S is for Sustainability (part 2 YLs)

S is for Sustainability (part 2 YLs)

This is the second of two posts about sustainability. In the first post which you can read here, we have a focus on general ELT materials for adults. This post has a focus on Young Learners. What about the language? One of the main criticisms against including a focus...
S is for Sustainability

S is for Sustainability

This is the first of two posts about sustainability. In the second post we’ll talk about materials for Young Learners and we’ll share some ideas of how to incorporate sustainability into materials without losing sight of the language and skills on the curriculum. Not...
V is for Video Exercises

V is for Video Exercises

This is the first of two posts about video. The first is looking at the exercise types we write for existing videos and the second will look at writing video scripts. Once we have either chosen the video we want to work with (perhaps something on YouTube) or a video...
B is for Business English

B is for Business English

BESIG Every year, the Business English Special Interest Group (BESIG) of IATEFL organizes its conference. I’ve attended many of them over the last 30 years and I’m looking forward to the event in Stuttgart on November 2nd. It’s a chance to share...
V is for voice

V is for voice

Finding your voice Some years ago, in a conversation with the ELT author Ceri Jones, Ceri referred to the ‘voice’ of her materials. She stressed the need to establish the right kind of ‘voice’ (or ‘tone’) when writing instructions (also called ‘rubrics’). For example,...