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It’s more important than ever to know how to be a good host.

You’re welcome. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, these three English words are said as a polite answer when someone thanks you for doing something. But welcome is not the word we use when we receive guests. Instead you hear ‘Come on in’ or ‘Make yourself at home’.

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Fairy dust is fine for Christmas, just keep it out of the classroom.


As the old year creeps into the new I spy some grounds for celebration, Melanie Butler writes.

On our news pages, accredited Irish language schools are supporting a ban on zero hour contracts. The British Council is questioning the constant quest for English Medium Instruction.
Meanwhile, in Tel Aviv, the bats are sporting regional accents.

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It all comes down to the right brainwaves.


Neuroscientific studies into language learning could produce a wealth of evidence to help teachers, writes Melanie Butler

Neuroscience loves language learning. And I am learning to love neuroscience. As my ageing brain struggles to deal with life in any of my languages, I find it such a comfort to know that multilingualism protects against dementia.

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Appoint a busy woman – you’d be a fool not to

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A critical mass of women will come into management positions only when there are enough role models to inspire them, writes Irena Barker.

I was up a windswept hill in the driving rain with my three young children when I first shouted the word ‘idiot’ at one of them. My middle child was standing at a 45 degree angle in the howling wind atop a vast cairn with his raincoat wide open. He was rummaging in his bag for a KitKat.

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Don’t come up for air just yet.


After a long summer, UK teachers could do with a break – but there’s one last challenge ahead, writes Irena Barker

It’s been a long summer – and you’re exhausted. Teaching the future perfect continuous to a crowd of hungover Italians was probably what finished you off.

Or maybe it was that tricky lesson involving a malfunctioning projector and a class of near-mute French girls stroking their smartphones under the desk?

Either way, managers and teachers in the British ELT sector surely now deserve a break – except all is not over for management.

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