Connect, Grow, Thrive

Winter 2021/2022

Cover of journal issue Winter 2021/2022

The theme of the Focus section in the Winter Journal is on the receptive skills of reading and listening. Topics such as authentic listening, the value of teacher research, English for aviation, and how to introduce reading materials to students in a systematic way illustrate the diversity and practical nature of the articles. We hope to motivate and engage not only English language teachers with this Journal but also teacher trainers and learners. 

Table of contents 

6  President’s page 

7  From the Editor’s desk 

8  Call for articles 

10  ETAS news: Join our team! 

11  Teacher Talking Time encouraged? 


Listening: The power of prediction by Chris Richards 

Louise Kulbicki in conversation with Matt Firth 

18  SUSTAINABILITY AGAIN by Sylvia Goetze Wake 

19  ASK ALEX ...


20 Introduction to Focus: receptive skills: Reading and listening • Zoe Smith 

22 Teaching L2 listening: Challenges and solutions • Sheila Thorn 

24 Reading for pleasure: Get your students started • Verissimo Toste 

26 Introducing graded reading for the maximum chance of success • Dr Rob Waring 

28 The key is the key to discovery learning: Integrating grammar and lexis into receptive skills tasks for FCE, CAE, and IELTS with input-oriented answer keys • Jeremy Phillips 

30 The listening log—The most underrated tool for developing learners’ listening skills? • Jim Fuller 

32 Get more out of listening• Zoltàn Rézműves 

34 Let them perform actions: Using input-based tasks for authentic language use in the EFL classroom • Luzia Sauer 

36 Listening to read: Supporting young learners in developing L2 literacy • Lisa Horvath

38 Native-speakerism and pronunciation instruction in France • Christopher Hunt 

40 Two takes on listening skills in air traffic communication Article 1. Pilots’/Controllers’ voice communication:
The challenges of listening and comprehension • Djibril Traore 

42 Article 2. Optimal listening for optimal understanding in non-routine air traffic communication issues • Michel Ekouaghe Ndong, MSc 

44 How e-learning authoring tools can help develop receptive skills • Phil Martin

46 Focus on decoding: Listening skills in the English classroom • Beth Stacey

48 Take-aways from DELTA Module 2: Authentic listening online • Filip Bigos

50 Representing a diverse world: An introduction to inclusive materials • Lottie Galpin

52 Reading between the lines: A lesson plan on inferencing • Lorenzo Sclocco

54 Reading for précis-ion: Creating a framework for reading journal articles • Zoe Smith


Receptive skills: Reading and listening 


62 Introduction to resources • Hannah McCulloch 

70 AFTER CLASS Geoff Tranter