The ABC of ELT

What’s on your teaching wish list?


Do you remember being a child and making a wish list for Christmas? I know different cultures have different traditions around this time. In Britain I used to send letters to Santa Clause, In Spain children get presents from the Wise men but many have traditions of giving and receiving gifts and making wishlist.

My wishlists usually contained toys and chocolate and maybe world peace and it continued until I discovered a stocking filler catalogue and started to question whether or not St Nicholas could actually travel round the world in one night.

But there are some good things about wish lists and I thought I’d make my teaching list for next year.


Classroom management by Jim Scrivener is one that I’ve been after for a while

I would also like How to teach Pronunciation as I’ve come to realise that I could really do with improving my knowledge and technique in teaching Pronunciation and the How to series by Pearson’s is great (I’ve also peeked inside before) [in fact any/all the how to series would be great!]

The A-Z of ELT by Scott Thornbury would be a nice general overview book that seems to be pretty much essential reading.

Implementing the Lexical approach by Michael Lewis also has a place on my imaginary book shelf. I used to browse it occasionally at my last place of work and it’s absence from my current schools library is a bit of a shame.

Bringing extensive reading into the classroom from OUP sounds like a very useful book especially with all the comments I’ve read recently about how useful extensive reading can be for students.

Here is my full wish list where I believe you could even buy me one of these books.

Books I wished existed

Kevin Stein’s stories and how to write stories.

Mike Griffin’s conversations with himself.

Evidence Based EFL’s Bull… pseudo-science free ELT

Zen and the art of Lesson planning by Rachel Roberts,

Professional development

Starting a DELTA.

This is something that I’ve been weighing up for a while, well I’ve signed up to start doing my Distance Delta this February! Wish me luck!

Attend another conference (face to face)

I’m not sure what conference exactly but I’d love to go to another conference like the IH Young Learners conference especially if I get the chance to present there (though the opportunity to learn from others is even greater than the opportunity to present)

Participate in more “hangouts” with other teachers.

Perhaps the best feature of Google+ is the hangout feature. It allows people from all over the world to participate in video chats about whatever they want! Since moving to Badajoz I haven’t been in contact with that many other teachers at all so I’d love to be able to hang out online with some other people. If you are interested then add me on Google+ or join the English Language Teachers community I set up. (if you are trying to keep a minimalist approach to continuous professional development and don’t want another social media site then I understand)

Continuing ELT Squared.

Starting a DELTA will obviously take a lot of time and so I’m not sure how much time I will have for blogging or how it will change because of blogging. Hopefully the two will compliment each other…hopefully! One thing I have been trying to move towards is more involvement from other people and opening up the site so it isn’t just my own site but really is a site for everyone. I’m still not certain the best ways to do that but Guest posts and setting up a members area might be a step towards that

Meet more of my PLN

I have to admit, after seeing pictures from Mike Griffin and Josette LeBlanc of Meeting up with Kevin Stein I got a little jealous. Three amazing people together! Well I have already met up with some great people who I found on twitter but I’d love to meet up with more people, If you’re even near Badajoz or If I’m near you let’s try to meet up…Deal?

Classroom wishes

  • That my students would enjoy every class
  • That every class will be full of opportunities to learn and grow
  • That they have time to find space to study outside of class and that I can help them maximise their ability to learn.
  • That our school will continue to grow
  • That our students who are out of work will find jobs.

 What’s on your Christmas Wish list?

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About Chris Wilson

I'm an English Language teacher based in Krakow, Poland. I enjoy writing, using technology and playing the Ukulele.

6 Replies

  1. Such a nice wishing list. I’ll keep your needs in my thoughts & heart. I wish you all the best on the Delta and all your plans for the coming year. 🙂

    1. Thanks Rose. What are your plans for next year?

      1. Put in practice what I have learned this year.

        Finish my studies in Early Childhood education. The program was suppose to be finished in 4 years, and 2012 was my fifth year. With family & all hard to focus. I had to repeat some of the credits. Then, hopefully I will get into learning disabilities program for couple of more years with emphasis in learning foreign languages.

        Count on the Lord to give me strenght and wisdom to support my hubby in his 6th hip surgery, to pass through my daughter’s teen phase (which has been difficult as she questions her own faith and desire to live her life the way she wants), support my older son who is 20 in his decisions for life and keep smiling with my 2 year-old boy.

        And as for online and offline activities:
        Engage, reflect, contribute, don’t be judgmental, stick to the facts, make small changes, connect, and live in full potential the power of community. 😀

        1. Sounds like some great aims both professional and personal. God bless.

  2. Kevin Stein

    Hi Chris,

    What a fantastic wish list and every single one of the books on your list was on my list as well, but I just gave myself a Chanukah present and ordered Implementing the Lexical Approach and Classroom Management Techniques. I’ve got a bit of time during winter vacation, so that’s going to be my fun time,

    And what a thrill to make it on to the “books I wish existed” list. That’s an amazing vote of confidence. And makes me eager to get back to writing more stories.

    My wish list for next year includes a meet up with you and the rest of the PLN. But if it’s impossible to all stand on the same patch of ground, let’s for sure increase our hang-out time on line.

    Thanks for another great read. And a bit of inspiration to make my own wish list.


    p.s. I am working on a comment for the your #oldpost for 2012. But it’s pretty hard to pick one post from all the blogs and all the posts that have helped me realize how much teaching is about learning this year.

    1. I started writing the post and realised about Chanukah because of you Kevin, so I changed it a bit because of that! Glad to give you some ideas for reading.
      An actual meet up looks pretty unlikely unless one/both us find ourselves on the other side of the world…i’m not ruling it out! But hangout would be great. I’ve started a discussion about one on the community.
      I look forward to your comment on #oldeltpost 2012
      Thanks Kevin (oh and have a great holiday)

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