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TeachingEnglish Teacher Educators Newsletter

January 2021

Welcome to our January 2021 TeachingEnglish newsletter for Teacher Educators.

This month we include an invitation to join a learning module on the Teacher Educator Community of Practice that explores how to discuss teachers’ beliefs during training and development activities. We also encourage you to complete a survey and share your ideas, challenges and views on how to teach English to primary age learners.

If you are interested in multilingualism, do not miss the registration deadline for the upcoming seminar ‘Raising multilingual autistic children: challenges and opportunities’. We also bring news of an upcoming webinar on Creative and Critical thinking, as well as our webinar in February on teaching learners with dyslexia.

For weekend reading, we recommend a recently published report on teacher educators’ needs in Cameroon, a research report on EAP in South Asia, the latest ELTED Journal articles and, last but not least, an interesting article about managing emotions in times of pandemic. 

Please remember to let us know about your local teachers' associations, events or projects in your region. We can also help you with sending out surveys and questionnaires for your ELT research projects. Please send your content for our February newsletter by 31 January 2021 to

Best wishes,

The TeachingEnglish Teacher Educator Team


How do you discuss and manage teacher beliefs?

This new ‘Teacher Belief Special’ looks at how teacher beliefs and expectations can create challenges and opportunities for teacher educators delivering teacher development activity. This module is suitable for teacher educators only, such as teacher trainers, mentors, and managers, who provide teacher development as part of their job.

Enrol in this Special

Do you work with teachers of English in primary schools?

We want to know about the activities you use in class, and your challenges and views on how to teach English. Please join the survey to share your ideas on teaching primary level learners. The project will help teachers compare experiences around the world and find out about good language practices globally.

Find out more

ELTED Journal

The latest volume of ELTED Journal has now been published. This is the Silver Jubilee (25th anniversary) volume and looks back over the journal's quarter century of existence in a celebratory preface. The rest of the volume features seven articles about teacher education and also includes a book review.

Visit the ELTED Journal page

Professional development of teacher educators

Not only in Cameroon but also in many other contexts, teacher educators are university professors with doctorate degrees but have no teacher training or limited  teaching experience. The problem outlined in this report simply put is: they train the teachers, but who trains them?

Read the research

English for Academic Purposes report

Although English is the main medium of instruction in higher education in these countries, little is known about the extent to which and how EAP is taught in universities. Read the full report to discover more.

Read the EAP report

Second Language Education Group seminar

Don’t miss 'Raising multilingual autistic children: challenges and opportunities' by Dr Jenny Gibson and Dr Napoleon Katsos, University of Cambridge. This seminar is scheduled for Monday, 1 February 2021 at 17.00 UK time.


Register for the seminar

‘Are emotions OK?’

Are you looking for a way to discuss negative reactions to the pandemic with your learners? In this blog article, Philip Kerr looks at how authentic video can be used to explore social-emotional learning in English language teaching and makes suggestions on how to prepare your lesson.


Read the article

Office for Students annual report

This 2020 annual report echoes a year of challenges and resilience-building for English higher education. The priorities are as follows: “securing greater equity in the access and participation of students; establishing sector-wide financial sustainability; and improving the quality of teaching to deliver positive outcomes for students.”

Read the report

Webinar: critical and creative thinking

Join us on 28 January 2021 for a webinar with John Hughes looking at critical and creative thinking in the English Language classroom.

Register for webinar

Webinar: your dyslexia toolkit

Join us on 11 February 2021 for a webinar with Martin Bloomfield to get a better understanding of dyslexia and tips for teaching dyslexic students.

Dyslexia webinar

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