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Teachers know that when classes are done, the beer has been poured, teachers gather around the table, and the talk turns to...teaching. Great (and not so great ideas) are tossed around, argued, praised, and ridiculed. What's been missing is a microphone on the table. Until now. If you're a teacher, and especially if you're teaching in Japan, have a listen. Tony and Charles talk about what they've learned, what works, what doesn't, and what other teachers like you have to say.
 
So you've just dropped some big money on the latest iPhone, iPod, or Android smartphone. You stick the buds that came with it into your ear and crank up some of your favorite music. Well? You think it should sound better? We agree. But where do you start? What makes sense and what's crazy? What's real and what's myth? What makes an audible difference and what's digital snake oil? Why would someone spend $1000 (or $2000) on a pair of headphones?We've wrestled with these very questions over a ...
 
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We know that Japanese students’ English comprehension is overrated, even by those of us who know that their listening comprehension is overrated. But that’s not it, or, at least all of it. Join us in a deep dive on impediments to understanding and how maybe, just maybe, we can make things better. Mentioned: Grant Wiggins, Understanding By Design: h…
 
Thoughts and comments on teaching pronunciation and the interview with Prof. Alison Kitzman in Episode 139. Then, a brief discussion of how computer translation may require a reset on how English, or any foreign language, is taught. Mentioned: My Cousin Vinny, Two Youths: https://youtu.be/NdCijCUj8w Perfect English in an incomprehensible essay: htt…
 
Prof. Alison Kitzman of Kindai University talks to us about the what, why, and how of teaching English pronunciation in Japan. Included free: cicadas and a very bad Eliza Dolittle impersonation. Mentioned: Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, Peter C. Brown: https://www.amazon.com/Make-Stick-Peter-C-Brown-ebook/dp/B00JQ3FN7M/ref=sr\_1…
 
Two heads, too many cooks...so, when does it make sense to sit down and hash things out and when is it better to just go it alone? Mentioned: Modular Press - Charles' new textbook and materials publishing portal: https://modularpress.org. The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Fred Brooks: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mythical…
 
Game Over: Tony has retired. I made it. My last class was February 10, my contracts expire 3/31/21. I'm retired. 🍾 🥂 Charles and I talk about what this means. I used to teach: http://tonysensei.net Personal: http://tony-silva.com Also, for the record, after some of those last classes, I cried like a baby. I will miss teaching way more than it sound…
 
Many articles have been published in the past few decades “debunking” the notion of learning styles. Yet, despite that, many teachers are reluctant to let go of the idea. Then what about differentiated learning? Well…"they" say that doesn’t work either. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Tony sits down with Prof. Alison Kitzman to try to sort this out.…
 
It’s been a few weeks. We’re still standing (well, sitting, mostly), zero student casualties, at least as far as we can tell. So, what’s it been like? Taking a break in the trenches, we try to assess what's been happening, what’s been working, what hasn’t, and what we–and our students–have learned so far in this very unusual academic year.…
 
In another very special episode, we talk with students and alumni from Osaka University about how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting their education, their future, and their lives. Their discussion is full of insight, surprise, and hope. If you’re teaching in Japan, you need to hear what they have to say. They distinguish themselves as very special r…
 
Email for remote learning. As we all gear up for teaching in this new environment, we can predict that email, particularly email from students, is going to be a bigger part of the workday. In a special episode, we talk about what we have learned about handling student email and offer some tips on avoiding mistakes and speeding up workflows. More at…
 
A very special episode of Two Teachers Talking, so special it’s dropping early. First we recap last month’s interview with Alison Kitzman. Then, we move on to discuss the COVID-19 virus and how it will change our teaching, our students, and our world. A hard discussion in hard times. Let’s all try to get through this together. Be safe.Mentioned:Cha…
 
An interview with Chris Ruddenklau. Chris, colleague and old Japan hand, shares his teaching experiences in Thailand, Laos, and Japan. He is the coordinator of the JALT Teachers Helping Teachers (THT) Laos Program and plays an active role in the annual Laos TESOL conference. Just two teachers talking. Of course, afterwards, Charles shares his obser…
 
Raise high the bars, teachers. That’s the current mantra. But how high is too high? How do you know? What are the consequences? What do you do if you've screwed up? Mentioned: Episode 60, Two Teachers Talking, March 2015. And Happy New Year! (And thanks to Mick, Keith, et al, for the outro riffs.)By Tony Silva and Charles Wiz
 
As 2019 slithers down into its ignominious place in history, we consider ourselves lucky, in that, at least from a teaching perspective, it’s been an unremarkable year. We sift through the memories, panning for nuggets of wisdom to help us in the new year. Don’t expect much.Nevertheless, please accept our wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a…
 
ボクです!¡Soy yo! C'est moi! To ja! Это я! 나야! Tôi đây! 是我!ມັນແມ່ນຂ້ອຍ! So, really…how does the language we use affect…everything? Tony and Charles dive off the deep end. Luckily, they have some help from Maria Minohara, student at Osaka University, who shares her insights on bilingualism, personality, persona, and society. (And apologies to Maria and …
 
We all have more things to do than time to do them. We talk about trying to manage all the things we need to, want to, or are expected to do. Spoiler: no magic app will solve all your task management problems. Also, apologies for the poor audio quality; not up to our usual standards, but TIME MANAGEMENT issues didn’t allow a re-recording.…
 
From time to time one needs to step back and take account of what you do and don’t have control over. When you realize the things that are bugging you most are things beyond your control, what do you do? Mentioned: Text Expander https://textexpander.comThe Flintstones https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_FlintstonesPrevious Episodes http://twoteachers…
 
Motivation. No, not yours. The students’. How do you motivate students–or should you have to? Peering into the opacity of the student mind.Mentioned:You Are Not So SmartPodcast (YANSS), Episodes 52, 53, 55 https://youarenotsosmart.comTwo Teachers Talking:Episode 67 Japanese Exceptionalism Episode 53: Failure by Design Episode 51 and 52: School Cult…
 
We’re all pretty much obligated or resigned to shooting for the middle with our classes. How do you accommodate the student whose abilities far outstrip his/her peers? How about the one who just believes his/her do? Mentioned in the podcast:Tony Buzan and Mind-Mapping .By Tony Silva and Charles Wiz
 
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