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ETAS Journal Editors’ Choice

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Don’t know where to start? Welcome to the ETAS Journal’s newest initiative – the ETAS Journal Editors’ Choice!

Against a set of criteria, the Editorial Board picks some of their personal highlights from a selection of articles published in ETAS Journal. This is a new service designed to showcase relevant ELT articles of broad readership interest to English teachers and ELT professionals in Switzerland and elsewhere.

Looking for inspiration? Take it from the bookshelves of our ever-reading members of the Editorial Board and explore the Editors’ Choice selections here.

ETAS Journal Editor's Choice, Number 22 (July 2017)

Daniel Xerri: In imitation of Hockney: The value of teacher versatility

ETAS Journal, Volume 34, Number 3, (Summer 2017), p. 14-15      

Daniel Xerri begins this very thought-provoking article about teacher versatility by discussing an art exhibition on Hockney he had recently attended. While I am not familiar with Hockney or his works, I felt immediately inspired by this artist and his artistic versatility. Xerri makes a very astute connection between Hockney and how, as ELT professionals, we can draw inspiration from re-inventing ourselves and our craft.

ETAS Journal Editors' Choice, Number 17 (January 2017)

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Alan Maley: Creative writing for students and teachers: Some practical ideas

ETAS Journal Volume 32 Number 1 (Winter 2014), pp. 30 - 31

By encouraging students to write about their own lives in simple words, teachers can practice vocabulary, engage students and fulfil many other laudable aims, but most of all, they can provide their learners with a chance to see that they, too, can be creative and ‘own’ their life experience through telling others about it.

ETAS Journal Editors' Choice, Number 18 (March 2017)

Emilia Siravo: Testing from a language learner’s perspective

We live in an education world where people want tests. Governments, universities, employers: they all like numbers. This has created an environment where we, as teachers, worry about the balance between testing and learning. As teachers we have often erred on the side of being wary of tests. They take up time, they create a negative atmosphere and they pigeon-hole students.

ETAS Journal Editors’ Choice, Number 21 (May 2017)

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Kevin Stein: Shaken not stirred: Seven ways to start your class differently

ETAS Journal, Volume 34, Number 2, (Spring 2017), p. 22-23

Although research-based articles are extremely important in helping to inform teaching practices, I believe that it is also important for teachers to engage with one another and exchange practical tips and ideas. Kevin Stein's article, in the Voices of Experience (VoE) section, Spring Journal 2017, does just that. His ideas are practical and prompt critical reflection.

ETAS Journal Editors’ Choice Number 24 (September 2017)

Dina Blanco-Ioannou: ELT for Personal Growth and Success by Dina Blanco-Ioannou

Few would argue that motivation and confidence are vital for learning to take place. Whilst we, as teachers, are aware of this and try to foster these aspects in the classroom it is not often that we incorporate whole activities intended to help students focus on their self-esteem or self-worth.

ETAS Journal Editors' Choice, Number 16 (January 2017)

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Marjorie Rosenberg: Creativity in the Business Context

ETAS Journal Volume 33 Number 3 (Summer 2016), pp. 25-26

What is a Business English teacher? Is it an English teacher who teaches a course from a business coursebook? Or is it an expert in business? Frankly, we might ask that if they were experts in business, why are they teaching? Maybe that is a debate for another day. However, I think most teachers are teaching because the world of economics and business did not appeal. A vocationally driven occupation attracted us more, perhaps, than a self-image of Gordon Gekko in Wall Street.

ETAS Journal Editors' Choice, Number 15 (November 2016)

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Adriana Millikovsky: Why bring art into our English classroom

ETAS Journal Volume 32 number 2 (Spring 2015), page 34-35

Adriana Millikovsky begins her article by illustrating how to use art in the classroom. By doing this we can see ourselves using art in the classroom before we even know how or why it can help our students

ETAS Journal Editors' Choice, Number 9 (May 2016)

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Beyond language teaching – towards Global Citizenship: Teaching English as a life skill

Mark Fletcher

ETAS Journal, Volume 33 Number 2 (Spring 2016), pp. 20-21

For this edition of Editors’ Choice, I have chosen an article by Mark Fletcher on going beyond the standard English language syllabus and helping students achieve their real-life needs. In this easy-to-read and practical article, Fletcher offers his view on why and how we can help our students develop global skills.