A new page on this website lists organizations that provide training for English language teachers, as well as other staff. So far these are BALEAP, British Council: TeachingEnglish, CRELLA, CSED, English UK, IATEFL and NILE.
From Stephen B. Heard’s blog Scientist Sees Squirrel: If you’re like me, you’re continually frustrated by the fact that undergraduate students struggle to understand statistics. Actually, that’s putting it mildly: a large fraction of undergraduates simply refuse to understand statistics; mention a requirement for statistical data analysis in your course and you’ll get eye-rolling, groans,… Read more Why do we make statistics so hard for our students?
Lander Hawes’s blog offers study advice to international students. For example: From IELTS to University: Counter-Arguments with Cats and Dogs Transforming a model IELTS problem-solution essay into a university-level essay (Part 1) Barriers to achieving an IELTS 7.0+ academic writing style Lander used to teach English at INTO UEA. When not teaching, he puts on… Read more Lander’s blog
The Economics Network has some games for economics classes. For example: The International Trade Game CARTEL: a board game for teaching game theory Tennis Balls in Economics The Production Possibility Frontier Game These are not computer games, but require pencils and paper, scissors, tennis balls, etc.
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
There are many technical terms used to describe grammar, vocabulary, etc. For example: determiner, inflection, morphology, subordinate clause, transitive verb. Some glossaries have been compiled to help English teachers in British schools: Glossary for the programmes of study for English [PDF] UK Government: Department for Education About 80 terms, for use in primary schools.* Englicious… Read more Grammar glossaries
If you’ve heard of flipped learning but not understood what it involves, here is a one-minute explanation from the University of Texas: Advance HE (previously the Higher Education Academy) has more information and there’s also a Wikipedia article.
The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) was founded in 1967. To celebrate its first 50 years, a history was published in 2017. A History of IATEFL: The First 50 Years of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, by Shelagh Rixon and Richard Smith, is… Read more A History of IATEFL
Ten resources for today’s teacher training session: BoB Recorded TV and radio programmes that you can watch and clip Statista Statistics and charts on business, industries, consumer habits, etc. Credo Reference Cross-referenced collection of reference books Academic Phrasebank Phrases used in academic writing Cite them right online Referencing tips and examples BrowZine UEA Library’s academic… Read more Ten online resources
In 1986 Ray Williams formulated 10 principles for teaching EFL reading. They included: In the absence of interesting texts, very little is possible. The primary activity of a reading lesson should be learners reading texts—not listening to the teacher, not reading comprehension questions, [etc.]. In 2002 Richard Day and Julian Bamford devised 10 principles for… Read more Principles for teaching reading
Cambridge University Press publishes Cambridge Papers in ELT, a series of research papers on various topics, including speaking and extensive reading. At present there are 17 papers, which can be read and downloaded by everyone from the website, Language and Pedagogy Research for ELT. Blended language learning ELT trends: beyond technology Enhancing student interaction Extensive… Read more Cambridge Papers in ELT
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
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