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Winter 2011

Cover of journal issue Winter 2011

Winter 2011 –  Special Supplement: Teacher Training 

Editor’s Notes: It is a great pleasure to welcome you back for another issue! This winter edition of ETAS Journal comes with an eclectic array of articles sourced from the hard work, research, and creativity of various colleagues in the ELT profession. Apart from the outstanding quality of these writings, perhaps the most noteworthy – and to me, personally gratifying – aspect of this collection is the geographically-expanding sources of our contributions. Besides the diversity of their ELT backgrounds and specializations, the authors included in this collection come from at least 13 ethnic backgrounds, representing at least a dozen countries, providing clear evidence not just of a thriving ELT community worldwide, or of the varied language learning environments beyond our borders but, importantly, of ETAS Journal’s own sojourns into new lands and returning with the gifts of its journeys.

In this issue, we continue the tradition of presenting writings that provide insights into some of the most pertinent issues affecting English language teaching and learning. Notably, the most dominant theme reverberating through the pages of this collection is teacher training. In Teaching as a self-renewing vocation, F.S. Bolin (1987) writes: “As teachers we are creators and bearers of meaning. Our work is to empower students to find their own personal meaning. But we cannot do that year after year without attending to our own meaning making and empowerment” (p. 229).

Recognizing the critical role of training and support for both new and experienced teachers, this issue gathers together in a Special Supplement a wide range of perspectives addressing the question, Why is teacher training and development important? A compelling mix, the selected and invited works in this collection focus on specific issues (bilingualism, pragmatics, and the need for teachers to be technologically adept), triggering fresh ideas about innovative English pedagogy, new insights into key issues that are emerging and are of contemporary interest, and new ways of conceiving and engaging the field of English language teaching.

Content Overview

Main Articles

     Pragmatics as the new EFL catchphrase / Sabrina Gerland-Mallon

     Teaching and living with two or more languages / Francois Grosjean

     Becoming a digital teacher /Timothy Black

Voices of Experience

     Teaching German to pre-schoolers in the US / Theresa Schenker and Angelika Kraemer

     Laugh and learn with literature / Nasy Inthisone Pfanner

     The Word of the Week and other ideas for Business English classes / Vicky Loras

     Versatile Christmas cards / Elsbeth Mäder

SPECIAL Supplement: Teacher Training 

     CELTA, a course well worth doing / Bianca Müller

     A CELTA survival story / Amy Jost

     A CELTA experience / Nicholas Winter

     CELTA: Guilty as charged? / Anthony Gaughan

     Learning and developing: a conversation at SIG Day / Heidi Riggenbach

     Developing as a teacher /John Potts

     John Potts, a multifaceted, ever informative trainer: A conversation / Elizabeth Ulrich    

     Internship report / Uugantsetseg  Lkhagva

    Training at our private language school / Nina Blaettler

     Evidence-based teaching / Alex Thorp

And more…