Episode 15: Brett Reynolds

In this episode, Leo talks to teacher, trainer, and author Brett Reynolds. Brett has almost thirty years in the ELT industry, getting his start in Japan in 1992. Since 2003, he has worked at Toronto, Canada's Humber College, in the EAP and TESL programs. Brett was also the editor for TESOL Ontario's Contact Magazine from 2012 until 2019. 

In this episode, Brett talks to Leo about his recent publication in the ELT Journal called "Against Teaching Collocations."

  • Are collocations connected to language acquisition?

  • Are they actually a beneficial strategy for vocabulary building?

  • Does it matter if students can notice and identify collocations?

  • Should they only be for receptive practice?

  • Are collocations simply another form of native speakerism?

Brett gives us his insights on these questions and much more in this episode. We thank Brett for his generous time and for sharing his knowledge with all of us. 

Contact Brett:

Email: brett.reynolds@humber.ca

Twitter: @brettrey3

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