Our goal with What is ELT? is to help teachers, aspiring teachers and teacher educators with a quick reference guide of terminology, concepts and tools for the practice of English language teaching and professional development.


More than simple definitions, here you will find thoughts on the classroom implications of each topic, as well as suggestions on how to use them to boost lessons and continue developing professionally.

We hope to make What is ELT? more and more relevant by adding new topics and terms frequently. So, let us know what topic you'd be ineterested in and make sure you subscribe and follow us on our social media channels to know when a new post comes out!


What is ELT? Team

April 6, 2020

One of the main activities for teachers when they are not in the classroom is to plan lessons. But what makes lesson planning effective? In this post, we'll talk about how to write a lesson plan and give you some suggestions to plan lessons more effectively. We'll also...

April 1, 2020

Autonomy is one of those words that can be used in various aspects of life, and its meaning varies widely according to the context in which it is found. In psychology and politics, autonomy means the “ability to make informed and uncoerced decisions”. At work, having a...

March 30, 2020

With the social isolation measures and lockdowns taking place due to the novel coronavirus, or Covid-19, teachers all around the globe started teaching English online.

This is an update on our post What is Edmodo? and some tips and ideas to help you use this tool effect...

March 23, 2020

How many times have we come across an article, a video or a webinar and thought: I’d love to watch this now, but I’ll save it for later? We understand that many of us have found ourselves with a little more time in our hands and might use it to catch up with some readi...

March 18, 2020

 A lot of teachers are having to switch from face-to-face to online lessons because of social distancing and lockdowns related to Covid-19. Here at What is ELT?, we're trying to help as much as we can.

There are a number of digital tools that can come in handy in t...

March 16, 2020

With more and more distancing measures put in place by governments all around the world, Covid-19 is inviting us all to rethink our professional practice and provide safe solutions to ourselves and our students. In times like these, the What is ELT? team believe it is...

October 3, 2019

In this post, I’ll look into one of the greatest obsessions of English teachers: verb tenses. To many, knowing how to teach grammar and the different forms of the verbs seems to equal knowing how to teach English effectively. But if you think you know what tenses are,...

July 21, 2019

In this post, we’ll talk about the two processes we use to comprehend written and spoken texts: top down and bottom up. We’ll talk about the difficulties students face when reading and listening to texts, provide definitions, real examples of the processes taking place...

July 12, 2019

Thinking about how to use video in lessons more effectively?

In a partnership with BrELT, What is ELT? is offering an online mini-course on how to use videos in the ELT Classroom.

This digital workshop is for those who, just like Andreia and Rubinho, love videos and want...

June 14, 2019

Slightly overshadowed by the plethora of digital classroom tools, apps and resources, the board - black, white, green or interactive - is still the one artifact that most people associate with a classroom. In this post, we'll talk about the importance of planning board...

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