5 useful online journals for ELT professionals

5 useful online journals for ELT professionals

Having been invited to recommend ‘the best ELT journals…, maybe a top 5 list’, Florentina Taylor explains why the following are, in her opinion, great resources for ELT professionals. Such a list will always be a subjective compilation dependent on personal preference, work context, accessibility and the reasons for accessing (and recommending) the respective journals. She’s hoping this will, nevertheless, answer the question. You can find an objective journal ranking tool at the end of this post.

Cambridge English’s free teacher training resource

Cambridge English’s free teacher training resource

We’re all familiar with Cambridge English from their CELTA and Delta course and you might know that they have recently developed the Cambridge English Teaching Framework. But did you know you can access a lot of their CPD resources for free? This month Cambridge English are launching 5 Teaching Challenges to help teachers further their professional development and generate new ideas for teaching.

8 ways to get traffic to your ELT website

8 ways to get traffic to your ELT website

If you have a language learning blog or website, you’re one of millions out there. The question you should be asking yourself is how do I compete with all those other sites? How do I get ahead of them? How can I get interested learners to visit my website first? It’s not easy. There’s no magic wand. But it’s possible. Here are 8 ways that should get you going in the right direction.

BBC Social Enterprise Project

BBC Social Enterprise Project

BBC Learning English has produced Learning Circles as part of a nationwide campaign, English My Way. The programme aims to help people in hard-to-reach areas in the UK, particularly those from Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Somali communities, to learn English. Mike Harrison, ELT producer at BBC Learning English, and Frances Carbines, Project Officer at the British Council, explain a bit more about the project.

Selecting and Implementing Vocabulary Tools for Mainstream Classes

Selecting and Implementing Vocabulary Tools for Mainstream Classes

Teachers in mainstream education in English-speaking countries increasingly have to plan lessons to help integrate students whose first language isn’t English. That’s quite a challenge and we’ve asked Nina Berler, who teaches in the US to tell us about some of the tools she uses. It wasn’t so long ago that teachers of mainstream classes were instructed to “teach to the middle.” Of course, when it comes to learning vocabulary, that methodology can’t possibly benefit students on either end of the spectrum. Fortunately, in this era of digital learning, teachers have tools to boost vocabulary and reduce gaps in their classes.

Top-five posts of 2014

Top-five posts of 2014

Looking back at the blog over the past year we can see we’ve had some fantastic people contributing posts and comments. It’s really interesting to see which posts got the most views, sparked the most debate and kickstarted conversations that resulted in fully-fledged follow up posts. This Top Five shows we really couldn’t run the blog without all of you, so a big thanks to everyone and here’s a look at the biggest posts