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Interaction Patterns and Seating Arrangements

How should you sit and pair or group learners for the best learning results? How can you change up the classroom to keep the learners engaged and on task? How does the classroom management change with different activity types? These questions are essential for creating a student-centered learning environment. This post is best viewed while listening … Read more

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THE Podcast is new and improved!

The Definitive Article Podcast with Jimmy & Dave is back and better than ever! We are aiming to bring our tools and advice to every ESL teacher. Both Dave and I (Jimmy) have a couple decades of experience with young learners and academic management, so that is where our focus will remain. The same great content will … Read more

Clocking In for Season 3

The EFers podcast is back!
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After a little hiatus we are on track for a great season 3 of the EFers podcast. A massive thank you goes out to all of our listeners and especially for the inquiries about more episodes.

We continue on our goal to give you quality academic ESL content that will help you and your team improve your contribution to the ESL universe.
Our first episode for Season 3 is a little controversial – Should teachers be require to clock in? Listen in to our heated debate as friendships are tested and limits crossed. Special guests Emily, Janes and Ferdi also return to bring some calm to the storm. Enjoy!

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EFers Podcast – Christmas!

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The silly season can be stressful at home and it can be doubly stressful in a foreign country. We know it because we have experienced it.

Our experiences during Christmas provide valuable insight on how to overcome the holiday blues.

Jimmy, Dave, Nikka and Celesté in celebrating Christmas!

 

 

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Being a General Center Manager and a Production Manager at EF.

Do you want to know what it like to be a general center manager or production manager in EF? Have you ever thought about what their relationship is like to each other and to Shanghai HO? 

We chat with Alicia the General Centre Manager and Shannon and Production Manager at EF Chengdu. In the discussion we talk about their reponsiblities, how they are developing and what it takes to manage the biggest EF franchiase in China. 

  1. How did your past life help you for the job you’ve got now?
  2. What was it like changing from small business to big business?
  3. How are you both developing in your roles?
  4. How does the fast pace of education advancement effect you?
  5. How does Shanghai support your development?
  6. How do you handle conflict?
  7. How do you balance doing two roles: regional manager and in-center manager?
  8. How involved is (Phil) the investor?
  9. What have been your professional challenges at EF?
  10. What have been your highlights?
  11. What advice would you have for a new teacher/Director of Studies?
  12. What is the future of EF Chengdu?

It’s a big one!!!

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Dave and Jimmy started the EFers podcast designed for EF Chengdu and the wider EF communities around China in February 2016. Our podcasts are created to give an EF teacher tools and insight into everyday life inside and outside of our centres. Our topics range from EFEKTA tasks, teaching techniques, product development and everyday life for expats living in China.
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Teaching with an Accent

Are you hindered by your accent? Do you want to know how you can teach more effectively with it? Do you think you’re the only one? We invite Shaun, Ross, Aedan and Carrie on to the podcast to talk about how it is to teach with a accent. We discuss how to neutralize an accent, which accents are better and how accents can effect working with local staff. Enjoy!

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Download the Episode or listen below!

EFers

EFers

Dave and Jimmy started the EFers podcast designed for EF Chengdu and the wider EF communities around China in February 2016. Our podcasts are created to give an EF teacher tools and insight into everyday life inside and outside of our centres. Our topics range from EFEKTA tasks, teaching techniques, product development and everyday life for expats living in China.
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High Flyer Lesson Planning

NHFTo all the High Flyer lesson planners out there, this is the podcast for you. In this podcast Jimmy and Dave discuss how to plan a High Flyer lesson. We talk about staging, timing and how to implement PPP (present, practice and produce) into short sections. We also discuss the importance of showing students how to do book work and how to carry out assessments efficiently. We understand how long it can takes to compress these lessons together and we give you tips on how make the process faster. We hope you enjoy!

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