An Online Resource
Humanising Language Teaching is a wonderful online journal in its 15th year.
Free, well-organized, and complete with back editions—what’s not to like?
The target audience is the EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher, specifically the EAL teacher in countries where English is not an official language, but the activities can be adapted for any language classroom.
More than half the contributions are from classroom language teachers, including many teachers whose first language is not English, so you know that the reflections are honest and the activities have been tested.
In the Current Issue
A sampling of article titles in the current issue:
- Waking Minds Up: What Makes Us Who We Are (from a teacher in Mexico)
- Promoting Critical Thinking in the Language Classroom (from teachers in Iran)
- Task-Based Learning: The Building Blocks for the Young Language Learner (from a teacher in Greece)
Learners Are Humans
What makes this resource unique is the consistent focus on learners as humans–complex, dynamic, valuable beings, with much to offer. Two professors from Iran, for example, present a major article on “English for Life Purposes”, in which they warmheartedly advise teachers on classroom activities that not develop language proficiency, but also “other capabilities, talents, emotions and attitudes.”