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ELT podcasts try to be listening to

ELT podcasts try to be listening to


Flashback: Late 2014, a few colleagues and I are on Skype (sure Skype!) speaking about our love of podcasts, and what we’re at present listening to. At the moment, the podcast du jour was Serial, an investigative journalism podcast that addressed a potential miscarriage of justice within the US, which began in October of that yr and has now been downloaded over 68 million instances! A podcast which in accordance with Sherrill, (2020) (1) helped transfer podcasting from a distinct segment exercise to a mainstream media platform. Throughout our dialog, we focus on the shortage of ELT podcasts, and one factor led to a different and in March 2015 the primary episode of TEFL commute dropped.

Flashforward: January 2023, it’s estimated that there are over 5 million podcasts with over 70 million episodes between them (2). Of that, 105 of these episodes are TEFL commute, and within the seven years since we began there may be now a burgeoning ELT podcast vary for academics to get caught into masking many angles.

Except for their enjoyment worth, podcasts are a superb manner of compacting just a little bit of constant skilled growth into our busy lives. One thing we will hearken to, whereas doing one thing else. Listening on demand, in contrast to video on demand doesn’t tie us to a display screen.

ELT podcasts comprise interviews which permits us to listen to from famend ELT professionals. Additionally they give us new and differing views on academic subjects and supply us with issues we will check out within the classroom. House limits me from mentioning all of the ELT podcasts on the market, however should you’re searching for some to get began then hopefully these 5 will assist you in your manner.


TEFL commute

As one of many founders of this podcast, we began this with the concept of offering academics with one thing to hearken to on their journey to work. Most episodes are primarily based round a light-hearted dialogue impressed by a phrase associated to schooling – something from stationary to video games, or grammar. In addition to discussions, the podcast tries to demystify areas of language educating, and supply actions for the classroom.


It is a long-running podcast about language educating and utilized linguistics. For those who choose one thing much less light-hearted then this is likely to be the podcast for you. At present at 116 episodes,  TEFLology mixes episodes that carry you in-depth interviews with main figures within the trade, and chats on areas of curiosity for the presenters.

Instructor Discuss Radio

Technically not a podcast however a complete internet-based radio station. It describes itself as neighborhood radio station for academics and educators. Exhibits exit stay (from 11am to 10pm) however then every episode may be downloaded like a podcast. There are round 15 completely different hosts masking all features of schooling although many episodes function ELT, and hosts akin to Jane Ritter, Graham Stanley, and Harry Watters are from an ELT background.

TEFL Coaching Institute

One other lengthy keep podcast having reached 200 episodes. Whereas 200 may appear to be so much to compensate for, the podcast goals to be bite-sized, so episodes are round quarter-hour with the purpose of giving concepts to academics, coach and managers. Episodes function chats with individuals from all through the trade, together with discussions on ELT subjects.

One thing rhymes with purple

Okay, so this one is made for mainstream not ELT consumption. Nonetheless, most English academics are fascinated by the English language, and this podcast offers with simply that. The 2 hosts, well-known within the UK, spend every episode phrases and sayings discussing that means and origins. The weekly subjects are eclectic and multiple factor they’ve mentioned has made its manner into my language lessons!

For those who’ve by no means listened to a podcast, I hope that not less than one in every of these 5 will enchantment to you but when not, as I discussed on the outset, I can’t embrace all of them so should you’re nonetheless searching for the appropriate one for you then merely search your favorite podcast supplier.

Pleased Listening.


Shaun Wilden is an schooling technologist who teaches and trains each face-to-face and on-line programs. He’s the educational supervisor for on-line programs for the Worldwide Home World Organisation overseeing their suite of asynchronous trainer growth programs. He additionally teaches digital literacy in addition to brief programs in educating on-line on the College of Oxford. His newest e book, Cellular Studying, was printed by Oxford College Press. In his spare time, he makes the TEFL commute podcast for academics and performs board video games.




(1) Sherrill, Lindsey. (2020). The “ Serial Impact” and the True Crime Podcast Ecosystem. Journalism Observe. 16. 1-22. 10.1080/17512786.2020.1852884.
(2) https://www.demandsage.com/podcast-statistics/
(3) (italics)TEFL commute: http://www.teflcommute.com
(4) (italics)TEFLology: www.teflology-podcast.com
(5) (italics)Instructor Discuss Radio: https://www.ttradio.org
(6) (italics)TEFL Coaching Institute: https://www.tefltraininginstitute.com/podcast
(7) (italics)One thing rhymes with purple: https://somethinelse.com/tasks/something-rhymes-with-purple/