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The TEFLology Podcast

TEFLology is a bi-weekly podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) and related matters, presented by three self-certified TEFLologists. We take a lighthearted look at the fields of English language teaching (ELT) and applied linguistics, with topics ranging from TESOL methodologies and approaches to current affairs and history.

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TEFL Interviews 43: Victoria Clark on Language Assessment

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 with Dr. Victoria Clark.  Victoria has worked as the East Asia Assessment Development Manager for East Asia, for the British Council based in Hong Kong.  Her field of expertise is the assessment of English as a second/foreign language, with her research interests including performance-based testing, teaching and assessing writing, validity of speaking tests, and task complexity. She has published several books on General English Proficiency test preparation and is an experienced conference speaker.  Matthew spoke with Victoria at the 53rd RELC International Conference, that took place in Singapore earlier this Spring. In the the interview, Matthew asked questions to Victoria about her work in language assessment development, and about this area of interest.  More from Victoria can be found here. Buy our e-book – Podcasting and Professional Development: A Guide for English Language Teachers here. To find other great titles, visit The Round. Email / Website / iTunes / YouTube / Facebook Also available on Acast / Stitcher Radio / SoundCloud / TuneIn / iheart Radio and more!

26mins

3 Jul 2018

Rank #1

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TEFL Interviews 44: Simon Borg on Teacher Cognition & Research

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 with Dr. Simon Borg. Simon is a visiting professor at the University of Leeds, and principally works as an ELT consultant. The main focus of his consultancy and academic work today is professional development for English language teachers.  Simon specialises in teacher education and professional development, teacher research, and research methods. Matthew spoke with Simon in a cafe in Tokyo earlier this Spring. Simon was in Japan to give a presentation titled 'Taking Stock: An Analysis of the Contemporary Status of Language Teacher Cognition Research,' a topic of which this interview is largely based on.  More information about Simon can be found here. Simon can be contacted at - s.borg@education.leeds.ac.uk Buy our e-book - Podcasting and Professional Development: A Guide for English Language Teachers here. To find other great titles, visit The Round. Email / iTunes / YouTube / Facebook Also available on Acast / Stitcher Radio / SoundCloud / TuneIn / iheart Radio and more!

37mins

12 Aug 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 93: Taking Work Home, Online Learning, and Teaching Habits

In episode 93, the TEFLologists take a relaxed approach, with some free form discussion of issues that have been on our minds. Matthew raises the question of bringing work home, Rob discusses his experiences of online language learning, and Matt helms a discussion about our teaching habits. Enjoy! Email: teflology@gmail.com Website: https://teflology-podcast.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TEFLology Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEFLologypodcast YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZUvEqf5A7m7OADQoMOV8AA

53mins

7 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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TEFL Interviews 33: Masaki Oda on ELF Education

Welcome back to The TEFLology Podcast - a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language and related matters. Today we are very happy to bring you an interview with Professor Masaki Oda. The interview was conducted at Tamagawa University in Machida, near Tokyo, Japan, where Professor Oda performs two roles. First, he is a Professor of Applied Linguistics in the College of Humanities, where he teaches undergraduate courses in linguistics and post-graduate courses in language teaching. Second, he is the founder and Director of the Center for English as a Lingua Franca, also known as “CELF”, which provides English language education, through an ELF-based approach, for all departments in the university. Professor Oda’s main interests are English as a Lingua Franca, English language education policies in Japan, and other sociopolitical issues in the world of language teaching and teacher training. He has written a number of publications on these topics, as well as presenting about them at conferences around the world. He is also director of academic exchanges of JACET (the Japanese association of college English teachers) and vice president for membership of Asia TEFL. Matthew spoke with him during a lunch break at the 2017 CELF-ELTama Forum for English Language Teaching Enjoy the interview. 

37mins

13 Sep 2017

Rank #4

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TEFL Interviews 52: Donna Brinton on CLIL

Welcome back to the TEFLology Podcast - a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language, and related matters.  For today's episode we bring you an interview with Donna M. Brinton. We asked Donna questions about teacher training, interpreting and explaining research, and content-based approaches including CBI and CLIL. For more information about Donna, please click this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donna_M._Brinton This interview was recorded in July 2017, before Donna gave a talk at Kanda University of International Studies, titled 'CBI and CLIL - Same but Different?  Email us: teflology@gmail.com Tweet us: https://twitter.com/TEFLology Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEFLologypodcast/ Watch us on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZUvEqf5A7m7OADQoMOV8AA/featured Visit our website: https://teflology-podcast.com

34mins

17 Apr 2019

Rank #5

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TEFL Interviews 55: Charlie Browne on Vocabulary

Welcome back to The TEFLology Podcast – a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language, and related matters. We are delighted to bring you an interview with Dr. Charlie Browne. Charlie works at Meiji Gakuen University in Tokyo. He is a specialist in Vocabulary and Reading research, especially as they apply to online learning, and has written research articles, books, and textbooks about these topics. As well as creating two new corpus-based word lists for second language learners - the New General Service List (NGSL) and the New Academic Word List (NAWL), he has also helped to create a wide variety of free research-based language learning and analysis software and websites.  In today’s interview, Matt asks questions to Charlie about the topics mentioned above.  Enjoy the conversation! More information about Charlie can be found here: https://www.meijigakuin.ac.jp/english/staff/browne/ His website, containing his online software, can be accessed here:http://www.charlie-browne.com Email: teflology@gmail.com Website: https://teflology-podcast.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TEFLology Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEFLologypodcast YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZUvEqf5A7m7OADQoMOV8AA

51mins

10 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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TEFL Interviews 45: Ema Ushioda on Motivation

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 with Dr. Ema Ushioda. Ema is the director of the Centre of Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick. Her research interests include language, culture and identity, and particularly motivational perspectives on engaging with different languages and cultures, as well as issues of motivation and autonomy in language learning and their implications for classroom practice and teacher education. She has authored books including Teaching and Researching Motivation, with Zoltan Dornyei, and edited books including International Perspectives on Motivation. Rob got the chance to speak to Ema at the 3rd Psychology of Language Learning conference, held at Waseda University in Tokyo, earlier this summer. Rob asked questions to Ema about motivation research. We hope you enjoy the interview. More information about Dr. Ema Ushioda can be found here. Buy our e-book - Podcasting and Professional Development: A Guide for English Language Teachers here. To find other great titles, visit The Round. Email / iTunes / YouTube / Facebook Also available on Acast / Stitcher Radio / SoundCloud / TuneIn / iheart Radio and more!

34mins

26 Sep 2018

Rank #7

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Episode 95: App Development with the Extempore Team

Welcome back to The TEFLology Podcast – a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language, and related matters. Today we bring you a guest hosted episode by the creators of the Extempore, the speaking practice app. We asked them some questions about what inspired the creation of Extempore, the factors that go into designing a language learning or teaching app, and some of the ways that Extempore has been and can be used by teachers and learners. See more information about Extempore here: https://extemporeapp.com Please enjoy the interview!  Email: teflology@gmail.com Website: https://teflology-podcast.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TEFLology Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEFLologypodcast YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZUvEqf5A7m7OADQoMOV8AA

42mins

5 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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TEFL Interviews 51: Forum Discussion (JALT 2018)

Welcome back to The TEFLology Podcast - a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language and related matters! Today we bring you a discussion between two of our forum interviewees - Dat Bao and Judith O'Loughlin, with Mehrasa Alizadeh adding her thoughts at the end. This recording features our participants reflecting on resonances, connections, and commonalities based on listening to each other's interviews.  Enjoy!  Email us at - teflology@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter - https://twitter.com/TEFLology Like us on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TEFLologypodcast Find more episodes on our website - https://teflology-podcast.com Rate, review, and subscribe on iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/jp/podcast/the-teflology-podcast Buy our book - Podcasting and Professional Development: A Guide for English Language Teachers on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B076JDTPXQ?pf_rd_p=1581d9f4-062f-453c-b69e-0f3e00ba2652&pf_rd_r=G8BCRGJ9Z3ZJADEYNXPW

23mins

23 Jan 2019

Rank #9

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TEFL Interviews 47: Jean-Marc Dewaele on Multilingualism

Welcome back to the TEFLology Podcast! A podcast all about teaching English as foreign language and related matters.  Today we are pleased to bring you an interview with Prof. Jean-Marc Dewaele.  Jean-Marc is a professor in Applied Linguistics and Multilingualism at Birkbeck, University of London.  His various research interests include multilingualism, multiculturalism, as well as individual differences in foreign language acquisition and production.  His publications include the co-authored Raising multilingual children, written in 2017, 2013’s Emotions in multiple languages, and New Trends in Crosslinguistic Influence and Multilingualism Research, written with Gessica De Angelis.  Matthew got the chance to speak to Jean-Marc at the 3rd Psychology of Language Learning conference, held at Waseda University in Tokyo, in June of 2018. Matthew asked questions to Jean-Marc about topics related to multilingualism, such as raising multilingual children. We hope you enjoy the interview.  More information about Jean-Marc Dewaele can be found here. 'Podcasting and Professional Development: A Guide for English Language Teachers' can be bought here. For other great titles, visit The Round. Email: Ask us questions, give us feedback, tell us what you think of the show. Website: Listen to previous episodes, find out more information about us and the podcast. YouTube: Stream all of our episodes. Facebook: Like and share our page with your colleagues or friends. Twitter: Follow us and retweet us. iTunes: Subscribe, rate, and review the podcast. Also available on Acast / Stitcher Radio / SoundCloud / TuneIn / iheart Radio and more! 

25mins

18 Dec 2018

Rank #10

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TEFL Interviews 56: Diane Larsen-Freeman on Complexity

Welcome back to The TEFLology Podcast – a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language, and related matters. We are delighted to bring you an interview with Diane Larsen-Freeman. Diane is currently a Professor Emerita in Education and in Linguistics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Diane concentrates her research on the process of second language acquisition. She has found that complexity theory provides new insights into language, its acquisition, and its use. A book of papers in her honor, Complexity Theory and Language Development, was published in 2017. In today’s interview, Matt asks questions to Diane about Complex Dynamic Systems, as well as related topics.  Enjoy the interview!  More information about Diane can be found here: http://www.soe.umich.edu/people/profile/diane_larsen-freeman/ A video recording of her plenary session at JALT2018 can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX6UZNQXL_w Email: teflology@gmail.com Website: https://teflology-podcast.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TEFLology Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEFLologypodcast YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZUvEqf5A7m7OADQoMOV8AA

29mins

21 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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TEFL Interviews 54: Michael Swan on Pedagogy

Welcome back to The TEFLology Podcast – a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language, and related matters. For today’s episode, we are delighted to bring you an interview with Michael Swan. Michael is known for his numerous books, which include Practical English Usage, Basic English Usage, and The Good Grammar Book. Michael’s wide interests include pedagogic grammar, mother-tongue influence in second language acquisition, and the relationship between applied linguistic theory and classroom language-teaching practice. In today’s interview, Rob asks questions to Michael about his career, developments in English language teaching, and about some of Michael’s beliefs on classroom practice.   This interview was recorded at Oxford Day 2018, an event organised by Oxford University Press in Japan. We’d like to thank all at OUP Japan for arranging this interview with Michael on our behalf, and for letting us record our podcast during their event. Enjoy the conversation! More information about Michael Swan can be found here: https://mikeswan.net Email: teflology@gmail.com Website: https://teflology-podcast.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TEFLology Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEFLologypodcast YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZUvEqf5A7m7OADQoMOV8AA

26mins

12 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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Episode 66: Research Relevance for Teachers, Textbooks, and Lambert Sauveur

Welcome back to The TEFLology Podcast - a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language and related matters.  In this episode, Rob reviews a debate about the relevance or irrelevance of academic research for English language reachers. Matt leads a discussion about the use of textbooks in the classroom. Finally, Matthew charts the life and work of Lambert Sauveur.  Please enjoy this episode! Email - Ask us questions, give us feedback, tell us what you think of the show. Website - Listen to previous episodes, find out more information about us and the podcast.  iTunes - Subscribe to the podcast, or rate and review us.  Facebook - Like our page, share it with your colleagues or friends. Twitter - Follow us and retweet us. 

54mins

27 Sep 2017

Rank #13

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Episode 88: ASMR, Alfred North Whitehead, and University of Farmington

Welcome back to The TEFLology Podcast – a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language, and related matters. In episode 88, Matt leads a discussion on ASMR and language learning, Matthew explores the life and work of ALFRED NORTH WHITEHEAD, and Rob talks about the UNIVERSITY OF FARMINGTON scandal. The article Matt refers to about ASMR can be found at this link: https://www.babbel.com/en/magazine/can-asmr-help-learn-language/ The news story that Rob talks about can be found at this link: https://www.elgazette.com/hundreds-held-in-fake-uni-sting/ More information about Alfred North Whitehead can be found at this link: https://www.iep.utm.edu/whitehed/ Email: teflology@gmail.com Website: https://teflology-podcast.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TEFLology Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEFLologypodcast YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZUvEqf5A7m7OADQoMOV8AA

48mins

30 May 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 94: Frame Analysis, Brian Abbs and Ingrid Freebairn, and Escape Rooms

Welcome back to The TEFLology Podcast – a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language, and related matters. In episode 94, Rob attempts to describe his method of frame analysis in the study of ideology in ELT, Matt discusses the life and work of Brian Abbs and Ingrid Freebairn, and Matthew discusses the use of escape rooms in language learning. Enjoy!  Information about Brian Abbs and Ingrid Freebairn can be found here: https://academic.oup.com/eltj/article/66/3/383/439632 Information about Langauge South can be found here: https://languagesouth.com/spanish-immersion-escape-room/ Email: teflology@gmail.com Website: https://teflology-podcast.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TEFLology Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEFLologypodcast YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZUvEqf5A7m7OADQoMOV8AA

43mins

20 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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Episode 82: Thomas Farrell

Welcome to The TEFLology Podcast - a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language, and related matters. In this episode, Matt and Matthew (no Rob) sit down and chat with Thomas S. C. Farrell. Matt and Matthew talked with Tom about a session that attended of his the previous week.  More information about Tom can be found here. Our previous episode with him can be listened to here. - - - Buy our e-book - Podcasting and Professional Development: A Guide for English Language Teachers here. For other great titles, visit The Round. Email - Ask us questions, give us feedback, tell us what you think of the show. Website - Listen to previous episodes, find out more information about us and the podcast. YouTube - Stream all of our episodes. Facebook - Like and share our page with your colleagues or friends. Twitter - Follow us and retweet us. iTunes - Subscribe, rate, and review the podcast. Also available on Acast / Stitcher Radio / SoundCloud / TuneIn / iheart Radio and more!

30mins

10 Oct 2018

Rank #16

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TEFL Interviews 59: Kensaku Yoshida (PanSIG 2019)

Welcome back to The TEFLology Podcast - a podcast about language teaching, and related matters.  We are pleased to be bringing you the third and final plenary interview session that we were invited to conduct at the 2019 JALT PanSIG conference.  This interview features Professor Kensaku Yoshida, who is Director in the Center for Language Education and Research at Sophia University, Tokyo.  Matthew asked Dr. Yoshida about his extensive experience and views in the area of Japan's foreign language education policy. Please enjoy the interview!  More information about Kensaku Yoshida can be found here - http://pweb.cc.sophia.ac.jp/1974ky/ Information about the JALT PanSIG conference can viewed here - http://pansig.org Email: teflology@gmail.com Website: https://teflology-podcast.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TEFLology Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEFLologypodcast YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZUvEqf5A7m7OADQoMOV8AA

51mins

17 Sep 2019

Rank #17

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TEFL Interviews 57: Siew Ming Thang (PanSIG 2019)

Welcome to The TEFLology Podcast - a podcast about language teaching, and related matters.  We are pleased to be sharing with the first of our three plenary interviews that we were invited to conduct at the 2019 JALT PanSIG conference. The conference took place in May, nearby the city of Kobe in Japan.  The first interview features Dr. Siew Ming Thang. Professor Thang works in the Faculty of Education and Languages at HELP University in Kuala Lumpur.  Rob asked Siew Ming questions about CALL (Computer-assisted Language Learning), a key research interest of hers.  We hope you enjoy the interview!  More information about Siew Ming Thang can be found here - https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Siew_Ming_Thang Information about the JALT PanSIG conference can viewed here - http://pansig.org Email: teflology@gmail.com Website: https://teflology-podcast.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TEFLology Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEFLologypodcast YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZUvEqf5A7m7OADQoMOV8AA

49mins

4 Sep 2019

Rank #18

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Episode 91: John Manjirō, TPRS, and Jacob Rees-Mogg

Welcome back to The TEFLology Podcast – a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language, and related matters. In episode 91, Rob charts the life and work of John Manjirō, Matt talks about Jacob Rees-Mogg's language style guide, and Matthew introduces TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading & Storytelling). Enjoy!  Information John Manjirō can be found here:http://www.whitfield-manjiro.org/the-manjiro-story.html Information about Jacob Rees-Mogg's language style guide can be found here: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-49137619 Information about TPRS can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TPR_Storytelling Email: teflology@gmail.com Website: https://teflology-podcast.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TEFLology Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TEFLologypodcast YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZUvEqf5A7m7OADQoMOV8AA

54mins

7 Aug 2019

Rank #19