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Smart Classroom Management

Just stumbled upon this great Classroom Management blog by Michael Linsin, full of great tips for dealing with troublesome classes and students.

https://www.smartclassroommanagement.com/

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2Ts in a Pod: Episode 9 – Travel Tales

 

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There’s still time to donate to Mental Health Friendly to help them set up classes for people suffering and recovering from mental health problems:

https://gogetfunding.com/shay-educational-consultant/

Episode 9 of the podcast is all about travelling, do you like to travel light? Have you got the travel bug? We spoke to two people who definitely have, Jon and Ania from hitchhikershandbook.com; they came on the show to tell us about their various adventures. We also spoke to people about their weird and wonderful travel experiences as well as our vocabulary section “5 Ways to Say.” Below you’ll find the timings of the episode in case you want to skip ahead or use specific parts in class:

Timings:

Tim and Katy travel stories – 0 -13.30
Main Interview – John and Ania – 13.30 – 30.00
5 Ways to say – travel vocab – 30.10 – 35.00
Vox pops – Shay – 35.20 – 40.30
Outro – 40.35 – End

Enjoy! We appreciate any comments or feedback, let us know in the comments here or on Twitter or Facebook.

Check out Jon and Ania’s blog below:

http://hitchhikershandbook.com/

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2Ts in a Pod Episode 8: Innovate ELT Conference

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First of all, if you haven’t already, please consider making a donation to Mental Health Friendly’s crowdfunding drive aimed at increasing access to English classes for people suffering and recovering from mental health issues, follow the link below:

https://gogetfunding.com/shay-educational-consultant/

This is our 8th episode of 2Ts in a Pod and our first exclusively for teachers. Katy and I attended the Innovate ELT conference at Oxford House in Barcelona where we interviewed speakers and organisers and generally had a lovely time. Check out the episode below, you’ll find the timings of the different interviews further down along with links to the various blogs and projects of the different interviewees. Thanks a lot to Oxford House and ELT Jam for having us!

Jo Sayers – 8.00-25.00
Scott Thornbury – 26.30-30.30
Dirk Lagerward – 33.00-42.00
Shaun Sweeney – 44.00-49.30
Ollie Wood and Mary Whiteside – 51.30-58.30
Nicola Meldrum – 59.30 – 63.30
Melody Phillip – 65.00 – 76.00

Learn more about ELTJam and Oxford TEFL at their websites:
eltjam.com/
oxfordhousebcn.com/en/

Check out Scott Thornbury’s brilliant blog “An A-Z of ELT”
scottthornbury.wordpress.com/

Subscribe to Dirk Lagerwaard’s excellent Vlog “NovELTies”:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCaRobWmFB_TLkqGM8Dg3IRQ

More food for thought at Shaun Sweeney’s blog below:
teacherdevelopmentlab.wordpress.com/

Find the free course on using online games in ELT that Mary and Ollie talked about by following the link below:
eltjam.academy/p/example

Follow the link below to explore Nicola Meldrum and Mark Mckinnon’s blog on teaching pronunciation:
teachpronunciation.blog/about/

Check out Melody Philip’s blog “Seahorse English”:
seahorseenglish.wordpress.com/author/sea…seenglish/

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2Ts in a Pod: Episode 7 – Mental Health Friendly

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A new, special episode in support of Mental Health Friendly has just gone live! We spoke to Andy Dodd and Shay Coyne about the organisation that helps to provide English classes for people suffering and recovering from mental health issues. If you want to get involved in anyway you can, you’ll find all the necessary information in the episode description on our SoundCloud page. Also, if you want to contribute to their crowdfunding campaign, follow the link below.
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2Ts in a Pod at Innovate ELT

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2Ts in a Pod is coming to Innovate ELT at Oxford House in Barcelona on May 11th & 12th and you can join us there at a discounted price using the offer code ‘2TSINAPOD20’ when you buy your ticket from the link below:
 
 
We’ll be doing the rounds interviewing speakers and attendees. Take a look at the lineup, who are you most excited to see?
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Fundraising: Mental Health Friendly

A quick post to promote a really good cause; Shay Coyne is fundraising in order to set up a support group to help people with mental health problems access services such as English classes. Shay explains below, follow the link at the bottom to make a donation:

Mental Health Friendly

My Background:

I studied psychology as a double major, specialising in clinical psychology. I then changed careers and became passionate about education, gaining my Trinity CertTESOL, and MA in applied linguistics.
With my psychology background I became very interested in those students who were SEN but still marginalised from society. The majority are unable to attend a language academy or the EOI because their illness leaves them with memory challenges, behaviour challenges, for example one student freaks out when we do something new, I have to really break it down for them to feel confident in their learning. These students are a challenge to teach but they are my favourite group. I teach them voluntary in Gràcia every Thursday morning.
If anyone could make a donation, that would be amazing. If anyone could share the project with their contacts, that would be a great help.

The Project:

After 3 years working from home as a private English teacher, I am taking the next step to be more professional. I’m currently in the process of creating my own start-up business and have found a place for my work office to rent. Thanks to the location of this office, I would reduce travel time, which means I would have more free time for my end goal: I work as a volunteer for Salut Mental Catalunya, teaching English to people with mental health disorders in Barcelona, and from September I would like to open a new group in my city of Sabadell so that people with mental health problems have a space that is inclusive and allows them to access services, like English classes, to have the same opportunities to make use of these services. Any donation would be greatly appreciated, even if it’s 1€. I feel that this start-up will allow me to be part of more volunteer projects, and I’d love for you to help me if you can. Click on the link to find out more about the Mental Health Friendly project. If you are a teacher and would be interested in volunteering, send me a message and I can put you in contact with the person responsible for this project.

https://gogetfunding.com/shay-educational-consultant/

 

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2 Ts in a Pod: Episode 5 – Pet Hates

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The fifth episode of our new podcast for B2+ English students and teachers alike is now live! In this episode we’re talking about our pet hates or things that really annoy us. Go to our SoundCloud page and download the teacher’s notes below:

Teacher’s notes EP5 Pet Hates

2Ts in a Pod – Teacher’s Notes Episode 5: Pet Hates

Running Order

  1. Intro convo 00:00-7:40
  2. Vox pop – Nicole – 07:46-09:55
  3. Vox pops – Abbi – 10:00-12:30
  4. Be like you – Berenece – 12:45 – 16:38
  5. 5 Ways to say – 16:50 – 21:00
  6. Knock knock jokes 21:13 – 25:49

Additional Materials

5 Ways to Say

Pet hates/Annoying things

  • People get on my nerves when they walk down the street really slowly. (annoys me)
  • People who sit on the outside seat on the bus when the inside seat is free drive me insane/drive me up the wall! (annoys me)
  • Annoying people get on my tits. (annoys me *informal/rude*)
  • Inconsiderate people really piss me off. (annoys me *informal/rude*)
  • My pet hate/bugbear is inconsiderate people. (a thing that annoys me specifically)

Making polite requests

  • Would you mind turning the volume down? (remember to use …ing!)
  • I wish you wouldn’t leave your socks on the floor. (use wish + would to express annoyance)
  • I’d rather you didn’t smoke in here. (use past simple when changing subject)

Discussion Questions

  • What’s your pet hate/bugbear?
  • What things really get on your nerves when you’re on public transport?
  • What things really get on your nerves at work?
  • What things really get on your nerves at home?
  • What things really drive you up the wall in the street?
  • What things do you wish your parents/partner/kids/siblings wouldn’t do?
  • Role-play: one person is smoking on the metro, the other wants them to stop.
  • Role-play: Parent and teenager arguing about the things each one does that annoys the other.