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

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...

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,...

April 11, 2019

A lot of teachers want to use technology in their English lessons, but they are unsure about how to go about doing it. In this webinar, I talked about different digital tools that can be used by English teachers, and also shared examples and tips to use technology more...

February 4, 2019

Thinking about how to teach new vocabulary or grammar to students more effectively? Looking for ways to help students understand and use English more successfully? In this post, we’ll be looking at an essential concepts to have in mind when choosing the best techniques...

September 28, 2018

Fluency is to some the holy grail of learning a language. However, it can be an elusive concept and different people see fluency in different ways. But what is fluency after all? And most importantly, how can teachers help learners speak more fluently?

In this post, we’...

September 10, 2018

Yesterday I posted on richmondshare.com about the reasons why I usually use pair work or smaal-group work.

Check it out and let us know in the comments what you see as reasons to use pair work in lessons!

See you soon!


August 4, 2018

Wondering how to teach English pronunciation more effectively? Here are definitions, examples, techniques and activity ideas for the classroom that may boost your lessons and help your learners be more successful!

Word stress is the emphasis we place in a specific...

May 17, 2018

We've all been there. We ask students to do an activity, perform a task or answer and exercise, and they start doing something completely different from what we wanted them to.

Giving effective instructions can be a challenge, that much is true. However, besides conveyi...

May 9, 2018

Thinking about how to develop professionally based on trends in ELT we've seen at the IATEFL 2018?

Click on the image to check this guest post I've written for the Richmondshare blog!

February 25, 2018

CCQs are questions used to check whether students understood the meaning of a given lexical or grammar item.

In this video, we provide a detailed definition, examples and classroom tips to help you plan and deliver more effective lessons.

More examples of CCQS:


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