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In the current issue of ETp


Cognitive Load Theory: useful insights for ELT

Diana Bauducco examines Cognitive Load Theory, and identifies how it can be used to determine and implement the most effective strategies for brain-friendly learning in the ELT classroom.



Much ado about (almost) nothing? Does pronunciation matter?

Thomas Ziegelwagner discusses whether correct pronunciation has lost its relevance in today’s world and concludes that it is something we should still be teaching.


The challenge of public speaking: helping students shine

Itir Begen Yilmaz reports on her university’s successful programme which helps students gain confidence and proficiency at public speaking in English.


Preparing Middle-Eastern students for IELTS 2

Joanna Buckle reflects on preparing Arabic-speaking students for the IELTS exam and suggests ways to help them gain as many marks as possible in the reading and listening tests.


A FEAST for exams: a formula for familiarising students with exam content

Johnny Ashman shares his FEAST acronym, which he uses to help students familiarise themselves with the content of exams and prepare for what they have to do and how they have to do it.


Grammar detectives: creating a ‘Personal Grammar Book’

Lis Pölzleitner and Laura Bergmann use an inductive method to teach grammar and help their students to create a ‘Personal Grammar Book’ to give them an idea o f how language works.


Ain’t misbehavin’: alternatives to behaviour charts

Jonny Maitland questions the efficacy and fairness of behaviour charts and recommends alternative strategies for classroom management and maintaining discipline.


Is your apostrophe really necessary? Correct use of apostrophes

Ken Milgate laments the many examples of incorrect apostrophe usage that he sees around him, and offers an explanation of how the apostrophe should be used and activities to practise it.


Scrapbook: Unusual holidays

Gems, titbits, puzzles, foibles, quirks, bits & pieces, quotations, snippets, odds & ends on the theme of unusual holidays.



A trio of languages: language learning for teachers

Christopher Walker recommends that ex-pat teachers should learn three languages: their students’ mother tongue, English itself and a third, entirely new, language.


It works in practice - July 2021

Three activities on reported speech and a whole-class speaking activity to encourage full participation in checking answers to exercises.


Weathering the storm: teachers surviving rough seas

James Heal believes that the Covid-19 pandemic has promoted teacher resilience and creativity, and he encourages us to hold fast to the helm in hope of smoother seas ahead.


The afflictions of ELT: four teacher maladies and their symptoms

Charlie Ellis takes a light-hearted look at the maladies that commonly afflict English language teachers – he identifies four possible afflictions and their typical symptoms.


Extensive listening through film 2

Charles Jannuzi and Gabrielli Zanini recommend an online film library to provide extended listening practice, and outline the technical issues, solutions and procedures.


Tips and clips: overcoming technical problems

Sylwia Wiśniewska gives some helpful advice on overcoming technical problems when using song and video clips in online teaching with young learners.


Regular Features


Scrapbook: Virtual reality

Not only, but also: the etiquette of virtual communication

Chia Suan Chong on teaching topics typically not covered in teaching materials.