Connect, Grow, Thrive

Summer 2019

Cover of journal issue Summer 2019


This is just a sample of the inspiring articles in this issue. Professor James Shapiro talks to ETAS stalwart Eva Göksel about bringing Shakespeare into the classroom. Shapiro's current book project is an examination of Shakespeare in an America divided by Trump. A fabulous read, and very useful for those who do sometimes wonder how to achieve that involvement that eventually leads to appreciation and understanding of great words (regardless of who wrote them).

The interview leads into the Focus of this issue, which looks at Special Education Needs and Disabilities produced and edited by Rachel harris, and a section on drama and literature produced and edited by Eva Göksel. Naomi Epstein’s brief essay on teaching literature to deaf students: moving and illuminating.

The contents of this issue are interesting and motivating. They illustrate how rewarding English language teaching can be, but they also provide insight into some of the challenges that teachers face on a daily basis. 

            2         E TAS Professional Development Day

            6          President’s Page

            6          From the Editor’s desk

            8          2020 Winter call for Submissions

            9          ETAS Journal Outreach Programme 2019

            10       Dear Alex

            11       TEACHERS STORIES

                        Acting on the future with a cup of coffee • By Heather Murray

             12       AT THE CHALK FACE

                        Journey to the West: reflections of a mid-career TEFL Instructor • by Jason Chan

            14       VOICES OF EXPERIENCE

                        Field notes from the jungle • by Amy Jost

            19       THE INTERVIEW

                        The Interview: James Shapiro

                        Eva Göksel


            24       Introduction to Focus

            25       Interview with Phil Dexter

                        Rachael Harris 

            30       Thinking outside of the boxes 

                        Maria Byrne

            33       The All Inclusive Classroom 

                        Natalie Gonzalez

            35       Creative writing in mixed ability classes

                        Veronique Buffat

            38       Dyslexia and learning English

                        Jon Hird

            41       When teaching literature highlights students who are deaf

                        Naomi Epstein

            42       Introduction to drama and literature section 

                        Eva Göksel

            43       English through drama focus on language and literacy skills

                        Eva Göksel and Sylvia Nadig

            45       Oscar Night: Exploring radio drama with upper-secondary learners

                        Lynn Williams


            49       Introduction to Focus

                        Hannah McCulloch

            50       Resources Summer 2019

            54       AFTER CLASS

                        Geoff Tranter