This is the second episode of Delivering Development, our podcast on continuing professional development for language teachers and administrators. You can listen to the episode below on the embedded player, and you can also listen and subscribe to this and future podcasts at the various locations shown at the bottom of the show notes.
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As you may know, this podcast is recorded with 4 people in different locations. Sometimes this might mean the audio quality is not as high as we would like, but we feel it is important to provide the spontaneous experience that we aim for. We hope you will have some understanding for those sections where the audio quality is reduced.
It is 21 June, 2019. Welcome to episode 2 of the Delivering Development podcast, helping language teachers and others in the field to enhance their professional development. My name is Kevin Westbrook, and with me today are Neil Bullock, Laura Styles and Pete Sharma.
Kevin introduced the first slot, speaking about his views of what constitutes professional development and his attitude to it. There was then a discussion involving everybody.
This was followed by the Tech Tips section. The links for the tips are below:
Kevin – information management
Tabbles – https://tabbles.net/videos/
Pete – reviewing vocabulary with apps
Oxford English Vocabulary training – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtAgLK18SH4
Quizlet – https://quizlet.com/
A complete version of Pete’s practical idea ‘Reviewing vocabulary with apps’ can be found in ‘Best Practices for Blended Learning’ pp 161-163
Neil – using YouTube, an example from aviation
Laura – participating in forums
After the tips, Neil introduced a discussion on needs analyses, why they are important and practical issues. This is a link to a description of the 12 principles he mentioned:
And this is the full reference of the book they come from:
Brown, H. D. (2002). “English language teaching in the “post-method” era: Toward better diagnosis, treatment, and assessment”, in J.C. Richards and W. A. Renandya, Methodology in Language Teaching: An Anthology of Current Practice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 9-18.
Pete’s publication was ‘Best Practices for Blended Learning’, which can be found here:
Here is a link to an independent review of the book:
… and some free materials related to the book:
And here is the link to EL Gazette, where Pete has a regular review column
Our podcast is hosted on Spreaker. This is the link to the show page: https://www.spreaker.com/show/delivering-development
Delivering Development is also available at the following locations:
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Pete Sharma and Kevin Westbrook:
This is a monthly podcast. You will be able to access it at the Pete Sharma Associates web site in the blog section. The address is www.psa.eu.com. It is also available from spreaker.com and the usual podcasting aggregators such as Apple and Google. Links will be in the show notes that you can find on the PSA web site. Thank you for listening to Delivering Development. Check out our web site if you want to know more, and join us next month, when we will be looking at suggestions for CPD for the summer and the story of aviation English and how it applies to ESP in general.