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In the current issue of ETp


Efficient teaching: ways of saving time and effort

Martin Bastkowski suggests that teaching efficiency can be increased by better preparation, time management for teachers and students, and the introduction of classroom routines



Knowledge of the Knowledge: learning from a test for taxi drivers

Nick Howlett explains what London taxi drivers have to learn to get their licences and thinks language learners might take lessons from this and usefully employ the same techniques


Glorious graphemes: linking pronunciation and spelling

Graham Burton teaches graphemes to show the connection between spelling and pronunciation, and to make knowledge of the pronunciation of letter combinations transferable to similar words


A close shave with pronunciation: commercials as pronunciation models

Thomas Ziegelwagner uses razor commercials on YouTube to increase awareness of pronunciation errors and the correct pronunciation of certain letter combinations


Lexical sophistication: why richness is important

Ben Naismith looks at teaching ‘advanced’ words, so that our students’ language use is more sophisticated, and points out that lexical richness is now an assessment criterion for exams


Cross-linguistic mediation: authentic activities

Ethan Mansur and Riccardo Chiappini offer authentic activities in which their students have to interact in situations where mediation between two languages is required


Supporting children’s learning: very young learners

Tessa Lochowski demonstrates how teachers and parents can work together and offer support to make English accessible to very young learners in a fun and engaging way


Delicious dishes: language and culture through menus

Melanie Oh Hye Min uses a menu writing project to teach her young learners about foreign food and cultures, at the same time as they learn English


Students’ stories 16: Sang Kancil and Sang Buaya

David Heathfield uses a Malaysian tale about a cunning mouse-deer and a hungry crocodile to encourage prediction and engagement before reading a story

Don’t give up! Teaching phrasal verbs

Monica Ruda-Peachey doesn’t hold back when it comes to teaching phrasal verbs


In touch with the senses: Using the senses to evoke memories

Ken Milgate suggests eight activities involving the senses, which can evoke cherished memories and encourage our students to talk freely about them



Which comes first? Students’ needs or lesson plan?

Simon Brown wonders whether we put too much emphasis on completing a lesson plan


Viral marketing videos: cultivating 21st-century skills

Sean H Toland demonstrates how a project involving the analysis and creation of viral marketing videos with a social message can be used to encourage critical thinking


Support for writing: apps and e-tools for young learners

Benjamin Moorhouse describes three apps and e-tools which offer support and encouragement to cultivate a positive attitude to writing and get young learners to develop their writing skills


How fake websites can be used in class

Five things about how to use fake websites to alert students to unreliable information


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It Works In Practice



Webwatcher: Speechling

Russell Stannard describes how students can use Speechling outside class to practise their language skills

Not only, but also: intercultural competence

Chia Suan Chong looks at what English teachers teach apart from language. In this issue, she looks at intercultural competence and how we can promote it