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ETAS Journal Editors’ Choice

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Welcome to ETAS Journal Editors’ Choice! This service is designed to showcase relevant ELT articles of broad readership interest to English teachers and ELT professionals in Switzerland and elsewhere. Against a set of criteria, the Editorial Board picks some of their personal highlights from a selection of articles published in ETAS Journal.
Looking for inspiration? Take it from the bookshelves of our ever-reading members of the Editorial Board and explore the Editors’ Choice here.


Kartarzyna Bartoszuk: How volunteering questions your teaching experience 

ETAS Journal Volume 38, Number 1 (Summer 2021), p. 44

Back in August 2019, whilst on a train from Zurich airport, I met a woman and we started chatting. I told her that I teach English and she said that she recruits English teachers to teach in Mongolia. Since then, I've been harbouring a longing to take her up on her offer. 

ETAS Journal Editors’ Choice Number 39 (January 2020)

Stefanie Giebert - Jeans stories: Staging globalisation

ETAS Journal Volume 35, Number 2 (Spring 2018), pp. 24-25
I have selected this best practice report because it compellingly demonstrates how the arts can enrich a regular university Business English course. Stefanie Giebert shares her experience of staging an evening of short plays about fashion and the global textile industry with EFL learners at University level.

Eva Göksel


ETAS Journal Editors' Choice Number 41

Derek Callan in conversation with Matt Firth

Setting up online, creating content and teaching under lockdown

ETAS Journal Editors’ Choice Volume 37, Number 2 (Spring/Summer 2020), pp.19-21

I chose this interview that our editor Matt Firth did with Derek Callan because it might very well interest many of you out there right now. Derek Callan is a teacher and coach who has a robust and successful online presence. In the interview he talks about how he achieved his online ESL status and about:

ETAS Journal Editors' Choice Number 43

Four principles for creating vocabulary Julie Moore ETAS Journal Volume 36, Number 2 (Spring 2019), pp. 24-25 I have chosen this article because it offers clear and concise advice along with practical ideas for how to plan effective vocabulary activities based on research. Hannah McCulloch Four principles for creating vocabulary The vocabulary strand of many courses seems to play second fiddle to a grammar or functional syllabus, often consisting of no more than word lists tagged on to match topics.

ETAS Journal Editors’ Choice Number 36 (May 2019)

Penny Ur: Vocabulary review: just reminding is not enough

ETAS Journal Volume 36, Number 2 (Spring 2019), pp. 28-30

I have selected this article because of its practical take on vocabulary revision. In addition to asking tough questions about what does and does not work when revising vocabulary, Ur also provides concrete examples of how to counter some of the challenges in a classroom setting. 

Eva Göksel 

Multiple review and vocabulary acquisition through reading 

ETAS Journal Editors’ Choice Number 34 (April 2019)

Patricia Daniels: A Doctoral Journey: The first steps

ETAS Journal, Volume 35, No 2 (Spring 2018), pp. 50-51

I recommend this article for people looking at taking the next step in their academic career after a DELTA or Master’s. Like many before I was daunted by the complexities of getting started. However, Patricia's words unpicked the mysteries, and she presents a clear pathway for anyone interested in going down the PhD route.

ETAS Journal Editors’ Choice Number 33 (January 2019)

Birte Horn: Project-based learning in the Business English Classroom

ETAS Journal, Volume 36, Number 1, (Winter 2018), pp. 40-41

I have chosen Birte Horn’s article because of the manner in which she creatively utilises project-based learning in a Business English context.  It is evident that this project, which focusses on developing a start-up company, is a means of encouraging student engagement and collaboration through participation in numerous authentic business activities. 

ETAS Journal Editors’ Choice Number 32 (September 2018)

“A classroom is a centre of inquiry in all its forms”: Thomas S.C. Farrell on teacher research

ETAS Journal, Volume 34 Number 2 (Winter 2017), pp. 20-21

Research is a word which often ‘frightens [teachers] away’. Maybe because we assume it will not only be time consuming but the whole prospect of where to start and how to conduct research can be extremely daunting.  However, in his interview with Daniel Xerri, Thomas Farrell explains why this should not be the case.

ETAS Journal Editors’ Choice Number 31 (June 2018)

Simon Borg: Supporting teacher research in English Language Teaching

ETAS Journal Volume 35, Number 3 (Summer 2018), pp. 40-42

How is teacher professional development defined and what forms can it take? And what are the conditions required to make it meaningful and effective?

ETAS Journal Editors' Choice Number 30 (April 2018)

Chia Suan Chong: Understanding intercultural communication

ETAS Journal Volume 31, Number 1 (Winter 2013), pp. 26-27

The number of people using English to communicate is constantly growing as English dominates as a global lingua franca particularly in the business world, but do we actually understand each other?

The situations Chia Suan Chong uses in this fascinating read on intercultural communication will be all too familiar to some:

ETAS Journal Editors' Choice Number 28 (March 2018)

Katharina Hegy-Bûrgin: A very special school, indeed

ETAS Journal, Volume 27, Number 3, (Summer 2010), p. 12-14

For language teachers, it is second nature to adapt our lesson plans and objectives to our students’ needs, and Katharina Hegy-Bûrgin’s article is an excellent example of how we do that, in her case in a school for partially sighted and blind people.

ETAS Journal Editors' Choice Number 27 (January 2018)

Hildegard Elisabeth Keller: Listen & Watch: An Audio-Play Project

ETAS Journal, Volume 35, Number 2, (Spring 2018), p. xx-xx

Let’s face it: Teachers are often pressed for time with a syllabus to follow, exams to prepare their students for, and more often than not piles of marking to do. In addition, language teaching should ideally involve elements of performance and play: where can teachers find the time to generate and integrate creativity into their teaching?

ETAS Journal Editors' Choice, Number 26 (January 2018)

Phil Chappell: An Introduction to Systemic Functional Grammar

ETAS Journal, Volume 30, Number 3, (Summer 2013), p. 24

Grammar- some people love it and some people hate it, others manage to understand it just enough to get by.

As language teachers, there is no way around it because our students expect us to be experts on all grammar points and be able to explain them in a way that everybody understands, not to mention the expectation that we have an inexhaustible mental list of examples to rattle off at a moment’s notice.

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 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 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 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 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 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.