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The Cult of Learning 7: Visualizing Yourself in English

The Cult of Learning 7: Visualizing Yourself in English

October 18, 2020

/CULT/K^LT/A fashionable belief, idea, or attitude that influences people’s lives/The cult of learning encourages people to find and pursue what they are passionate about/

*”The Cult of Learning” are episodes for learners of languages. These episodes will discuss tools and strategies for learning and provide opportunities for effective listening practice. These episodes are also part of the Learn YOUR English Learner Membership Community.

Mike and Leo discuss "visualization" and how it can help you become a better language learner. Visualization or "mental imagery" is  is commonly used by many top performers, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Michael Phelps, and athletes when preparing themselves for a competition, a race, or a match.

How does this apply to learning a language? Mike and Leo talk about:

  • how important the mind is in language performance
  • famous athletes who use this technique 
  • how we visualize all the time even if we don't do it on purpose
  • why it's important to have realistic goals in your language learning
  • strategies you can use to visualize your "future L2 self"

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Episode 29: Dr. Masatoshi Sato

Episode 29: Dr. Masatoshi Sato

September 29, 2020

Leo and Mike chat with Dr. Masatoshi Sato about academic research, second language teaching, and why a lack of implementation still exists between research and classroom pedagogy.

Dr. Sato (PhD: McGill University) is a Professor in the Department of English at Universidad Andrés Bello, Chilé. He currently teaches pre-service and in-service English teachers in Chile. His research agenda is to conduct theoretical and practical research in order to provide practitioners with evidence-based pedagogy. In particular, he has conducted research focusing on peer interaction, corrective feedback, learner psychology, teacher psychology, and research-pedagogy dialogue.

He recently published a paper titled "Do Teachers Care about Research? The Research-Pedagogy Dialogue" which is the focus of this episode.

*Note: the paper is free to read.

Dr. Sato tells us:

  • how he became a researcher (2:00)
  • misconceptions on the purpose of second language research (12:00)
  • what the "research-pedagogy" dialogue is and why it's important (18:00)
  • why he believes teachers usually don't interact with research (30:00)
  • what researchers need to do for their work to be more useful to teachers (34:00)
  • why motivation cannot be the cause of learning (47:00)
  • his study analyzing motivation and the "ideal self system" and its link to second language learning (52:00)

For more on Dr. Sato:

Follow him: @masatoshi_sato

Read his research

For more information on this episode, see our blog post about it. 

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The Cult of Learning 6: Why Learn a New Language?

The Cult of Learning 6: Why Learn a New Language?

September 14, 2020

/CULT/K^LT/A fashionable belief, idea, or attitude that influences people’s lives/The cult of learning encourages people to find and pursue what they are passionate about/

*”The Cult of Learning” are episodes for learners of languages. These episodes will discuss tools and strategies for learning and provide opportunities for effective listening practice. These episodes are also part of the Learn YOUR English Learner Membership Community.

In this episode, Andrew joins Leo in studio and they discuss reasons for learning a new language, both good and bad. In the last segment, the guys talk about motivation vs discipline, and how to make language learning a habit and not a chore.

Why do you learn new languages? What habits have you developed along the way?

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Ted Talk - 4 Reasons to Learn a Language 

James Clear - Atomic Habits 

The Michelle Obama Podcast 

LYE Quick Fix

LYE YouTube Channel 

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Episode 28: Ana-Marija Petrunic

Episode 28: Ana-Marija Petrunic

August 31, 2020

Andrew sits down with Ana-Marija Petrunic to discuss her work in post-conflict Kosovo in the late 1990's, how language & identity factor into teaching, and if there is such a thing as neutrality in education. Ana-Marija spent years in post-war Kosovo as part of a project working towards reconstructing an education system in the ethnically diverse region. 

Ana-Marija is the Chair of the School of ESL at Toronto’s George Brown College. Previous to that, she spent more than a decade with the University of Calgary, serving roles as instructor, professional development advisor, and in education management. She is continuing her academic path with doctoral studies in the School of Management at the University of Bath. 

In this episode, Ana-Marija delves into:

  • how her feeling of being "suspended in identity" led her to a career in ELT
  • her work in Kosovo - what it was, why she went, and how it happened
  • the challenges of re-constructing education in a post-war region
  • how identity impacts language learning and teaching
  • why she believes neutrality does not exist in education
  • why teachers need to embrace tension and discomfort in their classrooms, and have tough, meaningful, and impactful discussions with their students that will impart social change 

For more information on Ana-Marija:

Follow her: @ampetrun

Read her thesis from the University of Calgary

For more information on this episode, see our blog post on our website. 

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The Cult of Learning 5: Setting Clear Language Goals, Part III

The Cult of Learning 5: Setting Clear Language Goals, Part III

August 3, 2020

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*”The Cult of Learning” are episodes for learners of languages. These episodes will discuss tools and strategies for learning and provide opportunities for effective listening practice. These episodes are also part of the Learn YOUR English Learner Membership Community.

In episode 5, Leo and Mike complete our mini series on setting clear language goals. The series looks at the 7 "Cs" of goal setting. This episode looks at the last two Cs:

The Sixth C: Character

  • A good CHARACTER to guide us and keep us on a proper course.

The Seventh C: Capacity

  • A capacity to enjoy the PROCESS along the way

  • Playing the long game

For each, they pose these questions:

  • What are they?
  • How do they help us learn?
  • Why are they important? 

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Episode 27: Chiara Bruzzano & Marc Jones

Episode 27: Chiara Bruzzano & Marc Jones

August 2, 2020

In Teacher Talking Time’s first round-table episode, we focus on the topic of teaching and developing listening skills. Leo and Andrew are joined by Marc Jones and Chiara Bruzzano, both researchers on the topic of listening.

Marc and Chiara help us parse what current research and findings on listening says, and discuss what strategies and approaches we as teachers can utilize in our classes to best help our students.

This episode is divided into 3 sections:

1. The Differences between teaching, practicing, and testing listening (3:20)

2. Analyzing the standard approach to teaching listening (34:00)

3. Looking at what can be improved and suggestions of how to go about it. (1:02:00)

Three questions were used to help us define this round table discussion: 

1. Is there a problem that our industry faces that you would like to address?

2. How is this topic relevant to teachers?

3. What outcomes do we expect to achieve at the end of this round table?

*This episode works in conjunction with the LYE Course "Teaching Listening Made Easy."

Follow Chiara:

Twitter: @chiara_bruzzano

View her website: ETprofessional

Read her work

Chiara is also the founder of LanguagEd, a group of teachers, researchers and graphic designers producing professional development courses for teachers.

Follow Marc:

Twitter: @marcjonestyo   

View his websites: Marcjones.tokyo and getgreatenglish.com 

Read his most recent article

*For anyone interested in learning more about teaching listening, listen to the end of the episode for a discount code for the LYE course “Teaching Listening Made Easy.”

For more information on this episode, see our blog post on our website. 

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The Cult of Learning 4: Setting Clear Language Goals, Part II

The Cult of Learning 4: Setting Clear Language Goals, Part II

July 1, 2020

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*”The Cult of Learning” are episodes for learners of languages. These episodes will discuss tools and strategies for learning and provide opportunities for effective listening practice. These episodes are also part of the Learn YOUR English Learner Membership Community.

In episode 4, Mike and Leo continue our podcast series on Setting Clear Goals in Language Learning. In this series, we discuss the 7 Cs of Goal Setting. In Part I, we talked about the first two: conception and confidence. 

In this episode, we talk about the next 3 Cs: Concentration, Consistency, and Commitment:

  • What are they?
  • How do they help us learn?
  • Why are they important? 

Mike and Leo also talk about very exciting announcements for Learn YOUR English:

A. Free E-book for Students called "The 3 Myths of Learning" - download for free now!

B. The LYE School of Learning - learn for only $5 for your whole life! 

C. LYE Quick Fixes: Improve one part of your language quickly and effectively. 

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Episode 26: Jason Anderson

Episode 26: Jason Anderson

June 29, 2020

In episode 26, Andrew invites Jason Anderson into the studio. Jason is a teacher educator, educational consultant, award-winning author and researcher, working in both language teaching and mainstream education. He has published research on aspects of language teaching, multilingualism, teacher reflection, lesson planning and teacher education. His main interests include teaching methodology, translanguaging and the contextual challenges of primary and secondary teachers working in low- and middle-income contexts, where he has spent much of his career as a teacher educator. 

He is a proponent for the use of multiple frameworks in language classrooms - "all of these approaches do and can work." In 2016, he published "A Potted History of PPP" in which he outlines the history of the framework and argues that research is not simply against it, as many believe. Jason also has designed a new framework called "The TATE Model." 

In this episode, Jason discusses:

  • His recent project in India (4:00)
  • The history of the PPP Framework (11:00)
  • Why the Zone of Proximal Development is misunderstood in second language acquisition (19:00)
  • Lexis, Grammar, the lexical approach and a synthetic syllabus (22:00)
  • If TBLT is appropriate in developing world contexts (28:00)
  • What it means for an approach "to work" (36:00)
  • Creating appropriate outcome measures (39:30)
  • Research and practice together in a reflective model of teacher education (50:00)
  • The TATE model (57:30)

*For links to the resources mentioned in this interview, see our blog post about this episode on our website. 

Follow Jason:

Twitter: @jasonelt

Website: jasonanderson.org.uk

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The Cult of Learning 3: Setting Clear Language Goals, Part 1

The Cult of Learning 3: Setting Clear Language Goals, Part 1

June 1, 2020

/CULT/K^LT/A fashionable belief, idea, or attitude that influences people’s lives/The cult of learning encourages people to find and pursue what they are passionate about/

*”The Cult of Learning” are episodes for learners of languages. These episodes will discuss tools and strategies for learning and provide opportunities for effective listening practice. These episodes are also part of the Learn YOUR English Learner Membership Community.

In episode 3, Mike and Leo introduce our podcast series on Setting Clear Goals in Language Learning. In this series, we will discuss the 7 Cs of Goal Setting. 

In this episode, we talk about the first 2 Cs:

1. Conception:

The first condition to success is establishing a clear conception of what we want to achieve or accomplish. 

  • What does that mean?
  • What steps do we need to take to do that?

2. Confidence 

The second step is developing confidence. 

  • What kind of confidence?
  • How do we overcome challenges?
  • What's the difference between confidence and courage?

We cover this and more in Part 1 of our series on setting clear language goals. Send us a message and let us know how you plan for success.

For LYE Members: All of our members will be discussing this episode in our classes this month and performing learning activities to achieve their language goals. 

Become a member now. 

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Episode 25: Jane Willis

Episode 25: Jane Willis

May 30, 2020

In episode 25, Mike and Leo chat with the great Jane Willis. Jane started her career teaching French in Ghana and has since worked extensively overseas (Cyprus, Iran, and Singapore) as an English teacher and trainer. She began writing in Iran with Teaching English Through English, for local teachers who found it difficult speaking English in their classes.

She has run teacher development courses and taken part in ELT consultancies in many countries, including China, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, the Middle East, South America, and Europe. She especially enjoys working with teachers of Foreign Languages who want to adopt a task-based approach

Jane recently completed and published "Winning the Grammar Wars – what grammar really is and how we use it" - a book her late husband Dave Willis started - which describes English in a holistic way and provides a broad overview for teachers, parents, and educators.

In this episode, Jane delves into all things teaching, including:

  • Her early beginnings in teaching (4:00)
  • One of her first books "Teaching English through English" (10:00)
  • The COBUILD syllabus
  • The restrictions course books put on training the next generation of teachers (26:00)
  • Why Task-based Language Teaching (38:30)
  • Why TBLT isn't PPP upside down (53:30)
  • TBLT with beginners (56:30)
  • If TBLT is appropriate for all teachers (1:01:30)
  • The latest Willis book "Winning the Grammar Wars" (1:07:30)
  • What an input-rich course would look like (1:33:00)
  • Raising Bilingual Children (1:39:00)

Contact Jane Willis:

Via her website 

Her list of works from her personal website

Read "Winning the Grammar Wars," which Jane finished after Dave's passing. 

See many more resources referenced in this episode on our website. 

 

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