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In the current issue of ETp


A question of context: pragmatic competence

Andreas Grundtvig believes that an understanding of how the English language changes in context is vital to help our learners become competent and confident language users.



Using activities effectively: the role of the activity

Jason Anderson focuses on how to plan and carry out activities in the classroom. He offers an activity cycle diagram to help teachers conduct activities more efficiently.


Connected speech: helping learners cope with authentic speech

Polina Gordyshevskaya offers some tips on helping learners identify and understand the features of authentic speech, so that they can decode it more easily.


Graphic organisers: presenting literature in a visual way

Laura Hadwin explains how she uses graphic organisers to help her learners gain a deeper understanding of the meaning and structure of the literature they are studying.


Synthetic or analytic phonics? Teaching reading

Catherine Carpenter reflects on the difference between synthetic and analytic phonics, and considers the implications of their use when teaching children in EFL classes to read.


Literacy at primary level: teaching children to read

Maksim Gusev outlines two methods of teaching children how to read – phonics and ‘look and say’ – and offers some activities linked to his preferred approach.


Summative assessment: reducing stress

Melanie Oh Hye Min takes the stress out of summative assessment for her young learners by making the experience fun and communicative.


ET in ELT 1: elicitation techniques

Chris Payne outlines the ‘cold call’ technique, which he recommends for ensuring that all the learners in your classroom are ready to participate in the lesson and answer questions.


It Works in Practice - ETp 133

An activity using a fly swatter, a ‘find the teacher’ treasure hunt, a suggestion for promoting good behaviour and a time-telling game for young learners.



Interacting with less proficient speakers

Art Tsang believes we should prepare our students to communicate with people less proficient than themselves, as that is the reality of much international communication in English.


Optimising observation: encouraging friendly supervision

Mayuri Sooriyampola reports on what she learnt on a teacher training course about making teaching practice observation less intimidating and more productive.


Advising freelance teachers: suggestions for colleagues

Varvara Prishvina shares her experience of working as a teacher adviser, giving help on the problems faced by freelance teachers.


Reflective running: from track to teaching

Dini Rosita Sari applies the lessons she has learnt from taking up running to the language classroom, using her experience to guide her students towards better performance.


A return to face-to-face training: lessons learnt

Nick Baguley and Osama El Beyaly report on their experiences of returning to face-to-face teacher training after the Covid-19 lockdown and share the lessons they have learnt.


From corona comes creativity: online activities

Thomas Ziegelwagner describes some of the activities he has used during online teaching to spark his students’ creativity and harness their imaginations.


Regular Features


Scrapbook: Playing with language

Webwatcher: YouTube

Russell Stannard describes how teachers can make use of the advanced features of YouTube to enhance their teaching.

Not only, but also: pragmatics

Chia Suan Chong looks at what English teachers teach apart from language. In this issue, she considers the pragmatics of intercultural communication.