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Season 12 Episode 1: Normal
Oct 19 • 34 min
Shaun and Lindsay kick off the 12th season of the TEFL commute by discussing ‘normal’. The talk about the use of the word ‘normal’, and discover the phrase ‘ the new normal’ is older than it seems. Lindsay regales Shaun with a tale of Mr. Average, and…
Who’s zooming who? The future
Jun 16 • 14 min
In the final instalment of our mini-series Shaun and Lindsay take ten-minutes to discuss the future. With lockdown beginning to undo in many places and schools working out how to start up again we discuss some of the ideas that have been suggested
Who’s zooming who? Breaks
Jun 12 • 12 min
In our penultimate instalment Lindsay and Shaun discuss taking breaks. We consider how to ensure that we take break in and between lessons and little trips for our well-being.
Who’s zooming who? Slow
Jun 9 • 12 min
In this instalment Lindsay and Shaun talk slow. No that will never happen, they only have ten minutes afterall. By slow we mean what to do when the internet slows. Lindsay gives you tips on making sure you have enough bandwidth while shaun gives you some…
Who’s zooming who? Breakout Rooms
Jun 5 • 12 min
It’s WZW 12 and this time Lindsay and Shaun talk about breakout rooms. In the ten minutes they cover What they are? How they work? And of course things that they are good for from jigsaw reading through to escape room games.
Who’s zooming who? Sounds
Jun 2 • 12 min
In one of our favourite instalments of WZW, Shaun and Lindsay discuss sound, how you can do listening lessons, and what you can do with sound effects in an online room. From animal noises through to sounds around the house the ten minute challenge…
Who’s zooming who? Participation
May 30 • 12 min
In the 10th instalment of WZW Shaun and Lindsay talk about the participation tools that you find in online classrooms. From emojis to polls they go through the features suggesting ideas for using each - all in ten minutes of course!
Who’s zooming who? Realia
May 26 • 12 min
Realia - the ELT term for Real world stuff we use in teaching. In this episode Lindsay and Shaun fill their ten minutes with the teaching ideas based around real world stuff. Enjoy.
Who’s zooming who? Guests
May 22 • 12 min
This is time out Shaun and Lindsay talk about Ideas for using a guest in your online lessons. The ideas they talk about include a teacher swap, getting guest judges and even having mystery guests. Listen now to find out about those and other ways you can…
Who zooming who? Powerpoint.
May 19 • 12 min
Online teaching often means using a slide so for this installment Shaun and Lindsay give you tips for the perfect slidedeck. Ten minutes means ten tips so off we go….
Who’s zooming who? Warmers
May 15 • 11 min
It’s another instalment of WZW and this time Lindsay and Shaun talk warmers, in their ten minutes they try and give you a few activities you could try with your online classes. Enjoy!
Who’s zooming who? Lockdown Syllabus
May 12 • 12 min
In this instalment Shaun and Lindsay use their ten-minutes to suggest language areas that would fit into a lockdown syllabus. From the vocabulary of fridges to the grammar of wishes listen and decide if you agree.
Who’s zooming who? - Pictures
May 5 • 11 min
In this instalment of WZW, Shaun and Lindsay talk about some of their favourite picture activities for online rooms. As usual they set themselves a ten-minute time limit which, when trying to share anecdotes and ideas, once again might prove to be…
Who’s zooming who? - Zoom
May 1 • 12 min
Lindsay does like getting all meta so join this episode of who’s zooming who we meet in zoom to talk about zoom. Shaun and Lindsay discuss zoom, zoom bombing and its effects and suggest some ways to ensure zoom security.
Who’s zooming who - where’s the whiteboard?
Apr 28 • 12 min
In this instalment Lindsay and Shaun’s ten-minute challenge is online whiteboards. They discuss the different things teachers are using as a whiteboard from washing lines to cupboards. What do you use?
Who’s zooming who - the language your students need now
Apr 24 • 13 min
With very few teachers commuting but with Lindsay and Shaun still feeling the need to podcast, here’s a spin off. Over a few mini episodes they will look at some of aspects of teaching live online, setting themselves the challenge to do it in just ten…
Season 11 Episode 4: Home
Mar 24 • 29 min
In this episode, Lindsay is joined by Ceri to discuss all things home, which is perfect as they are both under quarantine at the moment! They talk about home expressions in English, how difficult it is for materials writers to find the right images of…
Season 11 Episode 3: Sick
Mar 9 • 58 min
In this episode we talk sick but don’t worry we won’t bang on about a certain virus! In this somewhat bumper episode we talk to Kate in Italy about what it’s like when the government imposes quarantine rules, and how to cope when a school is closed.…
Season 11 Episode 2: Private
Feb 24 • 44 min
In this episode we talk privacy (and try to work out how to say it!). Lindsay and Shaun talk privacy in the classroom, private lessons and technology and privacy and the implications for the classroom. On this last point we talk with Chia Suan Chong who…
Season 11 Episode 1: Exit
Feb 10 • 44 min
Have you missed us? It’s time for season 11 to get underway it might be the beginning of season but we’re going to talk exits. In the episode Shaun and Lindsay about ways to end a lesson, different kind of sotry endings, exiting ELT and yes the politics…
Season 10 Episode 6: Deserted
Dec 16, 2019 • 34 min
Another comes to end with our traditional end of season round table. So join Lindsay, Shaun, Ceri and James to see what they would take with them if they were stranded on a dessert island.
Season 10 Episode 5: Disruption
Dec 2, 2019 • 39 min
In episode 5 we get disruptive though Lindsay would probably say Shaun is every week! This episode we explore disruption in education both from a technology point of view and a disruptive classroom. And since we’re being disruptive we bring back the TEFL…
Season 10 Episode 4: Backpack
Nov 18, 2019 • 31 min
In episode four Shaun and Lindsay address most teachers’ daily accessory - the backpack. They share some and I quote Lindsay here “fun facts about backpacks” and discuss what they always carry in theirs. They also discuss why some refer to ELT as a…
Season 10 Episode 3: Fear
Nov 4, 2019 • 40 min
Since Halloween is upon us (well, to be honest, it’s been and gone) Shaun and Lindsay discuss fear. They talk about teacher fears, scary teachers and finally other things that make students afraid. We also explore some common phobias in the return of our…
Season 10 Episode 2: Recipes
Oct 21, 2019 • 31 min
Time to talk food, in this episode, we explore recipes in ELT. In this episode, Lindsay and Shaun discuss the language of recipes and what makes them such a useful and often used piece of ELT material? What is it that makes them a good metaphor for…
Season 10 Episode 1: Green
Oct 7, 2019 • 47 min
We’re back and to start the new season we’ve gone green. We meet two of the people behind ELT footprint to talk about the ELT profession with regards to climate change.
Season 9 Episode 6: Songs about teaching
Jun 10, 2019 • 46 min
We close out our 9th season with a lighthearted round table on songs about teaching. Ceri, James, Lindsay, and Shaun discuss their favourite songs about a) teaching, b) teachers, c) education in popular music and d) songs that should be about teaching. Do…
Season 9 Episode 5: Pairs
May 27, 2019 • 39 min
In our latest episode, Lindsay and Shaun discuss pairs - why do teachers love pair work but then refuse to work in pairs in a workshop? Do we use pair work too much? Lindsay shares some of his favourite ways of putting people in Paris (yes, Paris) and the…
Season 9 Episode 4: IATEFL Debrief
Apr 26, 2019 • 34 min
We’re back after our conference enforced mid-season break. In this episode we are post-IATEFL and more significantly post TEFL commute games night. We took our recording stuff with us so this episode features amongst others Ceci, Ceri, Chia, Craig (our…
Season 9 Episode 3: Perfect
Mar 25, 2019 • 39 min
This is the perfect episode! Lindsay and Shaun explore the perfect aspect and what makes it so fun / hard/ difficult (delete as appropriate) to teach. They also explore what makes a perfect classroom and a perfect student. Finally, they discuss how close…
Season 9 Episode 2: Instructions
Mar 11, 2019 • 34 min
In episode two Lindsay and Shaun discuss instructions and the complexity they hold for teachers. We discuss what makes a good instruction, how we wish other jobs took on board ELT instruction giving, as well as what makes them go wrong. Later in the…
Season 9 Episode 1: Sleep
Feb 25, 2019 • 35 min
We’re back with a new season and in this episode Shaun and Lindsay discuss sleep. They talk about sleep vocabulary and look at the importance of sleep on learning as well as discuss different sleep routines. Then, Lindsay gets 8 seasons of joke revenge by…
Season 8 Episode 6: Christmas
Dec 9, 2018 • 35 min
In this episode Lindsay, Shaun and James (yes we’ve let him on mic again) give it their best shot at a cheesy Christmas episode. After stumbling across a website that proclaims the recipe for an unforgettable Xmas lesson for adult learners we decided to…
Season 8 Episode 5: Stereotypes
Nov 26, 2018 • 33 min
In the penultimate episode of this season Shaun and Lindsay talk stereotypes. They discuss teaching stereotypes in movies and what the real-life equivalent might be. They also consider if they have any stereotypical behaviours in the classroom before…
Season 8 Episode 4: Irregular
Nov 12, 2018 • 45 min
It’s an irregular episode! First because one of the regular hosts (Shaun) isn’t here. Instead, Lindsay and Ceri sit down to talk about all things irregular in language teaching. First off, this means the infamous irregular verb list. We were both…
Season 8 Episode 3: Conversation
Oct 29, 2018 • 39 min
Inspired by James’ foray into publishing the team gather to discuss conversation. Lindsay and Shaun discuss what makes a good conversation and talk all things conversation class. Are they a boon or a bane? While James joins the podcast to throw in some…
Season 8 Episode 2: Cheating
Oct 15, 2018 • 43 min
Have you ever cheated on a test? Have your students? If so how imaginatively did they do it? In this episode, the TEFLcommute team explore cheating in education. From different types of cheating through to why people do it, Shaun and Lindsay talk about it…
Season 8 Episode 1: Family
Oct 1, 2018 • 36 min
It’s the start of a new season and in episode one Shaun and Lindsay talk family. They discuss whether teaching runs in someone family before looking at how families are dealt with in ELT. Which famous family tree would use in class? Do you know what a…
Season 7 Episode 5: Classic
Jun 4, 2018 • 38 min
Lindsay and Shaun bring the curtain down on another season by discussing the classics - not Greek or Latin but what they consider to be classic ELT books and activities. Will you agree their choices? Since it’s also the last episode we let producer James…
Season 7 Episode 4: Puzzles
May 14, 2018 • 31 min
In episode four Shaun and Lindsay talk puzzles. From crosswords to jigsaw reading we look at the types of puzzles we use in class and discuss the advantages of using them. Shaun takes the opportunity to puzzle Lindsay and we bring you a puzzle related…
Season 7 Episode 3: Room 101 revisited
Apr 29, 2018 • 32 min
In season 4 Lindsay and Shaun sat down with James and Ceri to talk about their pet teaching peeves. Three seasons later we sit down again to discuss what irks us in three areas of language teaching. Have a listen and see if you agree with our new peeves.
Season 7 Episode 2: Accents
Apr 15, 2018 • 31 min
Have you noticed the use of the English accent in films? Lindsay has. The RP accent, once the goal of many language learners, is often used to voice ‘the bad guy’ or the ‘fantasy character’. In this episode Shaun and Lindsay explore this use of accent.
Season 7: Bonus Episode
Mar 31, 2018 • 57 min
TEFL commute has turned three years old and over that time we have brought you 40 episodes. Since we have lots of new listeners, and to celebrate both our birthday and being added to Spotify, we bring you a special episode that looks back over some of our…
Season 7 Episode 1: Bad Students
Mar 18, 2018 • 34 min
We’re back for our 7th season what better way to start a new season than with the positivity of bad students. In this episode Shaun and Lindsay discuss different types of ‘bad students’ and decide if they would call themselves bad students. Lindsay also…
Season 6 Episode 6: Fun
Dec 19, 2017 • 27 min
It’s the final episode of the season and Lindsay and Shaun tackle the topic of ‘fun’. Well, actually they planned to tackle to subject fun but got so carried away talking to Diana England about ‘fun in the classroom’ that we let her do all the talking.…
Season 6 Episode 5: Games part 2
Dec 5, 2017 • 40 min
In this episode Lindsay and Shaun return to the topic of games (see season 5 episode 2). This time they invite Dave Dodgson to join them to talk about using digital games. Over the episode they discuss digital games they have used, why they use them and…
Season 6 Episode 4
Nov 14, 2017 • 32 min
In this episode Lindsay returns to chat with Shaun about Robots. It’s almost a hundred years since the first teaching machine was suggested so are we finally at the point were robots can take over from us? Shaun and Lindsay discuss this and put it to the…
Season 6: Episode 3 Teacher or Therapist
Oct 30, 2017 • 43 min
In this episode Lindsay is away so we can actually talk about teaching :) Ceri and Shaun discuss the line between being a teacher and being your students’ therapist. They talk about some of the psychological aspects involved in teaching and ponder how…
Season 6 Episode 2: Truth or lie
Oct 9, 2017 • 39 min
In episode 2 Lindsay and Shaun jump on the post-truth bandwagon and discuss how post truth maybe the norm in the typical ELT grammar rules we give students. They explore the rules for their validity and manage to get tangled up in when to add er or not.…
Season 6 Episode 1: Openers
Sep 25, 2017 • 30 min
It’s time for a new season of the TEFL commute and in this first episode of the sixth season Lindsay and Shaun discuss lesson openers. They explore if an opener is warmer and therefore if warmers are always openers! We welcome back the angelic host with…
Season 5 Episode 6: Alcohol
May 15, 2017 • 41 min
In the final episode of the season, Shaun and Lindsay discuss alcohol. We talk about why you never see a drink in a coursebook and discuss claims that alcohol helps language learning. Shaun tests Lindsay on drunken words and Lindsay tries to finally best…
Season 5 Episode 5: Clothes
Apr 30, 2017 • 37 min
After a small break, the TEFL commute returns to talk about clothes. Lindsay and Shaun discuss what teachers wear to work, dress codes and whether teachers should dress in particular way. Lindsay tries to educate Shaun in Northern American Vocabulary…
Season 5 Episode 4: Video and films
Apr 2, 2017 • 47 min
In this episode we meet with Ben Goldstein to discuss video. We take a walk down memory lane and look at how video has been used in ELT courses and discuss where it might go in the future. We also ponder whether the ELT classroom would work well in film,…
Season 5 Episode 3: Dictionaries
Mar 19, 2017 • 38 min
In this episode Shaun and Lindsay talk dictionaries. Well, in fact, we talk to someone who knows about dictionaries with an interview with lexicographer Julie Moore. We discuss dictionaries of all kinds, whether in the digital age dictionaries still have…
Season 5 Episode 2: Games part 1
Mar 5, 2017 • 43 min
In this episode we once more sit down at our virtual round table. This time we look at the role of games in language learning. Inspired by something James said in the previous series, we talk about our favourite (non-digital) games, how we use them in the…
Season 5 Episode 1: Staffrooms
Feb 19, 2017 • 43 min
We’re back! In the first episode of the new season Lindsay and Shaun discuss many teachers second home - the staff room. They explore the role of the staffroom, what a typical staffroom looks like and some of their favourite staffroom activities. There is…
Season 4 Episode 6:Songs
Dec 12, 2016 • 37 min
In the second part of our discussion, Lindsay and Shaun talk about songs. They discuss everything from the songs people like to use in classroom through to issues such as copyright before ending with their favourite ELT song puns (did yours make our top…
Season 4 Episode 5 part 1:Music
Nov 27, 2016 • 38 min
In the first part of our look at the role of music and song in ELT, Lindsay and Shaun focus on music - that is to say tunes without lyrics. They talk about the role of classical music in suggestopedia and discuss how music can be used in the classroom.…
Season 4 Episode 4: Classroom 101
Nov 7, 2016 • 41 min
Do you have a pet teaching peeve? Is there a language point that really gets your goat? Which activity are you tired of doing in the class? In this episode we once more set up the virtual round table and persuade producer James and Corner maker Ceri to…
Season 4 Episode 3:Schwa
Oct 23, 2016 • 36 min
In episode 3 Lindsay and Shaun are joined by Sinead Laffan to discuss how we approach the teaching of the Schwa. We explore everything from how it is dealt with in class, how it got its name and some of our favourite ideas for teaching it. Lindsay and…
Season 4 Episode 2: Substitute
Oct 10, 2016 • 33 min
In episode 2, Lindsay and Shaun talks about the pains and pleasures of being a substitute teacher. Be it the one lesson cover or the professional stand-by teacher, we look at what it means, how hard it is and explore what things a substitute teacher…
Season 4 Episode 1:First Lessons
Sep 25, 2016 • 36 min
TEFL commute is back and in the first episode of the new season Lindsay and Shaun talk about first classes and what is like to go back to school, all the things that need to be done and how we deal with a group of new students. We also introduce a new…
Season 3: The extra bits
Aug 8, 2016 • 18 min
We’re still on a summer break but to ease your missing us pangs, we’ve put together this bonus episode with bits and pieces we had left over from season three. We’ve even let James have a microphone!
Season 3 Episode 8: Awards
May 30, 2016 • 34 min
In the final episode of season 3, Shaun and Lindsay talk awards. They discuss the purpose of the awards and rewards in the classroom and explore the positives and negatives behind them. There is also another dose of Facebook wisdom and an awards-based…
Season 3 Episode 7: Punctuation
May 15, 2016 • 32 min
In this episode Shaun and Lindsay discuss punctuation. They discuss everything from oral punctuation through to trying to identify just what the semi-colon does. In addition they explore whether there is such a thing as a ‘punctuation nazi’ and whether or…
TEFL commute season 3 episode 6: Conferences
May 1, 2016 • 32 min
In this episode 6, Shaun and Lindsay talk ELT conferences. They discuss the first conferences they went to and spoke at, the benefit of going to conferences and their conference stories. Our audience members share their conference mishap stories and we…
Season 3 Episode 5: Versus
Mar 27, 2016 • 38 min
In this episode refreshed from his week off, Lindsay takes on Shaun in a battle of….no not really, but ‘inspired’ by this week’s big cinema release, they take a look at some of the ‘versus’ that exist in the profession. They discuss everything from Dogme…
Season 3 Episode 4: Voice
Mar 14, 2016 • 37 min
In this episode, Ceri and Shaun talk all things voice. The voice is one of the main tools of the teacher but how well do you look after it? Do you warm it up? Should you really avoid coffee? Is a female voice preferred to a male voice? Ceri and Shaun…
Season 3 Episode 3: Behind closed doors
Feb 28, 2016 • 33 min
In this episode Lindsay and Shaun discuss what happens behind the closed of the classroom. We discuss the ‘secretive’ nature of a teacher’s domain and chat about teacher observation. We consider the use of video cameras for observation and discuss whether…
Season 3 Episode 2: Alphabet
Feb 14, 2016 • 30 min
In this episode Lindsay and Shaun discuss the alphabet. We consider how we got 26 letters and what happened to letters such as thorn and ampersand. We choose our favourite letters and some of our favourite techniques for dealing with the alphabet in the…
Season 3 Episode 1: Invented Language
Feb 1, 2016 • 37 min
In the first episode of the new season Lindsay and Shaun talk invented languages. From Esparento to Dothraki, we look at the purpose of invented language and what we can learn from looking at how they work. We also discuss the rise of emoji, if it is…
Season 2 Episode 6: Gifts
Dec 6, 2015 • 27 min
In this episode Shaun and Lindsay attempt to meet up and talk about gifts. They discuss typical gifts that teachers receive and how we went from an apple to expensive watches. In addition Lindsay delights in corny thank you messages and Shaun brings you a…
Season 2: Episode 5: Translate
Nov 15, 2015 • 32 min
In this episode Shaun and Lindsay discuss translation devices such a google translate and skype. They consider how effective they are and what the effect on language teaching maybe. They also pander a little to their inner sci-fi geek with a look at…
Season 2 Episode 4: Photocopy
Nov 1, 2015 • 33 min
In this episode Lindsay and Ceri talk all things photocopy. They explore everything from their photocopying pet hates through to schools policies to copying. They even discuss how and when the photocopier came into being. Elsewhere in the podcast you’ll…
Season 2 Episode 3: Life Sentence
Oct 18, 2015 • 29 min
In this episode Shaun and Lindsay are joined by Scott Thornbury to discuss typical sentences used in language teaching. From phones interrupting baths through to spending a million dollars we discuss model sentences and explore why we use them. In…
Season 2 Episode 2: Explicit
Oct 4, 2015 • 30 min
In this episode Lindsay and Shaun talk explicit language. We discuss how smart technology is trying to stop us swearing and look at some frequencies list of words considered taboo. We also explore the features of a swear word. With the help Ceri’s corner…
Season 2 Episode 1 - Classrooms
Sep 20, 2015 • 29 min
In this episode Shaun and Lindsay talk about classrooms. We discuss unusual places in which people have taught, how much classrooms have changed over the last 100 years and what makes the perfect classroom. We also explore some whacky names for classroom…
Episode 6: Summer
Jul 19, 2015 • 30 min
In this final episode before we take a break, Lindsay and Shaun talk summer. They take a look at the silly season and Shaun quizzes Lindsay on some obscure summer facts. In addition they discuss the value of the UK summer school market. Ceri brings you…
Episode 5: Dead Poet’s Society
Jul 5, 2015 • 37 min
In this episode we talk dead poet’s society. In a change from our usual format, Lindsay and Shaun ‘sit down’ with Ceri and James to discuss the film and why so many teachers cite it an influential film. During the conversation we decide that maybe the…
Episode 4: Excuses
Jun 14, 2015 • 22 min
In this episode we talk excuses. Shaun and Lindsay discuss the rise of the technology excuses for not doing homework, does this mean an end to dog food? They also discuss the sad demise of grandmothers and give listeners valuable advise for those needing…
Episode 3: Names
May 26, 2015 • 24 min
In this episode we discuss names. Lindsay and Shaun talk names, remembering students names and why some students choose to use English names in English class. We also welcome Ceri Jones to the podcast and of course provide you with an activity you can…
Episode 1: Commuting
Mar 19, 2015 • 18 min
In this episode we discuss commuting. Lindsay and Shaun talk about teachers’ commutes; their stresses, whether they make you younger and if they should be done by jetpack. We also have the first in our jargon buster pieces and an idea for you to take into…