Published 18th October 2017
What Is A Podcast?
Podcasts are becoming more and more popular these days but there are probably still a few people who don’t know what a podcast is. A podcast is basically a radio programme which you can download from the internet and listen to on your phone, laptop or MP3 player whenever you want. There are podcasts on every topic possible and TEFL is no exception. You can listen to podcasts on classroom management, pronunciation, error correction or anything else TEFL-related.
EFL podcasts are a great way to work on your Continuous Professional Development without doing anything besides listening. Plus, they can be a nice distraction on your commute to work, making dinner or while you’re doing the ironing!
Which Podcasts Should I Listen To?
IH is a global chain of language schools which cater mostly for adults but which also sometimes have children’s classes. Many IH branches offer the CELTA and this podcast relates to the course, but that doesn’t mean you won’t learn anything from it if you’ve already got your TEFL certificate!
The TEFL show
The TEFL Show offers a podcast about teaching English and learning languages. Their episodes are really interesting and varied, including topics like native speakerism, mistakes to avoid when learning a foreign language, the issue of accents and things you should know when teaching pronunciation – quite a mixed bag.
The Teflology website offers podcast episodes which are updated regularly. They cover a range of topics in each episode, often including an interview with a well-known name in the TEFL field, reviews and discussions on topical EFL issues. Even though the site may not be much to look at, it has been running since 2014, so if you’re just discovering it you’re not going to run out of episodes for a long time!
TEFL Training Institute
This is a library for the serious or more experienced teacher. While it offers podcasts discussing the age-old topics, like how to teach mixed ability classes and how to teach vocabulary, there are also really interesting podcasts which delve a little deeper into the theories and current talking points of EFL. It also offers a lot of interesting episodes which focus on teacher training and development.
This is a TEFL podcast with a difference. Aimed at entertaining teachers on their commute to work, these podcasts are a mixture of EFL- and language learning-related podcasts. Besides their entertainment value, a lot of these podcasts are meant to be utilised in your lessons, so the website offers extra resources and explanations that you can use in the classroom.
If you’re interested in expanding your EFL knowledge but just don’t have the time to read books or blogs, podcasts may be the solution for you.