Teacher Talking Time: The Learn YOUR English Podcast
Chris Jacobs on Flow Theory

Chris Jacobs on Flow Theory

September 12, 2022

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Chris Jacobs joins Mike and Andrew to talk about flow theory. Chris is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska, teaching French, Italian, Spanish, and Linguistics. He is currently working on projects exploring learning optimization through flow - flow is a state of deep focus on an enjoyable activity that is at once challenging and accessible. Research on flow and language acquisition is increasing, and Chris is at the forefront of that. 

In this episode, Chris dives into:

  • what flow is and its balance between fun and relevance
  • how the theory of psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has been adapted to language learning
  • characteristics of flow experiences
  • how tasks and TBLT are innate elements of flow
  • activities that are more conducive to creating flow
  • why flow and tasks are possible with all proficiency levels

More on Chris Jacobs:

His University of Nebraska Page

His most recent publication on flow

Read more about this episode on the LYE blog.

As always, thank you for listening. Your support has been overwhelming and we couldn't do what we do without you. We hope this podcast serves as an effective CPD tool for you.

If you have a comment or question about today's show, we'd love to hear from you: info@learnyourenglish.com 

Ways we at LYE can help you right now:

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5. Book a complimentary consultation with us to look at your goals 

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The Advantages of Disadvantages

The Advantages of Disadvantages

July 14, 2022

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Leo, Mike, and Andrew talk about burnout in education, Learn YOUR English beginnings, their journey, and how teachers can overcome obstacles. Drawing parallels from stories presented in Malcolm Gladwell's David and Goliath - the beginning of French impressionism, why going to Harvard isn't necessarily an advantage, Ikea's controversial founding and more - they tackle how successful teaching businesses emerge from seeing advantages in disadvantages. 

Specifically, they discuss:

  • creating non-obvious solutions to obvious problems
  • how to follow the path of most resistance
  • why French impressionists decided to be big fish in a small pond
  • Ikea as an example of the five-factor psychological model of successful enterprises
  • delaying gratification as one of the most important tools for a teacherpreneur 
  • how to exercise the idea muscle
  • why becoming the person you want to be means challenging the person you currently are 

Read more about this episode on the LYE blog.

As always, thank you for listening. Your support has been overwhelming and we couldn't do what we do without you. We hope this podcast serves as an effective CPD tool for you.

If you have a comment or question about today's show, we'd love to hear from you: info@learnyourenglish.com 

Ways we at LYE can help you right now:

1. See our free guides for teachers 

2. TBLT Made Easy - tasks to your inbox!

3. Grow your business with us

4. Receive a free teaching and business tip every week in your inbox

5. Book a complimentary consultation with us to look at your goals 

6. Follow us on IG: @learnyourenglish 

CEFR and the Dutch School System

CEFR and the Dutch School System

June 22, 2022

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This is a very special episode of Teacher Talking Time, in partnership with the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. This episode was created as part of the final assessment of MA course "The CEFR in Context: Learning, Teaching, Assessment and Research" by Prof. Dr. Marije Michel and Dr. Audrey Rousse-Malpat. We at Learn YOUR English are thrilled to be a part of it coming to life. 

Episode Description:

The CEFR is a useful tool for assessment and can be used to better align assessment across Europe. But is this what is actually happening? In this podcast episode, assessment and the CEFR in the Dutch school system will be discussed from the perspectives of experts in the field of research, secondary school teachers of English, and students studying to become teachers of English. 

Interviewers:

Lize Hofman. Gerbrich Dijkstra, and Mark van der Wijk are currently doing the Educational Master track for English at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Guests on this episode:

Prof. Dr. Rick de Graaff works at the University Utrecht and teaches Foreign Language Didactics and Bilingual Education. His field of expertise is effective foreign language education, second language didactics, early foreign language education, and the professional development of language teachers. He has previously researched how the CEFR can effectively be implemented in second language education.

Drs. Alessandra Corda is the head of modern language undergraduate teacher training departments at the Hogeschool Amsterdam (University of Applied Sciences) and has worked in the language education field for the past 25 years. She has also researched how to effectively implement the CEFR in second language education and is very knowledgeable about the assessment of language learning in education.

Niels Amperse teaches English at a secondary school in the Netherlands. He is still in the early stages of his teaching career and followed CEFR classes during his training to become a teacher. He is interested in the development of secondary school students and has a refreshing view of second language learning in the Dutch educational system.

Read more about this episode on the LYE blog.

Podcast Creation:

This episode was created with support from Thinkific & Podbean. If you're looking to launch a course or start a podcast, we highly recommend them - and use them ourselves. 

As always, thank you for listening. Your support has been overwhelming and we couldn't do what we do without you. We hope this podcast serves as an effective CPD tool for you.

If you have a comment or question about today's show, we'd love to hear from you: info@learnyourenglish.com 

Ways we at LYE can help you right now:

1. Free Business Foundations Training

2. Free Dogme ELT Training

3. Get a free teaching and business tip every week

4. Book a complimentary consultation with us to look at your goals 

5. Follow us on IG: @learnyourenglish 

Anthony Gaughan

Anthony Gaughan

May 14, 2022

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Anthony Gaughan is a teacher and teacher-trainer with over 25 years of experience working in the corporate, state secondary, higher education, and private adult education sectors. He is a Cambridge English approved Assessor and Main Course Tutor for the CELTA initial teacher training qualification, as well as a Tutor for the DELTA Module 2 and the Trinity Diploma. Together with his then-colleague, Izzy Orde, Anthony first applied Dogme ELT principles to running CELTA courses in 2009, and has been advocating for simplifying initial teacher education ever since.

See his blog "Teacher Training Unplugged."

In this episode, Anthony dives into:

  • how a Japanese balloon pushed him towards Dogme
  • teaching versus teaching-like behaviours
  • transforming CELTA training into unprescribed, dogmatic experiences
  • why he was called irresponsible and dangerous at IATEFL
  • training as a suspension of disbelief
  • debunking myths about beginner students, beginner teachers, and new beginnings

Read more about this episode on the LYE blog.

More on Anthony Gaughan:

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His Blog

Hamburg School of English

Podcast Creation:

This episode was created with support from Thinkific & Podbean. If you're looking to launch a course or start a podcast, we highly recommend them - and use them ourselves. 

As always, thank you for listening. Your support has been overwhelming and we couldn't do what we do without you. We hope this podcast serves as an effective CPD tool for you.

If you have a comment or question about today's show, we'd love to hear from you: info@learnyourenglish.com 

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Florencia Henshaw

Florencia Henshaw

April 13, 2022

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Florencia Henshaw has a Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she is now the Director of Advanced Spanish. She is an award-winning educator who has published and presented nationally and internationally on technology integration and research-based pedagogical practices. Dr. Henshaw is also the host of “Unpacking Language Pedagogy” (available as a podcast and YouTube channel), where she summarizes and discusses research articles, activities, terms, and various topics related to language teaching. Her co-authored book, "Common Ground: Second Language Acquisition Theory goes to the Classroom," aims to help educators visualize how to put principles into action.

In this episode, Florencia discusses:

  • if people are born teachers
  • classrooms as artificial environments
  • why empathy is required for teachers to relinquish control in the learning process
  • how we should prioritize learner perceptions and attitudes 
  • the backwardness of how most assessments are set up
  • strategies to scaffold and increase the presence of target language
  • how her new book helps teachers incorporate new SLA research into the classroom

Read more about this episode on the LYE blog.

More from Dr. Henshaw:

Her YouTube channel "Unpacking Language Pedagogy"

Her website "Technology for Language Teaching and Learning"

Her book "Common Ground: Second Language Acquisition Theory Goes to the Classroom"

Follow her on Twitter: @Prof_F_Henshaw

Follow her on LinkedIn

Podcast Creation:

This episode was created with support from Thinkific & Podbean. If you're looking to launch a course or start a podcast, we highly recommend them - and use them ourselves. 

As always, thank you for listening. Your support has been overwhelming and we couldn't do what we do without you. We hope this podcast serves as an effective CPD tool for you.

If you have a comment or question about today's show, we'd love to hear from you: info@learnyourenglish.com 

For more info on what we do at LYE, check out:

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Take our free 120-hour training on how to overcome common obstacles in your business

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Practically Speaking: The CEFR & Plurilingualism

Practically Speaking: The CEFR & Plurilingualism

March 31, 2022

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This is a very special episode of Teacher Talking Time, in partnership with the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. This episode was created as part of an MA course "The CEFR in Context: Learning, Teaching, Assessment and Research" by Prof. Dr. Marije Michel and Dr. Audrey Rousse-Malpat. We at Learn YOUR English are thrilled to be a part of it coming to life. 

Episode Description:

This episode of Moments Mediating Matters explores the influence of plurilingualism on the Dutch educational system, examines how the concept of mediation is presented in the Companion Volume, and further discusses how mediation can accompany not only teachers but also learners in their learning process. To do so, three guests with different levels of expertise were invited to converse on the influence of the CEFR, and more specifically, the concept of mediation in an increasingly plurilingual society.

Episode created with thanks to Tessa Jutstra.

Interviewers:

Amarins Jager, Michelle Leegsma, and Laura Polman are currently doing the Educational Master track for English at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Guests on this episode:

Prof. Piet van Avermaet is the head of the Centre for Diversity and Learning at the Linguistics department of Ghent University. His field of expertise is multilingualism and more specifically, how multilingualism can be applied in the classroom and how it can be a cause of social inequality in terms of inclusion and language assessment. 

Dr. Brian North is one of the co-authors of the CEFR and the Companion Volume. He is an expert in the field of foreign language learning, applied linguistics and intercultural communication, and coordinated the 1991 Symposium that recommended the CEFR. North has been involved with the work of the Council of Europe for a long time and developed the levels and descriptors of the CEFR. 

Prof. Enrica Piccardo is also co-author of the Companion Volume of the CEFR. She is a professor at the University of Toronto in the Languages and Literacies Education Program and Head of the Centre for Education Research in Languages and Literacies. Her work focuses on the acquisition and teaching of foreign languages, the structuring of curricula, and the role of multi/plurilingualism in education and she has been cooperating with the Council of Europe on the project of developing the Companion Volume

Read more about this episode on the LYE blog.

Podcast Creation:

This episode was created with support from Thinkific & Podbean. If you're looking to launch a course or start a podcast, we highly recommend them - and use them ourselves. 

As always, thank you for listening. Your support has been overwhelming and we couldn't do what we do without you. We hope this podcast serves as an effective CPD tool for you.

If you have a comment or question about today's show, we'd love to hear from you: info@learnyourenglish.com 

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TAP into the Future

TAP into the Future

January 31, 2022

Want to teach less and earn more? Find out how. 

How much lesson planning is required? Should I use a coursebook? Are teaching 1-1 or groups are the only options? How do I set up my business to be scalable? Mike, Leo, and Andrew kick off 2022 by examining the most common questions teachers going freelance ask. 

They also examine teacher profiles who have joined LYE's new Teacher Accelerator Program and what they have in common. If you're a teacher looking to escape precarity, reduce lesson planning, and achieve better work-life balance, this episode is for you. 

Welcome to 2022!

Read more about this episode on the LYE blog.

Podcast Creation:

This episode was created with support from Thinkific & Podbean. If you're looking to launch a course or start a podcast, we highly recommend them - and use them ourselves. 

As always, thank you for listening. Your support has been overwhelming and we couldn't do what we do without you. We hope this podcast serves as an effective CPD tool for you.

If you have a comment or question about today's show, we'd love to hear from you: info@learnyourenglish.com 

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The Cult of Learning 18: Fear

The Cult of Learning 18: Fear

January 2, 2022

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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 our Self-directed Learning Portal, which helps thousands of people around the world improve the English skills important to them.

Leo and Mike dive into fear. What is it? Why do we have it? What are the consequences of fear? Its benefits? And, of course, how do these apply to learning a language?

As we start a new year, fear - embracing it, conquering it, coping with it - is once again on the to do list. Mike and Leo discuss three strategies for dealing with the fear holding back our potential.

For this episode, we ask you: how do you handle fear in your life?

If you are a learning a language, these Cult of Learning episodes are for you!

Thank you for listening! If you have a comment or question about today's show, we'd love to hear from you: info@learnyourenglish.com 

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Episode 37: Twenty Twenty Won

Episode 37: Twenty Twenty Won

December 18, 2021

Want to teach less and earn more? Find out how. 

Mike, Andrew, and Leo sip some nog and reminisce on the year that was. From COVID to a corrective feedback series to interviews with amazing scholars, it was quite the year for the Teacher Talking Time Podcast. Here, the guys touch on the year's most listened to episodes, words of the year, how language has changed during the pandemic, which is ebb and which is flow, and predict what 2022 might have in store - including some work-life balance goals. Thanks for listening this year and stay tuned for many exciting things we have in store for 2022.

Happy holidays from us at Learn YOUR English!

Read more about this episode on the LYE blog.

Podcast Creation:

This episode was created with support from Thinkific & Podbean. If you're looking to launch a course or start a podcast, we highly recommend them - and use them ourselves. 

As always, thank you for listening. Your support has been overwhelming and we couldn't do what we do without you. We hope this podcast serves as an effective CPD tool for you.

If you have a comment or question about today's show, we'd love to hear from you: info@learnyourenglish.com 

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Episode 36: Ask Us Anything

Episode 36: Ask Us Anything

November 18, 2021

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Mike, Leo, and Andrew get back in the studio for a special, bizarro episode. In this "Ask Us Anything" show, the guys prepared secret questions for the others. The only rule? They can't be about teaching or education. 

Of course, they're not great at following rules. 

Touching on Nickelback, self doubt, being vulnerable, accepting or rejecting dinner invitations, Stephen King, pending life goals, long distance relationships - and much more - they invite you on a different type of journey.

For a non-education episode, this is very educational. 

If you want to give your answer to the questions asked here, make a post in our teacher discussion forum

To ask us your "ask me anything" question, shoot us a DM on Instagram: @learnyourenglish  

Read more about this episode on the LYE blog.

Podcast Creation:

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As always, thank you for listening. Your support has been overwhelming and we couldn't do what we do without you. We hope this podcast serves as an effective CPD tool for you.

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