Learn with us in our conversation with Aussie English learning & Content creation
Pete Smissen presents Aussie English learning & Content creation.
He’s the host of the Aussie English, which is an online English learning platform with podcasts and a YouTube channel.
Do you feel you are an influencer or Youtuber?
I don’t think I get enough feedback from students to know that.
I think that I am affecting people’s lives for the better and trying to help them overcome the barriers that they have with arriving in Australia.
But I would never call myself as an influencer or a YouTuber, it just so happens that what I do involves YouTube and hopefully end up influencing people.
What does language mean to you?
So, it means receiving and understanding the message from other people.
That’s why I fell in love with language learning. I love that I can learn different nuances in another language and understand different cultures.
What’s the difference between communication in Aussie English or American English or British English?
There’s not much of a big difference.
It is 99 % the same thing, but I think there are certain things that, once you understand Australian slang and you can use it correctly in the right instances, allow you to connect more with speakers in that language.
If you’re thinking of migrating to London, then it makes more sense to try specific dialects of English.
Obviously, if you’ve learned a lot of American slangs and you get off the plane in London it’s not going to help you.
It’s probably going to create some more confusion.
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What are the benefits of teaching English through social media?
I think the thing with social media is everybody is there.
And how you can reach them is through those platforms.
People are moving a lot away from analog styles of learning.
They are using books a little bit less and even they stay less time in the classroom than they spend online.
But also, there is another side to it which is advertising because all of the guys can advertise.
Do you believe the online platforms are better than “old school” with books?
It depends on the person and what they like doing, so for me, I like learning from time to time online using a lot of apps.
But I haven’t moved onto solely digital because I like to write on things.
So I don’t think we’re going to ever give that up because there’s some kind of like physical tactile sense.
I think they’re both will always be there.
Do you think teaching English with a textbook and with no communication is a good way to learn a language?
I think that the focus is moving towards communication-based teaching of languages because, ultimately, we’re not there to get grammar correct way.
So I hope people moving away from that, especially in the classroom.
For example, I could have a small conversation in French and people understand me, so why am I getting zero in my score?
So I’m much more about teaching communication-based in English and the way that will people speak and that’s why I think with my podcast at least I tried to avoid scripting and out word-by-word because I want to use things that normal people say.
How do you decide on the topics?
I just make it up as I go along, so the good thing is in any language that’s pretty much an endless number of expressions in that language.
So anyone who knows me, a lot of my episodes are based on an English expression and then I try to add culture things, history or whatever-related to an Australian expression.
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Do you sometimes talk about topic students ask you?
The best thing about social media is that you can get constant contact with the audience.
I try to create videos about answering the same thing many people ask me.
The good side of social media is people getting in contact with you.
That’s really important with the internet today, you can keep close contact with your audience, and I think you need to do that if you want to keep growing and you want to help them.
How do you imagine teaching English in the future?
I have a sneaking suspicion that eventually ends up with glasses, at least in the short term.
In the next 10 years or so we’ll be able to watch YouTube while walking.
So, we don’t have to hold something up I’ll be right there.
I can imagine that the barrier between phone and brain is going to get reduced more and more whether we end up with some kind of chips that transmit things more directly.
Would you like to add something we did not ask you?
Regarding podcasting, I think it’s going to keep running because you can use a lot of what was previously dead time, for example, when you were on public transport or walking.
Now you can use that time to start leveling up your life whether you’re learning about yoga, meditation, language whatever it is.
So people learn so much more and in times or situations where previously they couldn’t.
English students to become people learning on their own who no longer go to classes or no longer need really expensive courses.
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