EL Gazette (it's short for 'English Language Gazette' ) is the London-based international monthly newspaper for the English Language Teaching (ELT) industry and international English-medium education.
You can now also follow us on Twitter @ELGazette.
Founded in October 1978, EL Gazette was originally EFL Gazette ('English as a Foreign Language'). As the industry moved from purely English language instruction to offering education in English, so the emphasis of EL Gazette has changed. It is an independent publication, the result of a 1980s editorial buy-out from a subsidiary of Robert Maxwell's Trinity Mirror group.
Readership – EL Gazette print edition
EL Gazette has a paid-for print edition (a paper 'hard-copy') - between 12 and 20 pages - available by subscription via Webscribe ([email protected]).
As of March 2013 there were approximately 1000 subscribers to the EL Gazette print edition, receiving it by post. Many of these print edition copies go to staff rooms and to institutions such as the British Council, so each copy of the Gazette is seen by multiple readers - an average of seven people looking at each print copy. In total, an estimated 14,000 people look at each print edition of the EL Gazette.
As of February 2013, 70 per cent of these readers of the EL Gazette in print were in the UK (approximately 9,800 readers), 14 per cent of EL Gazette readers in print were in the rest of Western Europe, 7 per cent were in Australia and New Zealand, 3 per cent in Central and South America.
$trictly 4 my T.E.A.C.H.E.R.Z. is, as the name implies, for teachers–well, for one teacher, specifically, me. Here I whine and opine and (less and less frequently) post some activity or lesson plan that I’ve contacted and that made me snicker.
In the beginning though, $4MT was a personal sounding board and more of a kind of “scribble-pad” to work out ideas for lesson plans and other activities, the only overriding theme being the use of ‘authentic texts’ that were funny, irreverent, or just weird.
As such, the copyright holders of said texts are advised not to “hate the player”, but rather to “hate the game.” No really, we don’t have to take it there, if you want me to take something down, it’s all good, just let me know. I mean, really, we don’t have to take it there. Please, let’s don’t.
All that having been said (written), please leave any comments or suggestions in the appropriate spot, or alternatively, you can email me [email protected]…
So, what’s the deal?
The basic idea of ‘1000 Words Weekly’ comes out of a bit of frustration…and an ensuing challenge I want to set up for myself. You see, I’ve been blogging – a bit on and off, with steadily declining frequency, but just enough to say “I’ve been blogging” yeah? – for a little over a year now. I’ve also been tweeting. And tweeting. And tweeting some more. And finding, over time, that the tweeting slowly but surely supplanted the blogging. Each month a little more. The constant tweeting has become something like over-energetic snacking that eventually just replaces sit down meals. And geez, Louise…I don’t want to never cook, never dine.
What is this website for?
In 2011, a website was started by an overworked, over-ambitious language school manager with one idea: “there must be someone out there who wants to learn languages better.”
There were thousands of you out there, and new ones keep coming. You keep giving me new ideas, new directions to take my work. But the essence is always this: what can help you guys become multilingual – and enjoy every minute of the process?
This has stopped being just a blog long ago. Now 16kinds is a place to find books, courses, links and like-minded people. It’s a good place to start an argument, look for a new resource, or check back to read the bilingual news. For wannabe polyglots out there, this is – and will always remain – free.
What’s in it for me?
If you’re keen to move on, here are some useful links to start your journey:
- Read the blog. This is what most people keep visiting, and will always be 100% free and open. Share it with anyone.
- Sign on to my newsletter. You’ll receive cool PDF gifts in a welcome pack, and sneak previews of my language learning plans. No spam, ever, and the unsubscribe takes 10 seconds.
- Join my course (saving 87% with this code) or buy my book. It makes me super happy to help you learn.
If you still want to know more, get in touch – there are plenty of ways, butTwitter tends to be my favourite.
Have a great, multilingual time here!
I’ve been teaching English for 20 years. I love teaching because it allows me to improve myself. I’m married and have two kids. They are twins. So mostly I engage myself with them. I love reading. If I weren’t a teacher, I’d do something related with comparative literature. Literature makes you grow up, realise and take action… I love music, any kind…as long as it’s good.
I’ve been an English Teacher for almost 20 years now. One might think I have learnt something along the way. Well, I’m not quite sure. I have taught English in Hungary, trained teachers in the Middle East, worked for a publishing company in the UK. I lived in Iraqi Kurdistan for 9 fantastic months. Worked at one of the most exciting airlines in the world in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. I taught in a secondary school and mentored a brilliant group of fantastic English teachers in Sharjah, UAE. In 2010 I came back to Hungary with my wonderful wife and my 4-month-old daughter. Since then we have lived in a small town in 34 kms from Budapest.
I’m an ELT writer, teacher and teacher educator. My main area of interest is in primary education, working with children between the ages of 3-12. For more details, visit my website.
The aim of this blog is to share practical ideas, tips and resources for teaching young learners which I’ve accumulated over the last 25 years or so, as well as occasional illustrative anecdotes from my own teaching experience. In order to give the blog a structure and keep me on track, my plan is to do this in the form of an ABC. I intend to work through the alphabet chronologically, posting an entry every week or so if I can. In theory, this means I should get through the alphabet twice this year. But let’s see! This is early days and I’ve still got a lot to learn! I’m also hoping that the direction the blog takes will be led and informed by you and all contributions, comments and suggestions will be very welcome.
In getting started, I’d specially like to thank Lindsay Clandfield for his encouragement and for suggesting the ABC idea when we were at a conference together in Romania last year, and James Matthews for his patience in teaching me some of the basics of how to go about it.
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