Tag: Linguistics

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

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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

ELT Research Bites

ELT Research Bites

Followers of my blog will know that I believe we, as language teachers, all need to understand the pedagogical underpinnings of what we do in our language classrooms. That's why I aim in my blog posts to provide information on theoretical backgrounds and lesson materials which apply them practically. I would also love for more … Continue reading ELT Research Bites

The Native Factor in ELT Materials

The Native Factor in ELT Materials

On the Materials Design itdi.pro course I'm currently doing, our tutor has prompted us to discuss: When using an authentic audio or video it is important to use only English native speakers? For me, the most problematic word here is 'only'. (Problem #2: Define 'native speaker!) And so my answer would be a flat out No. … Continue reading The Native Factor in ELT Materials

Explicit Grammar Teaching: The what and how

Planting seeds may not guarantee that they will grow; but not planting them is scarcely a superior strategy. (Swan, M., 2006) Introduction - A sense of relief At the weekend, I attended a talk by Michael Swan entitled "Some things that matter in grammar teaching... and some that don't" at an event hosted by ELTA … Continue reading Explicit Grammar Teaching: The what and how

Use of tenses

Quiz Time! Please leave your answers in the comments box below. Each respondent should just make one point, so that lots of people can contribute! Sadly, I’m not able to give a prize for correct answers to the quiz questions, but joining the fun will surely give you a certain amount of kudos! 🙂 2) What verb forms … Continue reading Use of tenses

English Language Teaching: Organisations you should know about

Teaching can sometimes be a rather lonely pursuit, especially for ELT teachers away from home  in foreign countries. It can also be a rather homogenising experience, if you're teaching in a specific context and only really have contact with teachers in the same situation as you. In both situations, I think many ELT teachers miss out … Continue reading English Language Teaching: Organisations you should know about