5 TEFL Podcasts Every English Teacher Should Listen To
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For the last number of years the world has become obsessed with podcasts. The biggest in the business are signing contracts with particular platforms for eye watering fees. Such is their prominence in today’s media landscape. But away from wheeling and dealing, podcasts are an excellent way to educate yourself on a particular topic. It’s fluid information! The TEFL industry is no different. There is a raft of excellent TEFL podcasts for English teachers out there. We will get to the only list of them you need shortly!
What Is A Podcast?
It is true that 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 for english teachers 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 TEFL Podcasts Should English Teachers Listen To?
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 pod is hosted by the duo Marek Kiczkowiak and Robert McCaul. Many different topics are touched on over the course of the series. All related to teaching and learning English. Episodes are around 30 minutes in length. The best thing about The TEFL Show is that the host share alot of practical insights that they have gained teaching English as well as learning other languages themselves. Marek and Robert also speak alot at international conferences. The show is not as frequent as it used to be, but it remains a really top notch resource for english teachers looking for a TEFL podcast.
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!
Three english teachers host the podcast have gained a lot of experience from working in Japan. The purpose of the podcast is to brighten up the listeners day with talk of current events, history and methods and approaches in language education. Leading figures in the field of English language teaching appear regularly. They are also quite prolific with their podcasts which they put out every two weeks. Recent topics include; ‘Racism in ELT and Remote Teaching Reflections’ and ‘Language Learner Psychology’.
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.
The podcast has really great speakers from top universities around the world. Plus leading writers, academics and teachers. As a format it is set up so “you don’t have to sift through ‘meaningless chit chat’. Ross and Tracy’s TEFL podcasts make sure that within a 15 minute podcast you get the best information in a really condensed way.
Frequent guests bring lots of really fresh ideas and concepts to the table. They always get to the point in terms of pedagogical practice with theory. They give lots of great examples of how to go about learning and teaching english.
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.
The pod is hosted by James Taylor an English as a foreign language teacher and teacher trainer currently based in Brazil. Shaun Wilden who had been involved in English language teaching for over twenty years. Lindsay Clandfield an English teacher, teacher trainer, conference speaker and writer of materials for learners and teachers of English.
In truth, this podcast is really about a much wider span of topics than teaching english alone. The hosts are self confessed podcast addicts themselves and really enjoy making them. This is a really nice and lighthearted podcast that aims to brighten up your day. They focus on one particular topic for each podcast. You will be able to build the topic into your lesson plan.
Steve and Troy waffle about the exciting and wonderful world of Teaching English in a foreign country. This is a really fun podcast that has a pretty informal tone but gets to heart of some really pressure TEFL topics. The frequency of their TEFL podcasts is really impressive. After starting out in 2017, they have now gotten to the point at which they release a pod every single week. Some recent topics include, ‘Principles of Exemplary Teaching’, ‘Remote teaching – the Idiot’s Guide’ and ‘Demanding Accuracy’. Check them out!
5 TEFL Podcasts
So there you have it. 5 of the best of them! We can’t emphasise enough how worth you while it is to do a bit of TEFL podcast listening. Whether you are just setting out on your TEFL journey or are a seasoned TEFL veteran, they will be insightful and entertaining. Happy listening!
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Rights concerning the processing of your personal information
- Right to restrict processing of personal information
- In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. We may restrict your personal information by temporarily moving the information to another processing system, making the information unavailable to users, or temporarily removing published information from a website. We may also use technical methods to ensure the personal information is not subject to further processing and cannot be changed. When we have restricted processing of personal information, this will be clearly indicated on our systems.
- You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:
- You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we can determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.
- We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.
- We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
- You have objected to the processing (see below), and we need to decide whether the legitimate grounds we have to process the information override your legitimate interests.
Processing you think is unlawful
- If you tell us that you think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but you do not want the information to be erased, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of that information.
- We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the processing is unlawful, and may also ask that you provide evidence to support this view.
Processing of personal information you think is inaccurate
- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.