British Council TeachingEnglish - Episode 6: How can I teach effectively in challenging contexts?

Download the sixth episode, show notes and transcript from our podcast series 'British Council Teaching English'

British Council: TeachingEnglish - series overview

In this ten-part podcast series from the British Council, we try and provide solutions to some of the key questions being asked by English teachers around the world. Each episode explores a specific topic through interviews, a focus on recent developments and reports on British Council initiatives in English language teaching. Practical show notes and transcripts are available to download at the bottom of the page.

Episode 6: How can I teach in challenging circumstances?

For decades, the educational dial in northern Nigeria, had barely moved. Low levels of literacy and numeracy prevailed across the state of Kano. Since 2019, the British Council have worked with governmental and non-governmental partners to implement its Kano Literacy and Maths Accelerator (KaLMA) project, the aim of which is to build foundational Maths, Hausa and English literacy skills, using a TaRL (Teaching at the Right Level) approach. In our interview, Mohammed Wais, a coordinator of the NGO “Wave of Hope” at the Nea Kavala refugee camp in northern Greece, shares his experience of teaching English in this challenging context, providing ideas, initiatives and insights into how teachers can be as effective as possible.

Show notes

Each episode contains downloadable show notes. These include the following:

  • Ideas for how you could use the podcast in your teaching
  • Detailed notes with extra information about the contents of the episode
  • Useful links
  • A lexical glossary of words and phrases from the episode, mapped to the CEFR 

How to listen or subscribe to the podcast

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  • Episode 6 audio file
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  • Epsiode 6 Transcript

This episode is produced for the British Council by Chris Sowton and Kris Dyer


Submitted by neveen amin on Fri, 02/11/2022 - 19:22


I think good teachers can manage the classroom effectively .They can involve their students by helping them to share in the teaching process itself and by using games and songs to make an interesting environment to overcome the difficulties and attain and retain knowledge 

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