Emily Bryson ELT

My favourite ELT podcasts

Ok, I’ll be honest. My all-time favourite, laugh out loud, podcast has to be the Adam Buxton podcast, but sometimes I just feel a bit swotty and want to professionally develop whilst chopping vegetables or heading home from my latest adventure. Here are some entertaining and enlightening English language teaching and materials writing themed listens:

1. Accentricity. The Accentricity podcast wholeheartedly embraces and promotes the wonderfully inclusive world of English as a Lingua Franca. Sadie Ryan, a PhD Linguistics graduate from Glasgow University bridges the gap between academia and how people really use the language. Her engaging interviews with experts and language users explore a world of accents, prejudice, language acquisition and multilingualism.

2. The Editing Podcast. As a Materials Writer, this podcast has been endlessly helpful and inspiring. Denise Cowle and Louise Harnby simplify all there is to know about editing. Each episode is about 15 minutes long and feels like you’re just eavesdropping on Denise and Louise having an enthusiastic chat about editing over a coffee (and maybe a spoonful of Nutella). It’s a fun, friendly way to learn about formatting, grammar, punctuation and all the technical terms and jargon used in editing and writing.

3. The TEFL Training Institute podcast. These podcasts are also only 15 minutes long, and manage to squeeze a lot of learning into every precious second. Ross Thorburn interviews experts on just about every TEFL topic you can think of – Marek Kiczkowiak about Native Speakerism, David Crystal about the History of English, Russell Stannard about online teaching and my very own Diploma tutor, the fabulous Anne Carmichael about using Literature to teach Language.

4. The Actual Fluency Podcast. As I write this, there are close to 200 of these podcasts available to download. Each is aimed at anyone wanting to learn a language (not just English). Kris interviews guests on topics such as language learning techniques, theories and research. One episode that stuck in my mind was his interview with Anthony Metivier talking about Memory Palaces. Now there’s something I won’t forget!

These are just 4 of my favourites. Each an easy and entertaining way to stay informed. I’d love to hear recommendations for more. Which ones do you love? Which episodes have made themselves at home in your mind?

Post updated multiple times:

Thanks for all your lovely suggestions. I would now like to add the following to my (and hopefully your) ELT podcast playlist:

The LearnJam podcast – Adventures in Learning Design

The Pearson English podcast

The TEFL Commute podcast


Sponge ELT – Interviews from ELT professionals sharing their inspiring ELT career journeys. 



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