Issue 74 Winter 2016 – Table of Contents and Editorial

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Dear ELT News readers,

Welcome to our sixth issue of ELT News in an online format. With the end of the school term on us and Christmas just around the corner, we hope that you’ll find plenty in this edition to help you recharge your teaching batteries.

As with previous issues, we focus on practical ideas. Recent years have seen a shift in methodological orthodoxy, with a growing recognition that it is both counterproductive and impractical to ban the students’ own language from the English classroom. We kick off with three excellent ideas from Joris Van Den Bosch which exploit the ‘other language’ as a resource. This is followed by two articles that look at developing reading skills. The first, by Christian Auinger, takes a look at extensive reading; the second, by Tyson Seburn, zooms in on intensive reading with a consideration of Academic Reading Circles. For those of you interested in reading, there are also two reviews from Christine Zeiler of recently-published graded readers.

Anton Prochazka offers a wealth of suggestions for focussing on health and fitness in CLIL classes. We also have a report on a new, free online resource, ‘Write & Improve’ from Cambridge English, that will be of interest to teachers preparing classes for the Matura. Teachers working with exam classes may also want to take a look at Sam Jackson’s review of a new IELTS Testbuilder.

Continuing our tradition of providing an element of light entertainment from the history of language learning and teaching, we hope you will enjoy some extracts from a turn-of-the-century magazine for English learners.

You may also want to keep up-to-date with the activities of TEA in the last year. A good place to start would be the letter from our Chair, Candy Fresacher, before moving on to read more about our very successful Summer School in Saalbach and the TEA ConneXion conference in Graz.

Here’s hoping you have a wonderful time over Christmas and the New Year. Happy reading.

Philip Kerr


Letter from the Chair


3 activities that use the students’ L1 for multilingual classes – by Joris Van Den Bosch

Using Class Readers: Quote-Based Response Tasks – by Christian Auinger

Beyond the comprehension question: perspectives on using Academic Reading Circles for deep reading – by Tyson Seburn


Fit and Fun through CLIL – by Anton Prochazka


Write & Improve – by Philip Kerr


Magazine for English language learners


Summer school 2016

TEA for TWO – by Louise Billroth


IELTS Testbuilder 1 2nd edition  – by Samuel Jackson

‘Chocolate’ (Janet Hardy-Gould) – by Dr. Christine Zeiler

‘Songs from the Soul: Stories from Around the World’ (retold by Jennifer Bassett) – by Christine Zeiler

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