FE pod ep 0145 – Does technology always help you learn English?

In this episode I talk about the use of technology in the language learning process. I start by talking about the positive points of using technology to learn English. Then I move on to discuss some ways in which technology can actually become a barrier to learning and how you can deal with this.

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FE pod ep 0138 – Challenges teachers face when teaching adults learners

In this episode I talk about some of the challenges teachers face when teaching adult learners. I basically talk about two aspects which I think are important to consider: background knowledge and motivation.

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FE pod ep 0093 – So what is fluency?

In this episode I talk about fluency. I start by discussing what some learners believe fluency is and how this can affect their progress in their language learning process. Then, I talk about a blog post written by Rob Howard which has some interesting ideas on this topic.

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FE pod ep 0089 – How long does it take to learn English?

In this episode I talk about how long it takes to learn English. I start by discussing some other questions that learners should bear in mind before considering how long it will take. Then, I talk about the number of hours learners usually take to reach different levels of proficiency in language.

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FE pod ep 0078 – Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

In this episode I talk about the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). I start by reading out a brief description of the history of the CEFR and its importance in the assessment of learners levels of proficiency, and then I move on to talk about each of the six levels and their main characteristics.

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FE pod ep 0062 – Interview with Maria Claudia (EFL teacher)

In this episode I interview an EFL teacher from Brazil. We talked about educational background, her language classes and she gave some personal tips on what learners can do to learn a foreign language more effectively. We also talked about the role of EFL teachers and how it is changing nowadays. 

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FE pod ep 0023 – The most important skill

In this episode I talk about the most important skill to practice in order to learn English as a foreign language. I start by briefly discussing the 4 skills and how to practice them and then I move on to give some tips on how to practice your listening skills.

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FE pod ep 0018 – Should I use a textbook or not?

In this episode I discuss the advantages and disadvantages of adopting a textbook. I start by listing a few advantages of using a textbook, after that I talk about some disadvantages and then I go on to talk about the positive and negative points of not using a textbook.

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FE pod ep 0009 – Language fluency and proficiency

In this episode I talk about the fluency and proficiency in English. I start by reading some definitions and then I discuss and give my opinion about the difference between fluency and proficiency.

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FE pod ep 0005 – Language learner profiles

In this episode I discuss the different profiles that language learners tend to have. There are learners who are more analytical or grammar-driven and those who are more communication-driven.

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