In this issue, we are looking at teaching and learning from a new and fresh perspective. A new perspective often, though not always, involves making changes. These may be major or minor, but they are an indication that we are alive to what we are doing, aware of the effects of our actions on others, particularly our students, and open to new ideas and new thinking.
In our main feature, Daniel Xerri describes the sort of changes that he envisages as ‘disrupting education’, notably a move towards abandoning a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching in favour of a more personalised learning experience for each student and the cultivation of critical thinking, creativity and entrepreneurship. For ways in which teachers can effect change in their own practices, take a look at Michelle Hughes’s article. She advocates reflecting on what we do now and looking for worthwhile improvements to incorporate in our teaching. But this is not merely change for change’s sake. Michelle believes that a greater awareness of our current practices and experimenting with different ways of achieving our aims can spark a renewed interest in our work – and that our students will be able to sense this and will themselves be inspired by it.
Also in this issue, we feature a report from a conference on the future direction of ELT, organised by Cambridge University Press. Do you agree with the conclusions that the delegates came to about the way that ELT is changing and the predictions that they made for the future? Do write to us and let us know your views. In the spirit of innovation and looking at things from a new perspective, we have been inspired to examine the design of ETP and have decided to give it a new and fresh look, too. All our most popular features are still here, but there are innovations, too. These include a column by Chia Suan Chong, who is a regular blogger on the ETP website and who engages with many of you through social media. She is going to focus on the things that we teach in addition to teaching language, and she begins with critical thinking.
I hope you will like the new design of the magazine and that you will continue to contribute your own ideas and experiences. Perhaps writing an article for ETP could be the stimulus that encourages you to look at your work from a new perspective and brings renewed inspiration to you and your students.