Join us as we explore 10 of the biggest "truths" in English language teaching

With the help of leading experts like David Crystal, Scott Thornbury and Katherine Nielson, we examine to what extent these #ELTmyths are shaping the world of English language teaching and what it means to you.

When 79% of English teachers agreed that technology has transformed English learning and teaching, but only 9% thought computers could be as effective as humans in assessing English ability... you might just be amazed as we dig up, debate and debunk some of the "truths" within English language teaching.

Don't believe us? Step inside and see for yourself. ...


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  • What's Inside:

    The Unbelievable Abbrevatron

    David Crystal—linguist, writer, lecturer and Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor—dials in on whether "text-speak" and the language of online communication is really undermining the English language.

    The Marvellous Makeover Mirror

    Is online language learning really inferior to classroom learning? David Nunan—applied linguist, educator and author—poses the question.

    The Miracle Language Cure

    Can educational technology really fix language learning? Nicky Hockly—Director of Pedagogy at The Consultants-E, an online and training consultancy—weighs in.

    The Grammar Hammer

    Is grammar the best blueprint for language learning? Scott Thornbury—teacher, trainer, author and Professor of English Language Studies at the New School in New York—examines our obsession and fascination with the grammar syllabus.

    The Bionic Wunderkind

    Are all the children we teach really digital natives? Ozge Karaoglu—English teacher, Foreign Languages Department K-12 technology integration specialist, author and freelance teacher trainer—explores the belief that implementing technology is easier with young people.

    The Magnificent Marking Machine

    Can a computer really evaluate language proficiency as well as a human? Alistair Van Moere—Head of Assessment Product Solutions at Pearson—explains.

    The Man Who Learns Through His Nose

    Is it true that individual learning styles don't matter? Russ Mayne—teacher and tutor in EAP at the University of Leicester—investigates.

    The Machine of Doom

    Might advances in natural language processing, artificial intelligence and automated real-time translation spell the end for English language teaching? Laurie Harrison and Nick Robinson from ELTjam discuss.

    The Terrific Taskmaster

    Can we make ESP accessible for low-level learners? Katherine Nielson—Chief Education Officer at Voxy—discusses the idea that task-based learning and online resources can make authentic materials work for low-level learners in ways that weren't possible before.

    The Scale of Knowledge

    Can we really track progress in English with measurement scales? Diane Schmitt—senior English lecturer, consultant, co-author and chair of BALEAP—steps up to the scale of knowledge to find out.