English teachers and students of a certain age may remember The Lost Secret, a BBC Education video course from 1986. It tells the story of a man who has lost his memory and who encounters a gang, led by the sinister Professor Sline. The cast includes Miranda Richardson and Vladek Sheybal. The course is aimed… Read more The Lost Secret
Kanatip Soonthornrak, aka Loukgolf, is an English teacher from Thailand with a YouTube talk show called Loukgolf’s English Room. He chats to his celebrity guests mainly in English. The Cambridge ELT blog, World of Better Learning, has an interview with Loukgolf: Part One and Part Two.
Learn English with Cambridge is a new YouTube channel, with videos presented by five youngish teachers. The videos so far: 3 phrasal verbs to express excitement in English American vs. British English vocabulary differences Asking for and giving directions in English Common travel expressions in English Common mistakes with modal verbs in English Dietary requirements… Read more Learn English with Cambridge
World of Better Learning is a blog about English language teaching, from Cambridge University Press. Posts are written by various people and divided into three categories: Insights, Techniques and Tools. There are also audio and video presentations. Some examples: The future of Englishes – by David Crystal IELTS Writing Task 2: teaching writing skills to… Read more World of Better Learning
The ELT Journal has been published since 1946. Until 1981 it had a section called The Question Box, which answered readers’ questions. Three examples from the earliest issues: Question: I have recently come across fry-pan for frying-pan. Is this form considered correct? Answer: Fry-pan is not accepted as standard English and is considered incorrect by… Read more The Question Box
ELT Journal is a quarterly journal about English language teaching. The latest issue has an article about language assessment and a discussion about the evils of IELTS. It can also be accessed via BrowZine.
Online tools for making gap fill exercises (cloze tests) usually have something wrong with them. This one, for example, looks nice and simple, but the “let me choose” option is buggy. More promising is the Gapfill Printable Exercise Generator (Version 2) at Random Idea English, which has been “Currently under testing” since 2012. After pasting… Read more Gap fill makers
Digital Tools for Teachers is an ebook by Nik Peachey. Aimed at English language teachers, it includes over 70 tools – divided into reading tools, writing tools, presentation tools, etc. For example, under Reading Tools there is a review of Rewordify and under Listening Tools you can find LyricsTraining. The book is in PDF format,… Read more Digital Tools for Teachers
A number of academic journals on English-language teaching are available through BrowZine, under Social Science and Behavioral Science » Linguistics » Language Learning and Acquisition. For example: ELT Journal English for Specific Purposes Journal of English for Academic Purposes TESOL Journal TESOL Quarterly There are also related journals, such as Language Testing and Journal of Second… Read more ELT journals
Nik Peachey, who blogs about the uses of IT in English language teaching, is starting a publishing company. Teachers who write ELT materials are invited to sign up. You can read about it here.
This book is aimed at English language teachers. Tip number 1 is “Start with a smile” and number 100 is “Do your own thing.” Here are some of the others: Don’t give homework at the end Use the coursebook – selectively Do correct mistakes Use mother tongue to explain Avoid grammatical terms Limit tasks by… Read more Penny Ur’s 100 Teaching Tips
A 4-week course called Exploring English: Language and Culture starts today at Futurelearn. It is for non-native English speakers who have studied English to around intermediate level. It’s made by the British Council and it’s free!