Today I wanted to mention a section of the Teaching English website. (Another of the sites I'm subscribed to and visit regularly.
Teaching English Radio
There are 15 minute radio programmes on a particular theme.
9 themes have been covered so far:
1 Planning your lessons
2 Teachers supporting each other
3 Finding and creating worksheets
4 Using group work in larger classes
5 Pair and group work in practice
6 Developing teachers' language
7 Using English in the classroom
8 Teaching new language
9 Teaching reading
Then, they can download a worksheet which summarises the ideas discussed in the radio programme and also contains some ideas for thinking about/discussing. For example, this is the Programme Summary from Finding and creating worksheets:
Programme Summary: Using real-life materials is motivating for students. It provides a very real context for practising English. Our students are also a rich resource as we found out in this programme.
Teachers can use songs, humour, real objects and simple drawings and if we need to find colourful images for posters or flash cards we can cut them out of magazines. Newspapers are a very cheap resource and provide material for craft, as well as a variety of written texts. We hope you’ve heard some ideas to adapt for your teaching situation .
These programmes would provide great material and stimulus for teacher training and development. They would also provide useful language input for trainees.