tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:/posts TATL Podcast 2017-05-30T23:33:08Z tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1157609 2017-05-30T23:33:08Z 2017-05-30T23:33:08Z TATL #45: Vocab Tour 1

Learn Vocabulary as Emily and Roger tour our new offices. Use this for your classes? Why not?

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1151783 2017-05-13T05:35:00Z 2017-05-12T19:00:06Z TATL #44: Beyond Repeating

Main Content

Emily and Roger Talk about a new fantastic book that teaches teachers how to teach (and learn) pronunciation. This book is written by Marla Yoshida. 

Link to the book: http://sites.tesol.org/bookstore/ItemDetail?iProductCode=14038

What Are You Doing This Weekend?

Roger: Tokyo, Working for the Tokyo Metropolitan BOE  

Emily: Bay Area, Niece's Birthday Party!!!

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1151782 2017-05-06T23:52:27Z 2017-05-06T23:52:27Z TATL #43: Building Community

Main Content

Emily and Roger Talk about how teachers can build community at the places they teach. Part-timer's Challenges and Full-timer Challenges. 

What's In My Bag?

Roger has Almonds. Emily has Beef Jerky. And the protein revolution begins!

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1147823 2017-04-21T16:01:00Z 2017-04-24T12:46:45Z TATL #42: Meetings Meetings Meetings

Main Content: Emily and Roger talk about meetings. The good, the bad and the faculty-type.

What's In My Bag? (WINB)

Emily has Grip Tape in her bag to secure her hands to her slippery phone case.

Roger has a new app to explore. It's called Clips by Apple-sorry Android users. It is sort of between the video recording app and iMOVIE. Roger Suggests downloading and also checking out imore.com's article on how to use it. 

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1142930 2017-03-31T17:26:19Z 2017-03-31T17:26:19Z Logo

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1141967 2017-03-28T00:01:43Z 2017-03-28T00:01:47Z TATL #41: TESOL Seattle

Main Content

Emily and Roger talk about their personal thoughts about TESOL 2017 that was hosted in Seattle, Washington.

TATL Interview

TATL interviews Sally from Hujian Ed Tech. 

Website link: teach.hjclass.com 

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1139242 2017-03-17T17:36:00Z 2017-03-17T17:36:06Z TATL #40: Practice does NOT make perfect

Main Content:

Emily and Roger talk about the educational "white whale" called EFFORT. 

What's In Our Bag?

Emily: Hunter brand rainboots. She wants 'em, 'cuz she doesn't have 'em.

Link: http://us.hunterboots.com/female-tall-rain-boots/womens-original-tall-rain-boots/yellow/2632

Roger: Actually, Roger boldly proclaimed that he was not going to take an umbrella in his bag to the TESOL convention in Seattle next week. Let's see if 'trying to be local' works. Here's the link to Seattle's weather for the next several days.

 This is a shot Roger took of leaves after the rain.

Link: https://weather.com/weather/today/l/Seattle+WA+USWA0395:1:US

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1137585 2017-03-10T23:51:19Z 2017-03-10T23:51:47Z What Are You Wearing Now? (WAYWN?) #2 VIDEO

Comments? Email Emily and Roger at askingtatl@gmail.com

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1137290 2017-03-10T18:24:09Z 2017-03-12T05:41:20Z TATL #39: "What To Look Forward To?"

Main Content: 

Emily and Roger talk about ways to deal with students' behaviors as the term finishes. Some students exhibit anxiety, while others go into 'begging-mode' asking for favors regarding grades. 

Emily shares a clever way to help minimize the stress caused by these students, all the while being fair to the other students who don't manifest these behaviors.

What Are You Listening To Now?

Emily is listening to the jazzy hip hop song 'Je La Soul' by Hocus Pocus

Link: https://youtu.be/ThOZA_h2QmY

Roger is listening to the very '80s song 'Voices Carry' by 'Till Tuesday.

Link: https://youtu.be/ZP9DbEIm7ns

As always, ask us anything, tell us anything at askingtatl@gmail.com

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1135249 2017-03-03T20:00:08Z 2017-03-04T00:28:34Z TATL #38: "Guest Podcaster" Michele Talks About Simulations

Main Content

Emily and Roger ask Michele, another English teacher, how she implements extended 'role-plays' in her class. She calls them 'simulations' and the idea for a longer role-play has some great advantages. Enjoy!

What's In My Bag? (WINB)

Michele shares what's in her bag and it looks wooden.

"Keva blocks"


tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1131975 2017-02-21T17:44:32Z 2017-03-09T20:08:40Z TATL #37: 10 Ways Teachers Can Show Their Love To Their Students

Main Content: Emily and Roger talk about 10 ways teachers can show their love to their students. Here they are!

1. Give them Valentine's Day cards.

2. Bake for them.

3. Smile and make eye contact.

4. Ask: "Are you OK?" instead of "Why weren't you here yesterday?!"

5. Really listen to their questions.

6. Turn back homework graded in a timely matter.

7. Make lessons as interactive as possible.

8. Handle difficult students patiently and with grace.

9. Be genuine.

10. Do not play favorites in class.

Do YOU have a list? Do you have have a different way to show love to your students? Please send us an email at:


WTSHSUL "Ways That Students Have Shown Us Love"

Emily: Hello Kitty stuffed animal (with glasses).

Roger: A cool Frixion Multi-Pen by Pilot.

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1129729 2017-02-10T20:00:03Z 2017-02-10T20:00:04Z TATL #36: Misconceptions about CLT Part 6 "Dealing With the Resistance"

Main Content: Emily and Roger talked about 5 situations that relate to students' resisting a teacher's lessons. Particularly, when the teacher is using communicative activities. Here they are briefly:

Teacher's Mistakes:

1. The teacher is doing too much at once. The students are overwhelmed with the completely unfamiliar activities and lessons.

2. The teacher's way of giving instructions is confusions. Students have a hard time following the activities and lessons. Also, the overarching goals have not been explained well. 

3. The content chosen by the teacher is either too hard, too easy or the actual subject matter is too objectionable to the students.

Student's Mistakes:

4. The students don't trust the teacher. This is true for most things. Trust is the foundation of any relationship.

5. The students just don't care. Sometimes the teacher can do a great job and turn a few of these non-caring students but sometimes nothing can be done at the time to change what a student feels about the class.  

What Are You Listening To? (W.A.Y.L.T.)

Emily: DJ Nubjelis

Link: https://youtu.be/jfFTT3iz740

What's In My Bag? (WIMB?):

Roger: Instant Coffee Packs

Link: https://www.amazon.com/Maxim-Mocha-Gold-Korean-Instant/dp/B003VCULUS/ref=cm_sw_em_r_wlp_ahtaM.HAMFBYD_lm?_encoding=UTF8&colid=3NZZBXFDVN87P&coliid=I23IY38L7Z03XH

Comments, suggestions? Email us at: askingtatl@gmail.com

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1127992 2017-02-07T20:00:03Z 2017-02-07T20:00:04Z TATL #35: Misconceptions about CLT Part 5 "Correcting Errors Without Interrupting Fluency"

Main Content: Emily and Roger continue their 'continuation' of Error Correction in Communicative Language Teaching. This podcast focuses on the practical use of post it notes. One of the goals of CLT is not to interrupt the flow of language between participants. This helps develop fluency.

What's In My Bag? (WIMB?):

Emily: Sound Canceling Headphones. Blocks out all the noise or turn off the sound cancellation to still hear what's going on around you. Super comfortable. 

Link: https://www.bose.com/en_us/shop_all/headphones/headphones.html

Roger: Scissors. Yes...nice scissors that cut paper nicely.

Link: I bought them at this shop: mLovewell here's their URL http://www.mlovewell.com/shop

Tools to Live By URL http://www.toolstoliveby.com.tw/en/stationery/scissors-letter-opener/tools-to-liveby-scissors-6-5-black/

Comments, suggestions? Email us at: askingtatl@gmail.com

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1124230 2017-01-29T20:00:03Z 2017-01-31T22:14:18Z TATL #34: Misconceptions about CLT Part 4 "Error Correction"

Main Content: Emily and Roger continue their discussion on CLT. This time the focus is on 'focusing on pedagogy' and the important difference between "Oh Really?" and "Oh Yeah!".

What's In My Bag? (WIMB?):

Emily: "I don't like purses. So I use this kind of wallet to carry my credit cards, my pen, and my iPhone."


Roger: "I love these adhesive bookmark ribbons so I can find my place in my journal. I couldn't find the ones I bought while on an overseas trip, but these look to be the closest thing to it."

Link: http://a.co/7YhsvnY

Comments, suggestions? Email us at: askingtatl@gmail.com

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1124222 2017-01-20T11:30:00Z 2017-01-20T00:11:04Z TATL #33: Misconceptions about CLT Part 3 "Error Correction"

Main Content:

Roger and Emily continue to discuss about CLT focusing on Error Correction and Students' Emotional States. The challenge is to not only inform your students what the error correction ground rules are, but also be aware of each student's emotional capacity to be able to receive error correction. We need to operate with a framework that Emily and Roger begin to develop.

What on your movie list?

Emily: Plastic snack containers. Let's save the environment again. 

Roger: Canon 50mm 1.8 Fixed lens for Sony A6000 mirrorless system. "Constraint is freedom."

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1116128 2016-12-23T20:00:03Z 2016-12-23T20:00:03Z TATL #32: Misconceptions about CLT Part 2

Main Content:

Roger and Emily continue to discuss about CLT and misconceptions that new teachers have about it, particularly the idea that only teachers who are skilled at leading lessons without preparation can use CLT. Emily shares about how she overcame her own problems with planning CLT lessons.

What on your movie list?

Emily: Rogue One (Why is Ip Man a Jedi Master?!), Arrival (Linguistic teacher's geek out moment!), Fantastic Beasts (My love for HP), and Sing (The Voice in animation??) 

Roger: Rogue One, A Dog's Purpose, Fantastic Beasts et. al., Arrival, Dr. Strange

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1116122 2016-12-17T22:46:48Z 2016-12-17T22:48:50Z TATL #31: Misconceptions about CLT Part 1

Main Content:

Roger and Emily discuss about what CLT is and the struggle that new teachers experience when they attempt to implement CLT into their classroom. 

What's In My Bag? (WIMB?):

Emily: Cellphone Camera

Roger: Sony Alpha 6000

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1114956 2016-12-16T20:00:03Z 2016-12-16T20:00:03Z TATL #30: Helping Students Set Their Own Goals

Main Content:

Roger and Emily discuss about how to help students set goals for learning English. Emily attended a workshop and shares an idea that she learned. It involves imagining and drawing a tangible scenario where the student wants to use English. 

What's In My Bag? (WIMB?):

Emily: Sheet protector white boards

Emily says that these are much more portable and CAN be in your bag as opposed to those heavy boards that need a separate bag and a Olympic weightlifter to carry for you.

Roger: "The Horse and His Boy" by C.S. Lewis

Roger prefers papery books. This particular book is like comfort food. 

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1111527 2016-12-02T20:00:03Z 2016-12-02T20:00:03Z TATL #29: Infinite Accessibility

Main Content: 

Emily and Roger discuss the challenge of making our created content "infinitely accessible". Teachers create great content, we want access to this and we want to keep sharing it with our former, current and future students. There are social media tools available to keep in touch with students, but what about tools that help us share and distribute content to our expanding student audience? 

Emily mentions that using LMS's (learning management tools), and specifically Schoology, can be effective 'after' a course is finished. After she finishes a course, she leaves the course open, and so anyone with a link and a code could access some or all of her content. 

Roger mentions that 'tagging' is super important. Just as instagram and twitter use hashtags # to categorize posts, we teachers can 'tag' our content with useful descriptors to help others find content. He also mentions that we need to reduce 'look-up fatigue' in our students. That is to say, make it easier for outsiders, former students, anyone, to find the content they need for their learning. 

Other useful blogging/information platforms: 




Tools to help send big files:

Microsoft One Drive

Apple iCloud



WAWLT (What Are We Listening Too?):

Emily: When I need inspiration, or when I want to imagine that I am a Benedictine monk about to be killed for just saying 'Hi', I play this tune. Very evocative, somber piece played perfectly by the cello master himself Yo Yo Ma. 

Ennio Morricone "The Mission" played by Yo Yo Ma. Link

Roger: I like rhythm, especially rhythm that is syncopated and surprising. This song has this and the lyrics are chilling, honest and desperate.

Twenty-One Pilots "Addict With a Pen" Link

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1104304 2016-11-11T20:00:03Z 2017-01-31T22:14:34Z TATL #28: Road Tripping

Main Content: 

Emily and Roger discuss about how they prepare and pack for work trips. They invite listeners who are nervous about traveling to e-mail them with questions at askingtatl@gmail.com.

WOMD? (What's On My Desk?)


"Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien" (Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Letters-J-R-R-Tolkien-J-R/dp/0618056998)


Quote from Tracee Ellis Ross given by one of Emily's TEFL students.

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1104300 2016-11-06T19:00:11Z 2016-11-06T19:00:11Z TATL #27: Field Tripping

Main Content

Emily and Roger discuss the benefits of going on and organizing field trips. They also offer tips on pre- and post-field trip activities to make sure that the trip is more than just a trip.

WOMD? (What's On My Desk?)


A giant sketch pad for preparing talks. (Strathmore 14"x17" Sketch link: http://www.michaels.com/strathmore-400-series-sketch-pad/M10012254.html#start=4)


A birthday gift of an art piece from a dear friend. (Etsy link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MysteryBarnTradingCo )

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1099612 2016-10-28T19:00:04Z 2016-10-28T19:00:04Z TATL #26: To Share or Not to Share

Main Content

Emily and Roger discuss the challenges of sharing their lessons, activities, and resources with other teachers. Roger thinks it depends on who you share your hard work with. There are 'moochers' out there. They are the ones that make it harder for people who want to share, but feel angry that some teachers take advantage of it. When there is mutual sharing, magic happens. 

WIMB (What's In My Bag?)

Roger: Music Memo App (iOS only)

Emily: Key Card Stretchy thingy.

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1099595 2016-10-21T19:00:02Z 2016-10-21T19:00:02Z TATL #25: Using Music in Class (Part 2)

Main Content

There are specific songs with lyrics for teaching grammar-website (tefltunes.com)

We have a few activities:

Emily: "instrumental journaling"

Roger:"cut up the lyrics"

Tom's Diner plus homework


Emily: DJ Okawari (https://youtu.be/Bm-Ijm5X84w)

Roger: KUSC Classical Music Commercial Free (http://kusc.org/)

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1100890 2016-10-21T18:53:24Z 2017-03-10T18:27:35Z What's On Your Desk? (WOYD) #1 VIDEO

"Something yellow, something lethal." -rd

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1096909 2016-10-14T19:00:01Z 2016-10-21T19:00:01Z TATL #24: Using Music in Class (Part 1)

Main Content:  Emily and Roger talk about how they use music in class. Emily shared a great idea to get a list of her students' favorite songs and then she finds them and plays them during break time. Really Cool! Roger plays music in class before it starts to create a comfortable atmosphere. There are more tips and ideas discussed in this always nearly 10-minute segment. 

WIMB: (What's in My Bag?)


Dill Pickle Popcorn from Trader Joes


Coffee (and TEA) Pour Over Infuser Thingy from Daiso
tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1095720 2016-10-10T21:42:00Z 2016-10-12T19:00:06Z TATL #23: Vacay Yourself Out

Main Content:  Emily and Roger talk about vacations and the need for teachers to take them...even if they do not go far, REST is important. 

WAYLT: (What Are You Listening To?)


"I Hate You" Oral Cigarette


"Runaway" by Aurora

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1095713 2016-10-03T21:41:29Z 2016-10-03T21:41:29Z TATL #22: Thinking About the End

Main Content:  Emily and Roger reflect on how they conduct the last class of the term, encourage students who are going onto other paths, and leave a long-lasting impression.

WIMB: (What's in my bag?)


I use plastic, reusable folders with cute characters on them to keep my import documents from wrinkling.


I have this slim, reusable water bottle made by Memobottle.
Memobottle - Reusable Slim Water Bottle - Made from Recycled BPA Free Plastic - 750ml/375ml- memo bottle 
by memobottle 
Link: https://amzn.com/B011Q2UF4G]]>
tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1080794 2016-08-12T21:55:29Z 2016-08-12T21:58:17Z TATL #21: Special Edition: Interview with Shuhei

Main Content:  Emily and Roger talk with Shuhei H. He is an English teacher in Japan who teaches at a night high school. He shares some challenges, but also a very important classroom activity type that he has found to be very effective for these very special students.

WIMB: (What's in my bag?)

Shuhei: Shuhei shared a very unique journal book. It is a 3-year parallel journal that is keyed by date. This means that when he writes a journal entry for a particular day, he can look back on his journal entry for the exact day a year ago. He says it is a great way to look at how his viewpoint has changed (or stayed the same) over the past three years.

tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1079140 2016-08-08T15:55:28Z 2016-08-08T15:55:35Z TATL #20: Analog Your Schedule

Main Content:  Emily and Roger talk about having full schedules and how they use different ways to organize what they need to do every day. They also discuss what is successful or not successful.

WIMB: (What's in my bag?)

Emily: A ripped calendar - For really busy quarters, I use free calendars sent by various charity organizations.
Physician's Formula Liquid Eyeliner (purchase)

Roger: Here's a snapshot of Roger's calendar drawn in a Zequenz notebook. He used Frixion erasable pens, Kurecolor markers (Warm Gray 2) to create it. Also, here's the article by Belle Beth Cooper on analog scheduling and calendaring that Roger talked about.
tag:tatl.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1077353 2016-07-29T23:06:21Z 2016-07-29T23:06:21Z TATL #19: From ESL Teacher to Teacher Trainer

Main Content:  Emily and Roger interview a guest TATLer, Helen, who talks about her transition from being an ESL teacher to a Teacher trainer. Helen shares a little about the differences, how has it affected her ESL teaching, frustrations, and gives some great advice.

WIMB: (What's in my bag?)

Helen: Tide ToGo Pen (http://tide.com/en-us/shop/type/stain-removers/tide-to-go) and Viva la Juicy (https://www.amazon.com/Juicy-Couture-Viva-Parfum-Spray/dp/B002XQ1YTK)