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Welcome to issue 39 of the IH Journal and our first edition of 2016. It’s been the usual busy start to the year for everyone involved in teaching and we’re no different. We have a larger than normal issue for you this time and there have been some changes to the Special Interest Columns, so ...

1)  When a publisher looks to recruit a writer, what kind of profile are they looking for? There’s no one profile that will meet the requirements of every project, but there are a few key attributes that all ELT writers need to possess. The ability to follow a brief and work to a deadline are ...

Mainstream ELT publishing has been stuck in a rut for several years now. Major publishers are still churning out the same old books; lots of glossy covers and sales talk, but it’s the same kind of material. It is difficult for new talent to get published – safe names sell books, conferences, and webinars. The ...

Are your worksheets the envy of your friends? (Get some friends who aren’t teachers!) Could you write the next Cutting Edge? I certainly haven’t and probably couldn’t, but I’ve written some other bits and pieces, and it’s a peculiar sort of job. If you think you might be peculiar enough to join the fold, the ...

‘It is important to remember that the overall objective of Business English [and ESP] courses is to improve performance.’ (1994) Ellis and Johnson’s observation is as relevent today as it was 20 years ago. Areas they suggest will lead to enhanced learner performance are the development of confidence and fluency, use of communication strategies, delivery of ...

Much is made of the lack of attention pronunciation receives in the classroom compared to grammar and vocabulary but this is not down to a lack of material as coursebooks all include pronunciation exercises, usually cramped into a corner somewhere, and there are actually a fair amount of published resources for teachers to supplement with. ...

When a publisher looks to recruit a writer, what kind of profile are they looking for? It depends on the publisher and what type of writer somewhat but generally, I'd say it would be someone who is an experienced EFL teacher – ideally with a deep understanding of methodology and trends, i.e. Diploma-qualified or equivalent, and ...

If you have any experience teaching our littlest of English learners, the under 6 set, you’ll know only too well that there is arguably little else more important (or more difficult) for us than classroom management. One can never be too organised or vigilant when teaching these amazing little minds. No matter how exciting the ...

What is phonics? Synthetic phonics is a way of learning to read and write by making sound-letter connections - either breaking down a word sound-by-sound (when reading), or putting sounds together to build a word (when writing). Why is it so important? As a child at school in the UK, I remember learning the spelling of whole ...

We’ve all been there. In that class, with those kids- the ones who you’ve been with for a few weeks now.  They’ve gotten comfortable with you, and you with them. They’re a wild bunch. Yes, you know you should have been stricter in the beginning, but how strict can you really be when they have ...