97. Training the New Learner

No, this is not about Karl Marx! Instead we are thinking about how teaching and learning can be more effective and more fun for both the teacher and the student.

Based on what we read in "The gardener and the carpenter" we conclude this double episode with thoughts on how things need to change for and between teachers and learners.

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96. Of teachers and coursebooks

One of Roger's book recommendations "The Gardener and the Carpenter" was picked up by Peter recently and so the two start thinking about a language teacher's gardening and woodworking - figuratively speaking.

And so Roger recounts some experiences with English teachers he visited at school and tells us what he thinks made a great language class.

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95. Teaching tips and presidential presentations

Roger and Peter are glad to welcome you to a new year of RoPeCast and English learning opportunities.

To start off with, they make another new year's resolution concerning tips for teachers.

Peter then starts with a tip for people into training their own or their students' presentation skills: When it comes to rhetoric, watch and learn from president Obama!

Obama's farewell address
A prime example of his brilliance as an orator.

An annotated transcript of the speech
If you want more detailed information.

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94. What a year!

Time for a very short summary of the past twelve months and some new year's resolutions. It's just a few days before New Year's Eve.

Your RoPeCast team wishes you and your loved ones all the best for 2017. Stay tuned!

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93. Not always comical

This episode concludes our pre-Christmas series of book recommendations with comics respectively graphic novels. Peter has brought a selection of his favourites:

Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons: Watchmen
A group of somewhat different superheroes has to deal with a murder case at the brink of World War III.

David Small: Stitches
The son of an X-ray doctor looses a vocal chord and his voice to cancer.

Allison Bechtel: Fun home
An autobiographical story of a homosexual coming-out.

Joyce Farmer: Special exits
The last four years of an elderly couple and how their daughter copes with her aging parents' peculiarities.

Craig Thompson: Blankets
The coming of age story of a boy, his first love and the ensuing problems with his devout Christian parents.

G. B. Trudeau: The Doonesbury Chronicles
The first collection of a famous American newspaper comic strip

G. B. Trudeau: Planet Doonesbury
An edition of later comics from the same series, with a very special advertisement on its front cover, that Peter reads out in the episode.

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