#ELTchat Summaries Index

Here is a list of all of the ELTchats which have ever taken place, including links to the transcripts and summaries where available. Please let us know if you would like to write a summary for chats which don’t already have one.


We hope you enjoy these summaries, which contain hundreds of useful teaching ideas and links.



Summaries are listed from newest to oldest. On occasion, you may see two summaries on the same topic; this is not a mistake, but two people offered to write summaries of the same #ELTchat. Please let us know if any of the links are broken.


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Summaries in 2018




3rd, 1-2-1 lessons: individualised instruction and how to integrate some useful tech Transcript Summary

10th, Tips for new teachers Transcript Summary

17th, Digital tools for young learners Transcript Summary




19th, Possible changes and improvements to the syllabus or the delivery of the CELTA Transcript Summary




6th, Teacher talking time Transcript Summary

13th, Project-based learning Transcript Summary




9th, Better timing for lesson planning Transcript Summary

23rd, Effective language learners and their characteristics Transcript Summary

30th, The Native vs. The Non-Native Teacher Transcript Summary




18th, Are we doing CPD in vain? Transcript Summary

25th, Syllabi Transcript Summary




7th, Teachers’ well-being and mental health Transcript Summary

14th, Professional development for teacher trainers Transcript Summary

21st, Support for and from academic management Transcript Summary

28th, Video in the classroom Transcript Summary




7th, Academic research and ELT Transcript Summary

21st, Instagram for teachers Transcript Summary

28th, What changes have been made to raise standards in our profession Transcript Summary




10th, Topics you avoid in the classroom Transcript Summary

17th, Dealing with differentiation and mixed-ability classes Transcript Summary

24th, Encouraging students to write Transcript Summary

31st, Reflective teaching Transcript Summary


Summaries in 2017




6th, The teacher as materials writer Transcript Summary

12th, Using games in the language classroom – do they aid learning or are they just for fun? Transcript Summary




1st, Writing your first conference proposal Transcript Summary

8th, The ideal staffroom Transcript Summary

15th, Blogging for teachers 101 Transcript Summary

22nd, Virtual reality in use Transcript Summary

29th, Learning grammar v. teaching grammar Transcript Summary




4th, Web 2.0 tools to help with writing Transcript Summary

11th, Teaching online Transcript Summary

18th, Teaching and coaching 1-2-1 Transcript Summary

25th, Gender balance at ELT conferences Transcript Summary




6th, Catch up after summer 2017 Transcript Summary

13th, Literacy issues with YLs and adults Transcript Summary

20th, Needs analyses with young learners Transcript Summary




5th, Teachers’ working conditions Transcript Summary




7th, Suggested books for pre-CELTA or Cert courses Transcript Summary

14th, Times are changing. Are we teachers changing accordingly? How? Transcript Summary

21st, Major shifts in thinking, beliefs, approaches, behaviours in your teaching career Transcript Summary

28th, Classroom spaces: inside or outside Transcript Summary




3rd, How to prepare for a CELTA or Cert pre-course Transcript Summary

10th, Working with a rolling programme Transcript Summary

17th, Teaching our students learning strategies Transcript Summary

24th, Dealing with Diversity, Inclusivity and Social Justice in the classroom Transcript Summary

31st, Should we teach literature and poetry in class? Transcript Summary




19th, Exploring career options: what next Transcript Summary

26th, Dealing with the (language) needs of very advanced learners Transcript Summary




1st, Assessing writing Transcript Summary

8th, Reading for and with advanced learners Transcript Summary

15th, Apps to help students speak Transcript Summary

22nd, Learner autonomy and self-directed learning Transcript Summary

29th, What can we take from the learning styles myth Transcript Summary




1st, Improving students’ listening, not testing it Transcript Summary

8th, What’s the best way to approach cover lessons Transcript Summary

15th,Classroom observations and how we can use them (both as observer and observed) to improve our teaching Transcript Summary




11th, How to deal with reading tasks in an active and entertaining way Transcript Summary

18th, 1-2-1 teaching tips: advice and best practice Transcript Summary

25th, Using WhatsApp in and out of class Transcript Summary


Summaries in 2016






7th, Handling Critical Incidents and what we learn from them Transcript Summary

14th, Revolutionising initial teacher training Transcript Summary




9th, What makes a lesson memorable for you? Transcript Summary

16th, What’s your favourite teaching tool? Transcript Summary

23rd, Teaching diversity, inclusion and social justice issues Transcript Summary

30th, Making the most of materials and exercises in class Transcript Summary




5th, How do we help students record vocabulary Transcript Summary

12th, Pronunciation and how to make Ts more comfortable teaching it Transcript Summary

19th, How can we develop teachers’ digital and information literacies? Transcript Summary

26th, Teaching conversation when the L1 norms are different Transcript Summary





14th, What have we got to look forward to – and what are we returning with this year Transcript Summary

21st, Is deviating from the coursebook a sin? How can we convince managers it isn’t? Transcript Summary

28th, How to create rapport with a new class Transcript Summary




1st, Is there still a place for Dictation in the Language Classroom Transcript Summary

8th,  Does Technology Motivate or Distract in the Classroom? Transcript Summary
22nd, How do we ensure students have a ‘sense of progress’ Transcript Summary 

29th   How will #Brexit affect the ELT industry? Transcript Summary





4th, Making Listening tasks more interesting Transcript Summary

11th, Using Pictures in Class Transcript Summary

18th, CPD for Teachers, using Social Media Transcript Summary

25th, Assessing the spoken skills of low-level learners Transcript Summary




6th, Teaching Values and Morals Transcript Summary

13th, How can TT programs change to reflect recent research on Language learning? Transcript Summary

20th, Impressions from IATEFL Birmingham Storify

27th, Using twitter and Snapchat with Students Transcript Summary




2nd, Metacognitive Reading Strategies Transcript Summary

9th, Building an ELT Publishing team for a school Transcript Summary
16th, 21st Century skills for Teacher Trainers Transcript Summary

23rd, 21st Skills for Teacher trainers part 2 Transcript Summary

30th, How can TT programs change to reflect recent research on Language learning Transcript Summary




3rd, Differentiation in the classroom Transcript Summary

10th, What would you have liked more or less of on your initial Teacher Training course? Transcript Summary

17th, Can we teach Business English when we are not business specialists? Transcript Summary

24th, What difficulties do Teacher Trainers face? Transcript Summary




6th, Flipped Learning Transcript Summary

13th, Waiting time before the teacher speaks and the purpose of silence in the classroom Transcript Summary
20th, How to get the best out of exam students Transcript Summary
27th, Which grammar structures are useful for C2 Students Transcript Summary




Summaries in 2015





2nd, Using Authentic materials for Low level ESP Transcript Summary

9th, Winter Holiday activities for Adult Learners Transcript Summary



4th, Lego as a classroom tool Transcript Summary

11th, Using Chat in the Classroom Transcript Summary

18th, ELF and its effect on our teaching Transcript Summary

25th, Top Down and Bottom Up processing in Reading Transcript Summary



14th, The usefulness of standard lesson plan formats as presented on TT courses, Transcript Summary

21st, What motivates teachers? Transcript Summary
28th, Teaching PARSNIPS Transcript Summary




23rd, Using Online Resources for Speaking and Listening in the Classroom, Transcript Summary

30th, Coaching adult Ss to learn outside the classroom, Transcript Summary




3rd, Career development in the context of ELT, Transcript Summary

10th, Metalanguage in the classroom: Good or Bad Transcript Summary

17th, Creativity ideas for classes, Transcript Summary




27th, How to make exam training more motivating and fun. Transcript Summary

20th, Making Error Correction Fun, Transcript Summary

13th, Observation or Presentation Nerves How to Avoid or Overcome, Transcript Summary

6th, Reflective Practice, Transcript Summary



22nd, Going Paper-light, Transcript Summary

29th, L1 Students’ and Teachers’ feelings Transcript Summary




4th, Tips for delegating responsibilities to students – training them for autonomy Transcript Summary

11th, Apps and ELT today, Transcript Summary

18th, Should ELT organisations support NNests and stop discrimination against them? Transcript Summary

25th, Experimenting with alternative practices,approaches, methods-how to evaluate Transcript Summary




4th, How do you support learning and teaching innovation where you work? Transcript Summary

11th, What instructional design skills are useful in ELT and how do we go about acquiring them? Transcript Summary

18th, Getting the Best from Observing other Teachers Transcript Summary

25th, Newly Qualified Teachers and their Development Transcript Summary




14th, What is the best way to exploit authentic materials? Transcript Summary

21st, How to engage students online, Transcript Summary

28th, Is it possible to learn languages well online or is f2f essential? Transcript Summary



Summaries in 2014



3rd, Are some teaching styles more effective than others and how much can they influence the lesson? Transcript Summary

10th, What deep down motivates our learners? Transcript  Summary

17th  How can we make in-class feedback interesting varied and useful?  Transcript  Summary 




5th, Ways of making authentic material available to our Ss in class Transcript Summary

12th, Teaching English in a country other than yours: opportunities and challenges Transcript Summary

19th, Teaching spoken grammar Transcript Summary

26th, Are Phrasal Verbs Grammar or Vocabulary? Transcript Summary




1st, Flipped Learning-Whats the best use of f2f time in class Transcript Summary

8th, Writing and Feedback Transcript Summary

15th, The Value of Blended Learning Transcript Summary

22nd, Differentiated Instruction in classes of differing ability Transcript Summary

29th, How to activate passive vocabulary with advanced students Transcript Summary




10th, What’s the best idea, app or tool that you have learnt about since our last chat? Transcript Summary

17th, What makes the best homework for language learners? Transcript Summary

24th, Why are not more people engaging in the MOOCs and Moodles on offer? Transcript Summary




4th, Tips and Advice for Summer School Transcript Summary

11th, How can we show that our profession should be respected? Transcript Summary

18th, What tech is particularly effective in the classroom and with few resources? Which would you choose? Transcript Summary

25th, Should everything in class be fun? Transcript Summary




7th, How We Deal with Passive Learners Transcript Summary

14th, Intercultural Awareness: What do our students need to know? Transcript Summary

21st, CPD in the age of the Internet Transcript Summary




9th, The Future of Learning – Reflections on Sugata Mitra’s Plenary at IATEFL, Transcript Summary

16th, Benefits of Observations and Feedback, Transcript Summary

30th, Group Cohesion in the ELT class Transcript Summary




3rd, Beginnings and Endings of Lessons, Transcript Summary

12th, How do you Design good ICQs and CCQs, Transcript Summary

19th, Learner Oriented Assessment, Transcript Summary

26th, The CEF: teachers, students and the classroom, Transcript Summary




5th, How teachers feel after a bad lesson and how they transform failures into progress, Transcript Summary

12th, Use of the Ss’ Mother tongue- taboo or good sense? Transcript Summary

19th, Teaching English in the Corporate World  Transcript Summary

26th, Evaluation and measuring progress in reflective practice Transcript Summary




22nd, Pre-packaged, marketable language learning Transcript Summary

29th, Can introverts be good language teachers? Transcript Summary

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Summaries in 2013




4th, first chat, Getting the Most from Students’ Writing Journals Transcript Summary

4th, second chat, What are your favourite tips for ‘Plan B’ activities, i.e. what do you do when your original lesson plan unexpectedly falls through? Transcript Summary

11th, Best of ELTchat in 2013 Transcript Summary




6th, Does CLT place more focus on learners that are more confident? What about the quieter students in the classroom? Transcript Summary

6th, How can teachers prepare to give a talk at a conference? Transcript Summary

13th, How do we actually know our ELT instruction was successful, apart from test results and other kinds of measurable evidence? Transcript Summary

20th, How to Teach Grammar at Zero Beginner Level Transcript Summary

20th, Graded Readers in ELT; the Benefits and ways of Using them Transcript Summary

27th, Using Student Generated Content to Integrate with other skills Transcript Summary

27th, How to be an ELT Writer Transcript Summary




2nd, Staging successful speaking activities with large classes Transcript Summary

2nd, Career advancement options for EFL teachers Transcript Summary

9th, Teaching Multi-Aged Classes Transcript Summary

16th, ICT skills and the ELT teacher Transcript Summary

16th, Freer practice: ways of really getting sts to use target language Transcript Summary

23rd, Class Management Top Tips Transcript Summary

23rd, How to Use Contexts in Teaching Grammar Transcript Summary

30th, A Tribute to Dave Willis – Task Based Learning and the Lexical Approach Transcript 1 Transcript 2 Summary




11th, Strategies teachers needed to kick off a new course; Ideas for ice breakers, engaging, motivating Transcript Summary

11th, Fossilisation Transcript Summary

18th, How to Exploit Reading Texts Transcript Summary

18th, How can we help learners produce natural talk in everyday, casual conversation Transcript Summary

25th, How to build and then maintain motivation in learners throughout a year Transcript Summary

25th, Information and evaluation of different learning management systems (LMS) and virtual environments (VLEs) e.g. moodle, Udulu, Adode connect etc Transcript Summary




5th, Blogging with students Transcript Summary

5th, Lesson Planning Transcript Summary

12th, Learning From Your Failures Transcript Summary

19th, What teachers learn from good managers? Transcript Summary

19th, An ELF approach to pronunciation in your classroom Transcript Summary

26th, What can we do to speed up our students learning? Transcript Summary

26th, Classroom discourse Transcript Summary




1st, Coursebook Authors Fight Back Transcript Summary

1st, Criteria for evaluating web based tools Transcript Summary

15th, Motivation a la Hadfield and Mackay Transcript Summary

15th, The Power of Questions Transcript Summary

22nd, Getting off that intermediate plateau – classroom ideas 1 Transcript Summary

22nd, Getting off that intermediate plateau – classroom ideas 2 Transcript Summary

29th, How best to use a great resource like eltpics for your teaching Transcript Summary

29th, Exploiting short film and video clips Transcript Summary




17th, Six Abilities to be a Competent Teacher Part One Transcript Summary

17th, Six Abilities to be a Competent Teacher Part Two Transcript (see part one above)

24th, The Flipped Classroom Transcript Summary

24th, Oral Correction – Reflections from a Recovering Recaster Transcript Summary




6th, Guessing Words from Context – is it a good thing? Transcript Summary

6th, Using corpora in the classroom – teachers and learners, tips, ideas, best practices Transcript Summary

13th, How to make the most of a coursebook you don’t like Transcript Summary

13th, Essential tech resources in a developing teacher’s toolbox Transcript Summary

20th, The use of the students mother tongue in the classroom‚ pros, cons and best practices. Transcript Summary

20th, Research in Class – Doing it and Using it to Improve your Teaching. Transcript Summary

27th, Process Approach to Writing: Is it better than other approaches to teach writing skills? Transcript Summary

27th, Making the most of the linguistic landscape Transcript Summary




6th, Learner Autonomy: Is it important? If is it, why is it and how can we promote it (should we?) Transcript Summary

6th, How can we help & support colleagues new to edtech without ending up doing all the work for them? Transcript Summary

13th, Alternatives in assessment and how to move away from the administration of formal tests in the classroom Transcript Summary

13th, How to survive (and make the most of) a DELTA or equivalent course Transcript Summary

20th, How to evaluate materials Transcript Summary

20th, Tips and techniques for teaching large classes (40) or more students Transcript Summary

27th, What are the Differences between the ESL Classroom and the EFL Classroom? Transcript Summary

27th, How can we get the most out of an IWB in the classroom? Transcript Summary




9th, How are you going to grow as a teacher this year? Transcript Summary

9th, What makes a lesson great? Fave lessons – The ones we do over and over again and always work. Transcript Summary

16th, Student-generated content for lessons and some of the benefits and drawbacks of using it. Transcript Summary

16th, Demand High Teaching vs Dogme. Transcript Summary

23rd, Mentor teachers, their role, best practice pitfall, tips. Transcript Summary

23rd, From teacher to teacher trainer qualifications experience needed, opportunities, advice. Transcript Summary

30th, Can the skill of giving constructive peer feedback be taught to learners and how? Transcript Summary

30th, Achieving a balance between competition and collaboration in the young learners’ classroom Transcript Summary


Summaries in 2012




5th, How can you make teaching useful for reluctant young learners? Transcript Summary

5th, Do learners learn because of, or in spite of, the teacher? Transcript Summary

12th, Tips and best practices for meaningful and motivating homework Transcript Summary

12th, Motivating teachers – those responsible for motivating learners Transcript Summary

19th, Using spoken narrative esp. anecdotes in the language classroom Transcript Summary

19th, Gamification a useful innovation for language learning or just a fad? Transcript Summary




7th, Do you use the phonemic chart with students. Why/why not and how? Transcript Summary

7th, Redundant language e.g. out of date idioms question tags Transcript Summary

14th, Tips for getting the most out of conferences (online, as well as face to face) Transcript Summary

14th, Teaching beliefs vs teaching in the real world (Do you compromise what you think is the best way to teach/learn? Why? Is this right?). Inspired by the recent article by Willy Cardoso  Transcript Summary

21st, Dream jobs: where do we TEFLers dream of ending up? Transcript Summary

21st, The future of teaching, is it only online? Transcript Summary

28th, How do you balance your personal and professional life? Transcript Summary

28th,  Bringing the surprise element into your lesson: techniques and tips to maximize student responses Transcript Summary




3rd, How to Teach our Learners Good Oral Presentation Skills Transcript Summary

3rd, Does learning a foreign language helps teachers teach? Transcript Summary

10th, How important is creativity in the Classroom? Transcript Summary

10th, Mindfulness and how could it be used in ELT. Transcript Summary

17th, How do you deal with cultural issues in the multi-cultural classroom? Transcript Summary

17th, Does Feedback on Errors Help in avoiding Fossilisation? Transcript Summary

24th, How can we increase teacher knowledge and awareness of digital literacy in English teaching? Transcript Summary

24th, What pitfalls do you need to be aware of when going to work in another country? Transcript Summary

31st, How much is teaching a performance? Transcript Summary

31st, If teachers talked less wouldn’t the students speak English more? Transcript Summary




12th, What do you know about Suggestopedia, Silent Way, TPR and what can we still take from them? Transcript Summary

12th, How useful is the Cambridge DELTA? Transcript Summary

19th, How should we approach vocabulary teaching and learning Is there a place for rote learning? Transcript Summary

19th, What should we include in first lessons and how can we make them as engaging as possible? Transcript Summary

26th, Do you teach grammar explicitly? If so, how? if not, why not? Transcript Summary

26th, What makes a good teacher trainer? ie characteristics, Ns or NNS, experience, cultural experience Transcript Summary




4th, How to build rapport and confidence in the ELT classroom Transcript Summary

4th, Creating materials from scratch as course book complements, how to make them effective tasks Transcript Summary

11th, How to help students improve their speaking abilities for proficiency tests Transcript Summary

11th, How can we best teach spelling? Transcript Summary

18th, How do you make sure your classes stay fresh & inspiring? What sources and influences outside of ELT do you use to find the subjects for your lessons? Transcript Summary

18th, How to integrate dictionary work into lessons? Transcript Summary

25th, What do we do when a lesson goes horribly wrong? How do you cope and recover? Transcript Summary

25th, The Grammar Teachers Ought to Know and Often Don’t. Transcript Summary




6th, Is 1-2-1 teaching intrinsically better than in a group?  Transcript Summary

6th, What web tools / sites are there that can benefit EAP (English for Academic Purposes) students and teachers? Transcript Summary

13th, How can CPD be cost effective and not take up too much time? Transcript Summary

13th, How do you give feedback on writing? Transcript Summary

20th, The Next Big Thing – what is it? Is ELT becoming a fad-driven profession? Transcript Summary

20th, What is the best way to approach cover lessons? Transcript Summary

27th, What is, or should be, the role of drilling in the classroom? Transcript Summary

27th, Introverted Ss and how to deal with them Transcript Summary




2nd, Practical ideas to introduce workshops on CPD to dinosaurs:-) What is important and how to go about setting up a programme. Transcript Summary

2nd, Job Interviews for ELT – tips for interviewers/ees – what to ask/do’s & don’ts Transcript Summary

9th, Alternative approaches and techniques in ELT: How can a teacher research what works in their own context? Transcript Summary

9th, Is Globish and ‘International English” or Standard English the answer? What variety should we teach? Transcript Summary

16th, Do ELT publishers have too much influence and are they out of touch with reality? Do they lag behind the times? Transcript Summary

16th, How to analyse and restage activities to make them more learner centred. Transcript Summary

23rd, No chats because of the ELTONS

30th, How do/could you use a resource such as #eltpics? Transcript Summary

30th, Is motivation enough to learn English effectively? What ways do you use to encourage motivated,but lazy students to really do work? Transcript Summary




4th, ‎How effective is Guided Discovery in the ELT classroom? Can it help promote learner autonomy? Transcript Summary

4th, How can a teacher deal with institutional directives, especially when those clash with their own values and beliefs about best education practices? Transcript Summary

11th, How can we introduce, implement, evaluate an extensive reading programme & convince admins of its value? Transcript Summary

11th, How the global recession is affecting/has affected the ELT profession  Transcript Summary

18th, What qualities make excellent teachers, students? Can you recognise a bad teacher after first five minutes spend with him/her? How do you find your way to your new students, especially if they are not too open to you? Transcript Summary

18th, Best practice for observing teachers Transcript Summary

25th, What’s in your essential teacher’s kit? Transcript Summary

25th, How can we combine face-to-face and online learning in blended courses? Transcript Summary




7th, Can a teacher personalise the classroom to take account of multiple intelligences? Transcript Summary

7th, What are the best apps to use with iPads/iPhones in the classroom? Transcript Summary

14th, How can we get the most from conferences, whether we attend or not? Transcript Summary

14th, Grammar teaching in the communicative language classroom Transcript Summary

21st, No chats due to #eltchat symposium at IATEFL Glasgow on the 22nd. Symposium Transcript

28th, Demand High Teaching How to Foster it and How Far we should go? Transcript Summary

28th, How can you make the most of films/movies in and out of class? Transcript Summary




1st, How to help students to remember and reuse functional language Transcript Summary

1st, How to get teenage learners to work together effectively in class Transcript Summary

8th, Differences in approaches between regular classes and those with an exam focus (FCE, CPE, IELTS…) Transcript Summary

8th, Critical Thinking in Teacher Development Transcript Summary

15th, Why and How to Encourage Students’ Critical Thinking Skills Transcript Summary

15th, Monitoring, Feedback and Debriefing: when and how to do it in class Transcript Summary

22nd, IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet): The theory and beyond Transcript Summary

22nd, The future of publishing in the ELT industry for teachers and students Transcript Summary

29th, Time management for teachers: how easy people find it to juggle the various demands of the job Transcript Summary

29th, second chat: If you could recommend one webtool for the classroom, what would it be and why? Transcript Summary




4th, How can we focus language teaching more at discourse level rather than sentence level? Transcript Summary

4th, New Year’s Resolutions: What are you going to continue/develop/refrain from doing in 2012? Transcript Summary

11th, How to help slow learners inside and outside the classroom Transcript Summary

11th, The what’s, why’s and how’s of m-learning (mobile learning) Transcript Summary

18th, Your experience with needs analysis with adult learners in TEFL: the if’s, why’s and how’s Transcript Summary

18th, The advantages and disadvantages of social networks for teachers Transcript Summary

25th, False beginners Transcript Summary

25th, What steps are part of the process of designing a syllabus? What knowledge & skills do teachers need? Transcript Summary


Summaries in 2011




7th, How much does taking part in webinars or workshops actually change ways of doing things in class? Transcript Summary

7th, Sexism in ELT: how do we raise awareness and combat it. Transcript Summary

14th, Using corpora in our teaching: what is available and how can we best use it? Transcript Summary

14th, The ELT teacher’s life cycle: where are you and where should you be? Transcript Summary




2nd, Using virtual learning environments for ELT. Transcript Summary

2nd, How to make the most out of your reading; how to synthesise and make use of it. Transcript Summary

9th, Reconciling dogme and an unplugged approach with situations where formal assessment plays a key role. Transcript Summary

9th, Using wikis in ELT. Transcript Summary

16th, Teaching large classes. Transcript Summary

16th, Teaching dyslexic students. Transcript Summary

23rd, I wish I had known that when I started teaching. Transcript Summary

23rd, Reflective practice: what, why and how? Transcript Summary

30th, How to deal with students who are about to fail. Transcript Summary

30th, How to improve speaking skills using critical thinking without spoon feeding. Transcript Summary




5th, How to foster self-efficacy with students. Transcript Summary

5th, International cultural exchange resources. Transcript Summary

12th, Detailed paper-based lesson planning: pros and cons. Transcript Summary

12th, How can you teach Business English with minimal experience of being in the business world? Transcript Summary

19th, How can we make writing assignments more stimulating for our students? Transcript Summary

19th, How to make our learners aware of learning strategies. Transcript Summary

26th, E-portfolios for students and teachers: how can we create them for students and teachers? Transcript Summary

26th, How useful is linguistic and pedagogical theory in practice (in the classroom)? Transcript  Summary




7th, How to recognise and make the most of teachable moments. Transcript Summary

7th, Placement tests: good examples and tips. Transcript Summary

14th, What makes a good online course? Transcript Summary

14th, Affective or Effective teaching. Transcript Summary

21st, Reading aloud: useful or a waste of time? Transcript Summary

21st, How can we keep students engaged in receptive skills lessons? Transcript Summary

28th: ELTchat’s first birthday: The birthday post, including a video of speeches in Second Life.




3rd, Is Dogme possible for beginners? Transcript Summary

3rd, How will you follow up on RSCON3? Transcript Summary

10th, Is a four-week CELTA/Trinity Certificate course enough time to prepare someone for a full-time teaching position? Transcript Summary

10th, The importance of active listening and how to do this in an EFL classroom. Transcript Summary

17th, Can teachers be trained online at a pre-service level? Transcript Summary

24th, Are MAs in TESOL valuable or an overrated luxury? Transcript Summary

24th, How can web 2.0 tools help us build rapport with our students and foster their speaking skills? Transcript Summary

31st, How can we persuade students what is realistic for their level? Transcript Summary

31st, What can we call an effective piece of homework? Transcript Summary



6th, Ideas and methods that work best for one-to-one teaching. Transcript Summary

6th, The communicative approach: what it means and how to apply it. Transcript Summary

13th, Best web 2.0 resources for ELT. Transcript Summary

13th, Promoting critical thinking. Transcript Summary

20th, Teaching conversation and situational English. Transcript Summary

20th, Extensive reading: why and how? Transcript Summary

27th, Factors that may affect the use of technology on the part the EFL teacher. Transcript Summary

27th, Tourist TEFLers v. Career TEFLers. Transcript Summary




1st, The effect of culture on language teaching and learning. Transcript Summary

1st, How does your language learning impact on your teaching? Transcript Summary

8th, How to present new grammar points: different techniques, student engagement, key elements. Transcript Summary

8th, Creative and effective ways of bringing literature (storybooks, novels, poetry, etc) into the EFL classroom. Transcript Summary

15th, How can we teach lexical grammar, going beyond “single word” lists. Transcript Summary

15th, How to keep learners’ (especially young learners’ and teens’) English going during the summer break. Transcript Summary

22nd, The benefits of joining an international association such as IATEFL and TESOL. Transcript Summary

22nd, Project work in EFL classrooms (themes, strategies, resources). Transcript Summary

29th, Techniques and tips for teaching pronunciation and intonation. Transcript Summary

29th, Mother tongue interference and strategies to deal with it. Transcript  Summary




4th, What stops many adults from progressing beyond intermediate level? Transcript Summary

4th, How do you deal with low literacy adults (even in their L1)? Transcript Summary

11th, How to avoid death by coursebooks? Suggestions and advice for teachers stuck in a very regimented situation who want to avoid becoming coursebook drones. Transcript Summary

11th, How to be a good online teacher? Transcript Summary

18th, What makes a good Director of Studies? Transcript Summary

18th, Storytelling in class. Transcript Summary

25th, Is research important for ELT? Transcript Summary

25th, Do teachers benefit from evaluative observations? Transcript Summary




6th, ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) or EIL (as an International Language). Summary

6th, Conferences: spreading the love. Summary

13th, The role of controlled practice/restricted use activities in language teaching and ways of making them engaging Transcript Summary

13th, Is CLIL the latest bandwagon and should we be wary of jumping on? Summary

20th: no chats due to IATEFL Conference

27th, Revisiting dogme: thoughts after IATEFL and the Dogme Symposium. Transcript Summary

27th, second chat: Non-native teachers of English and insecurities about teaching a language not their L1. Transcript Summary




2nd, How do you approach teaching exam classes? Transcript Summary

2nd, How to recycle taught material with our learners. Transcript Summary

9th, How do we motivate teens to extend their speaking activities, so as to go beyond “I agree”/”I disagree”? Transcript Summary

9th, How can we best help burnt-out colleagues? How can we help them get their enthusiasm back and encourage sharing and support? Transcript Summary

16th, How do we cater for the needs of our learners in this digital age? Transcript Summary

16th, Student PLNs: how and what. Transcript Summary

23rd, Is what you are teaching relevant to what your students need? Transcript Summary

23rd, How can we make observations less stressful and more a part of ongoing professional development? Transcript Summary

30th, How do you go about learner training? Teaching learners how to learn and how to be autonomous. Transcript Summary

30th, How do you use mobile devices in the classroom? Tips, apps, best practice. Transcript Summary




2nd, Effective ways to minimize Teacher Talk Time and maximize Student Talk Time. Transcript Summary

2nd, How and when do you teach pronunciation? Transcript Summary

9th, How to train students to use technology appropriately. Transcript Summary

9th, How do you teach writing? And how do you mark it? Transcript Summary

16th, How can we activate vocabulary and get our students to use it? Transcript Summary

16th, How do you approach teaching one-to-one? Share strategies, tips and techniques. Transcript Summary

23rd, How to deal with fossilized errors and help students improve their accuracy. Transcript Summary

23rd, How do you deal with mixed ability classes? Transcript Summary




5th, What principles do you follow when preparing your own teaching materials? Transcript Summary

5th, How can we convince colleagues that online professional development is as valuable as face-to-face? Transcript Summary

12th, Can translation (and translation tools) facilitate language learning? How can it be used best? Transcript Summary

12th, Teaching English through songs: activities, resources and benefits of using songs for teaching. Transcript Summary 1 / Summary 2

19th, To test or not to test? And if we don’t, what then? Transcript Summary

19th, Motivating teens to use English (and not L1) in class. Transcript Summary

26th, The role and function of humour in the EFL class: from “Ha, ha!” to “Aha!” Transcript Summary

26th, Ways to develop learner autonomy: tips for learning outside class time. Transcript Summary


Summaries in 2010




1st, English as a medium in teaching. Transcript Summary

8th, Developments in ELT in the coming year. Transcript

8th, Are there advantages to being a non-native-speaking teacher? Transcript Summary

15th, What soft skills does a teacher need? Transcript Summary

15th, What other materials do you use to supplement coursebooks? Transcript Summary

22nd, How can we overcome teacher burnout? Transcript Summary

22nd, Should ESL teachers learn a second or foreign language? Can this help us to become better teachers? Transcript Summary




10th, Are traditional approaches to ELT teaching bad? Transcript Summary

10th, Can chat rooms and social media offer a benefit to learners? Transcript Summary

24th, Do lessons need a focus? Transcript Summary

24th, Effective games. Transcript Summary




6th, Addressing taboo subjects in the ELT classroom. Transcript Summary

13th, Encouraging quiet students to participate in class. Transcript Summary

13th, Assessing oral improvement. Transcript Summary

20th, Is dogme suitable in a school context or is it a niche product? Transcript Summary

27th, Classroom discipline. Transcript Summary




15th, How do we best motivate learners to practice outside the classroom? Transcript Summary

15th, How much should intercultural competence play a role in teaching? Transcript Summary

22nd, Can online language teaching replace classroom instruction? Transcript Summary

29th, Critical thinking v. comprehension. Transcript Summary