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In the current issue of ETp


Locking down ELT: the effect of Covid-19 on teachers

Keith Copley reports on his survey of the experiences of teachers around the world during the Covid-19 lockdown, and the impact on their working conditions and wellbeing.



The wheel of life: encouraging autonomous language learning

Lara Statham gets her students to complete a diagram to identify areas of language learning that they want or need to focus on and increase their motivation to work outside the classroom.


Including students in their own learning: encouraging autonomy

Riccardo Chiappini offers ten tips to encourage learner autonomy and persuade students to become involved in the process of learning and share responsibility for their progress.


Do it yourself: fostering learner independence

James Heal recommends fostering learner independence by maximising students’ input in lessons and by encouraging them to make and bring teaching materials.


Taking control: advice on online teaching

Enda Scott offers essential advice for taking control of online teaching, overcoming its challenges and exploiting its potential advantages in order to achieve success.


Interview a YouTuber: a roleplay for teenagers

Sean Toland presents a roleplay which involves assessing YouTube videos and interviewing social media stars, and which should capture the interests and imaginations of teenagers.


Students’ stories 20: Joha and the Magic Mouse

David Heathfield uses a Tunisian tale about a trickster who traps a rich man with a supposedly magic mouse, to show how students can retell tales in online breakout rooms.


It works in practice September 2020

A selection of activities using home-made word cards, an activity involving creating tableaux of famous artworks and a treasure hunt activity in It works in practice.


Scrapbook: Incompetent criminals

Gems, titbits, puzzles, foibles, quirks, bits & pieces, quotations, snippets, odds & ends on the theme of incompetent criminals. Includes photocopiable materials.


Tense times? Using pictorial timelines

Thomas Ziegelwagner uses timelines which include colour and black and white photographs to help his students understand aspect and grasp the subtle differences in the use of tenses.


Lexical hunting: corpora for exploring vocabulary use

Sharon Hartle gets her students to use corpora (accessed by means of sophisticated digital corpus interfaces) to find information about collocations and lexical usage.

Back to school: experiencing a return to the classroom

Nick Baguley interviews two teachers about their experiences of returning to the classroom after the Covid-19 lockdown, and finds out how they made this possible.


Collaboration for professional development: video

Lucas Kohnke suggests that using video in teacher observation can lead to greater collaboration between colleagues and makes observation less stressful and threatening.


The organised academic manager: priorities not perfection

Fari Greenaway suggests that for academic managers working under pressure, prioritising and delegating are more important than aiming for perfection.


From face to face to Facebook: using a social media site

Zuzana Motešická explains how she used Facebook successfully as a communication channel and a platform to teach her university students during the Covid-19 lockdown.


What we should know about online disinformation and misinformation

Nicky Hockly answers five questions about how teachers can teach their students to recognise false information that is being shared online.


Regular Features



Webwatcher: Wordwall

Russell Stannard recommends a site which offers a large number of games and activities for language learning.

Not only, but also: global issues

Chia Suan Chong looks at what English teachers teach apart from language. In this article, she looks at global issues.