EL Gazette (it's short for 'English Language Gazette') is an international news and media company for the English Language Teaching (ELT) industry and international English-medium education.
Founded in October 1978, EL Gazette was originally EFL Gazette ('English as a Foreign Language'). As the industry moved from purely English language instruction to offering education in English, so the emphasis of EL Gazette has changed. It is an independent publication, the result of a 1980s editorial buy-out from a subsidiary of Robert Maxwell's Trinity Mirror group.
The first issue of EL Gazette
– EL Gazette print edition
EL Gazette newspaper has a paid-for monthly print edition and there's also EL Gazette Digital. As of January 2016, EL Gazette was reaching over 30,000 ELT professionals in 160 countries, including over 500 decision makers in state further education around the world.
As of May 2015 there were approximately 1000 subscribers to the paid edition of the EL Gazette print version, receiving it by post. Many of these print edition copies go to staff rooms and to institutions such as the British Council, so each copy of the Gazette is seen by multiple readers - an average of seven people looking at each print copy, according to internal research. We have a further 'by invitation’ distribution of free copies of the print edition. In this group, we have over 500 key individuals in state sector education in over 60 countries. Finally, we regularly distribute free print copies at key national and international ELT conferences.
EL Gazette has a paid-for print edition (a paper 'hard-copy') - between 12 and 20 pages - available by subscription via Webscribe (email@example.com).
– EL Gazette Digital
There's also EL Gazette Digital – this is a digital version of the newspaper. Those who sign up get a subscriber's newsletter sent to their email address whenever the new edition of EL Gazette Digital goes online. A selection of articles from the newspaper also appears on this website. As of May 2015, readership of the digital edition was over 23,000. A full breakdown of these readers is available in our media packs.
In its current format, EL Gazette's sections include:
- Language news (noteworthy developments in ELT, or on how English language issues impact on politics around the world)
- Higher education news (updates from huge and growing English–medium higher education market)
- EL Policy (what the education ministries of various countries – or their autonomous states and provinces – are doing in the field of ELT, often with exclusive interviews with or comments from ministers)
- Market reports (on ELT and international education, by country or market sector)
- Teaching matters (features on a wide range of subjects within ELT).
- Reviews (ELT textbooks and course books selected by our reviewers)
- EL People (interviews with leaders and managers in ELT)
Occasional spots include:
- EL Exams
- EL data (data analysis revealing the latest trends in the industry)
- EL ideas (interviews with ELT gurus)
- EL Accreditation
- EL Association news (updates from teachers' associations)
- EL Prospects (job opportunities, career development or working conditions in ELT)
- On the move (updates on career moves and appointments among the movers and shakers or the ELT world)
- Materials (sponsored articles featuring material from a new ELT title and a lesson plan)
Each EL Gazette issue will often have a geographical or sector theme, to which several pages are devoted. Frequent 'specials' are Latin America, South East Asia, The European Union, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, Russia and wider Europe, English for Academic Purposes, Young Learners, English for Work, Business English.
We run regular listings of courses available in a particular sector. These include MA Tesol courses, teacher development courses eligible for the EU's Erasmus + funding and language schools that have been awarded EL Gazette Centre of Excellence status. Inclusion in the listings is free.
Please note: These awards are based on the information found in the British Council Inspection reports on the language centres which the British Council accredits under the Accreditation UK scheme. The rankings are compiled by the EL Gazette and are not produced by the British Council, English UK or Accreditation UK.
We cover awards from ELT and higher education (the ELTons, the English Speaking Union awards, the THE world university rankings, etc.)
The Gazette often contains four-page or eight-page supplements. Supplements to date have included Russia and Wide European, the Middle East and North Afrida, Turkey and the Balkans, Latin America, Central Asia, South East Asia and China and the Pacific Rim. Much of the material for these is sourced via our British Council contacts in its various country offices.
EL Gazette is distributed at most of the major conferences for E:T professionals and educational agents – including Iatefl (a special edition with extra pages), Study World, all the ICEF workshops, LABCI, Braz TESOL, FECEI, Tesol Arabia, JALT Japan, Going Global, NILE TESOL (Egypt), ELTAI India, TESOL Peru, TESOL Qatar, BELTE, ICWE, Sprach en Beruf, and BESIG (Business English). To find out more about our conference distribution service, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
EL Gazette's current managing editor Melanie Butler has worked in ELT for nearly 40 years - as an English teacher, in ELT publishing and ELT broadcasting (the BBC World Service's Teach English radio programmes). The Gazette's news and features editor Matt Salusbury was an EFL/ESOL teacher for over 15 years before becoming a journalist full-time. Our reviewers Wayne Trotman and Pete Sharma are working ELT practitioners who sometimes test material from the books they review on their classes.
We currently have freelance correspondents in Japan, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, El Salvador (covering Central America), Canada, the USA and Australia. These are all either professional journalists or working EFL teachers, or both. There is currently one EL Gazette roving correspondent who travels the world filing reports for trade publications, including ours. For a contributor's guide to writing for EL Gazette, please email email@example.com
An EL Gazette exclusive
EL Gazette scoops in recent years have included the revelation that the rector of Kurdistan's first English-medium university was the British commander in the 2003 Gulf War's Battle of Basra, and news of a crisis around accreditation in US universties' Intensive English Programs (with its solution). Private Eye, the famous UK satirical and investigative magazine took up our story on Guardian Languages, the Guardian newspaper's unfortunate online English teaching venture.
New for 2016
The company launched ELgo (http://www.el-go.com/). Using inspection results from the British Council, we have collected further market information and published our much anticipated rankings online. With a powerful search and filter facility, it is destined to become the go to place for government sponsors, parents, students and teachers choosing a language centre.
Also, we offer our ELJobs platform, an opportunity to attract talent from our international audience, through print or online products.
Advertising with EL Gazette
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a media pack, for our advertising rates and for details of the latest figures on readership and data on the 'job type' of readers and where in the world they are based, or for information on the countries where EL Gazette is distributed to education ministry officials.