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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.

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What is ELT? Team

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...

December 28, 2018

2018 is coming to an end and we are all starting to make plans for the upcoming year. Apart from our personal resolutions, we all wonder what is in store for us in our professional life. In this post, we'll talk about CPD, provide definitions and give some suggestions...

October 9, 2018

Designing activities, choosing a coursebook, creating handouts. Every teacher has faced difficulties when it comes to the selection of classroom resources. But what if we make our lessons more focussed on the students and less focussed on materials?

Dogme ELT is an appr...

August 23, 2018

The Communicative Approach – or Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) – is a teaching approach that highlights the importance of real communication for learning to take place. In this post, you’ll find definitions, examples and ideas for classroom activities.

Background...

August 7, 2018

An ice-breaker, or a warmer, is a (quick) activity which is used at the beginning of a course or a lesson to help the students and teacher get to know each other. In some lessons, ice-breakers may also be used as a means to revisit the content from the previous lesson...

July 29, 2018

The phonemic chart is a tool commonly used to help learners understand and produce the sounds in English pronunciation. It is comprised of a set of symbols, and each symbol represents a sound of the English language. 

The phonemic chart is a simplified version of the In...

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