The TEFLology Podcast
Episode 51: Halloween Special - English Vampires, Alien Invasions, and Fear

Welcome to this spooky halloween edition of the TEFLology Podcast.

In this episode, Rob discusses English vampires, Matt reviews an e-coursebook: English for the Alien Invasion, and Matthew addresses the topic of fear in the language classroom. 

We also announce a prize giveaway, listen to the episode to find out more. We'd like to thank Lindsay Clandfield for his help with this.

Here is a link to the Extreme Language Teaching website mentioned in today's episode. 

More information about 'English for the Alien Invasion' can be found there.

We also mentioned a book about podcasting and professional development that we've been working on together, more on that can be found here

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Category:TESOL -- posted at: 6:57pm JST

TEFL Interviews 23: Hayo Reinders on the Future of Language Learning

Welcome back to the TEFLology Podcast - a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language and related matters! 

Today we're delighted to bring you an interview with Prof. Hayo Reinders. This interview was recorded back in August at a one day Anaheim University conference held in Tokyo. 

Hayo himself supervises on doctoral programs at Anaheim University, as well as being Professor in Education at Unitec in New Zealand. He is also a prolific writer and speaker. 

Hayo talked to Matthew about some directions that language learning will take in the future, as well as the changing roles and focuses of teacher training. 

Please enjoy the interview! 

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Category:TESOL -- posted at: 4:31pm JST

Episode 50: Parallelism in Professional Practice, Dictionary Additions, and Francis Lodwick

Welcome back to the TEFLology Podcast - A podcast all about teaching English as foreign language and related matters. 

We've reached episode 50!! We didn't particularly mark the occasion in any way, but continued in much the same style as we have done with previous episodes. 

In this episode, Matt loosely unpacks a concept he is calling Parallelism, regarding the professional practice and development of ELT teachers in Japan. Rob reviews some of the latest additions to the English dictionary, while Matthew concludes the episode by talking about the work of TEFL pioneer Francis Lodwick. 

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Category:TESOL -- posted at: 1:52pm JST

Episode 49: PPP, Technology Review, and Braj Kachru

Welcome back to the TEFLology Podcast - a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language and related matters. 

In today's episode, Rob discusses PPP, charting the popularity and relevance of the teaching approach. Matthew reviews the latest technology available for language learning, exploring some new apps and web-based services. Finally, Matt describes the life and work of pioneer Braj Kachru, who sadly passed away earlier this summer. 

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Category:TESOL -- posted at: 10:01am JST

TEFL Interviews 22: Denise Murray on Computers in ELT

Welcome back to the TEFLology Podcast - a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language and related matters. 

Today we bring you an interview Dr. Denise Murray. Denise works as a TESOL professor at Anaheim University. She is also the former president of the TESOL organisation from 1996-1997. Her primary areas of research include computer-assisted language learning (CALL), cross-cultural literacy, society and technology, and leadership in education. She has published her work in 17 books and more than 100 articles in professional journals, as book chapters, or conference proceedings.

Rob sat down and spoke with Denise during an Anaheim University conference held in Tokyo, Japan earlier this summer. Rob asked Denise questions about the impact of computers in English language learning and teaching. 

More information about Denise can be found here

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Category:TESOL -- posted at: 7:26am JST

Episode 48: Pokemon Go, Tsuda Umeko, and Storytelling

Welcome back to The TEFLology Podcast - a podcast about teaching English as a foreign language and related matters. 

In episode 48 the TEFLologists talk about the global craze of Pokemon Go and how it could apply to language learning and teaching, the life and work of educator Tsuda Umeko who revolutionised English education for females in Japan, as well as a discussion about how being a good storyteller could make you more attractive.

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Category:TESOL -- posted at: 10:53am JST

Episode 47: Alan Waters, Oral Proficiency Exams, and Theresa May

Welcome back to The TEFLology Podcast - a podcast about teaching English as a foreign language and related matters. 

In episode 47 the TEFLologists talk about the life and work of pioneer Alan Waters, who sadly passed away earlier in July. The pros and cons of being and examiner and examinee of English oral proficiency exams are also discussed, as well as musings on how the actions of newly appointed British prime minister Teresa May may affect international students coming to the UK to study. 

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Category:TESOL -- posted at: 2:49pm JST

TEFL Interviews 21: Shawn Loewen on Instructed Second Language Acquisition

Welcome back to the TEFLology Podcast! 

Today we bring you an interview Dr. Shawn Loewen. Shawn works on the Second Language Studies program at Michigan State University. His primary area of research is Instructed Second Language Acquisition (ISLA), particularly in relation to classroom interaction, as well as L2 instructional practices, including visual input enhancement, corrective feedback, and task-based interaction. 

Matt sat down and spoke with Shawn during a weekend-long seminar that he was giving at Temple University, Japan earlier this spring. Matt asked Shawn questions about ISLA, as well as related matters. 

Shawn's book which is discussed in this episode is available here. More information about Shawn can be found here. 

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Category:TESOL -- posted at: 10:58am JST

In this hurriedly-recorded episode of the TEFLology podcast, the three TEFLologists speculate about what effect the result of the UK leaving the EU is likely to have on the ELT industry. Matthew also spoke to Jo Gakonga from http://www.elt-training.com about feedback training, and her new website: www.teacherfeedback.org

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Category:TESOL -- posted at: 8:25am JST

In this episode we bring you an episode recorded at the 5th annual EFL Teacher Journeys Conference in Hiroshima, Japan. Matt and Rob were there to present, and managed to grab some mini-interviews with conference attendees and presenters, as well as speaking about their own presentations. In order, this episode contains interviews with:

Mike Ellis (JALT Teacher Education and Development SIG)

David Paul (Language Teaching Professionals)

Richard Pinner (Sophia University)

Monika Szirmai (Hiroshima International University)

Tats Paul Nagasaka (Rikkyo University)

Matthew Turner (Rikkyo University)

Robert Lowe (Tokyo Kasei University)

We would like to thank Mike Ellis for allowing us the time and space to record the episode.

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Category:TESOL -- posted at: 12:26pm JST