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June 11, 2013

An A-Z of ELT – The End.

I am not usually in favour of a lot of re-blogging. It’s always seemed the easy option to simply repost someone else’s thoughts or work. But in the case of Scott Thornbury’s last A – Z of ELT blog post, I’ll make an exception.
Always interesting, sometimes fascinating and very often striking a chord with current teaching, this blog has kept us company for three years. I am sure this is not the last we hear on such topics from Scott.
Meanwhile, on the topic of coursebooks, one nugget of a Scott one-liner particularly caught my eye:
“8. If I were learning a second language with a teacher, I would tell the teacher what I want to say, not wait to be told what someone who is not there thinks I might want to say. (W is for Wondering)”

Peter Neville

An A-Z of ELT

So this is it, folks: I’m closing down the blog for the summer… and for good. After 3 years, 150 posts, nearly 7000 comments, and innumerable hits, visits, views, however you want to describe and count them, plus one e-book spin-off (but no sign of a second edition of An A-Z!), I think it’s time to call it a day.

But that’s not the end of blogging.  In the autumn (or in the spring, if that’s your orientation) I’ll be resuming with an altogether different theme and format, provisionally titled The (De-)Fossilization Diaries.  Watch this space!

At some point between now and then I’ll lock the comments on this blog, but it will hang around a little longer. If you think you might miss it if it suddenly disappeared, you could always buy the book! 😉

Meanwhile, thanks for following, commenting, subscribing, tweeting… I have so enjoyed hosting this…

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  1. June 11, 2013 1:33 pm

    Scott’s decision to put an end to this excellent blog is a real blow, although there is some hope for the future as he promises a new online presence from this autumn onwards. He is a rare example of a gifted classroom practitioner whose practice is underpinned by a remarkable understanding of many of the theories and methods (not to mention post-methods and ?post-theories?) of ELT. His writing is always deeply challenging; challenging the reader to think about classroom practice and sometimes surface challenging; trainee teachers and newly qualified teachers will soon realise that CELTA only scratches the surface of the ELT world as it is reflected in the blog. But anyone interested in ELT should persist as there is so much of value to be found in both Scott’s posts and his readers’ comments.

    My favourite two-liner (or is that a Scottnugget?), I think, is the last one :

    30. Teaching […] is less about navigating the container-ship of the class through the narrow canal of the coursebook/syllabus than about shepherding a motley flotilla of little boats, in all weathers, across the open sea, in whatever direction and at whatever speed they have elected to go. (P is for Postmodern method)

    I might want to hedge the first verb (should be less about/can be less about) but what a lovely image.

    What is your favourite?

    RIP A-Z of ELT

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