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Letter 1

Action Research in Action

In his fourth and final post in our series on bringing research into the classroom, David Dodgson gives an example of a small-scale research project he engaged in with his own learners and discusses the impact the experience had on his classroom practice.

"In last month’s post, we looked at action research projects and how we could get started with them. In this post, the final one in my series about research, I will give an example of a recent small-scale action research project I conducted with one of my classes this term. This is not a comprehensive project with ground-breaking results. Instead, my intention is to show that action research does not always have to be a major project. It can be incorporated as part of our teaching practice and offer a purpose and focal point for our on-going development as language teachers."

We hope you enjoy reading David’s blog and we’d love to hear your thoughts about using research in the classroom. Please share your comments at the end of David’s blog!

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Fundamental questions regarding oral corrective feedback

In our featured article from the latest issue of MET Thu H. Tran discusses the importance of oral corrective feedback in improving learners’ accuracy.

The article discusses the following common issues regarding OCF:

  • What errors need correction?
  • When should OCF be provided?
  • Who should participate in the offering of corrective feedback?
  • How can OCF be given?
  • What are the factors to keep in mind when offering OCF?
  • What are scholars’ suggestions regarding best practices in OCF?

Letter 2

Dear Hania,

This I sabout creativity.

From the earliest childhood Nikita wanted to draw. His first pictures were drawn at the age of three, these were his toys, trees, houses, things in the rooms. In these slides you can see his pictures made at the age of fifteen and sixteen. I was an eyewitness, and saw how he was sitting on the sofa and was drawing these pictures at home. On my questions: " How do you draw in your thoughts?", he said: "I like to do this, it's my hobby, I calm down, and I can't stop to do it, it's just simply". Many years passed, his interests changed, and now he is more attracted in digital technologies.

I think creativity is always with you, in your mind, in your soul, in your heart, in your spirit. All these points are connected, and if you have chance or opportunity to discover yourself, your potential, you can create a miracle.

You can see more here.


Letter 3

ELT Blogs to follow in 2018

Chia Suan Chong shares ten brilliant ELT blogs chosen by our ELT Twitter community in the first part of this two-part blog series.

"Earlier this month, ETprofessional asked this question on Twitter:
"What are your favourite ELT blogs and why?"

Thanks to the ELT Twitter community, we received more than 40 tweets recommending some very popular and extremely useful ELT blogs (including my own if I may so shamelessly add).

Having taken into account the number of times a specific blog was mentioned in those 40 responses, the blog’s usefulness, accessibility and content, I have compiled my top 20 ELT blogs to follow."

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Letter 4

Dear Colleague,

It is my pleasure to announce that the latest issue of Eurasian

Journal of Applied Linguistics has been published online and fully and freely accessible at

Warm regards

İsmail Hakkı ERTEN, Ph.D.

Professor of English Language Teaching

Hacettepe University
Faculty of Education
Department of English Language Teaching
06800, Beytepe
Ankara, Turkey

Letter 5

Flipped learning in a flipped classroom
by Chia Suan Chong

In her latest blogpost Chia Suan Chong looks at how we can make our classrooms more practical by flipping the classroom and their learning.

Chia writes: "Rather than trying to predict the knowledge that the student might need and imparting that knowledge, it is more important that we as educators try and equip our students with the ability to find out what they need to know and the skills to deal with the issues and the situations that they might come face to face with."

What do you think about flipped learning? You can share your thoughts by writing a comment at the end of Chia’s blog.

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Have you seen all the latest ETpedia blogs?

At ETpedia, we are always trying to share useful, and varied, content in our blogs. In recent months, some of our most popular blogs have covered topics including using technology; 10 ways to provide real life communication opportunities; using rap videos in your classroom and incorporating coaching principles! In case you missed them, we wanted to make sure we shared them with you.

10 ways to use technology with your students - Technology is becoming an increasingly popular classroom resource, but are you looking for new ways to use it? Nicky Hockly shares 10 of her top tips. If you would like another 500 tips like these ones, take a look at Nicky's ETpedia Technology.

10 ways to provide real life communication opportunities for EFL students - Hanna Dudich always aims to bring the wider world into the classroom by engaging students in cross-curriculum projects. In our most recent blog, she shares 10 great ways you can do the same.

10 ways to use songs and video with your students - Fluency MC combines his love of language teaching with a love for rap. In this blog, he shares a video he created using language from ETpedia Business English, along with 10 tips on how you can use this kind of video in your classroom.

10 ways to incorporate coaching principles into your ELT lessons - Michelle Hunter believes coaching can help increase performance, help with results and guide towards behaviour changes, so take a look her 10 tips on how coaching principles can be integrated into your teaching.

See the full list of ETpedia blogs

Have you got 10 tips on a topic you think teachers around the world might find useful? If so, get in touch and let us know, we would love to have your contribution!

English Teaching professional
T: 01273 434943

Letter 6

There's a new post on the C00lSch00l blog.

PBA in a YFLL classroom.


Letter 7

Letter 8

When creatively you write

When creatively you write
you shed a brighter light

You show grace and might
and sustain the writer`s right

You communicate in a novel way
and dignifyingly choose what to say

When creatively you write
the beauty of language is in sight

Your creative writing wisely reflects your mind
May It also mirror your deep love for Humankind!

A rhymed reflection by Francisco Gomes de Matos, President of the Board, ABA Global Education, Recife, Brazi


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