FE pod ep 0097 – Interview with a friend who moved to US recently

In this episode I interview a friend from Brazil who moved to US recently. She talked about her impressions of US and her life there. We also talked about the weather, meeting people, language and her plans for the future. 

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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 0084 – Active and passive vocabulary

In this episode I talk about the difference between active and passive vocabulary. I start by discussing the difference, then I read an article that I found on the Internet about that and make my comments. I also give a few tips on how language learners can deal with this issue.

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FE pod ep 0064 – A few random thoughts on error correction

In this episode I talk about error correction in the EFL classroom. I start by reading a short passage from an article by Larry Ferlazzo recently published by the British Council Teaching English blog. Then, I make some general comments on how it can affect the learning process and how EFL teachers can approach it.

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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 0060 – British English and American English

In this episode I talk about British English and American English. I start by talking about some differences between these two varieties of English. Then, I move on to discuss what learners should take into account and whether they should adopt one of the varieties when they start learning English.

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FE pod ep 0058 – The learning curve

In this episode I talk about the learning curve. I start by discussing this concept and the idea that many learners are not prepared for it. Then, I talk about how you can deal with it in order not to give up learning.

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FE pod ep 0048 – Interview with a former student who is living in Finland

In this episode I interview a former student who has been living in Finland as part of the “Science Without Borders” program and his fiancée. We talked about Finland, the language and the people and their traveling experiences.  

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FE pod ep 0042 – Why some learners fail to succeed in language learning

In this episode I talk about why some learners fail to succeed in language learning. I start by discussing different attitudes language learners have towards their learning process and how these can affect their progress. Then, I give some tips on how to differentiate between learners who have a positive and those who have a negative attitude.

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