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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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. 

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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:

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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...

September 27, 2017

Collocations are words that are commonly used together. Collocations are usually categorised according to the words that form them: adjective + noun, adverb + adjective, verb+ adverb, etc. The teaching and learning of collocations became more prominent with the advent...

September 22, 2017

While-listening or While-reading is a stage, or group of stages frequently found in lessons that aim at helping students develop receptive skills, such as listening or reading. This is the moment where students are actually exposed to the recorded or written text.

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September 15, 2017

Padlet is a website that provides users with a digital canvas. The user can post text, videos and images from a mobile device or a desktop. One of the great appeals of Padlet for classroom use is the fact that many people can post to the same board at the same time, ma...

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