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ETAS Journal Summer 2021: Call for Articles

EDITION: Summer 2021

FOCUS: Getting started in English language teaching (ELT)

FOCUS EDITOR: Antoinette Breutel

DEADLINE: Friday, 19 March 2021

ETAS Journal invites submissions to its Summer 2021 edition, “Getting started in English language teaching (ELT)”.  

Many people decide to become English language teachers for a variety of reasons, but how do you go about this exactly and carve out a successful career? From becoming qualified and teaching your first classes to developing professionally and thriving in the field, we are looking for experiences, advice, and best practices to help new or prospective teachers to join the profession. Whether you became a teacher by chance or by choice, are newly qualified, have been teaching for a number of years or are now enjoying your retirement, we want to hear from you. 


Please send submissions as a Ms Word document by email attachment including a short biography, a recent photo, and mailing address to:

Antoinette Breutel (

The ETAS Journal reserves the right to make editing changes without prior consultation with the author(s). Authors will be contacted regarding any major editing or revisions. All contributors will receive one complimentary copy of the ETAS Journal.

The ETAS Journal and the author(s) hold the copyright to the articles published in this Journal. Articles may not be reprinted without prior permission of ETAS Journal and the author(s).

Submissions may be either:


Articles that explore English language teaching as a career/profession and that review (and question) the qualifications required as well as the expectations of the teacher, the institutions that employ them, the students (and their differing expectations). Such articles may also explore the trends and shifts in teaching English, such as the move in Business English towards “coaching” rather than “teaching” and the increasing demand for online courses and how that affects us as teachers. 

Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Getting qualified

           TEFL, CELTA, Trinity, TESOL or Masters? What are the SVEB1 and the Hoheres Lehramt? Which of these will help me to get a job in Switzerland (and elsewhere)?

  • Teacher training courses

           How to choose the right course. Full time or part time? Life as a trainee — survival tips, success stories,    challenges.

  • Professional Development

           Workshops, courses, conferences, webinars, social media, reflective practice, blogs, teacher meet-ups, self-study.     

Word count: 2,000 (maximum, including references)


Descriptions of or reflections on becoming a qualified English language teacher, teaching your first class, or how you developed professionally. We are looking for experiences, advice, and best practices to help new or prospective teachers to join the profession.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Finding work in Switzerland

           How did you find your job? Private school, state school, tertiary level, online or other? Job hunting and applications, interview tips, choosing the right school, understanding work contracts, successes, challenges.

  • On the job

           Life as an English teacher, working abroad, working with other colleagues, effective planning, teaching tips, choosing, using and creating resources, classroom management, time management, working conditions, well-being, positive moments, professional achievements, difficulties and challenges.

  • Teachers associations

           Why you should join, making the most of your membership, volunteering your time.

  • Joining the profession at a young age i.e. after school or university.
  • Joining the profession after a career in another field.
  • Reasons for becoming an English teacher

           As a way to see the world, live in another country, teach a subject you love or did it happen by chance?

  • Branching out and next steps

           Writing, getting published, presenting, materials writing, becoming an examiner, freelancing, starting your own business, further study (Delta, Masters or PhD), ELT management, and teacher training.          

Word count: 1500 (maximum including references)

All submissions must include a 50-word abstract, a brief author’s biography and recent photo, and a postal address. Articles should not include “commercial” text selling, promoting, or endorsing products or services.


Submissions must be in an MS Word document and sent as an email attachment.

Size: A4 page size, portrait (vertical)

Font: Arial, 12-point font, black, left justified.

Spacing: 1.5 lines.

Do not use columns, indents or frames.

Do not use Headers or Footers.

Tables and diagrams must be formatted in MS Word.

Other illustrative material should be in black and white and sent separately as an email attachment.

Photographs must be in JPEG format,


The ETAS Journal follows the APA 6th Edition Reference Style Guide. Sample formats for both in-text citations and references are available online at:

Alternatively, please see ETAS Journal issues published after 2011 for examples.

In-text citations must be included in the Reference List. 

Contributors will receive one complimentary copy of the ETAS Journal.