70 easy TEFL articles that anyone could write at least one of

Summary: Suggestions for useful and easy to write articles that any teacher at all could write at least one of.

Every teacher has at least one article about teaching in them. This article gives 70 suggestions for topics from which almost anyone could choose or adapt. Parts are given in bold so that you can add your own ideas to make your own article title/ topic, but please feel free to use the examples of complete titles below if you wish. Please note that not all the examples given reflect my own views on teaching or ideas of what the best titles on those topics would be.

1. A bit of TEFL history

2. A change in textbooks/ the range of books published by the big four/ the UK TEFL market (with why it has happened and its implications)

3. A comparison between two books/ two techniques for…/ several explanations for one grammar point/ two qualifications/ teacher development face to face and online/ two exams/ two age groups/ two teaching situations

4. A critique of PPP/ how pairwork is usually used/ recent ESP titles

5. A manifesto for long term TEFL teachers/ teachers of very young learners/ dissatisfied parents of very young learners

6. A metaphor for teaching/ learning a language (with how far it can be taken and what we can learn from it)

7. A survey of TEFL forums/ TEFL job ads/ primary textbooks released in the last 12 months

8. A tribute to a writer/ an editor/ a publishing company/ a researcher

9. Activities based on the ideas in one book/ the ideas of one person/ a piece of research/ a personal conclusion about teaching languages

10. Adapting the ESP approach for General English classes/ PPP to what we know about learning languages/ Dogme for young learners

11. Advantages and disadvantages of peer correction/ correcting all written mistakes/ running around games (and how to exploit the advantages and lessen the disadvantages)

12. Advice for unmotivated teachers/ teaching very specialist ESP

13. Alternative uses of an OHP/ running dictations/ videos with the sound turned down

14. Alternative ways of starting classes/ ending classes/ deciding on a syllabus

15. Alternatives to spoken error correction/ teacher-led classes/ gapfills

16. Arguments for and against textbooks/ reading for pleasure in class time

17. Better ways of using L1/ eliciting/ brainstorming

18. Career advice for people with experience but no qualifications/ people who haven’t taught for a while/ people who want to get into teacher training/ people who want to change the industry

19. Changes needed in teacher education/ school inspections/ how we all teach…

20. Choosing a job/ textbook/ career path/ kind of syllabus/ placement test

21. Circumstances in which you should/ shouldn’t correct/ use peer correction/ have a teacher-led class

22. Classifying different kinds of teacher/ student/ interaction/ classroom question (and the practical implications of that)

23. Combining listening and reading/ grammar and vocabulary/ speaking and learner training/ language and cultural training

24. Common misconceptions about very young learners/ vocabulary/ teaching pronunciation/ future tenses

25. Contesting the validity of/ Debunking IELTS scores/ CEFR levels/ multiple intelligences/ the Cambridge Delta

26. Cultural differences in attitudes to asking questions in class/ being corrected (and the implications)

27. Decreasing the time spent moving students around/ L1/ warming student up/ with textbooks open/ planning lessons

28. Decreasing TTT/ L1

29. ESP materials/ teaching magazines/ the CPE exam/ private EFL schools in the UK/ the International House chain then and now

30. Finding a balance between learner autonomy and classroom discipline/ TTT and STT/ grammar, vocabulary and functional language

31. Good and bad ways of bringing new technology into a school/ implementing change in a school

32. How to adapt textbook listenings/ authentic texts/ advice in teachers’ books (for your classes)

33. How to improve prediction skills/ motivation/ classroom dynamics/ what percentage of people do their homework

34. Ideas prompted by something you read/ a workshop you attended/ an experience in the classroom/ some student comments

35. Implications of a change in an exam/ the English language/ student attitudes/ student needs/ the age profile of the population/ the English teaching market/ a recent news event

36. Implications of copyright/ data protection/ health and safety/ child protection/ consumer protection law for TEFL teachers

37. Judging student progress/ the usefulness of the language that they have learnt/ a textbook/ a placement test/ a teacher

38. Limits to an approach/ the teachability of something that would otherwise be useful

39. Low-prep lesson planning/ teacher training/ cover lessons

40. Making a textbook/ exercise type/ exam practice more fun/ useful/ connected to student needs

41. Organising your time/ the teacher’s room/ CPD in your school/ a teaching association

42. Practical implications of a theory/ idea from applied linguistics/ psychology/ general education

43. Predictions for the future of the English language in university education/ language testing/ ELF

44. Preparing to take an initial teaching qualification/ teach teenagers for the first time

45. Prioritising language/ skills/ teaching skills to improve

46. Rearranging your classroom/ stages of a lesson/ a textbook

47. Reviving The Silent Way/ translation/ dictation/ techniques based on Behaviourism

48. Simpler ways to rearrange groups/ communicate with students outside class/ access the internet in class

49. Something from general education/ psychology/ what children do in their free time that could be adapted for TEFL

50. Something that never worked for me until I saw someone else teach it/ read something/ experienced language learning from the other side

51. Stages of developing fluency/ developing as a teacher/ ensuring student satisfaction

52. Standing up for primary school teachers who don’t have specialised ELT training/ students who don’t want to do pairwork

53. Teaching large groups/ Teaching ESP classes/ Teaching teenagers/ Teacher training with minimal resources

54. Techniques for teachers who aren’t confident about using the phonemic script/ their own texts/ running around games/ humanistic language teaching techniques

55. The characteristics of a good language learner/ Business English teacher/ teacher trainer/ DoS

56. The effects of sub-skills training on IELTS skills/ warmers on student learning

57. The importance (or not) of L1 interference/ training in skimming and scanning/ actual teaching of collocations

58. The theory and reality of needs analysis/ learner autonomy/ learning styles/ lesson plans/ teacher development

59. Theoretical weaknesses of PPP/ TBL/ Dogme/ written error correction

60. Using crayons/ digital voice recorders/ spellcheckers/ student writing/ anecdotes in class

61. Variations on a classic TEFL game/ a common teaching technique

62. Ways to teach/ present/ practise functional language/ collocations/ academic vocabulary/ pausing for thought techniques

63. Ways to use a new website/ piece of technology

64. What to do if you are being bullied at work/ you have one very disruptive student

65. What we could learn from speech therapists/ special needs teachers/ Silicon Valley start-ups

66. What we still don’t know/ cannot know about the differences between learning L1 and L2/ the characteristics of an effective teacher/ why exam scores fluctuate (and the implications)

67. Why reading for pleasure is better than reading with comprehension questions (apart from when…)

68. Why you should start/ increase student autonomy in class/ learner training/

69. Why you should stop/ reduce the emphasis on tenses/ the percentage of pronunciation time spent on minimal pairs

70. Why… doesn't work for a particular skill/ sub-skill/ language point or in a particular situation

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Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com

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