29. Is British English Better than American English?

June 25, 2017

Which language are you learning?

In this podcast I look at the many differences between British English and American English, including vocabulary, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and pronunciation - and ask the controversial question: which English is better?

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28. Telling the Time in English

June 16, 2017

Learn how to tell the time in English!

In this podcast you can learn how to tell the time in English. Find all the information that I mention here:


You can find the answers to all the exercises here:


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Episode 27 - Fast Food and the Environment - Discussion Questions

June 11, 2017

This week my students and I have had many speaking and listening discussion classes on the topic of Fast Food and the Environment. You can read and print out the questions that we used here. Hopefully you can use them in your classes! :)


If you have any comments or questions, please do get in touch!

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Episode 26 - 100 Adjective and Preposition Collocations - Free Worksheets

June 2, 2017

Find out about four new free printable grammar worksheets!

Learn how to put together adjectives with prepositions to make phrases, and download our four fabulous new free printable worksheets from http://purlandtraining.com!

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Episode 25 - Two Great New Books for Teachers!

May 30, 2017

Listen to my book review of two new releases from Alphabet Publishing!

I review two brand new resource books for teachers from Alphabet Publishing:

Successful Group Work: 13 Activities to Teach Teamwork Skills - by Patrice Palmer:


and Classroom Community Builders - by Walton Burns:


Both books are out in July 2017, and you can get hold of them here:


Download my FREE book You Are The Course Book here:


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Episode 24 - Using Mobile Games to Practise Present Continuous Tense

May 13, 2017

It's really fun using mobile games to teach grammar! :)

Download the games for free here:

Slither.io -
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.hypah.io.slither&hl=en
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/slither-io/id1091944550?mt=8

High Risers -
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kumobius.android.highrisers&hl=en
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/high-risers/id1158640510?mt=8

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Episode 23 - Complete the Sentences (Listening Practice)

May 7, 2017

Let's practise our listening skills with this fun activity, which is adapted from the free Big Grammar Book 2. Download it for free now from: http://purlandtraining.com/free-books/free-big-grammar-book-2-by-matt-purland/


Episode 22 - Advice for New Teachers of English

May 5, 2017

In this episode I was lucky enough to chat with the wonderful Daria Storozhilova from http://stordar.com. I asked her what advice she would give to new teachers of English. Here are some of the tips that we discussed in this special podcast:

Advice for new EFL teachers

- Listen to advice from more experienced teachers. Don't assume you know it all after a CELTA or Cert. TESOL course!

- Collaborate with your colleagues; learn from them; observe them; team teach. Don't be an island!

- Use a wide range of materials - and no materials!

- Don't just present the course book - this leads to a downward spiral.

- Brush up on your grammar; learn something before you teach it.

- Take students on trips to build relationships and your confidence; go the extra mile.

- Enjoy what you do. If you don't enjoy teaching day-in day-out, you should consider another profession.

- Check the wage - what will it get you? What accommodation? What will be your costs. Be aware that language school teachers may want what is best for them, not for you!

- We don't become teachers to become rich and famous! Or for the holidays! It's a labour of love.

- Get further qualifications. CPD - continuous professional development will keep your teaching fresh.

- Go to training courses and conferences; get connected - use Twitter and social networks; get up to speed; keep reading and learning; learn by doing, e.g. by creating your own material.

- Teaching is about building relationships with people, not just imparting knowledge.

Daria Storozhilova is an English teacher who specialises in communication and student confidence. She currently teaches online and develops online courses. You can find our more about her courses here: https://stordar.teachable.com/ Don't forget to follow Daria on Twitter too: https://twitter.com/stordarlearn


Episode 21 - Create a Role Play with Great Sound Effects!

April 28, 2017

I found a super app which you can use with your EFL students!

In this podcast I talk about an amazing app that students can use to create imaginative role plays with great sound effects! The app is called Quiet Space and is available for iOS here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quiet-space-best-quiet-space-effect-generator/id1114817125?mt=8

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Episode 20 - Sometimes the best teaching moments happen spontaneously!

April 10, 2017

Sometimes the best teaching moments in the classroom happen spontaneously - like the one in this podcast!

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