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In the current issue of ETp


Thinking things over: axioms and principles for language teaching

Alan Maley and Rod Bolitho look at the basics of language teaching and learning and offer a series of axioms and principles.



Ave atque vale: Hail and farewell

Helena Gomm looks at changes and trends in ELT publishing and materials development over her 21 years as editor of ETp, including some which give cause for concern.


Using your brain: neuroscience and ELT

Carol Lethaby discusses what neuroscience has to offer ELT in terms of understanding the working of the brain, dispelling popular myths and informing teaching practice.


In defence of politics: tackling a taboo subject

Charlie Ellis argues that there is a place for the discussion of politics, as defined by Bernard Crick, in the language teaching classroom and that it shouldn’t be regarded as a taboo subject.


Town hall meeting: a discussion activity on homelessness

Sean Toland presents a two-part lesson plan with a scaffolded activity that helps students to explore the topic of homelessness and to participate in a discussion.


An IELTS myth? How infallible are international exams?

Jaber Kamali expresses doubts over the assurances given by exam providers that the location in which an exam is taken has no effect on the candidate’s score.


Generating events 1: exploiting daily occurrences

Chris Roland shows how common daily occurrences – taking place before, during and after class – can be transformed into language learning opportunities.


China and ELT: is the party over?

Keith Copley considers the effect on the ELT profession of recent policy changes in China and wonders whether it is time to think more deeply about the kind of education we provide.

Infographics for EAP: encouraging visual literacy

Lucas Kohnke and Andrew Jarvis encourage EAP students to develop visual literacy, and suggest that infographics can help them with their research for university assignments.


Lexical chunks 2: vocabulary for International English

Charles Lowe considers the part played by genre when selecting transparent and useful expressions to teach to students of international English.


Diving deeper into vocabulary: depth of lexical knowledge

Matt Done asserts that when it comes to learning vocabulary, depth of knowledge is just as important as breadth and students should be encouraged to explore new words more thoroughly.


Cognitive Load Theory revisited: avoiding overload

Chris Payne looks at Cognitive Load Theory and examines four effects of working memory overload, together with some possible ways to overcome or avoid it when working with our students.


Lessons from the mob: useful lessons on leadership

James Porcaro tells how he learned some useful leadership lessons from a former member of the mafia and explains how these relate to his own experience of academic leadership.


Through participation to empowerment: professional development

Claire Steele and Sarah Smith propose a model for professional development based on their own adaptation of Roger Hart’s Ladder of Participation which categorises degrees of participation and non-participation.


Regular Features


Scrapbook: Endings

Not only, but also: international communication

Chia Suan Chong looks at what English teachers teach apart from language.
In this issue, she looks at teaching students to communicate internationally.