Teacher Talking Time Episode 4: Tackling Native Speaker Bias in ELT – an Interview with Marek Kiczkowiak

In this episode, Andrew sits down with teacher, author, and advocate Marek Kiczkowiak. They talk about the long-standing bias against non-native speaker teachers in the English training industry. As Marek explains, it has been a significant problem for a long time, but it doesn’t need to be. Through his organization – TEFL Equity Advocates – and his Academy where he runs his own courses for tackling the stigma – TEFL Equity Academy – Marek has made quite a positive impact. And he’s only just getting started. On that note, he has also co-authored a book with Rob Lowe, called Teaching English as a […]

Teacher Talking Time Episode 3: Don’t Make Resolutions; Cultivate Habits in 2019

Hi everyone, In this episode, Leo, Mike, and Andrew discuss the failings of their New Year’s Resolutions one month into 2019. They ponder why resolutions don’t work, why we put so much pressure on ourselves to make them, and if “cultvating habits” would be more fruitful, especially as teachers. They conclude by asking the listeners how they plan to create better habits in their personal and professional lives. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show in Spotofy, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. For more info on what we do at LYE, check out: Our Website Our catalog of online […]

The Launch of the Learn YOUR English Podcast: Teacher Talking Time

Hey everyone! I’m sure you’ve heard us posting and talking about our podcast without much action. Well, we’re happy to announce that it’s now here! Teacher Talking Time has hit the internet, and we’re thrilled you’ve chosen to listen. We’ll discuss all things teaching and learning related, and hope you become a subscriber. We’ll be posting it to the website, but you can also download and listen wherever you get your podcasts (iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, etc.). Enough rambling. Here’s the show! Thanks so much for listening -The LYE Team

Redundancy and the Spectrum of Learning

In most of the courses I’ve taught at language schools, I’ve felt that there is never enough time for students to adequately engage with the material. In particular, it is far too often the case that we teach one point, practice it a bit, assess understanding, and move on. However, this is not the way we learn. Mastery requires us to repeatedly tap into our resources and regularly apply it. Take dating as an example. One could argue that individuals who experience the most fulfillment in their love lives are those who reflect on what they have learned and apply […]