. E12. - Special Meals from around the World
In this episode of The ESOL Podcast, ESOL students from Edinburgh College discuss special food from their home countries. We hear from Karima, Anca, Özgür, Aisha, Wilmary, Rasma, Maymona and Lakhi. They talk about traditional and important meals from around the world and share recipes so you can make them yourself.
08:41
April 25, 2022
TEP S2. Ep11. Zahra and Romaa talk about baking
ESOL students from Newcastle College have been making podcasts about this that are important to them. In this episode Zahra and Romaa discus their love of baking. You can hear more Newcastle College ESOL Podcasts here. If you would like to make an episode of The ESOL Podcast email info@esolpodcast.co.uk
05:03
March 21, 2022
TEP S2. E10. - Influential Women from around the World
For this episode of The ESOL Podcast, ESOL students from Westgate College in Newcastle have been talking about influential women from around the world. They have been discussing these women’s achievements to celebrate two important days - International day for Women and Girls in Science on 11th Feb and International Women's Day on 8th March. Parisa speaks about Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian Mathematician (0.37). Ivanka speaks about Stefka Kostadinova, a Bulgarian Athlete (2.02). Nadia speaks about Benazir Bhutto, a Pakistani Politician (2.51). Viorica speaks about Nadia Elena Comăneci Conner, a Romanian Gymnast (4.04). Farzana speaks about Begum Rokeya, a Bengali Feminist and Political Activist (5.08). Raj speaks about Kalpana Chawala, an Indian Astronaut (6.27).
07:48
March 07, 2022
TEP S2.E9 - Profile of an ESOL Organisation - United Mothers
This episode is our first profile of an ESOL organisation. Phoebe and Gulay join us from Thanet in Kent to tell us about United Mothers. United Mothers is a project for women who speak English as an other language. They use natural voice activities to develop speaking confidence and to develop community. Phoebe and Gulay tell us how they got involved and why they love being part of United Mothers. If you would like to know more about the organisation please follow this link.
12:10
February 21, 2022
TEP S2.E8 - The Impact of Volunteering
In this episode ESOL students from Newcastle College - Rebar, Bahar and Susan - discuss the positive impact of volunteering. Many ESOL students find volunteering a good way to connect with their community and to improve their language skills. If their discussion inspires you to start volunteering you can find your nearest Volunteer Centre at https://www.ncvo.org.uk/ncvo-volunteering/i-want-to-volunteer there is also Volunteering Wales and Volunteer Scotland.
06:28
February 07, 2022
TEP 2.7 Update from the Love ESOL Campaign
This episode hears from ESOL students at English for Action who have been involved in the #LoveESOL Campaign to improve ESOL provision in London. The students share their ESOL stories and talk about their experiences campaigning for ESOL so far. You can get involved in the #LoveESOL Campaign. You can visit the website https://loveesol.co.uk/ or send an email to LoveEsol@efalondon.org Last year the GLA held an Adult Education Roadmap Consultation, which included ESOL. The findings will be published soon. We will post a link at www.esolpodcast.co.uk when it is published.
14:24
January 24, 2022
TEP S2.E6. - Happy New Year!
Happy New Year from The ESOL Podcast. ESOL Students from Newcastle City Learning, Westgate College tell us about New Year around the world. Adla talks about Kurdish New Year. Farzana and Taslima talk about New Year in Bangladesh. Ivanka talks about celebrations in Bulgaria. Sana tells us how New Year is celebrated in Libya. Viorica describes new year in Romania. Can you hear the differences and similarities? How do you celebrate New Year?
08:48
January 10, 2022
TEP S2. Ep5. Climate Change
For the last ESOL Podcast episode of 2021, Maria and Azadeh talk about the important issue of climate change. They made this episode as part of the Newcastle College ESOL Podcast project and you can find many more podcasts by ESOL students at Newcastle College on spotify and other podcast platforms - https://open.spotify.com/show/1l9w1KKS6nt2TE7ewGRLb3?si=9113734e4f404ee2 If you would like to make an episode for The ESOL Podcast please send us an email info@esolpodcast.co.uk or contact us through Facebook or Twitter. @TheESOLPodcast
05:30
December 14, 2021
Series 2. Ep 4. Credit Ratings in the UK
For episode 4 of series 2 of The ESOL Podcast we have another podcast made by ESOL students at Newcastle College. In this episode Rebar and Shahwali discuss credit ratings in the UK - what are they and how can you improve yours? ESOL students at Newcastle College have been recording podcasts on subjects that matter to them. There teacher, Ruth Ashford, has set up the Newcastle College ESOL podcast so you can listen to their recordings. You can search for it on your favourite podcast platform or follow this spotify link - https://open.spotify.com/show/1l9w1KKS6nt2TE7ewGRLb3?si=7717d3b8eccb4f81
04:43
November 29, 2021
Series 2. Ep 3. A Conversation about Immigration
For episode 3 of series 2 The ESOL Podcast features a conversation between Saeed and Samira. They are ESOL students from Newcastle College who have been making podcasts in their class about topic that are important to them. Saeed and Samira share their experience of immigration. If you would like to make an podcast you can get in touch at info@esolpodcast.co.uk or find us on social media.
06:56
November 15, 2021
Series 2. Ep2. Profile of an ESOL Student: Hanane El Hadioui
For the 2nd episode of series 2 of The ESOL Podcast, we are joined by Hanane El Hadioui. Hanane is an ESOL student in Manchester. She tells us about her experience learning ESOL and about working with a project in Manchester that combines ESOL and food - Heart and Parcel. If you would like to know more about Heart and Parcel, their website is heartandparcel.org. If you would like to participate in an episode of The ESOL Podcast, please complete this form The ESOL Podcast Form.
10:08
November 01, 2021
Series 2. Ep 1. The return to Face-to-face classes
The ESOL Podcast returns for Series 2. Amy is joined by Malahat and Zaki, who are ESOL students at Oldham College, and Kiranjit who studies with Hackney Adult Learning. They talk about the start of the academic year, their experiences of learning during the pandemic and skills they learnt when studying online. Malahat, Zaki and Kiranjit joined a zoom discussion to make this podcast episode. it you would like to make an episode please complete this form - https://forms.gle/4v3mEuUusX9ewdUY8 
10:20
October 10, 2021
The ESOL Podcast 29 - festivals and celebrations
For our final episode of series 1 ESOL students from Hackney talk about their favourite festivals and celebrations from all over the world. See you in September for series 2 of The ESOL Podcast.
17:44
July 05, 2021
The ESOL Podcast 28 - Holidays
With travel restrictions meaning most people won't be going abroad this year, ESOL students in Hackney decided to share memories of their favourite holidays in episode 28 of The ESOL Podcast.
10:58
June 21, 2021
The ESOL Podcast 27 - Profile of an ESOL Student: Marcio Pereira
In this episode of The ESOL Podcast, Hackney ESOL student  Marcio Pereira talks to us about his life and work as a Jazz Musician.
04:09
June 07, 2021
The ESOL Podcast 26 - Lockdown Poetry
As lockdown restrictions continue to lift, ESOL students in Hackney have been reflecting on their experience during the Coronavirus Crisis. Students in Silvia's class decided to write poetry to express their thoughts and feelings. We hope you enjoy them.
05:21
May 17, 2021
The ESOL Podcast 25 - The Local Elections in London
The local elections are on Thursday 6th May. In this episode of The ESOL Podcast, EfA students Nadifa and Yousoufou discuss the elections with their teacher Dermot.
15:38
May 04, 2021
The ESOL Podcast 24 - What is The ESOL Podcast?
In the 24th episode of The ESOL Podcast, Elssye and Amy talk about the podcast itself. Elssye asks Amy some questions about when and why The ESOL Podcast started and talks about her experience of making episodes and listening to the podcast. 
09:46
April 19, 2021
The ESOL Podcast 23 - Reflections on Lockdown
As we begin to come out of Lockdown, Muzna and Roulan reflect on their experience over the last year. Muzna and Roulan are ESOL students in Leeds. You can hear more of their class mates discuss their experience of Lockdown on the Radio ESOL podcast, available on Spotify.
10:39
April 07, 2021
The ESOL Podcast - Census Special
Many ESOL classes across the UK have been talking about the Census 2021. ESOL students Ekaterina and Thy Nguyen, talk to Amy about completing their Census forms online. Census 2021 day is the 21st March. You can find information about help filling in your form at www.census.gov.uk
04:37
March 18, 2021
The ESOL Podcast 22 - ESOL and Community Organising - Part 5 - Experiences Of CO Outside The UK
In this episode our team of ESOL student community organisers discuss their experience of community organising outside the UK.
19:32
March 09, 2021
The ESOL Podcast 21 - ESOL and Community Organising Part 4 - Action and Evaluation
In part 4 of our series on Community Organising, English for Action ESOL students talk about taking action to resolves the problems we face, and how to evaluate the action we have taken.
15:24
February 22, 2021
The ESOL Podcast 20 - Wellbeing and Exercise
In this episode of The ESOL Podcast, ESOL students Sophie, Veronic and Nadifa talk to Dermot about wellbeing and exercise, and how important it is during lockdown.
18:20
February 01, 2021
The ESOL Podcast 19 - Profile of an ESOL Student - Besey Tasar
This episode is a profile of ESOL student, Besey Tasar. Besey is an ESOL student in Leeds. She tells us about her life, hobbies and how she her life has been affected by Lockdown. 
06:44
January 18, 2021
The ESOL Podcast 18 - The COVID 19 Vaccine
Just before the winter break, English for Action held a meeting for ESOL students to ask doctors about the COVID 19 Vaccine. In this episode of The ESOL Podcast Menal, Nabila, Fatima and Zeinab talk to their teacher Amira about what they learnt about the vaccine.
05:27
January 05, 2021
The ESOL Podcast 17 - Film Reviews For The Winter Break
In the last episode of The ESOL Podcast before the winter break from classes, ESOL students in Hackney share reviews of their favourite films. The films reviewed include: The Big Lebowski, A Street Cat Named Bob, Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham, Veer-Zaara, 3 Idiots, Troy, Train to Busan, Titanic, Hüdayi Yolu (Hüdayi’s Way), The Blind Side, Star Trek (TV series), Coco, A Christmas Carol, Gone with the Wind, The Matrix, Titanic, Ghost, The Green Mile, Finding Nemo, No Escape, The Green Mile, When Calls the Heart, Baby’s Day Out and The Notebook
08:01
December 14, 2020
The ESOL Podcast 16 - Candy Chavez on the Rights of Trans Women
In this episode of The ESOL Podcast, EFA student Candy Chavez talks to her ESOL teacher Dermot Bryers about her activism and the struggle for trans women's rights in Latin America and across the world.
07:14
November 30, 2020
The ESOL Podcast 15 - Happiness
In this episode of The ESOL Podcast, ESOL students from Hackney Adult Education talk about what makes them happy. We all need to cheering up during Coronavirus and the winter!
10:54
November 16, 2020
The ESOL Podcast 14 - Online Learning
The ESOL Podcast 14 is about online learning. Since the outbreak of Coronavirus many ESOL classes moved online for the first time. ESOL student Saleha talks to her teacher Nermin about the advantages and challenges.
07:58
November 02, 2020
The ESOL Podcast 13 - The History and Politics of Benin and Liberia
In this episode of The ESOL Podcast is an interview with EFA student Yousoufou Akin-ola Adio Chitou. Yousoufou shares his knowledge and opinions about the history and politics of Benin, where he is originally from, and Liberia, West Africa.
15:16
October 19, 2020
The ESOL Podcast 12 - #LoveESOL post-event
In the twelfth episode of The ESOL Podcast, ESOL teacher Amy Jowett speaks to students who organised and attended September's #LoveESOL event. The event celebrated the European Day of Languages and also engaged Deputy Mayor Jules Pipe and his City Hall colleagues in a discussion with ESOL students and teachers about ESOL policy in London. This podcast follows on from The ESOL Podcast 11, which publicised the event.
10:55
October 06, 2020
The ESOL Podcast 11 - #LoveESOL Pre-event
The ESOL Podcast's first episode after the summer break is about the annual #LoveESOL event at City Hall in London, where the Greater London Assembly sits. The annual event is held on the European Day of Languages and celebrates all the languages spoken in London. ESOL student Rabia tells us about her experiences as an ESOL student and about why the #LoveESOL event is important. The #LoveESOL event in 2020 was on Friday 25th September on Zoom. ESOL students and teachers met representatives from City Hall to talk about ESOL in London. The ESOL Podcast 12 is about what happened at the event.
14:28
September 21, 2020
The ESOL Podcast 10 - Black Lives Matter
In the tenth episode of The ESOL Podcast, ESOL students from Hackney Adult Education talk about the Black Lives Matter movement and racism in the UK.
20:59
July 20, 2020
The ESOL Podcast 9 - ESOL and Community Organising - Part 3 "Power"
The ESOL Podcast presents the third in a series about community organising and ESOL. EFA teacher-organiser, Adela Belecova, talks to her students about one of the key concepts in community organising: power. This episode follows on from The ESOL Podcasts 7 and 8. We hope to continue the series in 2021.
13:32
July 13, 2020
The ESOL Podacast 8: ESOL and Community Organising - Part 2 "Research"
The ESOL Podcast presents the second in the series on community organising. EFA teacher-organiser, Adela Belecova, talks to her students about researching problems using Community Organising methods. This episodes follows on from The ESOL Podcast 7, where the students discussed exploring common problems.
12:34
July 06, 2020
The ESOL Podcast 7 - ESOL and Community Organising - Part 1 "Exploring Problems"
The ESOL Podcast is please to present the first episode in a series on ESOL and Community Organising. English For Action teacher-organiser Adela Belecova talks to her students about community organising. In Part 1 they focus on identifying and exploring common problems. Part 2 on research and Part 3 on power continue the series.
14:50
June 29, 2020
The ESOL Podcast 6 - Profile of an ESOL Student -Zhanna Sotirova
The sixth episode of The ESOL Podcast is another profile of an ESOL Student. Zhanna talks to her teacher Nermin Altun. They talk about Zhanna's life, family and hobbies - before and during Coronavirus. They also discuss online classes.
09:09
June 22, 2020
The ESOL Podcast 5 - Work during Coronavirus
In episode 5 of The ESOL Podcast, ESOL students Veronica and Ricardo talk to their teacher Dermot about how their work has been affected by Coronavirus.
09:58
June 15, 2020
The ESOL Podcast 4 - Interview with a Doctor
In this episode ESOL student's from Amira Elwakil's class interview a doctor about coronavirus.
18:13
June 08, 2020
The ESOL Podcast 3 - Profile of an ESOL Student - Elssye Santos
The third episode of The ESOL Podcast is a profile of an ESOL student. Elssye talks about her life and her ESOL journey. She also talks about Coronavirus, home schooling and how she feels about the schools reopening in the UK.
06:42
June 01, 2020
The ESOL Podcast 2 - Life during Lockdown
In this episode of The ESOL Podcast Umall, Selar and Isabel talk about their lives during lockdown in London.
08:15
May 26, 2020
The ESOL Podcast 1 - The New Lockdown
The first episode of The ESOL Podcast was released in May 2019. ESOL students Nadifa, Veronica and Anna discussed the New Lockdown measures that had just been introduced in the UK in response to Coronavirus.
10:32
May 18, 2020