441. Andy Johnson at the IATEFL Conference

A conversation with Andy Johnson, talking about the IATEFL teaching conference, millennials, more tales of Andy’s appearance and the possibility of a WWE wrestling match between Andy and me.

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Hello hello hello! I’m back from my trip to Japan. It’s great to be back. We had an amazing time! We did all the big Japanese things – we saw the cherry blossom, enjoyed lots of delicious food, explored parts of Kyoto and Tokyo, saw a mix of the busy metropolitan city areas and the more peaceful natural spots too and had an amazing evening entertaining Japanese LEPsters at a comedy show in Tokyo. It was an amazing and intense week, it was really great to be back in the country I called home for several years and I will be recording a couple of episodes about it soon and I will tell you all about the trip including descriptions of what we did, what we saw and how it all felt, so you can look forward to that.

In the meantime here is an episode which I recorded before going away on holiday.

This one is another conversation with my friend and former colleague from the London School of English, Andy Johnson, recorded on Skype while he was attending the IATEFL conference in Glasgow earlier this month.

Before we start that, let me just make a couple of announcements here at the beginning.

Announcements

  • It’s LEP’s 8th Birthday!
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  • My Teacher Talk at the British Council – make your reservation at www.britishcouncil.fr/evenements/teacher-talk-quoi-humour-britannique
  • I’m also performing comedy on Monday in Paris – all the details on my page on Facebook for my comedy stuff – Luke Thompson – Comedy
  • Moscow LEPsters get together – Friday 21 April – I can’t actually be there, but I will be talking to the group via Skype – responding to some questions. Check Moscow LEPsters Conversation Club on FB for more details.

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This episode

In episodes 423 and 424 you might remember that I spoke to my former colleagues Andy Johnson and Ben Butler – English teachers from The London School of English. They were in Paris to take part in a teaching conference. We sat in the foyer of their hotel drinking overpriced beer and talked about loads of things including teaching, Andy & Ben’s presentations, millennials, teaching English for specific purposes, our teaching experiences and a few anecdotes about our appearances including a couple of funny stories about how Andy sometimes gets mistaken for Moby, the American musician.

They were fun and popular episodes, sparking quite a lot of discussion in the comment section, including a debate about who is the best teacher between Andy and me and how we should settle that debate by having a high-profile wrestling match… Yes, I know – that sounds rather dramatic doesn’t it.

Well, Andy is back in this episode today, and he’s at another conference – this time the English teaching industry’s biggest event, the IATEFL conference which this year is taking place in Glasgow.

Ben wasn’t available for this one – he was attending a session at the conference, but I spoke to Andy and asked him about this year’s conference and we continued our conversation about millennials from last time. You’ll also hear a couple of stories about what happened in Paris in November after we recorded our previous conversation and a number of other things, including the idea of us going head to head in a no holds barred wrestling match in order to determine who really is the greatest English teacher.

So without any further introduction, here is Andy Johnson in Glasgow.


That was my conversation with Andy. I hope you enjoyed it.

I just want to remind you that you can get 10% off all of the courses at London School Online. Just head over to londonschoolonline.com and use the offer code LUKE10 at checkout.

Also, Andy wanted me to let you know about a free webinar that they are putting on this Friday. If you’re interested in IELTS, check it out.

IELTS Workshop: Your questions answered
Friday, April 21, 2017 3:00:00 PM GMT (London time) – 4:00:00 PM CEST (Paris time)
This is the third in their series of free webinars. This is a webinar about IELTS and will take place on their eLearning platform, London School Online. It is suitable for anyone who is preparing to take the IELTS exam, or for teachers of the exam.

The idea is that you can use this webinar to get answers to your IELTS questions.

It’s being hosted by Daragh Brady, who I used to work with at LSE. Daragh is an excellent teacher who has wide experience in lots of areas, and he’s an IELTS examiner so he really knows all the ins and outs of this tricky but important English exam.

It’s totally free and everyone’s welcome but you do have to register.

Find the link here on the page for this episode or on the LSE Facebook page.

Click here for the LSE Online IELTS Webinar

Don’t forget also…

My teacher talk at the British Council in Paris. Thursday 27 April. I’ll be doing a kind of TED Talk about British Humour and Comedy. It’s also free and everyone’s welcome, but you need to register. You’ll find the relevant link on the page for this episode below.

Click here to reserve your place at my British Council Teacher Talk in Paris

Thanks for listening!

Watch this space for some episodes about the Japan trip with some stories, comments about Japanese culture and descriptions of the comedy show I did in Tokyo.

Cheers! Bye.

Who do you think would win in a battle between Andy and me?

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  • Leonid

    Hi there everyone! Does someone know the accurate meaning of the phrase “to be on E”? Thanks in advance!

    • Cat

      Hi Leo, can you give us more context please? :)

  • Cat

    Andy and Lord Voldemort? Hm… how can it be… :)

    The story is so bizarre — of the same genre as the previous one with the “deep eyes in the skull” reference. It made me laugh so much. :)))

    Also how you talked about @Jack comments on wrestling. Such fun!!! :))

  • Cat

    Dear Luke, dear Andy — you are both equally great! :) You are passionate and devoted to what you do, and it make you both great in your jobs.

    Luke is our favourite, though, of course! Sorry, Andy! ;)) As I already said, Luke has a hardcore fellowship who is willing go through thick and thin for him. :)

    And Andy, congrats on your new family member — exciting times coming up! :) You won on this point over Luke, that’s for sure! :)

    Sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your shaby hotel room, and for the wet cold weather there.

    What a HUGE conference this event is! I wonder how many people turned up to your workshop, Andy? And thanks for thinking of what I said earlier and adjusting your slide accordingly. A chicken told a hen there, obviously. I feel quite flattered, thank you! :))

    Chat (it’s French for Cat) ;))

    • Andy Johnson

      Thanks Cat!

  • Jack

    @catherinebear:disqus

    Queen of the comments section, where are you ? Comments section is plain dead without you

    • Cat

      Hi Jack, how have you been? :)
      Which dialect do you speak today, I wonder? :)
      That’s not true btw – the comments section is waken up and is full of live (also without my aid nowadays) :))
      It’s you — I think — that ads lots of enternmainment and — as Luke said — mystery to it. :))
      Cheers,
      C.

      • Agnes

        I absolutely agree with Jack in this matter, a comment section without our Queen is not the same, we’re drowning dangerously to the bottom of solitude…

      • Cat

        There, there…
        ;-)

      • Agnes

        we see, but you hide yourself time to time…hi hi.

      • Cat

        I have to feed my family (earning the money, cooking the dinner, talk with Sir Miawsalot about his day etc etc) :))

      • Agnes

        Dear Cat, I know, I know, anyway you are here more than I’m:-)) I’m curious about what language do you speak to Sir Miawsalot? Does he understand each of them?

      • Cat

        Oh yes, you’re right! :)
        If I am demanding and strict (that means, in rather formal situations) — I use German.
        If I am cheerful and playful (that means, in rather informal situations) — I use my mother tongue. :)
        I’ve noticed that I don’t use any English or Russian with him… Just the name: Sir M. and “кошечка”. :))

      • Jack

        Catherine, which is your native language ?
        Yiddish or Russian ?

      • Cat

        What?! :))
        You have ideas! :)))

      • Jack

        :D

      • Cat

        The Dungeons of the Comments Section are full of live! ;))

      • Cat

        … and there is this fella Jack residing in the Chamber of Secrets of the Dungeons of the LEP-CS. ;)

      • Jack

        I ist fine Catherine :D
        Imagine German spoken with an Australian accent :D

        Queen, Where is Brotha ?

      • Cat

        Oh, I guess he’s busy preparing for his exam, poor fella. :))

      • Jack

        Oh I see, may God give him success. :))))

      • Cat

        You should say (as a true LEPster):

        May the Force be with him, always! ;))

      • Jack

        Yes Catherine I will from now on :)))

        Catherine what would Nick write on the first page of the answer sheet, where you have to put in the details.

        Name : Brotha
        Organization : KEP

        :D

      • Cat

        Well, only he can answer this one! :D
        Now he is in the focused mode of thinking (sitting there with an earnest face). And we’re here in the diffuse mode — meaning we are relaxed and enjoying ourselves — it’s the basis to be creative. :))

        PS: If you want learn more about such things: head for Coursera and look for Barbara Oakley! It might help you be a better learner and master English more quickly! Happy learning and happy mindshifting! ;))

        www.coursera.org/learn/learning-how-to-learn

      • Jack

        Many tanks Catherine

      • Nick

        If I write this I won’t pass exams :))

      • Jack

        Teacher while checking answer sheets.

        Name : Vladimir Kozlav

        Teacher : Yeah He is a good student I have given him A+

        Name : Brotha

        Teacher : What ? Who ? There is no student named Brotha in my class

        :D

        Brotha, play out that scene in your mind ;))))

      • Nick

        You forget that I must to write in Russian there ;))

      • Jack

        Nick write Brotha in Cyrillic, please :)

      • Nick

        Nobody hasn’t envented it yet in Cyrillic :))

      • Agnes

        I don’t know how to express my compassion for Nick,

        may the force be with him!!!

        fingers are crossed:-)))

      • Nick

        Thank you, Agnes! Your kind comment is the best way to share your compassion for me ;)

      • Nick

        ExamS! A zillion of exams! :))

      • Agnes

        Nick, how are going your exams? How many left?

      • Nick

        Everything’s fine, Agnes, thanks for asking! I have only two exams left, but one of them is very difficult and the teacher is very strict. Nick’s scared a little bit :))

      • Agnes

        No worries! Everything will be fine! I keep my fingers crossed!

      • Nick

        Thanks Agnes! Have a nice time in Italy!

      • Nick

        Sorry, Jack. It was Cat’s highest command to dedicate myself entirely to my engineering books :))

      • Jack

        Study hard ma brotha , It is your time to shine :)))

        May the force be with you :D

    • Cat

      Hi Jack, if you call me this way — who are you then? You have to pick up some human nickname then. Not always some hairy ungulates. ;))

      What do you want to be called in the dungeons of this Royal pod-Castle? ;))

      You may remain seated in your Chamber of Secrets. :)
      Brotha will visit you and bring you some healthy Turkish food. :))
      You may even have sometimes a beer. Prost! :)

      • Jack

        Yes Catherine :D but it is up to you to decide my nickname :)))

        From Dromedary to Donkey to ……. :D

      • Cat

        Honour, indeed! :)

        I would call you “Joker-Jack” (or: JJ) — but it’s up to the LEPster community to decide. Everybody has the right to put in a name. :))

      • Jack

        So Catherine is it official – joker jack :D ?

      • Cat

        We need at least three votes, in order to be democratic! ;))

  • Jack

    MAJOR UPDATE : King and Superstar Andy both have made peace with each other and from now on they will fight and defeat other English teachers who dare to stand in their way

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Km698SIdPU

    • Agnes

      I think no one dares to compete and fight with these brilliant English teachers:-))) Lucky us to have such amazing teachers.

      • Jack

        Yes Agnes, anybody who dares to have a fight with them they will be crushed to oblivion.

        “Brothers Of Destruction” nice name, isn`t it :)

      • Agnes

        That’s interesting name:-)) I think they are just unique! No one can defeat them!

      • Andy Johnson

        This is an interesting development…

  • Eri Taguchi

    Thank you for the great new episode, Luke and Andy.
    I was waiting for the new episode and enjoyed it very much.
    I find that making top trumps for each regular guests and Luke could be very interesting and amusing!! There should be regular dates and some special strength.
    If I think about my card, some spetial power could be…
    #Cat love… Power max. Cats could pee on me.
    # English Learning… 50% Love listening LEP, but DO need to build vocablary to use.
    Anyway, my lovely cat will be 8 years old this July and I am grad that LEP and Myu are the same age!!!

    • Agnes

      Hi Eri,

      have you thought how can we celebrate these both 8th anniversaries? Even though I’m not here from the beginning of this wonderful podcast I feel we should do something to celebrate this wonderful time:-)))

      How do you measure the cat age, do you multiply it 7 times? It means that your cat has already turned 56 years:-)))

      cheers

  • Agnes

    Andy, welcome back to the podcast, glad to hear your voice, nice to have you back:-)

    Luke, glad to hear that you had a wonderful trip to Japan, I can’t wait to hear all news.

    From my point of view you both don’t have to fight each other, you both such amazing teachers who don’t really stand at the same point all the time but you go the extra mile every time to satisfy your students craving for more and more. You both are outstanding, outgoing and supportive for us that we can hear in every single episode, these emotions throw out just beyond. I love this episode:-)

    cheers

  • Jack

    KEPsters are kind of torn between you guys – it is 50 50. Step into the ring just once King

    KEPsters, We need to have a no holds barred physical fight between King and superstar Andy and who ever wins or is the last man standing will get LEP as a bounty and a pack of chips uploads.disquscdn.com/images/895b7d5bd592c91cac6be965c3a0b1844d2f03115d9aefd52cfe9658fefd4046.jpg

    • Eri Taguchi

      I think that both Luke and Andy have different strength. So it could be very difficult to choose who is the best. I don’t remember that why Ben was not in this competition… but if they fight with their voice, I would vote for Ben.
      Anyway I put other packs of crisps made in Japan.
      They are Japanese, and they are good! uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f783cf990916ede93a59e20e29e5bc722757ee55432a1633d07c77a071ee0334.jpg

      • Jack

        Yes Eri, Ben is called the baritone butler because of his voice. :)
        Ben is the special referee. :)

        yum yum yum I want those chips :) we need to finish them before LEP Health and Safety manager comes to check in on us ;)

      • Cat

        Well, well… It reminded me of the Penguins of Madagaskar eating chips and the Wolf from the North Wind (with Benedict Cumberbutch’es voice) going crazy about it… :)

      • Agnes

        yes love it, I mean the Penguins of Madagascar, obviously I hate chips and everything that is full of fat and sugar, disgusting! I think Jack is going to drive you crazy Cat, isn’t he?

      • Cat

        No, quite in the contrary, Agnes: Jack gives me a healthy portion of laugh each morning! ;))

      • Cat

        Like Luke does. Like a true LEPster does. ;))

      • Agnes

        so he just makes your day, wonderful. Anyway, I wish you lovely day, in the dark and gloomy morning:-)) Spring has just gone away, there is a darkness everywhere…

      • Agnes

        how are these crisps differ from international Lay’s? Do they have a special taste or something? I see guys you’re pretty young so that you can eat these unhealthy crisps. I’m on the right side of the Major Guardian of Health:-))

      • Cat

        Thanks, Agnes! :)))

  • Sylvia

    HAHA….The sketch of Andy is so hilarious. Before I heard the podcast, I thought it was Luke’s work. HAHA.. Andy’s voice is very articulate and magnetic. With his specific looking, I think he is very charming.
    Luke’s first episode is on April 12th, 2009, exactly eight years ago. Happy anniversary, Luke’s English Podcast.
    Picture Episode 8–Cats
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  • Jack

    Loved the episode. Both our superstar teachers are fantastic as always.

    King you is the ultimate geezah on the face ov dis planet. KEPaholism is real, I never thought it would be but it is real. Now that I have got a fresh dose of KEP life has started to feel alright again, hallucinations have subsided and I am starting to feel in the groove again.

    Dear Luke, I cant thank you enough