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!

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What is ELT? Team

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!

April 15, 2018

Drilling is a technique that consists of the repetition of oral patterns and structures. In this post, we’ll provide a definition of drilling (also known as oral drills), describe different types of drills and give you practical ideas for the classroom.

In approaches ba...

April 9, 2018

The 52nd Annual International IATEFL conference starts this Monday and What is ELT? will be there to bring you all news and updates about the event.  

IATEFL stands for the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language. Being a member of IA...

March 28, 2018

Does practice make perfect?

Providing learners with practice activities is an essential step to help them use language confidently. In this video, we give definitions, examples and practical tips to help you design effective practice activities for your lessons. 

St...

March 20, 2018

Defining lesson aims is the first step to prepare an effective lesson. When you set a clear aim, it is easier to make decisions about materials, procedures and the stages that should be present in the lesson. Setting aims and assessing whether you were able to achieve...

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:

Vocabulary...

February 21, 2018

Hello everyone!

We've just launched a channel on YouTube to keep on sharing definitions and examples of relevant concepts for English learning, as well as classroom tips. Make sure you check it out and subscribe to receive the latest updates.

You can also join us in othe...

January 19, 2018

TBL (Task-based learning), or TBLT (Task-based language teaching) is an approach in which learning revolves around the completion of meaningful tasks. In the TBL approach, the main focus is the authentic use of language for genuine communication. In this post, we'll ta...

October 26, 2017

The KASA is a framework for professional development that takes into account four areas suggested by Donald Freeman in his seminal 1989 article ‘Teacher training, development and decision making: a model of teaching and related strategies for language teacher education...

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