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Episode 8: Social Justice with Andy Nash

In this episode, Jayme is joined by Andy Nash, a Senior Advisor at World Education, Inc., where for over 20 years she has facilitated professional development projects at the local, regional, and national levels. She specializes in contextualized ESOL, standards-based instruction, and the integration of adult education with civic engagement. She has contributed to a variety of national projects on immigrant integration, teacher effectiveness, IET, and evidence-based ESOL.

Note: This conversation was recorded prior to the pandemic and the nation-wide move to remote instruction, but Andy’s points couldn’t be more relevant to our work and our learners’ lives at this time. During the podcast, Andy references a past issue of the Change Agent; however, the September 2020 issue, which focuses on the pandemic, would be an excellent tool to address learners’ current concerns. In addition, the Change Agent site has free resources to help teachers and students discuss race in the classroom

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This series has been developed specifically for Adult ESL teachers in the US and refers to course titles that may not be available in every country. Please check with your local Oxford University Press office about title availability.

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Episode 4: The Dance

In Italy, the very act of saying good-bye can be an act of love. The farewell “dance” will sound very familiar to native Italians or anyone who has lived in Italy for a period of time, and Michael describes it with his characteristic generosity and gentle humour.

Transcripts and classroom activity worksheets can be downloaded at https://elt.oup.com/feature/it/tea/


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Episode 3: Going Places

Every journey contains endless material for storytellers, and the astute observer can detect significant cultural twists in even the most mundane interactions. Michael shares anecdotes from his travels in Italy and Japan.

Transcripts and classroom activity worksheets can be downloaded at https://elt.oup.com/feature/it/tea/


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Episode 2: Rules are rules

Rules may be rules, but people from different cultures take different approaches to obeying them. In this episode, Michael shares his experience of being stuck between a rock and a hard place as a good law-abiding citizen.

Transcripts and classroom activity worksheets can be downloaded at https://elt.oup.com/feature/it/tea/


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Episode 1: RSVP

How do you ask someone out to dinner? How do you politely decline? In this episode, Michael talks about how his style of invitation has changed over his years in Italy, and how misunderstanding certain idioms can lead to indigestion.

Transcripts and classroom activity worksheets can be downloaded at https://elt.oup.com/feature/it/tea/