• What's your accent? Is there a standard accent? What are RP and GA accents? Find out the answer to these and many more questions in this week's How to English with Gav & Em. Featuring Bianca from Unpuzzled English on Facebook and Instagram who talks in detail about accents and how important they are. Plus Andy from Parlour Language Room who introduces us some phrasal verb tips. Enjoy the Show! Transcription with audio: https://share.descript.com/view/QiBmOm12rac

    Bianca's links:




    Andy's links:


    Countries where English is the official language:


    Minimal pairs demonstration:


    Activity cards:


  • What is EdTech? Are you using it in your classes? Is your teacher using it to teach you English? Explore the topic with Gav & Em's guest Charlie from charlieslessons on Instagram and Youtube. And catch LaDoris' pronunciation practice to improve your ability with the long and short "e". So, get your tech-head on and follow us down the digital path of enlightenment in this week's How to English Pod. Transcription with audio: https://share.descript.com/view/SPJZLnqVLqj

    Charlie's links:



    Charlie's website and his new blog: http://charlieslessons.com/

    LaDoris' links: 



    Gav's memes presentation on Google Docs:




    Apps for learning languages: (https://www.usnewsglobaleducation.com/)

    1. Rosetta Stone (https://www.rosettastone.co.uk/)

    2. FluentU (https://www.fluentu.com/) 

    3. Hello English (https://helloenglish.com/) 

    4. Duolingo (https://www.duolingo.com/) 

    5. HelloTalk (https://www.hellotalk.com/) 

    Zoom: https://zoom.us/

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  • Welcome back to Gav and Em's How to English Pod. This special episode is dedicated to all the people affected by the war in Ukraine. Gav and Em are examining some of the headlines related to the invasion and especially drawing attention to the reporting verbs and their meanings. Transcription with audio: https://share.descript.com/view/NqqSwURM4Ue Gav and Em's transcription website: http://www.howtoenglishpod.com/
    Ready For FCE: https://www.macmillanenglish.com/us/catalogue/courses/exam-preparation/ready-for-first-3rd-edition/course-information

  • Welcome everybody! Gav & Em are so excited to bring this new episode to you on one of their favourite teaching and learning topics - pronunciation. Joined by two amazing teachers and trainers Rasoul, also known as Mr_Pronunciation and Toktam found on Instagram under the handle: morning_english_. And don't forget to check out the transcribed version of the show here: https://share.descript.com/view/uXN3z8ar5hg

    Rasoul's links:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mr_pronunciation/

    YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/c/AppliUniCation

    Toktams link:


    Pronunciation links:

    British and American pronunciation: https://www.angmohdan.com/22-words-with-british-and-american-pronunciations-that-may-confuse-you/


    Word stress: (https://www.fluentu.com/blog/english/english-word-stress/)

    Adding an "e" to words: https://www.cram.com/flashcards/adding-silent-e-to-short-vowel-words-524324

  • Today's topic is development. How do you further your skills? What are your qualifications? Have you ever wondered if you're overqualified? Find out Gav & Em's take on these and many more questions. Plus a guest appearance by Carolina Cunha: language teacher and trainer who runs her own school in Brazil. Grammar by Kamlesh Thakkar who describes the present simple in a simple and concise way. Transcription with audio: https://share.descript.com/view/p33VD2Tep6f
    Carolina's links:
    Links: https://linktr.ee/ccunha.solucoeslinguisticas
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ccunha.solucoeslinguisticas/
    Article: https://drive.google.com/file/d/10qWM1UvOLwAR-A-2bpeorqr1LbbbWryy/view

  • Welcome, everybody! In this episode, Gav & Em are discussing a really important topic that affects us all inside and outside the classroom. It's the topic of grief and loss. Featuring the author of Learning from Loss A Trauma-Informed Approach to Supporting Grieving Students, Brittany Collins shares her knowledge of how to approach this topic within a language teaching context. Also presenting Cassandra Ormachea who introduces us to a very useful idiom in a fun and memorable way. Transcription with audio: https://share.descript.com/view/r1DJdFNR9dL

    Brittany's links: 

    Instagram: @griefresponsiveteaching

    Website: www.griefresponsiveteaching.com

    Link to buy the book: https://www.heinemann.com/products/e13420.aspx

    Cassandra's link:

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cassandraormachea.elt/

  • Welcome, everybody! What kind of teacher are you? Or is your teacher a TEFL teacher? Let's explore the types of teachers and the many different roles they have in the language teaching industry. With a contribution from their special guest Kat from Teach Travel Tribe, Gav & Em outline the fascinating world of TEFL teaching. Don't forget to catch this week's grammar point from Reyhaneh and Rezvaneh. Have fun and enjoy the show! Transcription with audio: https://share.descript.com/view/EvTptalpTLd

    Kat's links:

    Teach and Travel Tribe: https://free.teachtraveltribe.com/



    Reyhaneh and Rezvaneh: 



    TEFL, TESOL and TESL: https://www.goabroad.com/articles/tefl-courses/tefl-tesl-tesol-whats-the-difference

    Recruitment sites: 



    Worksheets: https://www.linguahouse.com/en-GB/

    Oxford University Press: https://global.oup.com/?cc=gb

    Types of English jobs: https://www.tefl.org/blog/types-of-english-teaching-jobs/

    List of online teaching companies: https://www.tefl.org/teach-english-online/?gclid=Cj0KCQiA0eOPBhCGARIsAFIwTs7ejrQNgcItnDdqOzew3zZHaNvaHELlCNgRtkwsl5V5daVSCFHPUcAaAsBLEALw_wcB

    International House,  https://www.ihlondon.com/

    British Council, https://www.britishcouncil.org/

    English First,  https://www.ef.co.uk/

    Berlitz, https://www.berlitz.co.uk/

  • Welcome back everyone to Gav & Em's How to English podcast. They're back for a new season of their teaching and learning English podcast. In this episode they discuss taking breaks, returning to school/work, and some New Year's resolutions. Plus a new feature called Teacher, Teach Me where teachers and learners can introduce a language point in the show. In this episode, Gav demonstrates the grammar: used to, didn't use to, get used to, and be used to. Finally, don't forget to catch them on their socials on Instagram, Facebook and also find them on Youtube. Enjoy the show! Transcription with audio: https://share.descript.com/view/ULlDaLulTNc

  • Welcome to the final show of Season 2 of How to English Podcast with Gav & Em. It's been a real rollercoaster of a year and to finish off the year, your favourite hosts have invited some more amazing teachers and learners to tell their treasured memorable moments in and outside the classroom. Make sure you listen to the end to hear Whizbuster's fabulous musical rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas and check out their Youtube channel for great resources. Transcription with audio: https://share.descript.com/view/tgv1YWlmJgv
    Whizbusters links:
    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/WHIZBUSTERS
    More links: https://linktr.ee/whizbusters
    Featured teachers and learners:
    LaDoris: https://www.instagram.com/improve_my_pronunciation/
    Cyndi: https://www.instagram.com/cyndi_elt/
    Taravat: https://www.instagram.com/tinglish_me/
    Monifa: https://www.instagram.com/jaenglishcoach/
    Ivana: https://www.instagram.com/ucionica_engleskog/
    Milena: https://www.instagram.com/teachermilena/
    Una: https://www.instagram.com/naucimo_svedski_engleski/
    Wanda: https://www.instagram.com/waworkshops/
    Helen: https://www.instagram.com/helenteacheseng/

  • Welcome everybody! It's time again for Gav & Em to finish the year with a special double episode featuring amazing teachers and learners. Enjoy stories of the most memorable moments in the classroom told by fabulous educators and students of English. A special thanks goes out to Shaisan Devasia for this week's incredible song. Get ready to be captivated by this week's How to English Pod. Transcription with audio: https://share.descript.com/view/I34pAbBi3kv

    Shaisan's links:

    Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSovnRhn3vsLMKSxEnSUaIw

    Shaisan's Verbal Planet: https://www.verbalplanet.com/publicviewprofile.asp?tr_id=10030090454&lang=HIN

    Featured teachers and learners:









  • Welcome to Gav and Em's podcast about teaching and learning English as a foreign language. This week Gav and Em are joined by John from John's English Page on Instagram, YouTube and TikTok. They will be talking about influence and how to improve your social media presence. Make sure you listen to the end as they'll be joined by Tony Kaizen from the YouTube channel: Life in English. Hope you enjoy the show! Transcription with audio:https://share.descript.com/view/NKpgkTQEYDp

    John's links:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnsenglishpage/channel/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFYboIBO6DDxaa2Q_70KVuw
    Tony Kaizen's links:
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmOcmuG4yd2-_hFOlwHtSg
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/englishwithkaizen/
    Andy's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/parlourlanguageroom/

  • Welcome Everybody! Can you answer these questions? What's a particle? Which phrasal verbs are seperable? What must we do with a transitive phrasal verb? It's study time with Gav & Em as they practice phrasal verbs from beginner to advanced level English. Also introducing the amazing talents of Fluency MC - Jason Levine, who performs GO, an awesome rap featuring an amazing number of expressions with go. With no further delay, let's begin! Transcription with audio: https://share.descript.com/view/9PZU1H5LMnk
    Jason's links:
    Website: https://fluencymc.com/
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/fluencymc/videos
    Link tree: https://linktr.ee/fluency_mc
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fluency_mc/

  • Hello! A special Welcome! to all the wonderful listeners and readers of Gav & Em's transcribed podcast. This week on How to English, the topic of inspiration will be explored. From Gav's first steps into teaching to Em's inspiring moments inside the classroom, they discuss that mysterious spark of inspiration. Don't forget to listen to the end of the show to hear English teacher and musician, John Betton's amazing and inspiring song, Family Man. Enjoy the show!  Transcription with audio: https://share.descript.com/view/kbWXBplp3zY

    John Betton's YouTube:



    Dictionary reference: https://languages.oup.com/google-dictionary-en/

    Dr. Alban: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6BkcAbUkfIBM4XudxieMq8

  • Welcome Everybody! Here is a very special episode of How to English podcast with Gav & Em. This week they are joined by an amazing guest, who is a linguist, translator, and award-winning musician, Coco Mbassi. Coco talks about her own experiences of learning and teaching languages, plus her work as a music and theatre artist. Make sure you don't miss this episode of the show! Transcription with audio: https://share.descript.com/view/2TMqgWXIRIq Palaba lyrics: https://www.dropbox.com/s/u9c7uv34gmie4ue/Palaba%20Lyrics.pdf?dl=0

    Coco's references:

    Coco's website: https://cocombassi.co.uk

    Support Coco's work: https://www.patreon.com/CocoMbassi

    Other references:

    Pidgin English: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pidgin

    Article about banning language in a UK school: https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/sep/30/oh-my-days-linguists-lament-slang-ban-in-london-school

  • Welcome back! Here is the second part of Gav's story about his ant infestation and a look at the future tenses. If you haven't heard the first part of the story, go back and check out episode 12. This week Gav and Em are featuring the amazingly talented Anchor Creative Education who will finish the show with a wonderful song on irregular past tense verbs. Sit back or get up, put your headphones on, or open the transcription, and enjoy this week's How to English with Gav and Em. Transcription with audio: https://share.descript.com/view/CeDwRgv0O6x

    Anchor Creative Education's links:





    Do ants sleep? https://www.kingstownelawn.com/blog/do-ants-fly-sleep-bite-10-surprising-facts#:~:text=2.,Their%20Sleep%20Through%20Power%20Naps&text=A%20recent%20study%20of%20ants,minutes%20of%20sleep%20per%20day.

    How English Works: A Grammar Practice Book; with Answers, Book by Catherine Walter and Michael Swan, Oxford

    English File, by Christina Latham-Koenig, Clive Oxenden, and Paul Seligson, Oxford



  • Welcome to all our new followers and our regulars. This week Gav and Em take on the tenses of English. Teachers and students, have your pens and pads ready to take notes on an entertaining way of presenting grammar. Featuring our special guest Rob from English with Rob, who shares a delightful song which perfectly complements the show's theme. Listen, read and enjoy this week's episode of Gav and Em's How to English Podcast. Transcription with audio: https://share.descript.com/view/oaLaaWaMiAD

    Tenses from the show:

    Present simple - There are ants in the sink! (a fact)

    They wake early. (routine)

    The ant bus arrives at 7 am in the morning. (a schedule)

    Present continuous - That piece of lettuce is walking away! (a longer action in the present)

    Past simple - The ants decided to invade the kitchen. (a past action)

    Past continuous - While the ants were walking away with the lettuce I decided to grab it. (a longer past action interrupted by a short action)

    Past perfect - Maybe you had left the door open and the ants got in. (a past action before another past action)

    Past perfect continuous - She had been doing a lot of overtime and that's why she felt stressed. (a longer action before a past action)

    Present perfect - The ants have been in the kitchen for two hours. (a past action that continues to the present)

    The ants have just taken control of my kitchen! (for recent past actions with present results)

    The ants have taken three lettuces. (when using a number of completed past actions with present results)

    They have occupied the sink. (started in the past, a permanent and completed situation)

    Present perfect continuous - They have been occupying the sink for two hours. (a temporary repeated action that started in the past and continues to the present.)


    Present perfect - The ants have eaten the lettuce.

    (for a completed past action with present results)

    Present perfect continuous - The ants have been eating the lettuce.

    (for an incomplete action started in the past and continues to the present and maybe beyond)

  • Welcome everybody! In today's show, Gav and Em introduce an amazing speaker and podcaster, Ahmed Khalifa, to discuss British sign language. Maybe you're already familiar with it, or perhaps you've never thought about it before, but prepare yourself for a fascinating insight into British Sign Language. Are you ready to take Ahmed's challenge along with Gav and Em? Plus two captvating songs from our featured singer Ellie Meriz. Transcription with audio: https://share.descript.com/view/sZvBplpPCDp

    Ahmed's links:

    Hear Me Out CC: https://hearmeoutcc.com/

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwVOu4aDForkmx5ZuTU73zg

    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0jRRHxkR6F55FsnmykxQss

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hearmeoutcc/

    Ellie's links:

    Music: https://wiseband.lnk.to/Ellie-Meriz-Youre-Young

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elliemeriz/


    Uk statistics on disabilities: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/understanding-disabilities-and-impairments-user-profiles/saleem-profoundly-deaf-user#:~:text=11%20million%20people%20in%20the,BSL%20users%20in%20the%20UK.

    Signing tips: https://blog.ai-media.tv/blog/signing-tips

    Course information here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/educating-deaf-children/lecture/NuhK9/understanding-deaf-culture-and-community

    Trabscriptons: https://descript.com/

    Captioning your videos: www.app.wavve.co

    Autocap app





    Who to follow on Instagram:

    adventures in deaf ed https://www.instagram.com/adventuresindeafed/?hl=en

    signlanguagecenter https://www.instagram.com/signlanguagecenter/?hl=en

    Hear a million: https://www.instagram.com/hearamillion/

    Why I sign: https://www.instagram.com/whyisign/

    Shout outs!

    inglesonline_uy https://www.instagram.com/inglesonline_uy/

    inglish_glossy https://www.instagram.com/english_glossy/

    cyndi_elt https://www.instagram.com/cyndi_elt/

    teacherbiavieira https://www.instagram.com/teacherbiavieira/

    ielts_meshkateducation https://www.instagram.com/ielts_meshkateducation/

    englishsahartaremiiiiiii https://www.instagram.com/englishsahartaremiiiiiii/

    sanaz_english_teacher https://www.instagram.com/sanaz_english_teacher/

    prof.larissacampos https://www.instagram.com/prof.larissacampos/

    lynegiannoccaro https://www.instagram.com/lynegiannoccaro/

  • What does innovative teaching mean to you? Have you tried any new and exciting ways to teach and learn English in your classroom? Have you heard of Dogme teaching? This week, Gav and Em share some tips and tricks on recent innovations in teaching and learning English. Featuring their special guest Vitor Hugo #seu teacher agradece who talks about lip-syncing and being a queer online English teacher. Plus an amazing hit song from Shemsi! You'll be singing this until the end of summer. Transcription with audio: https://share.descript.com/view/18iwS5nRsLe

    Vitor's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVo-FrBN6kD1tqrn7qo9_7w

    and instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seuteacheragradece/

    Shemsi's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcVVrL6qxnUFT6H04Pdx7KQ/videos

    Vitor's references:
    Alok Vaid-Menon : https://www.instagram.com/alokvmenon/?hl=en
    Billy Porter: https://www.instagram.com/theebillyporter/?hl=en
    Jonathan Van Ness: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Van_Ness
    Pabllo Vittar: https://www.instagram.com/pabllovittar/
    Lineka: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liniker
    Vitor's suggest artists to lip-synch to:
    Jason Maraz: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8ey1FYCmgHPa9f5KxWb0mw
    Boyce Avenue: https://www.boyceavenue.com/
    Pentatonix: https://music.ptxofficial.com/
    Glee: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheAllGleeMusic
    Shout out Instagram teachers:
    conversational_english_online https://www.instagram.com/conversational_english_online/
    jucyaracipriano https://www.instagram.com/jucyaracipriano/
    andys.everyday.english https://www.instagram.com/andys.everyday.english/
    in2englishh https://www.instagram.com/in2englishh/
    englishwithsaviz https://www.instagram.com/englishwithsaviz/
    liveandlearn_podcast https://www.instagram.com/liveandlearn_podcast/
    vita_british https://www.instagram.com/vita_british/

    Gav and Em's references:
    Wikipedia Dogme: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogme_language_teaching
    There's a great article and description of Dogme at: https://www.whatiselt.com/single-post/2018/10/09/what-is-dogme-elt
    Example of Dogme lesson by Luke Meddings: https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/a-dogme-lesson-luke-meddings-exeter

  • Happy holiday(s) everyone! Hope you're having a nice vacation or enjoying some free time. Gav & Em, this time, are sharing their thoughts on holidaying and how to teach and learn words, chunks of language, and grammar suitable for discussing this topic. With a special thanks to JD Levin for sharing his amazing song: Brian Wilson's Smile, featured at the end of the show. So relax, put your flip-flops on, wander down to the beach, and take a seat in a deck chair for this summery episode of How to English with Gav & Em. Transcription with audio: https://share.descript.com/view/XFeQOKMaXKF

    JD Levin's website: https://www.notsosilentlibrarian.com/


    Travel agent activity: Role Plays for Today, p. 20, Delta Publishing

    Travel and Tourism vocabulary: English File, 3rd Edition, vocabulary bank, Advanced, Oxford

    The Truth About Air Travel: English File 3rd Edition, 3A, p. 24, upper-intermediate, Oxford.

    At the Airport: English File, 1st Edition, p. 150. Intermediate, Oxford.

    An example of spot the difference at an airport: https://www.twinkl.es/resource/roi-l-745-up-up-and-away-spot-the-difference-activity-sheet

    Beginner's Communication Games, Unit 33, Room Service, Longman


  • Welcome to a podcast about English as a foreign language. Listen to two experienced teachers discussing the most important topics for both teachers and students. Each show they'll cover teaching techniques and learning tips. Whether you're up at the board, or behind the desk, you'll get something from Gav and Em's: How To English Podcast. Find them on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter/YouTube #howtoenglishpod Show your support here: ko-fi.com/howtoenglishpod

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