Masters Of Tesol



The biggest brains in TESOL spill the beans on the most effective way of teaching English as a Foreign Language.


  • 23 – Should we DE-ACCENT our students? – Sam Hellmuth


    THIS IS THE LAST PODCAST (for the foreseeable future). I’m hardly prolific with podcast releases but this will be the last one for the foreseeable future. I’ve decided to concentrate more on the YouTube side of things. YouTube Channel – The channel will have materials, concept videos and general useful teaching stuff! Please do […]

  • 22 – Online Learning Past and Future – Stafford Lumsden

    15/01/2020 {bleep bloop bleep} I booted up cyborg teacher Stafford Lumsden to talk about online learning and the changing perception of what exactly a classroom is. We are more connected than ever and this shift in technology is changing the options that students have and how we teach. We discuss…. distance learning e-learning vs online […]

  • 21.5 – Thinking Skills – VIDEO!

    13/08/2019 I am branching out into video. First Video Channel Please watch, subscribe, like and all those things that everyone on YouTube is begging you to do! This is the first step of an expansion of MOT with the aim of eventually making materials for you to use in your own classes. Please smash “subscribe”, […]

  • 21 – Can Dictation Be Fun? – Oksana Kharley

    28/06/2019 “Oh googie…dictation….” Possibly one of the most misused input/output techniques. The dreaded dictation. How can we move beyond playing a CD or reading and having students just write down what they hear? Oksana Kharley takes us through some useful approaches and techniques for practicing listening and writing that don’t include playing audio a couple […]

  • 20 – using TED talks (and other videos) in ESL EFL class – Roger Fusselman

    26/09/2018 I caught up with Roger Fusselman after his KOTESOL conference presentation on using TED talks and videos in general for language teaching. This is a MUST listen for anyone using visual media in the classroom. We cover the DOs and DON’Ts of choosing videos as well as his principles of using media: Challenge / […]

  • 19 – Reflective Practice – Thomas Farrell

    06/07/2018 The self-styled ‘bad boy’ of language teaching, Thomas Farrell, dropped by my office to take about self reflection. What do we do in the classroom and, importantly, WHY do we do it? Who are YOU as a teacher and what do YOU bring into the classroom?   Start adding this reflective practice regularly to […]

  • 18 – Discourse Markers – Jon Campbell-Larsen

    24/12/2017 Well, discourse markers are kinda a feature of, like, natural speech in, you know, basically every language. Jon Campbell-Larsen takes us through the how and why of teaching Discourse Markers. Here is a link to an example of how to scaffold students practicing these markers (based on Jon’s KOTESOL hand out). Feel free to adapt […]

  • 17 – Reichmuth and Hanf – How to use TV shows for pronunciation – QUICKIE

    30/08/2017 How effective is using English language TV in helping students improve their pronunciation? Well, Reichmuth & Hanf actually did some research and the results are in. How I Met Your Mother! Another quickie from the last KOTESOL conference.   Keywords: ESL, EFL, TESOL, TEFL, CELTA, DELTA, pronunciation, pronouncing, TV, linguistics, language, second language, teaching, […]

  • 16 – Eytan Zweig – what words really mean – semantics and pragmatics


    Plurals are easy, right? There’s one or there’s more than one… pretty straight forward. “All”, “every”, “All the” “each” – that’s pretty simple too, isn’t it? Well, hold on to something sturdy as Eytan Zweig gets you to think a little deeper about how we both form and understand language. The literal meaning (semantics) and […]

  • 15 – The Student Becomes The Teacher – Justin McKibben


    In the first of this batch of hit-n-run quickie interviews from the KOTESOL conference in Seoul at the end of 2016, I spoke to Justin McKibben about how we can expand students roles. By giving students certain speaking tasks the traditional classroom would consider a teacher’s job, we can vastly increase student talk time and […]

  • 14 – MOT Listeners’ Tales from the classroom


    In this end-of-year episode, we get the funnier side of teaching English with stories from listeners and future interviewees. Special thanks to Grace, Thomas, Matthew, Jon, Fergal, James, Mierkamil, Oksana, Jacob, Roger, Gordon, and Jake. We cover accidental phallic drawings, mistranslations, unintended puns, uncontrollable sweating… If you have a good story, you can be […]

  • Your Funny EFL / ESL Teaching Stories – an open call


    I’m making a Christmas episode of the podcast and I need your help. Yes, YOU. The person reading this right now. Don’t look around, I’m talking to you~! As serious, devoted education professionals, we all love hearing about things going wrong or weird in a lesson, so the end-of-year episode is going to be a collection of funny […]

  • 13 – What the way you speak says about you – Sociolinguistics with Andrew Euan MacFarlane


      This episode, we start with a little experiment and get more interactive. Let us know what country you thought the music originated in at @MOTcast with the hashtag #motesol . I’ll put up the results on Andrew Ewan MacFarlane is a lecturer at University of York in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science […]

  • 12 – Babies and First Language Acquisition – Tamar Keren-Portnoy pt1

    04/08/2016 @MOTcast Now on Instagram! Once again, I got lost in the labyrinthian corridors of the University of York Language & Linguistic Science department, this time to speak to Tamar Keren-Portnoy about first language acquisition. There’s a lot of similarities between how we learn our first language and how we acquire our second language, so it’s a […]

  • 11 – Too old to learn? The Critical Period – Heather Marsden

    27/06/2016 This episode, I speak to University of York’s Heather Marsden about the controversial Critical Period hypothesis. This theory suggests that there is a limited age at which we can learn a second language, after which it grows increasingly difficult. Anecdotally, we assume this to be true – kids are sponges for language while older […]

  • 10 – how fair is your English test? – QUICKIE

    05/02/2016 @MOTcast Subscribe on iTunes I’m alive! Back after five months with a quickie that (hopefully) gives us a foundation for a deeper look at this topic later this year with a real expert. We’re looking at TESTING & EVALUATION – The main priciples in this episode: Practicality Reliability Validity Authenticity Washback Lots of […]

  • 09 – Bilingual Mythbusting – Marilyn Vihman

    04/09/2015 Subscribe on iTunes Follow me on Twitter – @MOTcast To a monolingual, being bilingual or multilingual seems magical. More than one language in one head – no one can live at that speed! As a result, some unusual misconceptions have grown around linguistic phenomena that, globally, is far more common than speaking a single language. […]

  • 08 – English as a Lingua Franca in the ESL classroom – Martin Dewey

    04/07/2015 [This episode follows up on issues first covered in episode 4 with Jennifer Jenkins.] English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) is a perplexing thing. It’s not an approach. It’s not a methodology. It’s a perspective. So there’s nothing for teachers to really get solid a grip on. This can get frustrating for teachers and can leave us […]

  • 07 – Why your ESL lesson bombed – Tom Randolph

    07/06/2015 In this episode we hear from TESOL methodology trainer Tom Randolph about some of the reasons ESL / EFL lessons don’t succeed, and how to avoid it happening. I chip in with my own experience as a teacher trainer based on the classes I have monitored that didn’t go well. There’re plenty of solid […]

  • 06 – The ESL / EFL student brain and how we learn – Stephen van Vlack

    27/04/2015 As teachers, we need to be aware of how students are learning. Different brain systems need to work together in order to retain information and, most importantly, integrate it into existing systems. So, what is the best approach for teachers to give the best chance for students to improve? Stephen van Vlack slices open the brain […]

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