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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.

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

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 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...

July 23, 2018

Group cohesiveness is considered by some an essential component in the classroom for learning to take place. In this post, we’ll provide definitions for group cohesiveness, discuss its importance in learning and suggest ideas and tips for the classroom.

Defining group c...

June 11, 2018

Product Writing is an approach to teaching writing that focuses on students' final production, that is, the text they are asked to produce. There is enhanced importance in the end product and this affects the way a product writing lesson is staged. 

In the next section,...

June 4, 2018

Process Writing is an approach to teaching writing that allows the teacher and the students to go through the process of producing a text together. In process writing, students have the chance to think about what they are going to write, produce drafts, revise, edit, a...

May 23, 2018

Guided Discovery is a technique used to present and clarify language in an inductive and student-centred way. In this post, we’ll provide definitions, tips and downloadable Guided Discovery activities that you can adapt and use in your classroom.

Defining Guided Discove...

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...

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...

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