An ESL Teacher’s Guide to Instructional Design

Listen to this article: Teaching is a truly rewarding and fulfilling career, but let’s face it, eventually, we all reach a point of exhaustion. I’ve been there, too! That feeling of burnout and the need for change can be overwhelming, but we don’t have to feel stuck in this state. In my previous post, I... Continue Reading →

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Addressing Taboo Topics in ELT: the PARSNIP

What are the taboo topics in ELT? How can we create an environment where students from diverse backgrounds can thrive? In this post, I’m going to talk about the PARSNIP approach, which offers a useful framework for navigating sensitive subjects, enabling ESL teachers and ELT materials writers to foster inclusivity while respecting students' boundaries. Understanding... Continue Reading →


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Team Teaching in an ESL Classroom

Today I would like to share a personal experience with team teaching from when I was teaching in a university prep program in Istanbul, Turkey. Although it has been almost six years since this experience, I haven't seen many examples of it among prep programs since then, so I decided to write this post to... Continue Reading →

Six Myths in English Language Teaching

Have you ever felt bad about your teaching during a lesson because you thought you weren't doing something the way you were supposed to do it? As English language teachers, we may not always be aware of the myths and misconceptions regarding language teaching which can sometimes affect our teaching practices and may hinder our... Continue Reading →

From Teacher to Instructional Designer?

Listen to this article: Are you considering a career transition as a language teacher? Interested in creating and designing learning materials? Do you feel confident using technology in your teaching? If so, you may be in the right place. This article offers you an insight into instructional design, what instructional designers do, how it differs... Continue Reading →

Latest News from Duolingo and Khan Academy

Have you heard the latest news from Duolingo and Khan Academy? They're teaming up with GPT-4, the newest version of OpenAI's language model, to transform the way we learn online. First up, we have Duolingo, the popular language-learning app that has helped millions of people around the world pick up a new tongue. Personally, I... Continue Reading →

Tips for an Aspiring ELT Materials Writer

If you're considering taking a step further and becoming a materials writer after a few years of teaching, this article may come in handy. As an ELT materials writer, you'll be responsible for creating teaching materials that help learners acquire English language skills. But what skills and attributes do you need to succeed in this... Continue Reading →

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