My Principles for Creating ELT Materials

  I make a lot of worksheets and materials available via this blog, which I hope  that many fellow ELT professionals will use and evaluate. In my opinion, though, it's important that anyone who wants to use my materials has some insight into the principles behind my work. I believe Materials for ELT should... be based … Continue reading My Principles for Creating ELT Materials

What library research skills training do EAP / undergrad students really need?

What library research skills training do EAP / undergrad students really need?

Colleagues and I have long since been aware of the lack of proper research and appropriate source use in our students' EAP and academic essays. We decided to offer a one-hour workshop on researching in the library at our university, and enlisted the help of an expert - the library representative for our subject area. We thought … Continue reading What library research skills training do EAP / undergrad students really need?

Reading Support Worksheets for EAP

Reading Support Worksheets for EAP

Much is said in published literature about the necessity of EAP students reading authentic academic texts, and also about providing scaffolding and support for them to do so. I believe lecturers and academic tutors teaching their subject content in English and/or on a CLIL-based approach will also need to help students digest the readings for their … Continue reading Reading Support Worksheets for EAP

Phonology in ELT – A Manifesto

Phonology in ELT – A Manifesto

"Achieving Phonology's Potential in the ELT Classroom"    - A very inspiring talk by Adam Scott on 5th April at IATEFL 2017 in Glasgow.  In his talk, Adam presented his manifesto, a call to arms, to bring about a shift towards higher awareness of the importance of phonology in ELT. He's convinced that we will experience … Continue reading Phonology in ELT – A Manifesto

An iatefl quickie – Writing Methodology Notes

A very quick summary of some key points from Scott Thornbury's talk "Writing Methodology Texts" on 4th April at iatefl 2017. He surveyed methodology book writers to gain some insight into what makes such texts most useful for teachers, much of which applies to writing any kinds of teaching notes or rubrics! The key points … Continue reading An iatefl quickie – Writing Methodology Notes

An iatefl quickie – Choosing & Using Authentic Texts

An iatefl quickie – Choosing & Using Authentic Texts

A very quick summary of some key points from Sue Kay's talk, "The genuine article (you couldn't make it up)", presented at iatefl 2017 on 4th April. Questions to ask when choosing a text:  Will it interest and engage learners? Can learners relate it to their own lives? Is it age-appropriate? Can learners learn (well … Continue reading An iatefl quickie – Choosing & Using Authentic Texts

Sarah Mercer at #iatefl2017

Sarah Mercer at #iatefl2017

Sarah Mercer's plenary on 5th April was a hit! Her topic "Connecting minds: language learner and teacher psychologies" struck a chord with many in the audience. If you couldn't watch it live, you can catch up here, thanks to the British Council and Iatefl Online! Plenary session by Sarah Mercer | IATEFL Online//cdn.embedly.com/widgets/platform.js">Plenary session by … Continue reading Sarah Mercer at #iatefl2017