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

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 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...

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...

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...

March 8, 2019

"Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women." - Maya Angelou

I know: there is nothing more cliché (and cheesy) than starting a text with a famous quote. But, as always, Maya Angelou is right. An...

February 26, 2019

Project-based learning (PBL) is an approach to teaching that highlights the use of problem-solving and collaboration in the design of authentic, real-life projects. In this post, we’ll provide a definition for PBL and discuss its characteristic and classroom implicatio...

January 29, 2019

Patterns of interaction, or interaction patterns, as the name says, are the different possibilities in which students can interact with each other and with the teacher in the classroom. In this post, we’ll talk about why planning and thinking about interaction patterns...

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