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ELT Concourse: in-service teacher training index

A single-page index of all guides in this section is available here.

Guides and materials linked from this page are intended for people with some solid English language teaching experience although less experienced teachers may find them useful if they need a little more depth of analysis.
The initial plus index, linked on the left, is for people with less experience or those embarking on an initial training course.  More experienced teachers may find guides in that section useful revision.
There is set of guides specifically aimed at people taking a Cambridge Assessment English Delta course, linked below.


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Glossary: grammar, lexis, phonology this is a glossary of grammar, lexis and phonology terminology with explanations, examples and links to guides for more information.
Glossary: methodology and background this is a glossary of terms used to discuss methodology and the background theories of language and learning with links to guides for more information.
A 50-item grammar test if you want a measure of where you are now.  There is an answer key with links to relevant guides.
A 100-item terminology test for a broader measure
The Bridge a set of guides midway between initial training and in-service training
For teacher trainers if you are training in-service teachers

The in-service training topics

background discourse functions general reference
lexis methodology modality and mood pronunciation
skills syntax: phrases, clauses, sentences teaching and materials testing and assessment
verbs and tenses Business English English for Academic Purposes a list of lists
a 10-unit language analysis course learn to /træn.ˈskraɪb/ index of courses on this site glossaries on this site
Other links:
the teacher training index the TKT course the CELTA section initial training plus the Delta section teacher development for teacher trainers
about language this is an index of guides concerned much more generally with language (and English in particular).

In a little more detail:

Some guides are linked from more than one category – people think differently.
background some major theories of learning, error, the history of ELT, testing, motivation, learning styles and more
discourse cohesion, referencing, genre, style and register and deixis (see also the index to syntax, below)
functions pragmatics, semantics, suasion, expressing emotion, uncertainty and so on
general reference lists, references, terminology (with a range of tests) and so on
lexis considerations of meaning and lexical relationships, cognates, morphology and semantics
methodology for consideration of a range of approaches to teaching and learning
modality and mood more than modal auxiliary verbs, including an overview of modality types, modal expressions and the subjunctive
pronunciation vowels, consonants, connected speech, intonation and word stress (and a link to teach-yourself transcription)
syntax: phrases, clauses, sentences concerning sentence structures, clause and phrase structures and constituents, complex sentences, collocation, colligation and much more
skills explaining the nature of language skills and how to teach and assess them
teaching and materials teaching the aspects of English grammar, lexis and functions and to the selection and evaluation of materials
testing and assessment explaining the nature of key terms in testing and with links to guides on testing specific areas of language learning
verbs and tenses verbs forms, multi-word verbs, clause types and tense structures
Business English a small section looking at particular phenomena from a Business English perspective
English for Academic Purposes guides here concern (mostly) speaking and writing skills for learners who are learning English in order to study in the language.
a list of lists A number of guides on this site have links to lists of items you may find helpful.  Here is the lists of lists.
a 10-unit language analysis course This is a reasonably comprehensive course in English language analysis.  It may be of interest if you need some revision of the way to approach the analysis of English structure.
learn to /træn.ˈskraɪb/ a course in phonemic transcription
courses on this site for an index of all short (and not so short) courses on ELT Concourse
glossaries this takes you to the index of glossaries.  Many have links to guides for more detail.
about language this is an index of guides considering various aspects of language in general (and English in particular) rather than teaching or analysis
The Bridge The guides in this area come half way between the initial plus training and in-service-level training.
considering Delta? this is a guide for people considering the next stage of qualification with an index of links to crucial preparation guides

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