Recording Assignment #1 – The Unexpected Backfire

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If you’d like to contribute to the show, here’s your chance.

I’m looking to hear your experiences in the classroom where you tried something with the best intentions… But it backfired on you. Perhaps you were over-ambitious, or your super clear instructions were somehow misinterpreted with hilarious consequences. We’ve all been there. It’s kinda parta the job, so I’d love to hear what’s happened to you. Here’s my example:


The info on how to submit your story is below…

Rules of Recording Submission:

– Keep the story to 2 minutes or less

– start with your name (just first name is ok) and the country that the story happened in

– the story shouldn’t be derogatory about a particular nation/culture

Legal stuff: By submitting your recording you acknowledge that it may be discussed/included on the “Masters of TESOL” podcast, and that the recording could show up in full or in part online. You acknowledge that you are submitting the recording strictly for fun and educational purposes and expect no payment for it.

Recording Method:

You can just use your phone to record your story. We live in an age where our phones have pretty decent mics. Having said that…

don’t use the microphone on your headphones. The quality is not that good. Just speak into the bottom of your phone about 20cm from your mouth and it’ll sound way better. Want to sound really good? Record under a blanket/duvet/your coat and it’ll sound pretty damn good.

– record in a quiet room. Sounds obvious, but make sure there’s no music playing or TV in the background, or your housemate isn’t sanding down his new birdhouse.

– please record in MP3, M4A or WAV. Some phones default to a really low quality proprietary codec (like AMR or Samsung’s 3GA).

– email the file to mastersofTESOL(at) If the file is too big you can send a cloud link – either at the email address or @MOTcast – and I’ll download it.


3 thoughts on “Recording Assignment #1 – The Unexpected Backfire

    Adi Rajan said:
    October 25, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Interesting. I’ll try to give it a go.


    When a compliment backfires… « Masters of TESOL said:
    November 1, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    […] still send these kind of messages these days. Well, in keeping with the recording assignment of classroom backfires, my little note of appreciation to a podcaster wasn’t quite received as […]


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